Scorpions (band)

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Scorpions
Background information
Origin Hanover, Germany
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock
Years active 1965 - present
Labels Rhino, RCA, Mercury, EMI, Atlantic, WEA, BMG
Website Official website
Members
Klaus Meine
Matthias Jabs
Rudolf Schenker
James Kottak
Paweł Mąciwoda
Past members
See: List of former members

Scorpions are a heavy metal[1][2][3][4]/hard rock[5][6][7] band from Hanover, Germany, probably best known for their 1980s rock anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and their singles "No One Like You", "Still Loving You", and "Wind of Change". The band has sold over 100 million albums worldwide [8] and were ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock program.[9]

Band members[change | change source]

Current members[change | change source]

  • Klaus Meine - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, tambourine, backing vocals (1970-present)
  • Matthias Jabs - lead & rhythm guitars (1978-present)
  • Rudolf Schenker - rhythm & lead guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Hey You" (1965-present)
  • Paweł Mąciwoda - bass, backing vocals (2003-present)
  • James Kottak - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1996-present)

Former members[change | change source]

  • Lothar Heimberg - bass, backing vocals (1965-1973)
  • Wolfgang Dziony - drums, percussion (1965-1973)
  • Michael Schenker - lead & rhythm guitars (1970-1973, 1979)
  • Ulrich Roth - lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Drifting Sun", "Fly to the Rainbow", "Dark Lady", "Sun in My Hand", "Hell Cat", "Polar Nights" (1973-1978)
  • Francis Buchholz - bass, backing vocals (1973-1983, 1984-1992, 1994)
  • Achim Kirschning - keyboards (1973-1974)
  • Joe Wyman - drums, percussion (1973)
  • Jürgen Rosenthal - drums, percussion (1973-1975)
  • Rudy Lenners - drums, percussion (1975-1977)
  • Herman Rarebell - drums, percussion (1977-1983, 1984-1995)
  • Don Dokken - lead vocals, backing vocals (1981)
  • Jimmy Bain - bass (1983-1984)
  • Neil Murray - bass (1983-1984)
  • Bobby Rondinelli - drums, percussion (1983-1984)
  • Ralph Rieckermann - bass (1993-2000, 2000-2003)
  • Curt Cress - drums, percussion (1996)
  • Ken Taylor - bass (2000)
  • Barry Sparks - bass (2004)
  • Ingo Powitzer - bass (2004)

Manager[change | change source]

  • Stewart Young (1995-Present)

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ingham, Chris. The Book of Metal. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. g. 104. ISBN 978-1560254195 .
  2. Weinstein, Deena. Heavy Metal: The Music and its Culture. DaCapo, 2000. ISBN 0-306-80970-2, pg. 29, 36.
  3. Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast. Allison & Busby. pp. g. 2. ISBN 0749083514 .
  4. Walser, Robert. Running with The Devil. Wesleyan University Press. pp. gs. 2. ISBN 0819562602 .
  5. M. C. Strong (1998). The great rock discography. Giunti. pp. g. 722. ISBN 8809215222 .
  6. Philip Dodd (2005). The Book of Rock: from the 1950s to today. Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 1560257296 .
  7. "Scorpions Biography". www.bighairmetal.com. http://www.bighairmetal.com/Scorpions.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  8. "75 million sold copies". popmatters.com. http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/47804/scorpions-humanity. Retrieved 2007-10-29.
  9. The Greatest: 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (40 - 21) at VH1.com

Other websites[change | change source]