German rock legends Scorpions have announced that after 40 years of making music, the band is to split up. Their 17th and reported to be last studio album Sting In The Tail, which was recorded in their home base city of Hannover, will be released this year. Post that the band will embark on a 2 year farewell tour which they say will see them hit 5 continents and end in 2012 or even early 2013.
Scorpions was formed by Rudolf Schenker in Hanover, Germany in 1965, gaining a huge following when he was joined by his younger brother Michael and singer Klaus Meine in 1969. Their first album, Lonesome Crow was released in 1972. The band has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. Over the years, only Mein & Rudolf remain as the original members of the band which has seen 5 former drummers & 6 former bassists.