2022 is set to be a monumental year for the band SCORPIONS, one of the world's most important rock bands of recent decades;
50 years ago, on January 22nd, 1972, Scorpions released their acclaimed debut album and launched an unparalleled international career (below are just a few highlights):
Over 110M records sold worldwide - 18 studio albums, 28 compilations and 74 singles!
Over 200 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications
Five decades of touring, playing over 5K concerts in 80 countries!
“Wind of Change” is one of the best-selling singles in the world selling over 14M copies and charting in over 78 countries!
Their success to date impressively underlines the influence that the SCORPIONS continue to have on the rock music scene, and the band celebrate this 50 year milestone by delivering a phenomenal new album and will be touring to support.
New album, “Rock Believer” will be released on February 11th, 2022 with its first single, “Peacemaker” available now.
German rock icons SCORPIONS are set to release their brand-new single Peacemaker on 4 November to whet their fans’ appetite for their upcoming album Rock Believer, scheduled to be out on 11 February 2022 – an amuse-gueule of the rock music variety straight from the metal quintet's brand-hot kitchen. Mind you, Peacemaker has turned into much more than simply a lead single: It’s a showcase number that has SCORPIONS celebrate their legendary tried and tested DNA in a fresh, tough sonic guise, a musical foretaste of their new album that promises to forge an arc between yesterday and tomorrow.
Does a band whose musical career will span fifty years from the release of their first phenomenal album success Lonesome Crow to the arrival of Rock Believer in February 2022 still have the bite, the toughness, the brute force that it takes to create and record one or two dozen brand-new tracks? Aren’t their 18 studio albums to date, their platinum and double-platinum awards garnered around the globe enough for these relentless musicians? Is there still enough gas in the tank to keep going? One of their songs provides the answer to these questions: "Let's play it louder play it hard, Laid back and a little dark, Give me a dirty riff my friend, There's gotta be more gas in the tank."
And indeed, Peacemaker sounds like it's been freshly reimported from the heyday of a legendary hard rock band: "The first thing that came to my mind," remembers SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine, who wrote the lyrics to the song (music courtesy of Rudolf Schenker and Pawel Maciwoda) and produced the band with the support of Hans-Martin Buff, "was the hook line. Peacemaker peacemaker, Bury the undertaker. I was just playing around with those words. At a time when so many people have died and are still dying of Covid, from devastating wars and other senseless crimes, it makes you feel that the undertaker must be working overtime. In a peaceful world after the pandemic, it will be time for the peacemaker to rule ... that’s an image that really appeals to me," says Klaus Meine.
SCORPIONS are one of the world's most important rock bands of recent decades, having sold more than 120 million records to date, played over 5,000 concerts and created a timeless classic in their legendary single Wind Of Change, which dominated the international charts and still is the best-selling single worldwide by a German artist. Countless awards, a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame and more hits such as "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Still Loving You", among others, followed. Their success to date impressively underlines the influence that the SCORPIONS continue to have on the rock music scene. Their latest album Rock Believer will be out on Universal’s Vertigo imprint on 11 February 2022, the lead single Peacemaker will be available from 4 November 2021.
Rock Believer, the credo of their new album, will also be the moniker of their upcoming tour. In March and April 2022, the band are set to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resorts & Casino in Las Vegas as part of their residency, followed by a European tour scheduled to kick off with a number of shows in Germany in June 2022, with more concerts on a global level in the pipeline.