Ukraine war: Scorpions rewrite “winds of change” in solidarity

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Solidarity with Ukraine: rewriting the scorpions hit the “winds of change”.

Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Mein and Matthias Jabs have toured the world in the name of scorpions for nearly 50 years.

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The blow of the Scorpions’ “wind of change” is closely connected with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the struggle for freedom in the Soviet Union. But Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine changed the omens. Now the rockers have rewrote their song.

In fact, the Scorpions were supposed to be in rock-solid retirement for a long time. The official farewell tour began in 2010 – and somehow never stopped. Comeback followed back. Her next tour of Germany begins on Wednesday. Another turning point. And this time not in a good way. The band has always managed to convey the feeling of leaving. Her song “Wind of Change” became an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Soviet Union. But before their upcoming “Rock Believer” tour, the signs have changed. Since the Russian attack on Ukraine, the intimate relationship between Scorpions and Russia has been strained. Singer Klaus Mein has felt compelled to rewrite her biggest hit.

‘Not the time to romanticize Russia’: Scorpions rewrite ‘The Winds of Change’.

According to Zeit reports, the Hanoverians held their first post-Coronavirus concert in Las Vegas in March. At that time the war was already raging in Ukraine. For Meine, it wasn’t an option to continue playing her biggest hit: “I couldn’t imagine singing Wind of Change the way we’ve always sung,” says Meine. “It’s not right, this is not the time to romanticize Russia.”

Even if the song was written at a completely different time and under completely different conditions, today the first lines sound almost ironic: “I follow Moskva / Down to Gorky Park / I listen to the winds of change.”

Regarding the Russian offensive, there were only two options: the band could no longer provide its best songs, or the lyrics had to be modified. He chose the last scorpion. Since their concerts in Las Vegas, the text has been: “Now listen to my heart – says Ukraine, waiting for the wind to change,” says Rolling Stone.

So fans of the band can look forward to the new songs on the tour, which Meine will also sing on future shows. This will also be the case in the near future.”

Maine laughs at a rumor that the CIA wrote “The Winds of Change.”

Then there’s the totally incredible rumor: Patrick Radin, the author of “The New Yorker,” went on the air with his podcast “Wind of Change” nearly two years ago. In the meantime, he followed the theory that it was not the scorpion, but the US intelligence, the CIA, that wrote the poem.

When Kevin Main was confronted with this rumor, he was confused at first, then laughed in disbelief at the absurd theory and explained: The CIA didn’t write the song.

Sources: Die Zeit, Rolling Stone

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