SCORPIONS’ KLAUS MEINE Says “Wind Of Change” “Has Lost The Meaning Of Being A Song Of Peace, Being A Song Of Hope”

SCORPIES singer Klaus Meine has reopened about his decision to change some words in the band’s anti-war song “Wind of Change” to properly reflect what is going on in Europe.

Think and his band members wrote: “Wind of Change” after performance in 1989 Moscow Music Peace Festival in Moscow, where they shared the stage with other hard rock acts such as BON JOVI and MOTLEY CRUE† The song was inspired by the sight of thousands of Russians cheering them on in 1988 – when they became the first hard rock band to play in Russia – and in 1989, at the aforementioned festival, even though they were a German band.

On March 26, during the opening concert of SCORPIES“Sin City Nights” residence at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Think told the crowd before they got in “Wind of Change”: “This song calls for peace, and tonight I think we’ll sing it even louder. We dedicate this to the brave people of Ukraine.”

In a new interview with Ukrainian TSN, Klaus explained the thought process behind changing the lyrics.

“We were just preparing a new tour,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET† “Since the release of the [new SCORPIONS] album [‘Rock Believer’] in February we were preparing a new show, a new set. We were booked into a residency in Las Vegas. I thought this was not the time to romanticize Russia with lyrics like ‘Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park’. And I wanted to make a statement that we support Ukraine in this very difficult situation.

“When I wrote [‘Wind Of Change’]it was about the time the SCORPIES first went to the Soviet Union in ’88 when we played 10 shows in Leningrad,” he continued. “After living all these years in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, with the Iron Curtain, to see how we the chance to build bridges and really come together with music. So it was so much inspired by this moment of hope, hoping for a more peaceful world and just coming together in a peaceful future. And so that was the expression. And now so many years later, I think the song has lost the meaning of a song of peace, a song of hope. But I had to change those lyrics, like I said.”

When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, “Wind of Change” accompanied the moving scenes of East Germans passing through the Brandenburg Gate and entering the West for the first time.

According to Think, he and his bandmates grew up in the West German city of Hanover, which was “one hundred kilometers from the first checkpoint, in Helmstedt. So that means when we played as a young band in the 70s, when we played a show in West Berlin, the world when we grew up as kids in the 60’s when the Berlin Wall was built and so many people lost their lives and got shot trying to get from the East to the West just to live in a free world,” he explained. “So that’s how we grew up. And it was just a very, very special moment. And a few months later the Berlin Wall came down. And it was a peaceful revolution – without a shot being fired, it was a peaceful revolution.”

Klaus went on to say that “the German people are very supportive of Ukraine. Our generation, we grew up after World War II – we grew up after the darkest time in German history, with the Nazis, with the Holocaust and all that,” said he. said. “So growing up in Germany in the 50s, 60s, it was nothing to be proud of your own country. And with the music, as musicians, we tried to leave everything behind, leave the past behind and to go and become part of the international family of musicians. Growing up, everything was focused on how to put the past behind us and hopefully build a better future for our children together. And this is what we try to support by being artists, being musicians, writing songs, coming together and making this planet a better place.”

Back in 2015, SCORPIES guitarist Rudolph Schenker mentioned about the inspiration for the original version of “Wind of Change” “We wanted to show the people of Russia that a new generation of Germans is growing up here. They don’t come with tanks and guns and go to war – they come with guitars and rock ‘n’ roll and bring love!”

‘There were so many emotional moments in Moscow’ Think added. “I think it could have been BON JOVI or MOTLEY CRUE, all these guys who had gone home inspired by what they saw, but to them it was like, ‘Hey! We’ve rocked the Soviet Union, guys!’ It might have been different for us. We’ve seen so many changes from Leningrad in ’88 to Moscow in ’89. That was the inspiration for ‘Wind of Change’

In May 2020, a theory that “Wind of Change” was actually written by the C.I.A like a piece of late Cold War propaganda sprang up in an eight-part podcast series, aka “Wind of Change”which premiered on Spotify† The podcast was hosted by New Yorker journalist Patrick Radden Keefewho said he started the investigation after hearing a second-hand story from a friend who used to work for the C.I.A – That “Wind of Change” was actually written by the C.I.A to encourage change throughout the Soviet Union.

“Rock Believer” was released in February. The album was mainly recorded on Peppermint Park Studios in Hanover, Germany and was mixed on the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, Germany with engineer Michael Ilbertwho has earned more Grammy nominations for his mixing work with producer Max Martin on albums by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry

SCORPIES originally intended to record the new album in Los Angeles with producer Greg Fidelmanwhose previous credits include: SLIP KNOT and METALLIC† However, due to the pandemic, some of the initial work has been done with Greg remotely, after which SCORPIES chose to manage the recordings themselves with the help of their technician Hans-Martin Buff

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