It’s official. The German rock band the Scorpions is calling it a day.
But not next week, or even next year.
Original core members — vocalist Klaus Meine, and guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs — announced on their official Website that the Scorps will release its final CD, “Sting in the Tail,” on March 23 and then embark on a three-year tour.
After the tour, the three will go their separate ways.
For 40 years, the Scorps have not only sold hundreds of millions of albums worldwide but also participated in many world-altering events. One of the most important event for the band was playing the concert after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990. In fact, the Scorpions were the only German band that played the show produced by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.
The band’s single “Winds of Change,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 100 in 1991, became an anthem for that extraordinary event.
Four years after that gig, I was able to interview Herman Rarebell, who was the bands drummer at the time.
Rarebell remembered what it was like to play on the stage that was set up on Potsdamer Platz or “No Mans Land,” the former East and West German border after the wall was torn down.
“I was smack in the middle, and our two guitarists played together in two different countries,” he said. “Matthias played in East Germany and Rudolf played in West Germany.”
Since 1994, I had the privilege of meeting the band a few times and interviewing Jabs and Meine throughout my career, something I never thought would ever happen when I was in a high school band trying to play “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”
I hope the Scorps come to Salt Lake City on the farewell tour.