Scorpions To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of “Wind Of Change” With New Box Set

Scorpions will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Wind Of Change” with a new deluxe box set. The effort, which is titled “Wind Of Change: The Iconic Song,” will be released on October 3 and it will feature five versions of the song, which served as an anthem for the end of the Cold War. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s what the box set will come with:

* 12″ LP and CD
* 84-pages hardcover book with story written by Dr. Edgar Klüsener, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and close confidant of the band
* Rare und exclusive photographs by Didi Zill, band photographer during that period
* Interview with Klaus Meine
* Material from Klaus Meine’s private archive
* Vocal and piano arrangement
* Handcrafted unique piece of the Berlin Wall customized with the red “Wind Of Change” star and a handwritten lyric by Klaus Meine.

Here’s the track listing:

CD:

01. “Wind Of Change” (“Crazy World” Version)
02. “Wind Of Change” (Scorpions & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Version)
03. “Ветер перемен” (Russian Version)
04. “Viento De Cambio” (Spanish Version)
05. “Wind Of Change” (Unreleased Demo Version by Klaus Meine)

LP:

Side A:

01. “Wind Of Change” (“Crazy World” Version)
02. “Wind Of Change” (Scorpions & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Version)

Side B:

01. “Ветер Перемен” (Russian Version)
02. “Viento De Cambio” (Spanish Version)
03. “Wind Of Change” (Unreleased Demo Version by Klaus Meine)

An alternate worldwide retail version of the box set will also be available in November. That version will include an 84-page book, a vocal and piano arrangement, a vinyl pressing, and a CD.

Klaus Meine had the following to say about “Wind Of Change,” which was inspired by the band’s performance at the 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival:

“When we came on stage in the Lenin Stadium and started the show with Blackout, all the Red Army soldiers, who function as security, threw their hats and jackets in the air, turned to us and became part of the crowd. The world was changing right in front of our eyes. It was unbelievable!”

“In times of COVID-19 and all the wild conspiracy theories in these extremely trying times, Wind Of Change is like a hug, a good friend from a time when the hope for a peaceful world seemed to be fulfilled. The dream of peace lives on in this song.”

Scorpions Announce Rescheduled Dates For Las Vegas Residency With Queensrÿche

Scorpions have announced the rescheduled dates for their Las Vegas residency with Queensrÿche. The shows will take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in May 2021.

Dates: May 8, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, and 30

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) Says He Recovered From COVID-19 In April

Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead) has confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and that he has since recovered. The drummer decided to issue a statement on his condition after Don Dokken recently shared the news with some incorrect details.

Dokken previously told Songfacts the following:

“I talked to Mikkey Dee from the Scorpions the other night, and he and his wife got COVID in Australia. They were in the middle of nowhere and got it. He called me up and he said, ‘I’ll tell you, Don, you don’t want to get it. I was on the floor.’ He lost 35 pounds. He was sick as a dog. He was in a hospital. He was really in bad shape. He said, ‘I don’t know how I got it.’ Because they had social distancing big-time in Australia.”

Dee then responded:

“Hello guys! I just want to set some rumors straight regarding Don Dokkens statement about my Corona situation.

I did get Corona and was sick for about 1 month. I am now fully recovered since mid April. I was already playing hockey and drums by the end of April.

Unfortunately my good friend Don got some info wrong. I did not get Corona in Australia, the virus was contracted in Sweden. I did not loose 35 pounds, I lost 15 pounds. But as I just mentioned, I am now fully recovered and have registred antibodies so that feels great.

I can’t wait for things to go back to normal so we can hit the road again.

Thank you guys for caring and my heart goes out to each and everyone affected by the current situation our world is in.

Stay safe! Mikkey”

View this post on Instagram

Hello guys! I just want to set some rumors straight regarding Don Dokkens statement about my Corona situation. I did get Corona and was sick for about 1 month. I am now fully recovered since mid April. I was already playing hockey and drums by the end of April. Unfortunately my good friend Don got some info wrong. I did not get Corona in Australia, the virus was contracted in Sweden. I did not loose 35 pounds, I lost 15 pounds. But as I just mentioned, I am now fully recovered and have registred antibodies so that feels great. I can't wait for things to go back to normal so we can hit the road again. Thank you guys for caring and my heart goes out to each and everyone affected by the current situation our world is in. Stay safe! Mikkey #mikkeydee

A post shared by Mikkey Dee (@mikkeydeeofficial) on

[via Blabbermouth]

KnuckleBonz To Release New Scorpions Statues

KnuckleBonz have announced that they will be releasing new Rock Iconz statues of Scorpions’ Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, and Matthias Jabs later this year. On top of that, the company will also be releasing a 3D vinyl statue featuring the cover art for “Blackout” and a “Road Case On Tour Series Collectible.” Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Scorpions Invite Fans To Take Part In Their “Sign Of Hope” Video

Scorpions are offering fans a chance to appear in the official video for their latest single “Sign Of Hope.” The band commented:

“Show us your ‘signs’ of hope! We want to use our new music video as a platform to spread a little hope in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether a photo or image of a blooming flower, your favorite summertime activity or you spending time with loved ones, we want to include your sign in our new ‘Sign of Hope’ music video. Click to enter ► https://woobox.com/uwkita

Scorpions Postpone Las Vegas Residency

Scorpions have postponed their Las Vegas residency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:

“Dear fans…Our Las Vegas Residency in July at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is postponed, the new dates will be announced soon. We want our fans and everybody involved in the shows to be safe during these uncertain times. Please take good care of yourselves, stay healthy and well, and we see you again when times are better for all of us. Lots of Love ….. Scorpions”

Scorpions Premiere New Song “Sign Of Hope”

Scorpions have premiered a new song titled “Sign Of Hope.” The band commented:

“We are working on lot’s of Hard’n Heavy Rockers for our new album these days … but because of the dramatic Covid-19 pandemic, we want to give you a little Sign of Hope that came straight from the heart in troubled times … stay healthy and safe … we love you … Scorpions”

Klaus Meine Says Scorpions “Have A Lot Of Songs” Written For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with the Scorpions’ French fan club, Klaus Meine offered an update on the band’s new album. The effort is expected to be released in 2021.

Meine said the following when asked how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the group’s new album plans:

“We were supposed to start working in the studio [two weeks ago] and all of us are working in their own studios, but we’re in touch. And we keep going and we try to make the best out of this isolated situation… The last week of March, we were supposed to start working here [in Germany] before we wanted to go out together with the whole band here in the studio in Hannover. Our producer from America wanted to come over here — Greg Fidelman — and then we had to change the whole plan. And it turned out we ended up with everybody doing his own thing, working on songs and working on stuff at his own studio. So, for me, it was good. With the support of [our recording engineer] Hans-Martin Buff, he [took] me through all the different stages to record myself — not only to be a writer and a singer but also become an engineer, recording myself. And it was a nice challenge —and it still is. Every other day, I come up with things and go, ‘Hey, c’mon, Hans-Martin, you’ve gotta show me…’ It’s easy to communicate this way and get things done. That’s, so far, the good part of this in this very difficult time. So I think we’re very privileged that we can be at home and that we can spend time in the studio and do what we do anyway. But I’m sure, and I know there will be a point where it’s about time for the whole band to join together and put things on the next level.”

He went on to say that the band “have a lot of songs” written for the record:

“We started writing for this album early last year until June 2019. And then we had to go back on the road. At that point, we had a couple of great songs already, so the whole thing was in progress. It felt really good at that point. Now, coming back from Australia and Southeast Asia, it was about time to pick up the recording sessions and go back into it. I know when Rudolf [Schenker, guitar] came back, he went to Thailand — the last show was in Singapore in early March and he went back to his place in Thailand — so he picked up the songs and a couple of weeks later, there was a lot of stuff coming back from the riff master. [Laughs] It’s a good creative mood, and it’s really exciting.

Every other day, I ask myself, ‘Klaus, are we really doing a new album?’ ‘Is anybody waiting for a new album from the SCORPIONS out there? But at the same time, it’s wonderful, after all these years, we’re still excited to create new stuff and to create new songs and we’re all into it. And having Mikkey [Dee, drums] in the band now, it’s, like, ‘Wow.’ This could be an album where it’s a little bit more on the harder edge.”

Meine also added the following about Fidelman:

“[Greg] used to work with METALLICA and SLIPKNOT, so we feel we have the right producer to go into a production where it’s all about attitude and playing together. Which, unfortunately, right now is not happening — Greg can’t come over here, we can’t go over there to the United States — so right now it’s all a little crazy. And we don’t know how long it will take, really, to keep going and take this to the next level. But right now, it feels good. There’s a lot of work to do, and I’m happy that I can work on new material, and every other day I have songs — I put my vocals on. And the fact I do it myself — this is what I’m most proud of.”

Meine also had the following to say about being at home for long period of time:

“This is the time [when] solidarity and creativity are important, and to stay in touch with each other.

When we came back from Australia and Southeast Asia, we came here [to Germany], and a few days later, the situation with the coronavirus became more serious every other day. And so we thought it’s important to stay in touch with our fanbase around the world and also encourage them to stay at home in these very, very special times. It’s so important that we all try to not to be too close to each other.

I haven’t been at home for such a long time in one run, so it’s kind of unusual for all of us, I guess. But coming from this long trip, from Down Under, we spent so much time [on the road] in the last couple of years, so it’s, in a way, nice to have a break. And right now, it’s beautiful weather and [I get to] see a blue sky. I can’t complain, because it’s beautiful to be at home with your loved ones and spend some extra time together, and at the same time have a chance to be in my studio and work on new songs, write lyrics.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Scorpions & Whitesnake Reschedule Sydney Concert, Cancel Auckland Show

Scorpions and Whitesnake’s show at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia has officially been rescheduled and is now set to take place on February 26. However, due to logistical issues, their February 27 show at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand has been cancelled. This news comes after Scorpions singer Klaus Meine recently underwent surgery for kidney stones. He has since offered an update on his condition:

“Dear Fans, looks like i‘m on my way to Sydney tomorrow …. it would mean the world to me if we finally could play the Show on Wednesday Night … i feel still a bit beaten up , but Dr. Katz said …. you can do it my friend … Let‘s Rock it Sydney ….. Are you ready for the Sting 🇦🇺??? Cheers Klaus”

https://www.instagram.com/p/B88DlPUpW2U/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/p/B88D27uJOV8/?hl=en