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The Scorpions Recruit Mikkey Dee For US Tour

BERLIN (CelebrityAccess) — German heavy metal icons Scorpions will be on the road in North America this summer, for a series of concerts.

The 12-date U.S. leg of the band's Return to Forever Tour kicks off with twelve dates in May beginning at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on May 6th and includes a Las Vegas residency.

According to the band, longtime drummer James Kottak will be sitting out the tour due to medical issues, but Motörhead's Mikkey Dee will be filling in for him on the kit.

“We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority. We wish James a speedy recovery and he will be back to Rock with us very soon! We look forward to seeing all our fans this month,” frontman Klaus Meine said.

While the nature of Kottack's medical issues were not disclosed, he had previously sought treatment for alcoholism in 2014 after being jailed in Dubai for a month for insulting Islam. – Staff Writers