Formed in 1965, the German band has dabbled with various genres since its inception, from hard rock to heavy metal, before settling on producing rock power ballads. Scorpions dominated the 80s as they’ve continuously received positive reviews and critical acclaim from music critics, and experienced commercial success.
Their best-selling album, “Crazy World”, includes the song “Wind of Change”, a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe in the late 80s and early 90s and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is one of the best-selling singles in the world with over 14 million copies sold.
To date, Scorpions have released 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums, and 74 singles. They’ve sold over 100 million records in total, and their albums, singles, compilations, and video releases have reached 200 times gold, platinum, and multi-platinum status in different countries.
The band, which confirmed their appearance on Malaysian soil on their official Facebook page, they will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. The capital city was also added on Scorpions’ tour schedule on their official website.
The show in Kuala Lumpur will feature long-time members – Klaus Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Pawel Maciwoda, with Mikkey Dee, the drummer formerly from Motorhead replacing James Kottak, who is currently seeking medical treatment.
The highly anticipated gig in Malaysia will be organised by The Livescape Group, who had previously organised a series of rock festivals in the country under its Rockaway platform.
More details will be announced soon.
For more information, visit The Livescape Group’s Facebook page.
Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 1980s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You” and “Wind of Change.” The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including a World Music Award, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award. In February 2015, Scorpions released their 19th studio album, Return To Forever, the same year the band celebrated their 50th anniversary.