Scorpions will celebrate their 50th stage anniversary with a new album.
'Return To Forever' is due February 23, 2015 and will be available on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, Limited Collector’s Box, and several more digital and physical formats.
The first single 'We Built This House' can also be downloaded as an 'instant grat' track with iTunes and Amazon mp3 pre-orders.
The album's release comes as part of Scorpions' 50th stage anniversary celebrations. Rudolf Schenker said: 'It’s really remarkable, how well and mostly unharmed we’ve survived those years, in which our kind of music seemed to have gotten out of style completely. When the grunge wave hit the shore, we simply went to Asia to tap new markets and gain new fans. We were able to continue playing and keep on winning new friends for our music.'
The band teamed up with Swedes Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen to produce the record, who have previously worked with the band on 'Sting In The Tail' and their 'MTV Unplugged' album, together with Matthias Jabs.
"Actually, we only wanted to finally record some song ideas for the fans, which we had worked on in the past but never put on an album, and then release them without much fanfare", Jabs added. "There had been quite a few over the years, ideas that were really good, but in the end didn’t make the cut back then due to the limited space on vinyl and later on CD. We quickly had eight songs, which partly had to be finalized first and were then recorded from scratch. During the work, increasingly new song ideas were added from our end, as well as from the two Swedes. We had so much fun working and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of the songwriting process once again. And in the end, it turned out to be a brand-new Scorpions album after all."
Scorpions are also set to feature in a film called 'Forever And A Day', which was shot during their 'Final Sting' tour and directed by Katja von Garnier.
'Return To Forever' Deluxe Edition track listing:
1. Going out with a Bang
2. We Built This House
3. Rock My Car
4. House of Cards
5. All for One
6. Rock 'n' Roll Band
7. Catch Your Luck and Play
8. Rollin' Home
9. Hard Rockin' the Place
10. Eye of the Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used to Know
14. Dancing with the Moonlight
15. When the Truth Is a Lie
16. Who We Are