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The Scorpions are a rock band from Hannover, Germany formed in 1965 by
guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who is the band's only constant member. They
are known for their 1980s rock anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and
many singles, such as "No One Like You", "Send Me an Angel", "Still
Loving You", and "Wind of Change". The band was ranked #46 on VH1's
Greatest Artists of Hard Rock program."Rock You Like a Hurricane" is
also #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. On January
24, 2010, after 46 years of performing, the band announced that they
will be retiring after touring in support of their new album Sting in
the Tail. The band sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Formation and early history (1965–1973)
Rudolf Schenker, the band's rhythm guitarist launched the band in 1965.
At first, the band had beat influences and Schenker himself did the
vocals. Things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker's younger
brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. In 1972, the
group recorded and released their debut album Lonesome Crow, with Lothar
Heimberg on bass and Wolfgang Dziony on drums. During the Lonesome Crow
tour, Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO. Near the end of
the tour, the members of UFO offered guitarist Michael Schenker the lead
guitar job, an offer which he soon accepted. Uli Roth, a friend of the
Schenker brothers, was then called in temporarily to finish off the
The departure of Michael Schenker led to the breakup of the band. In
1973, Uli Roth, who had helped Scorpions complete the Lonesome Crow
tour, was offered the role as lead guitarist, but turned the band down,
preferring instead to remain in the band Dawn Road. Rudolf Schenker
eventually decided that he wanted to work with Roth, but did not want to
resurrect the last Scorpions lineup. He attended some of Dawn Road's
rehearsals and ultimately decided to join the band, which consisted of
Roth, Francis Buchholz (bass), Achim Kirschning (keyboards) and Jürgen
Rosenthal (drums). Roth and Buchholz persuaded Rudolf Schenker to invite
Klaus Meine to join on vocals, which he soon did. While there were more
members of Dawn Road than Scorpions in the band, they decided to use
the Scorpions name because it was well known in the German hard rock
scene and an album had been released under that name.
Rise to fame (1974–1978)
In 1974 the new line-up of Scorpions released Fly to the Rainbow. The
album proved to be more successful than Lonesome Crow and songs such as
"Speedy's Coming" and the title track established the band's sound.
Achim Kirschning decided to leave after the recordings. Soon after,
Jürgen Rosenthal had to leave as he was being drafted into the army. In
1976, he would join a German progressive rock band called Eloy recording
three albums. He was replaced by a Belgian drummer Rudy Lenners.
In 1975 the band released In Trance, which marked the beginning of
Scorpions' long collaboration with German producer Dieter Dierks. The
album was a huge step forward for Scorpions and established their heavy
metal formula. It garnered a fan base at home and abroad with cuts such
as "Dark Lady", "Robot Man".
In 1976, Scorpions released Virgin Killer. The album's cover featured a
nude prepubescent girl behind a broken pane of glass. The cover art was
designed by Stefan Bohle who was the product manager for RCA Records,
their label at the time. The cover brought the band considerable market
exposure but subsequently pulled or replaced in other countries. The
album itself garnered demographic praise for its music from select
critics and fan base.
The following year, Rudy Lenners resigned for personal reasons and was replaced by Herman Rarebell.
For the follow-up Taken by Force, RCA Records made a determined effort
to promote the album in stores and on the radio. The album's single,
"Steamrock Fever", was added to some of RCA's radio promotional records.
Roth was not happy with the commercial direction the band was taking.
Although he performed on the band's Japan tour, he departed to form his
own band, Electric Sun prior to the release of the resultant double live
album Tokyo Tapes. Tokyo Tapes was released in the US and Europe six
months after its Japanese release. By that time in mid 1978, after
auditioning around 140 guitarists, Scorpions recruited new guitarist
Commercial success (1979–1991)
Following the addition of Jabs, Scorpions left RCA for Mercury Records
in the States and Harvest/EMI Electrola worldwide to record their next
album Lovedrive. Just weeks after being ejected from UFO for his alcohol
abuse, Michael Schenker also returned to the group for a short period
during the recordings for the album. This gave the band three guitarists
(though Schenker's contribution to the final release was limited to
only three songs). The result was Lovedrive, an album which some critics
consider to be the pinnacle of their career. Containing such fan
favourites as "Loving You Sunday Morning", "Always Somewhere", "Holiday"
and the instrumental "Coast to Coast", it firmly cemented the
'Scorpions formula' of hard rock songs mixed with melodic ballads. The
album's provocative artwork was named "Best album sleeve of 1979" by
Playboy magazine yet ultimately changed for American release. Lovedrive
reached #55 on the US charts, demonstrating that the band was gathering
an international following. After the completion and release of the
album the band decided to retain Michael in the band, forcing Jabs to
leave. However after a few weeks of the tour, Michael, still coping with
alcoholism missed a number of gigs and at one point collapsed on stage.
Jabs was brought back to fill in for him on those occasions when he
could not perform. In April 1979, during their tour in France, Jabs was
brought in permanently to replace Michael.
In 1980 the band released Animal Magnetism, again with a provocative
cover this time showing a girl kneeling and a Doberman Pinscher sitting
in front of a man. Animal Magnetism contained classics such as "The Zoo"
and "Make It Real". Soon after the album's release, Meine began
experiencing throat problems. He required surgery on his vocal cords and
doubts were raised about whether he would ever sing again.
Meanwhile, the band began working on their next album, Blackout in 1981.
Don Dokken was brought in to provide guide and backing vocals while
Meine recovered. Meine eventually healed completely and was able to
finish the album. Blackout was released in 1982 and quickly became the
band's best selling to date eventually going platinum. Meine's voice
showed no signs of weakness and fan response to the album was good.
Blackout spawned three singles: "Dynamite", "Blackout", and "No One Like
Gaining in popularity from their success from "Blackout", Scorpions
performed to over 375,000 fans on Day 2 at the three-day US Festival
concert held in San Bernadino, California during Memorial Day Weekend of
1983. The concert was aired live on MTV, giving the band wide exposure
in a live show.
It was not until 1984 and the release of Love at First Sting that the
band finally cemented their status as metal musicians. Propelled by the
single "Rock You Like a Hurricane", Love at First Sting climbed the
charts and went double platinum in the USA a few months after its
MTV gave the album's videos "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Bad Boys
Running Wild", "Big City Nights", and the power ballad "Still Loving
You" significant airtime greatly contributing to the album's success.
The channel even supplied Scorpions with the nickname "The Ambassadors
of Rock" to the chagrin of industry insiders who recognized the
executive influence behind the scenes.
The band toured extensively behind Love at First Sting and decided to
record and release their second live album, World Wide Live in 1985.
Recorded over a year-long world tour and released at the height of their
popularity, the album was another success for the band, peaking at #14
in the charts in the US and at #18 in the UK.
After their extensive world tours, the band finally returned to the
studio to record Savage Amusement. Released in 1988, four years after
their previous studio album, Savage Amusement represented a more
polished and mature sound similar to the style Def Leppard had found
success. The album sold well but was considered somewhat of a critical
disappointment. However, British heavy rock magazine Kerrang! did award
the album five K's out of five.
On the Savage Amusement tour in 1988, Scorpions became only the second
Western group (not American) to play in the Soviet Union. Uriah Heep had
performed in December, 1987 in Leningrad. The following year the band
returned to perform at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. As a result,
Scorpions developed an extended Russian fan base and still return to
Wishing to distance themselves from the Savage Amusement style, the band
separated from their long-time producer and "Sixth Scorpion", Dieter
Dierks, replacing him with Keith Olsen when they returned to the studio
in 1990. Crazy World was released that same year and displayed a less
polished sound. The album was propelled in large part by the massive
success of the ballad "Wind of Change". The song muses on the
socio-political changes that were occurring in Eastern Europe and in
other parts of the world at the end of the Cold War. On July 21, 1990
they joined many other guests for Roger Waters' massive performance of
The Wall in Berlin. Scorpions performed both versions of "In the Flesh"
from The Wall. After the Crazy World tour Francis Buchholz, the band's
long-serving bassist, left the group.
Later days (1992–2009)
In 1993, Scorpions released Face the Heat. Bass was handled by Ralph
Rieckermann. For the recording process, Scorpions brought in producer
Bruce Fairbairn. The album's sound was more metal than melodic and
divided the band's fan base. Many "headbangers" responded positively to
the album while many longtime fans were put off. Neither the hard rock
single "Alien Nation" nor the ballad "Under The Same Sun" came close to
matching the success of "Wind of Change". Face the Heat was a moderate
In 1995, a new album, Live Bites, was produced. The disc documented
retro live performances from their Savage Amusement Tour in 1988, all
the way through the Face the Heat Tour in 1994. While the album had a
technologically cleaner sound in comparison to their best-selling live
album, World Wide Live, it was not as successful.
Prior to recording their 13th studio album, 1996s Pure Instinct, drummer
Herman Rarebell left the band to set up a recording label. Curt Cress
took charge of the drumsticks for the album before Kentucky-born James
Kottak took over permanently. Many feel Pure Instinct is a response to
the complaints levied against Face the Heat. The album had many ballads.
Still, the album's singles "Wild Child" and the soothing ballad "You
and I" both enjoyed moderate success.
1999 saw the release of Eye II Eye and a significant change in the
band's style, mixing in elements of pop and techno. While the album was
slickly produced, fans were unsure what to make of the band, responding
negatively to almost everything from pop-soul backup singers to the
electronic drums present on several songs. The video to the album's
first European single, "To Be No. 1", featured a Monica Lewinsky
look-alike which did little to improve its popularity.
The following year, Scorpions had an artistic collaboration with the
Berlin Philharmonic that resulted in a 10-song album named Moment of
Glory. The album went a long way toward rebuilding the band's reputation
after the harsh criticism of Eye II Eye. However, critics accused them
of following on the coattails of Metallica's similar collaboration
(S&M) with the San Francisco Symphony which had been released the
previous year, even though the orchestra had first approached Scorpions
with the idea in 1995.
In 2001, Scorpions released Acoustica, a live unplugged album featuring
acoustic reworkings of the band's biggest hits, plus new tracks. While
appreciated by fans, the lack of a new studio album was frustrating to
some, and Acoustica did little to return the band to the spotlight.
In 2004, the band released Unbreakable, an album that was hailed by
critics as a long-awaited return to form. The album was the heaviest the
band had released since Face the Heat, and fans responded well to
tracks such as "New Generation", "Love 'em or Leave 'em" and "Deep and
Dark". Whether a result of poor promotion by the band's label or the
long time between studio releases, Unbreakable received little airplay
and did not chart. Scorpions toured extensively behind the album and
played as 'Special Guests' with Judas Priest during the 2005 British
tour—these were the Scorpions' first dates in the UK since 1999.
In early 2006, Scorpions released the DVD 1 Night in Vienna that
included 14 live tracks and a complete rockumentary. In LA, the band
spent about four months in the studio with producers James Michael and
Desmond Child working on their new concept album titled Humanity: Hour
I, which was released in late May 2007.
In 2007, the band collaborated with two of their signature tracks in the
video game series, "Guitar Hero." "No One Like You" was featured on the
"Rocks the '80s" version of the game while "Rock You Like A Hurricane"
was released on "Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock."
On May 14, 2007, Scorpions released Humanity – Hour I in Europe.
Humanity – Hour I became available in the U.S. on August 28 on New Door
Records, entering the Billboard charts at number #63.
In a September 2007 podcast interview, Meine said the new album was not
so much a "concept album" as it was a collection of songs with a common
theme. "We didn't want to make another record with songs about boys
chasing girls. I mean, come on, give me a break," Meine said.
Asked in 2007 if the band was planning to release a Humanity – Hour II, Meine replied:
That is what everybody is asking. There might be. Who knows? Right now
we are at the beginning of the world tour. It is exciting to play the
new songs and they go very well with the classics. It is exciting that
there is a whole new audience out there. There are many longtime fans
but there are a lot of young kids. We just played in London and in Paris
and there were young kids rocking out to songs that were written way
before they were born. It is amazing. I don’t want to think about Hour
II right now because Hour I is so exciting. It is very inspiring to see
how much the audience enjoys this new music.
On December 20, 2007, Scorpions played at a concert for the elite of
Russia’s security forces in the Kremlin. The concert was a celebration
of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Cheka—predecessor of the
KGB. The band has claimed that they thought they were performing a
Christmas concert. They have said that their concert was by no means a
tribute to the Cheka, communism, or Russia's brutal past. Members of the
audience included Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.
On February 21, 2009, Scorpions received Germany's ECHO Honorary Award for lifetime achievement at Berlin's O2 World.
New album and retirement (2010–2013)
In November 2009, Scorpions announced that their 17th studio album,
Sting in the Tail, would be released in early 2010, recorded in Hannover
with Swedish producers Mikael "Nord" Andersson and Martin Hansen. Sting
in the Tail was released on March 23, 2010.
On January 24, 2010, the band announced that Sting in the Tail will be
their last album and that the tour supporting it will be their final
tour. Dokken was scheduled to open for them but canceled after a
dispute. The tour is expected to end in 2012 or 2013.
On 6 April 2010, Scorpions were enshrined in Hollywood's Rock Walk in a
handprint ceremony, with the band members placing their hands in a long
slab of wet cement. The slab will be placed in the ground next to other
musical artists on the Rock Walk.
According to bassist Pawe³ M¹ciwoda, Scorpions will enter the studio in
the fall of 2011 to re-record versions of their older material. At the
beginning this retro collection was tentatively due for release in early
2012. The album was titled Comeblack and was released on 7 November
Frontman Klaus Meine was asked in a July 2011 interview about the future
of Scorpions and whether the band was going to make another album. He
replied, "Our newest project comes out in the next few months. It gives
you a chance to experience the Scorpions in 3D. You can actually feel
the smoke string out of the guitar like it is a live show. It is an
incredible experience. The DVD features our concerts in 3D in Germany.
We are just about to do the mix and it should be in the Middle East and
Saudi Arabia hopefully soon. Indeed, the strong 3D technology makes us
feel like pioneers after all these years (he says, laughing). We have an
album coming out later this year featuring classics. You know our love
for them. The '60s was the era for our inspiration. Our
movie/documentary also is soon to be released. We have cameras with us
on tours, so this documentary is being made during our tours. It also
gives you a picture of the Scorpions career and journey."
Almost a year in advance it was announced Scorpions would headline the Wacken Open Air Festival on 4 August. TRACKLIST
02. Sting In The Tail
03. Make It Real
04. Bad Boys Running Wild
05. The Zoo
06. Coast To Coast
07. Loving You Sunday Morning
08. The Best Is Yet To Come
09. Send Me An Angel
11. Raised On Rock
12. Tease Me Please Me
14. Kottak Attack
16. Six String Sting
17. Big City Nights
18. Still Loving You
19. Wind Of Change
20. Rock You Like A Hurricane
21. When The Smoke Is Going Down
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