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5th September 2016


The Scorpions played Citibank Hall, São Paulo, Brazil this weekend and honoured Lemmy with a Klaus Meine led rendition of 'Overkill', however this one was very special as Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee is currently playing in The Scorpions in the absence of regular drummer James Kottak.

The São Paulo stage was very Motörhead-esque with the band performing in front of a gargantuan stack of Marshalls and Mikkey on a raised platform bathed in bright light.

The Scorps did a great job on an extremely difficult track to play with Klaus keeping his own style instead of trying to "imitate" Lemmy. The Germans are also to be commended for choosing a Motörhead song that isn't 'Ace Of Spades'. Have a look at the performance here and see what you think.

Shortly after Mikkey announced the end of Motörhead, he was recruited into the Thin Lizzy ranks to play their Anniversary gigs of 2016/17 but then the offer from The Scorpions arrived and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis joined Lizzy instead with Mikkey booked up for most of the rest of the year as a major part of the Scorps 50th Anniversary Return To Forever World Tour.

Kottak rejoined The Scorpions in November 2014, eight months after he spent a month in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates prison for insulting Islam after getting drunk on a flight.


He had been receiving treatment for alcohol abuse at the time and released a statement in June 2014 saying: "This entire incident caused me to realize that it is time to stop drinking once and for all so that I can become the father, musician, and friend that I know I can be."

Swedish drummer Johan Franzon filled in for Kottak for some of the 2014 concerts and because of his arrest, Kottak did not perform with his bandmates at the April 5th 2014 show at the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix and was replaced by former Firewind, Helloween and Tank drummer Mark Cross.


Klaus Meine told the band's French fan club Crazyscorps in October 2014: "With James, you know, when he went through this unfortunate incident in Dubai, we said, 'At this point, it's good if you take a break. Not so much for us, but for yourself. And not so much being the drummer of The Scorpions, but for yourself being a family man.

"And you should go into rehab and don't think about anything else but just try to clean out yourself and come back the same James we know for so many years that's been not only our drummer, but also our friend, and a great guy.' So, giving him that time, we played this whole stretch of shows with a great Swedish drummer, Johan Franzon.

"And now, of course, we want James back, and we said to him, 'The door is open for you to come back. But first, it's up to you, and you have to take care about yourself, take it serious, go through a serious rehab, and then the door will be open for you.'"

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Remaining Scorpions 50th Anniversary World Tour dates:

Thursday September 8th: Arena do CFO, Fortaleza, Brazil
Saturday September 10th: Metropolitan, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tuesday September 13th: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
Thursday September 15th: Estadio Cubierto Malvinas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday September 18th: Jockey Club, Asunción, Paraguay
Monday October 3rd: Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan
Thursday October 6th: Zepp Divercity, Tokyo, Japan
Saturday October 8th: Loud Park Festival, Saitama, Japan
Tuesday October 11th: Grand Cube, Osaka, Japan
Saturday October 15th: Hippodrome Henri Milliard, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Tuesday October 18th: Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Friday October 21st: Suntec Convention Centre, Singapur, Singapore
Sunday October 23rd: Monsoon Music Festival, Hanoi, Vietnam
Wednesday October 26th: International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Saturday October 29th: Sepang International Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia
Sunday November 20th: Zénith De Dijon, Dijon, France
Wednesday November 23rd: Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
Friday November 25th: Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Sunday November 27th: Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
Tuesday November 29th: Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany
Friday December 2nd: Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany


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