scorpions640 The Scorpions have released the following statement regarding reports that their American drummer, James Kottak, will spend a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates jail after he was convicted on Tuesday morning of insulting Islam.

“Dear fans, when James Kottak arrived in Dubai on April 3th, he ran into problems at immigrations and got busted. Whatever happened is totally out of our control and we don’t know any details about it at this point. For the concerts in Germany, Johan Franzon, a Swedish drummer, will take James’ seat. Please understand, we keep you posted.”

According to the Associated Press, Kottak was convicted of insulting Islam, raising his middle finger, and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport.

The Scorpions latest double CD was their first MTV Unplugged which was released on November 29th.

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  • Lee on

    My brother got 2G a day in Dubai looking at oil well graphs drinking Pepsi and listening to UFO Mechanix.

    • Mark on

      He didnt have Strangers In The Night, he had to listen to that inferior Mechanix crap. Quite possibly the worst UFO album ever recorded ?

  • Gary B. on

    The Middle East. Where it’s acceptable to strap bombs to yourself and kill dozens of innocent people,but it’s not OK to drink a beer. That sounds sensible…….

    • milkmoney on

      It is alright to take money from these “terrorists” by playing there. You can’t have it all. If they are so bad then play elsewhere for less or drink and act foolish in designated drinking and acting foolish areas. Remember the JETS fan who punched the female PATRIOTS fan in the face last year. That guy turned out to be an ex-con killer. Don’t feel bad for douchebags. How come the other 4 guys in the band weren’t doing stupid shit like this? There is a difference between DRINKING A BEER and getting arrested in an airport. If he had A BEER, he would be playing to his fans and not in jail.

  • Medved on

    Okay everybody just chill. Don’t go losing your head over this!

    • Dana on

      Ah, boooo-LOL!

  • tom on

    oh, the idiots who say “no wonder everyone hates Americans”. Why don’t you douche nozzles move to a country like use or any other Islam country. see how long you’d last. you’d be crying to come back here and have the freedoms you do. The “religion of peace” and its treatment of women alone is enough for me to say p*** off Islam. hate me all you want. I am American and could give two s***s less what PC clowns think, especially Islam dip dongs.

    • Richman on

      You should have done your dissertation in CAPS for effect. The Dubai law enforcement appear to have reacted to the drunk drummers behavior rather than seeking out an American undesirable to mess with ’cause of his beliefs.

  • mark sloot on

    are the scorpions that hard up that they have to play in a country that hates jews and christians? that looks at anything from the west with contempt? especially rock and roll ? these islamo facist satan worshipers want nothing more than to kill anyone who will not conform to their evil idiology. anyone who defends these scumbags is just as guilty.remember it takes only a generation to lose our freedoms.

    • Richman on

      Looks like Kottak isn’t the only one hitting the sauce. You know why the SCORPIONS were playing there? It was a job. If people want to hear their music, why not? I love meeting people at concerts and talking about my favorite bands like LOU REED METALLICA (ouch) and BLACKMORE’S NIGHT (wtf) and that other band with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. If a guy from Dubai said “YO WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SCORPION’S SONG? I’d answer THE ZOO and then we could talk about life and shit untill the show starts, then he has to shut up.

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