If things go as planned, a new release from Scorpions will be their first since 2015’s ‘Return to Forever.’ This would feature former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee who came on board to take over for James Kottak. Rudolf Schenker mentioned that Dee’s creativity has been a boost to the band, and has a had big impact on the new music, “He has given us a chance to make an album that is special and fresh.” About a new album, Schenker added, “We’ve found a producer to record with, so, we are all very excited to produce a new historic rock ‘n roll album.’’
With respect to Kansas, drummer Phil Ehart announced, “Rehearsals for the spring have been going great. We cannot wait to get back out on the road and perform for Kansas fans, and also, we’re going back into the studio in August to begin a new Kansas album, and back out on tour in September.”
Skid Row are bringing back Michael Wagener, who produced their first two albums. They’ve also begun initial recordings with new singer ZP Theart. The new music will be the final installment of a trilogy that includes a pair of EP’s 2013’s ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter One’ and 2014’s ‘Rise of the Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two.’ The third chapter is expected to be a full-length album with songwriting collaborations from Corey Taylor of Slipknot and members of Halestorm. Tracking for the new album is supposed to begin next week in Nashville.