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Heavy Rock Legends Scorpions Play Their First Ever Australian Show This October

Thursday 21 July 2016

Heavy Rock Legends Scorpions Play Their First Ever Australian Show This October

As part of their 50th Anniversary World Tour, German heavy rock icons, Scorpions, will be stopping by Melbourne, marking their first ever show down under.

In 1988, the Hanoverian pioneers were the first Western rock band to sell out five consecutive shows in then Soviet Leningrad. Scorpions ultimately conquered Russia when they returned the following year to play the Moscow Music Peace festival, inspiring frontman Klaus Meine to write the mega-hit ballad ‘Wind of Change’ that became the theme song to the Iron Curtain’s final fall.

Five decades have passed by since the days the juvenile Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs wandered the streets of Hanover, then just awakening from post war paralysis, with a barrow carrying their instruments and amplifiers. Within this span of time, they have become arguably Germany’s most successful rock band, accumulating unit sales of more than 100 million, including certified album sales exceeding 22 million, under their belt.

1979's Lovedrive was the band’s first album to reach the Billboard 200, followed by the Top Ten hits Savage Amusement (1988), Love At First Sting (1984) and Blackout (1982). Top Ten Billboard hard rock albums include Sting In The Tail, Comeblack and MTV Unplugged.

The band’s 1991 anthemic track ‘Wind Of Change’ landed at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and hit No. 1 in seven countries, while ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ has been covered more than 150 times by different musicians.

Scorpions, comprising Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (guitar), Matthias Jabs (guitar), Mikkey Dee (drums) & Pawel Maciwoda (bass), had further Top Ten hits, including: No. 1 ‘No One Like You’ (1982), ‘I Can‘t Explain’ (1989), ‘Rhythm Of Love’ (1988), ‘Tease Me, Please Me’ (1990), ‘Send Me An Angel’ (1991) and ‘Alien Nation’ (1993).

In a scene where only rock bands of this calibre survive, Scorpions embodies a reputation as one of those very rare bands that have transcended time and risen far above the crowd.

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