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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rock News Update for Sunday 31st January, 2010

Scorpions say they are done, but it may be just on the touring front ...

Indeed, can you really imagine The Scorpions coming out on stage aged 70 trying to rock it up to "Rock You Like A Hurricane?" Hmmm, probably not.

It does seem clear that this will be the last Scorpions world tour, that by the way is likely to last at least two years, based on what they've said on their own website:
In the meantime guitarist Rudolf Schenker has been telling Billboard's Gary Graff that they will continue to release previously unreleased material, be it live stuff or archive gems DVD's and or CD's. This from Billboard:

Their first priority, of course, is putting out the final Scorpions studio album, "Sting in the Tail," on March 23, then commencing a two-year, five-continent world tour on March 15 in Prague, with North American dates planned for June-September. The tour will also be filmed and recorded for potential future release.

"We will sit together after we take a vacation and make a list and then come out with different (releases)," Schenker says. "We`ll make a plan and then come out year by year with some surprise kind of stuff."

Schenker went on to add that the current group members are looking towards a non-Scorpions future too. Guitarist Matthias Jabs has a musical instruments store in Munich, while drummer James Kottak has his own band. Schenker himself is looking towards publishing his book, "Rock You Live," in the U.S. and plans a collaboration with his brother and former Scorpions bandmate Michael Schenker - which he says may include Scorpion's singer Klaus Meine as well.
Read it all here:

REO Speedwagon launches computer game, "Find You Own Way Home" and adds some interesting tour dates

In "Find Your Own Way Home" the gamer plays the role of a Hollywood reporter who has been on assignment with the legendary rock band, REO Speedwagon. Tonight the band's new album debuts and there's a star-studded album release party at a fabulous oceanfront estate. You'll be doing a report live from the red carpet.

But as the busy day is unfolding, and you prepare for tonight's broadcast, and the gala event to follow, an unexpected mystery-adventure will begin. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin doesn't show up for pre-party interviews. When, hours later, still no one knows Kevin's whereabouts, you have the chance to be the hero tracking down clues to locate the missing star.
Throughout the game, several REO tracks from their latest album as well as some of their classics are used.
More info on this and more REO updates here:

Beyond the band gaming activities, they are about to hit the road starting again in February with their best mates Styx and 38 Special. Dates so far:
February 24, 2010 - Rockford Metro Centre, Rockford, IL
February 25, 2010 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
February 26, 2010 - Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
February 28, 2010 - Lucas County Arena, Toledo, OH
Reo Speedwagon/Styx/38 Special
Keep up with all their live dates here:

Pat Benatar's Biography - Between a Heart and a Rock Place on sale June 15th, 2010

This news from Pat Benatar's website:

An on-sale date of June 15, 2010 has been announced for Pat Benatar's biography, "Between a Heart and a Rock Place". Pat talks about her life, rock 'n roll and how her generation changed music forever. The book release is set to coincide with her 2010 summer tour. For more information, check the Harper Collins Catalog site. Several sites, including Amazon, are also accepting preorders.
Also mentioned their is Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo's 2010 Tour plans.
It seems Pat and Neil will be touring with REO Speedwagon this summer. Scheduling of the tour has begun. A few dates are already on sale. Keep up to date by checking the schedule page.

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