MTV Unplugged

SCORPIONS: ‘Holiday’ Unplugged Performance Clip

SCORPIONS fans worldwide can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live performance video for "Holiday" on The never-before-seen (or heard) video is taken from the beautifully orchestrated stripped-down concerts that became the SCORPIONS' forthcoming CD/DVD and Blu-ray release, "MTV Unplugged", but does not appear on any configuration of the releases. Due in North America on January 21, 2014 via Sony International, material for SCORPIONS' "MTV Unplugged" is taken from the band's first-ever "MTV Unplugged" show and features new acoustic versions of best-loved classic hits, as well as five brand new songs. "MTV Unplugged" will be available in two formats — a standard CD and a deluxe version featuring CD + DVD. "MTV Unplugged" will be released in 50 countries, a testament to the German band's iconic status worldwide. Recorded and filmed just a few months ago on September 11 and September 12 of last year, "MTV Unplugged" was culled from two dynamic acoustic sets at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece. The spectacular open-air theatre, situated 300 meters above the city, was an impressive backdrop for the first-ever open-air show in the history of "MTV Unplugged" (the theatre also shares a birth year with the SCORPIONS themselves, having been built in 1965, the same year the SCORPIONS formed). Of the choice to film/record "MTV Unplugged" at the Lycabettus Theatre, SCORPIONS' singer/guitarist Klaus Meine commented, "We have fabulous fans all over the world, but the Greeks are absolute die-hards fans." SCORPIONS is Klaus Meine (vocals/guitar), Rudolf Schenker (guitars/vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums); additional musical support on "MTV Unplugged" includes contributions from Swedish musicians and producers Mikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals). The duo is also responsible for the arrangements on "MTV Unplugged". "MTV Unplugged" track listing: CD 01. Sting In The Tail 02. Can't Live Without You 03. The Best Is Yet To Come 04. Dancing With The Moonlight (new song) 05. Delicate Dance - new song 06. Love Is The Answer (new song) 07. Follow Your Heart (new song) 08. Send Me An Angel 09. Where The River Flows 10. Rock You Like A Hurricane 11. Blackout 12. Still Loving You 13. Big City Nights 14. Wind Of Change 15. No One Like You DVD 01. Sting In The Tail 02. Can't Live Without You 03. Pictured Life 04. Speedy's Coming 05. Born To Touch Your Feelings 06. The Best Is Yet To Come 07. Dancing With The Moonlight (new song) 08. In Trance 09. When You Came Into My Life 10. Delicate Dance - new song 11. Love Is The Answer (new song) 12. Follow Your Heart (new song) 13. Send Me An Angel 14. Where The River Flows 15. Passion Rules The Game 16. Rock You Like A Hurricane 17. Hit Between The Eyes 18. Drum-Athenica 19. Rock N' Roll Band (new song) 20. Blackout 21. Still Loving You 22. Big City Nights 23. Wind Of Change 24. No One Like You 25. When The Smoke Is Going Down SCORPIONS are still in the midst of their epic farewell world tour; the tour has been going on for more than three years now. To the delight of their fans there is no end in sight, as to date the band has only played 23 out of the 38 countries planned on the itinerary. SCORPIONS is one of the most successful international hard rock bands of all time, selling upwards of 75 million records worldwide and playing more than 5,000 concerts in 80+ countries globally. Formed in Germany in 1965, the band has come to be known for its colossal radio and MTV hits "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "No One Like You" and "Wind Of Change", as well as their status as international rock ambassadors. VH1 ranked the SCORPIONS as the #46 Artist on the "Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock" special, while "Rock You Like A Hurricane" came in at #18 on VH1's "Greatest Hard Rock Songs". The band recently received a star on the Hollywood RockWalk in Los Angeles. To date, SCORPIONS have released 18 studio albums and 5 live records.

SCORPIONS To Release ‘MTV Unplugged’ In November

The greatest delight for the SCORPIONS fans, of which there are several million throughout the world, is the fact that there is no end in sight for the farewell world tour, even though this has been continuing for three years now. SCORPIONS still are Germany's internationally most popular rock band ever in the history of music, and of the 38 countries where farewell shows are planned, only 23 have been covered to date. On top of this, the band has found the time and energy to bring to life a very special event: their first "MTV Unplugged" show. On September 11 and September 12, 2013, Klaus Meine (vocals, guitars), Rudolf Schenker (guitars, vocals), Matthias Jabs (guitars), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and James Kottak (drums) played two fantastic acoustic sets in the Lycabettus theatre of Athens. The open-air theatre, which was designed by the Greek architect Takis Zenetos in 1965 — and thus is just the same age as the story of theSCORPIONS — is situated on Mount Lycabettus, at 300m height, and offers an impressive view of the Greek metropolis. But the spectacular scenery is not the only reason that convinced the SCORPIONS to choose Athens for the first ever open-air show in the history of"MTV Unplugged". "When we were approached with the idea of playing an unplugged show, we immediately thought of Greece," Klaus Meine recalls. Matthias Jabs adds, "We have fabulous fans all over the world, but the Greeks are absolute die-hard fans." Concerning the choice of venue, the Lycabettus theatre, Meine explains, "We played here many years ago. It is a beautiful place. I can remember that even back then the fans climbed onto the surrounding rocks. Of course we played some of the greatest classics this time, but we also performed a few new songs as well as material that we had never played live up to then. Those are songs which are very popular with the fans but which somehow never made it onto the set lists." More than ten years ago, the SCORPIONS had already played a few acoustic sets, the result of which, "Acoustica", was released on CD and DVD in 2001, with great international success. However, the current program, including a total of two dozen songs, is virtually completely different. First of all, we have the band's brand new songs, whose stunning live debut filled the audience with instant enthusiasm. Alongside "Dancing With The Moonlight" and "Rock'n'Roll Band", both of which can be easily imagined in perfect rock versions, Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs presented one song each penned by every artist himself. The instrumental track "Delicate Dance" with Matthias Jabs as leader is based on guitar spheres which could easily settle in between the psychedelic glamour of PINK FLOYD and the boogie folk of LED ZEPPELIN. "Love Is The Answer" is a ballad for which Rudolf Schenker took over as lead vocalist — a feat that does not happen very often. And immediately after this, Klaus Meine surprises us with the world premiere of "Follow Your Heart", another power ballad destined for the charts. The show is opened by "Sting In The Tail", arranged in Cajun style. This song, taken from the eponymous album of 2010, bears witness to how deeply the SCORPIONS are rooted in rock'n'roll and blues, virtually the topsoil and nurture of hard rock. The same applies to the set of classics that follow, such as "Pictured Life", "Speedy's Coming" or the hymnal "Born To Touch Your Feelings", in which the Greek actress Dimitra Kokkori surprises with a truly heart-wrenching spoken-word part. It goes without saying that the beautiful lady is not the only guest starring at this exceptional event. On the nights featured here, the fiveSCORPIONS can count on the relentless support of the Swedish musicians and producersMikael Nord Andersson (guitars, mandolin, lap steel, vocals) and Martin Hansen (guitars, harmonica, vocals), who are also responsible for the arrangements made specifically for the"MTV Unplugged" show, and who also produced the latest SCORPIONS studio album. Further Swedish support comes in the shapes of Ola Hjelm (guitars, vocals) and Hans Gardemar (keyboards, accordion, vocals), as well as from percussionist PiTTi Hecht from Hannover, who is renowned as one of the best percussionists in Europe. To round off this magnificent cast performing at the Lycabettus theatre, there is a string ensemble consisting of eight Greek ladies, whom Klaus Meine introduces as "The Strings from Heaven." Indeed, a truly heavenly performance is offered by Klaus Meine and Hamburg-based Cäthe with their version of "In Trance". Cäthe, who released her second album, "Verschollenes Tier", this summer, shows all her charisma in this true seventies classic. "Rock You Like A Hurricane", one of the most popular rock songs by the SCORPIONS, and frenetically applauded by the audience, features REVOLVERHELD's Johannes Strate as guest vocalist battling with Klaus Meine, and the ultimate world hit "Wind Of Change" offers a unique aha-experience in its own right whenMorten Harket comes on stage for this encore. Throughout its two and a half hours, the show captivates with its numerous intimate moments and infectious adrenaline rushes (such as during a percussion solo). And there are even more nuggets from the sheer endless stock of hits — such as "Still Loving You" and "Big City Nights", "No One Like You" and "When The Smoke Is Going Down" — as well as a few welcome surprises to dazzle the connoisseur. "When You Came Into My Life", where Rudolf Schenker plays a sitar, is one of those tracks which the SCORPIONS had never before played live, as are "Where The River Flows" and "Passion Rules The Game". In view of this unplugged marathon with the stunning emotional momentum it conveys, it is difficult to pinpoint single highlights, but what can be stated with certainty is that the SCORPIONS evidently enjoyed this musical rollercoaster ride through their own history. It is equally obvious that both rock songs and power ballads display their class and style even when rendered as acoustic versions. The melodies maintain their timeless compositional appeal and the quality of the performance proves time and again that the SCORPIONS are blessed — this time especially by the Greek gods, it seems.

SCORPIONS Perform Three ‘Unplugged’ Shows In Greece; Video Available

On September 11, September 12 and September 14, German hard rock legends SCORPIONS played three concerts in Athens, Greece under the banner "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens" at the Lycabettus Theatre over the roofs of the ancient city. For the first time in the history of the "MTV Unplugged" series, a concert in Greece under the open sky took place. SCORPIONS performed their biggest hits, album classics as well as some exclusive new songs in the typical sound and arrangement of "MTV Unplugged". They were supported by national and international surprise guests. Fan-filmed video footage of the September 12 concert can be seen below. "MTV Unplugged - Scorpions Live In Athens" will be released at the end of 2013 on CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc.In addition, the performance will be premiered on MTV and VIVA in Germany.