Dates are as follows:
10 April – Milton Keynes Pitz (supporting The Union)
11 April – Leeds Rios (supporting The Union)
13 April – Newcastle Cluny (supporting The Union)
14 April – Glasgow King Tuts (supporting The Union)
15 April – Manchester Academy 3 (supporting The Union)
18 April – Oxford O2 Academy (supporting The Union)
19 April – Bristol O2 Academy 2 (supporting The Union)
To buy tickets for these shows, click the individual links above or visit The Official Voodoo Six Ticketline at www.crowdsurge.com/voodoosix
22 April – Workington Carnegie (supporting UFO)
23 April – Middlesbrough Town Hall (supporting UFO)
To buy tickets for the UFO datess click the show link above to go to the venue website.
2010 marks the end of a long and awesome career for the Scorpions. The band is preparing a multi-year farewell tour, and has returned with the seventeenth and final studio album of their long and storied career. The Scorpions has been saying for months that Sting in The Tail is a return to their classic sound, and I would have to agree. 2010 has been another great year for hard rock, and even with some stout competition Sting in The Tail is going to find its way on a lot of top ten lists at the end of the year.
Klaus Meine sings his ass of on this CD, and still sounds amazing. Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs cut loose often, and dish out some tasty guitar riffs that classic Scorpions fans are sure to love.
If you have listened to Hard Rock Hideout radio over the last few weeks, you have heard the first single “Raised on Rock”. This song is so good, it has made me anticipate the release of Sting In The Tail even more.
In my opinion, the title track “Sting In The Tail” is one of the weaker cuts on this album. The music is good, and this song does a good job at keeping the pace going, but there is something odd about it that I can’t put my finger on.
“Slave Me” on the other hand, is damn near perfect. I love this tune.
“The Good Die Young” features a duet with former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. If this song doesn’t get tons of radio play for the Scorpions, there is something seriously with a whole lot of DJ’s out there. This song is awesome!
James Kottak dishes out some killer drum work on the rocker “No Limit”. Klaus Meine pulls off some screams that I didn’t think he had left in him. This song gets better every time I listen to it.
If “Rockzone” doesn’t have you throwing your metal horns in the air, nothing will. This is one of the heavier songs that the Scorpions have done in quite some time. “Rockzone” flat out rocks! I love this!!!
If I would have changed anything on this CD, I would have added one more rocker to the mix. Three ballads are a bit much, even if they are quite good.
Did the Scorpions save their best release for their last one? Absolutely not. Sting in the Tail is however a damn fine release, and one of the stronger efforts by the Scorpions. If Sting in The Tail is truly the Swan Song for the Scorpions, then the band can retire knowing they gave their best effort for their final disc. That is all this fan can ask! While I am sad to see the Scorpions retire, I am going to enjoy Sting In The Tail for many years to come.
You can grab a copy of Sting In The Tail for only $7.99 this week at this link!! Don’t miss this!
The Scorpions are:
Klaus Meine – Lead vocals
Matthias Jabs – Lead guitar, Backing vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Paweł Mąciwoda – Bass, Backing vocals
James Kottak – Drums, Percussion
Check out the latest video from OTEP, “Rise Rebel Resist” below. This song is from OTEP’s album Smash the Control Machine. Like the song? You can buy the CD at this link.
Los Angeles metallers FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH travelled to Iraq at the end of February to perform a handful of shows for U.S. troops. This tour was the band’s first visit to Iraq.
“There’s not enough people in America that are exposed to what really goes on over here, how hard the troops are working for us and our side,” FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH singer Ivan Moody said during an interview that was conducted in Iraq. “We just wanted to come over here and give them a piece of life.
We know that it becomes monotonous out here it’s a seven-day-a-week job and we really wanted to break it up and make them feel human, and I hope that we gave them that.
We’ve spent a lot of hard time on the road, as well as you guys have earning the freedom that we have. It’s the least we can do.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH released a new single, “No One Gets Left Behind”, in the U.K. on March 8 via Spinefarm Records.
Taken from the band’s latest/second album, “War Is The Answer”, and with studio track “Undone” included as a bonus, the single is available on seven-inch colored vinyl (a limited, hand-numbered pressing) and as a download with a digital booklet.
The artwork for both formats features photos sent to the group by fans currently serving in the U.S. military specifically from Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 462.
Since the release of the debut FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album, “The Way Of The Fist”, back in 2007, the band has gained increasing support from U.S. troops on active service, as a result of which their “Death Squad” motif now regularly features on combat vehicles and choppers along with the “No One Gets Left Behind” call to arms.