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Scorpions Delivering One Final "Sting"

of the Oakland Press

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German headbangers Scorpions are saying a long, loving goodbye to their fans — a two-year, five-continent farewell tour accompanying their final studio album, “Sting in the Tail.”

And guitarist and founder Rudolf Schenker hope those fans will celebrate the group’s history rather than mourn its end.

“Everything has its end; the question is, is it good end or a bad end? In this case, we want to do these things and make it a good end,” says Schenker, 61, who started the group in 1965 in Hannover and has shepherded it to worldwide sales of more than 100 million albums. He adds that the prospect of ending Scorpions is “really sad, and I don’t even want to think about it,” but the band and management ultimately feel it’s the right move to end the band on a high note with “Sting in the Tail” — which he says “brings us back full circle to the sound we had in the ‘80s” — rather than risk a slow decline.

“You can’t think about Scorpions at 70, not moving on stage, playing ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ — but on stage it’s not like a hurricane, it’s a very small wind,” he says. “There’s no stinger, and that’s not good. You’re going back down hill, from big hall to small how, small how to club ...

And, Schenker promises, Scorpions “will never be done” thanks to an extensive audio-visual archive the group plans to tap in coming years.

“The history of the band is so amazing,” he says. “We have so much film in our library and other things, which will keep coming out.”

Scorpions and Cinderella perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $35 and $45 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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