SCORPIONS Forced To Cancel Columbus Show

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have been forced to cancel their performance in Columbus, Ohio that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 30 at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. Singer Klaus Meine is suffering from a chest cold and his throat doctor has instructed him to take three days of rest until the next scheduled show (Thursday, July 1 in Detroit, Michigan). His doctor advised him that performing six concerts in eight days will delay his recovery and the only solution is to, unfortunately, cancel Columbus. Worldwide tour scheduling prevents the group from being able to return to the area this year.

The band says, "It is with a heavy heart that we have to disappoint our longtime, devoted fans in Columbus, Ohio by not being able to perform there.

"Klaus' doctors have told him in no uncertain terms that he needs the proper rest so he can shake the bug and successfully continue the tour.

"We want to be able to play at the level that audiences have come to expect from us.

"We sincerely apologize to our fans in Columbus and regret any inconvenience this will cause. We truly thank you for years of support.

"Tickets will be refunded beginning July 1 at the original point of purchase.

A FREE show will go on for opener CINDERELLA. The band is in town and ready to rock. Local rockers AMERICAN DOG will kick off the party.

According to Billboard.biz, SCORPIONS recently signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Rights Management in Berlin.

This agreement includes the rights to the current album "Sting in the Tail" (Columbia/Sony) which has already gone gold in several countries.

BMG already has 100 songs by the SCORPIONS, including the band's biggest hit, "Wind of Change".

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