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]