The Scorpions to Release Deluxe "Tour Edition" of Return to Forever Album; Announce Las Vegas Residency
The Scorpions' launched a major world tour commemorating their 50th anniversary last year, and the German hard rockers are continuing to mark the milestone in 2016 with a variety of new concerts across the globe. In honor of the ongoing trek, the band is set to release a three-disc "Tour Edition" of its 2015 studio album, Return to Forever, on April 22.
The new collection features a CD version of Return to Forever with seven bonus cuts, and two DVDs containing footage of a pair of recent Scorpions concerts, a new documentary filmed during last year's U.S. tour, interviews with band members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs discussing the songs on their latest album and four promotional music videos.
The concerts featured on the DVDs were a June 2015 performance at France's Hellfest Festival and a show this past September in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn gig included a guest performance on "No One Like You" by a 12-year-old guitar prodigy named Brandon Niederauer.
The documentary, titled On the Road in America, was directed by Dennis Dirksen, and follows The Scorpions on tour as they visit California and Las Vegas. The short film gives a glimpse at how Americans rock fans have embraced the group.
Speaking about Las Vegas, The Scorpions have announced that they will be playing a five-show residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that runs from May 13 to May 21. Queensryche will open all of the dates. The Scorpions are sandwiching the Vegas stint with appearances at a number U.S. festivals. The band also has lined of a series of shows in Eastern Europe and Germany in February and March, and will visit Mexico in early June before returning to Europe for a summer tour leg.
Here is the full list of U.S. concerts on The Scorpions' 2016 schedule:
5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion
5/13, 14, 18, 20, 21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/28 -- Pryor, OK, Rocklahoma
5/29 -- San Antonio, TX, River City Rockfest
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