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Genre: Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal
Hometown: Hannover, Germany
Albums: Lonesome Crow (1972), Fly to the Rainbow (1974), In Trance (1975), Virgin Killer (1976), Taken by Force (1977), Lovedrive (1979), Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982), Love at First Sting (1984), Savage Amusement (1988), Crazy World (1990), Face the Heat (1993), Pure Instinct (1996), Eye II Eye (1999),Unbreakable (2004), Humanity: Hour I (2007), Sting in the Tail (2010), Return to Forever (2015)
Awards: 2 World Music Awards
Hits: "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "No One Like You", "Send Me an Angel", "Still Loving You", "Wind of Change”
Other: approximately 75 million album sales worldwide, one of highest selling bands of all time.
Perhaps one of Germany’s finest rock exports, Scorpions 40 plus years in the music industry has seen them become one of the bestselling bands of all time, with millions of albums sales and thousands of tours under their belts. They remain a popular draw to this day, filling out stadiums and venues around the world.
Scorpions were formed by guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who to this day remains the only constant member of the band over the years. The bands original lineup was formed and 196, yet it wasn’t until the recruitment of Schenker's younger brother Michael on lead guitar and Klaus Meine on vocals that the band recorded their debut record – Lonesome Crow in 1972.
The first album was a moderate success, but would actually lead to Michael Schenker being recruited into another more successful band of the time, UFO. Leaving the band in 1972, Scorpions were again forced to look for a new guitarist, this time hiring Uli Jon Roth. With this 3rd line-up, the band went on to released four albums during the 1970s, with Rainbow (1974), In Trance (1975), Virgin Killer (1976), and Taken by Force (1977).
These formative years would help Scorpions develop their heavy rock sound that would gear towards a more heavy metal style as the decade came to a close. Guitarist Roth then chose to leave the band, citing creative differences, forming his old band in the process. Michael Schenker was then re-hired after being sacked from UFO after troubles with alcohol.
Although popular in their native Germany, Scorpions didn’t really break into the international market until the release of Animal Magnetism in 1980, which would go gold in the United States. They followed this success with even more from their next release, with Blackout (1982) becoming another bestseller, selling millions of copies.
The 1980s would prove to be the decade that made Scorpions, who were already popular, but really came into their own with Love at First Sting in 1984. It was their biggest album to date, going double platinum and cementing their status as one of the best rock acts in the world, and the biggest to come from continental Europe.
As the decade came to a close, Scorpions became less prevalent in the charts, particularly in the United States. The 1990s saw them continued to release albums, even experimenting with different sounds and styles. Despite the change in mainstream popularity for hard rock acts in general, they still maintained a loyal fan base.
Showing no signs of giving up making their music, the band has continued well into the 21st century, releasing a number of records, including Comeback, a hybrid greatest hits album that also featured many covers of popular rock tracks.
Scorpions released their 15th studio album in 2015, showing they still have a drive to produce hard rock anthems. They continue to tour as well, rolling out their classic set list as well as newer additions.