scorpions640 The Scorpions will begin their 50th anniversary celebrations in 2015 with the release of Return To Forever on February 23rd.

The follow-up to 2011’s covers album, Comeblack, marks the band’s first studio project in three years, during which time the group performed a farewell tour and made a decision to continue recording and performing because they simply had too much fun to call it quits.

Return To Forever follows 2014’s MTV Unplugged – Scorpions Live In Athens, a package compiled from three concerts in Athens, Greece at the city’s Lycabettus Theatre last year.

Return To Forever features a variety of vintage Scorpions songs that were never completed back in the day.

Guitarist Matthias Jabs explains, “We found tracks mainly from the Blackout and Love At First Sting days – which people consider our most creative and best time. They sound good but were never finished. They don’t have lyrics or vocals, so we have to do everything new.”

Lone original and founding member, guitarist Rudolph Shenker, previously revealed a link between the MTV project and Return To Forever.

“Two of the new songs on MTV UnpluggedDancing With The Moonlight and Rock & Roll Band – we had saved for bonus tracks. So we have those two and we’ll put them out as electric versions.”

The package will be issued in a variety of formats, including: digital download, standard CD, limited-edition CD with 4 bonus songs, double LP vinyl, a 50th anniversary box set, and an audiobook featuring track-by-track interviews, an exclusive t-shirt, postcard, EP, USB key and backstage pass.

Fan can pre-order the album now on iTunes or via the band’s webstore and they’ll receive the new single, We Built This House.

Scorpions will perform in the UK next July as part of the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair.

Return To Forever Track list:

Going Out With A Bang
We Built This House
Rock My Car
House Of Cards
All For One
Rock ‘N’ Roll Band
Catch Your Luck And Play
Rollin’ Home
Hard Rockin’ The Place
Eye Of The Storm
The Scratch
Gypsy Life
The World We Used To Know (bonus deluxe edition)
Dancing With The Moonlight (bonus deluxe edition)
When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus deluxe edition)
Who We Are (bonus deluxe edition)
Delirious (bonus iTunes)

source: classicrockmagazine

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  • James K. on

    I’m glad they decided to continue the band. Scorpions are still great. I’m not a fan of “unplugged” performances but their MTV Unplugged show was awesome. Klaus’ voice still sounds great and the band still plays at top form. I’d like for them now to make a hard hitting, classic Scorpions album in the vein of LOVEDRIVE or BLACKOUT. Classic bands that me and my generation grew up on, like Scorpions, are getting up there in age and it’s not certain how many years they have left before they call it quits. So to have Scorpions still here and still kicking ass is special and needs to be celebrated.

    • Doug R. on

      Amen James, you hit the nail on the head, again! This sounds like it’s going to be awesome! I’m going to go with the bonus deluxe edition, can’t get enough of The Scorps! 🙂

    • James K. on

      I’m going with the deluxe edition to. All the bonus stuff looks awesome!

  • James K. on

    This is not a top 5 list, just a list of 5 awesome Scorpions songs to listen to:
    China White
    Animal Magnetism
    Polar Nights
    Catch Your Train
    Coming Home

  • Jeff T on

    I hope this is better than “Sting in the Tail”. That was weak sauce.

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