Scorpions announce retirement: Will you miss them?

German rockers the Scorpions have announced plans to retire via their official website. “We want to end the Scorpions’ extraordinary career on a high note,” a post on the site reads. “We are extremely grateful for the fact that we still have the same passion for music we’ve always had since the beginning. This is why, especially now, we agree we have reached the end of the road.”

The Scorpions formed in Hanover, Germany in 1965, attaining success a decade later. In the U.S., they’re best remembered as the band behind 1984’s hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” though they’ve continued releasing music through recent years. Fans don’t have to say goodbye just yet, either: a press release notes that the Scorpions will release one final album, Sting in the Tail, on March 23, followed by a three-year farewell world tour.

Will you be sad to see the Scorpions go, whenever they finally do? What’s your favorite tune of theirs? For proof that the Scorpions were still a functioning band as of this past decade, check out a clip of them rocking thousands of Moscow-dwellers like a hurricane in 2003, below.

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  • stinkytojo

    Sill Loving You……..Best. Power Ballad. Ever.

    • Joe C


    • zack

      yes – it’s my fav power ballad and actually my fav song of all time!

  • Rachel

    AWWW MAN! I have seen them at least 3 times in concert! Twice of the shows, they put on the exact same show! Too bad, though they were alot of fun!

  • Jutland Furkludviv

    I still listen to Big City Nights almost everyday day on my zune. Sad day in Zagreb…

  • dusen

    I didn’t even realize they were still touring and recording…

  • Jeff

    Their version of “Still Loving You” with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was amazing.

  • Bronislaus Szczepanski

    Scorpion will be sorely missed! Na zdrowie!

  • Paul_F

    Will I be sad to see them go? YES! I’m saddened by their retirement, but we are not getting any younger – Klaus & Rudi will be 63 when the tour ends.

    They’ve given us some fantastic music over the past 40 years for which I am eternally grateful for I’ve seen them 3 times this past 5 years, and I’ve never been to a more enjoyable concert. They are the commensurate professional musicians.

    Thank you Scorpions!

  • 1965?

    Holy crap. No wonder they looked old in the 80s. In high school, I ordered the German club’s official song changed from “99 Luftballoons” to “Wind of Change”.

  • Wha?

    I’ve missed them since they recorded their last good record in the 80’s, Love At First Sting.
    Well, they did do a cool cover of The Who’s “Can’t Explain” in the early 90’s.

  • UGH

    I remember when a then-struggling Bon Jovi opened for them in 1985.

  • Jim

    From “In Trance” in the 1970s through killer albums like “Lovedrive,” “Animal Magnetism”, “Blackout” and “Love At First Sting,” the Scorps crafted some truly classic heavy metal. Besides writing the ultimate power ballad of all time (“Still Loving You”) and fist pumpers like “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” the band also came up with lesser known but equally great tunes like “Sails of Charon.” So yes, they will be missed, but they leave behind a truly memorable body of work.

    • ks

      You must remember Fly to the Rainbow then-Kicks Butt!!! I love everything they have done!! Except for Still loving you and only because my ex used to play that song ALL the time to try and get me back.

  • carolae

    Sounds as though the deadly Scorpion took a bite out of their own group and their demise was imminent. That really isn’t music but noise when they perform.

    • Martin

      ha ha ha. funny guy.

  • darclyte

    Why would we miss them? Their music will always be available. You don’t need to see a band live to enjoy them. They’ve been around long enough, time to enjoy their retirement.

  • Mike

    I thought they retired after they released Wind Of Change.

  • MikerMan

    Love the Scorps!!! I have 9 of their cassettes!! a few CD’s. World Wide LIVE is still one of my all time favorite live rock albums!!! The ZOO!!!!! Holiday, Still Loving You, Blackout, Big City Nights…as cheezy as that band could get, I still love them.

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