Although the rock band, the Scorpions, have famously seen several line-up changes throughout their long and successful career in the music industry, one thing has remained the same about the group; their undeniable ability to create great rock n’ roll hits. The group, which originally formed in Hannover, Germany in 1965, has not only seen success in their home country but in the United States as well. With hits like “No One Like You,” “Still Loving You” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” to their name, there is no denying their impact on the rock music industry, especially during the 1980’s era of hard rock or ‘hair metal’ rock music.
Throughout the band’s career they have sold more than 100 million albums across the globe and embarked on numerous world-wide tours. There has only been one constant member in the band throughout the years; guitarist Rudolf Schenker. The group is known not only for their explosive rock anthems, but for their high-energy live performances that have left audiences mesmerized for decades. Even after performing for almost 50 years, the band is still able to shock audiences, which they did in 2010 after announcing that their 2010 album Sting in the Tail, would be their last and that the band would actually be retiring from the business. Fortunately, for fans of the ground, hot off the success of Sting in the Tail, the band decided to release an album in 2011 that featured re-recorded versions of older songs, a DVD box set that featured the band in 3D, and a documentary of the group behind the scenes.
The year 2011 also included the announcement that despite their claimed retirement, the band would headline the August 2012, Wacken Open Air Festival. After a successful 2011, the band announced one more world tour, called “Final Sting World Tour 2012,” which the band promised would be their actual last performance. The band booked dozens of performances at some of the biggest amphitheaters across the globe and will visit North America and Europe on their tour, and will begin and end the global jaunt in their native country of Germany. Whether these truly prove to be the last performances from the legendary group or not, there is no denying that their long career has been one of the most respected in all of rock music.