Ok, here's my idea for the Scorps final tour in the States. First off : touring with Van Halen should be a resounding NO ! Eddie is known to be a loose cannon when he goes on tour. Drinking problems, erratic behavior, fights, ect ect. David lee Roth is known to have a mouth and say inappropriate stuff on stage. Not just cussing ( which is fine by me ) but stuff about his own band members past and present , and the other acts ...not to mention the fact that they kinda suck live nowdays. If the Scorps blew em off stage night after night it could cause the Van Halen camp to screw with there lights sound ect. Trust me. They would do it. So forget Halen. Could you imagine the tour being canceled half way through ? The Scorps would get screwed. Don't do it.
I think the Scorps should tie up any loose ends around the world in all of 2011 early 2012 and then do a MASSIVE tour in the US from late may 2012 through early Sept 2012 With a final American show at Madison Square Garden with special guests ( like Herman , Uli , Michael , maybe Ralph, ). Then go on to do final dates in Germany with maybe a final concert in Berlin.
I know some on here don't think they could pull off a big tour alone in the US. I think they could, if they do it right. One thing is naming the tour correctly. They cant say "farewell tour" again but they could call it : *SCORPIONS* NOW OR NEVER , Final US leg of the 2010-2012 Farewell tour. And if they did a US press conference for TV and some for YouTube press explaining that, " we wanted to do our very last year in the states...ect ect " then people would know its credible and that they are not cashing in on multiple farewell tours. Its all about promotion. I know people here complain about promotion of the band but hey, us fans can do it ourselves. Ever heard of Craigslist ? FREE ! FREE ! FREE Promotion ! If the band set 2012 dates in mid 2011 that would give them and fans time to pimp the tour. You can use Craigs List, FaceBook and Myspace with links to the bands official FaceBook and MySpace pages. The Band could do really good TV spot commercials and Youtube advertisements. It can be done !
Also, The band can't neglect their 70's era either. I don't really think they should have Uli or Michael do fill ins during the Tour ( only the grand final at Madison Square Garden ) Herman fill ins ? YES ! ) But they do need to add clips of 70's songs to their promo advertisements and add some 70's songs to the final tour. Maybe speedys coming, Dark Lady, In Trance, Hes a woman Shes a man. I think it would be good to hear Matthias do his interpretation of the solos. He has done it before so....they have to accept that the 70's era is also very important. This will also draw in extra fans.
And again, as far as the Van Halen thing. VH are supposed to release a CD in early 2011. Let them Do it and tour in 2011. The Scorps can concentrate on the rest of the world in 2011 and not have to compete with VH on separate tours in the States . Then the Scorps come to the US in 2012 and KICK ASS ! If VH wants to do a co headline tour in 2013-14 cool. Its cool even if the Scorps are an opening act on it. And then the Scorpions wont loose credibility for doing more touring after their final tour....they can just say Van Halen envited them to do another tour. AND its a win win for us Scorps fans because we might get to have a THIRD US tour !!!! Huh ? Huh ? Like that ?
I have no beef with Van Halen. I love those guys too. But they have fallen from grace. The only reason their last tour sold out is because it was a reunion with Roth. I love Eddie. I grew up mainly on his and Matthias' playing but Van Halen lost it. Dave is cool to, wrote a great book called crazy from the heat, love it. I just don't want to see the Scorps ruin their final US tour because they take a risky tour. The Scorps can do a big final US tour with... PROMOTION ! PROMOTION ! PROMOTION!!! And if they come to Oregon again ( specifically the 12,500 seater Matthew Night Arena in Eugene Oregon...home of the DUCKS : ) I will promote the HELL out of it. I think the rest of us can do the same.
Also, they can get more modern opening acts. One idea is Nickleback. They are huge Scorps fans, so are Smashing Pumpkins. Even though those bands are big in their own right, i bet they would open to pay homage to the Scorps. Shakira , Santana , Avril Lavigne , Sum 41, all bands that have said good things or wore Scorps shirts ect. You would have NO PROBLEM finding younger acts to pay homage to the Scorps on their final US tour. I think my words are true folks. Lets have OUR BAND go out with a thunderous BANG !