Scorpionsis a hard rock band which was formed in Hanover, Germany, and began in 1965, when Rudolf Schenker (vocals & guitar player), decided to form a band. The band began to come together in 1969 when his brother, Michael, and Klaus Meine joined the band. The group released their debut album called, Lonesome Crow, in 1972. The other members of the group were, Lothar Heimberg (bass player), and Wolfgang Dziony (on the drums). During their tour to promote, Lonesome Crow, they opened for the British band known as UFO. When the tour ended, Michael Schenker was offered the job of lead guitar player for UFO and he accepted the offer. After that the Scorpions split up.
Rudolf Schenker joined up with the band called, Dawn Road. His friend, Uli Roth, had taken over to finish out the tour with the Scorpions when Michael Schenker left to play with UFO. Uli Roth was a member of the Dawn Road band so Michael decided to join him. The band had more members than the Scorpion group had. The band decided to use the Scorpion name with their new lineup of members. In 1974 they released the album called, Fly To the Rainbow. This album was more successful than the first one with the other lineup. In 1975 the band released, In Trance, and this was the beginning of the bands collaboration with the German producer, Dieter Dierks.
The Scorpions continued to release albums and singles and also continued to change their lineup occasionally. Some of their albums released were, Taken By Force, Lovedrive, (peaked at number 55 on the U. S. charts), and Animal Magnetism. The band released the album called, Love At First Sting, in 1984, and the album helped gain the band the attention they needed to reach stardom. Thanks to the single, Rock You Like A Hurricane, which came from the album, the album made the charts and also went double platinum in the United States just a few months after it was released.
The band released the album called, Unbreakable, and it was more like the heavy music the band made when they started their career. Some of the favorite tracks from the album were, New Generation, Love ‘em Or Leave ‘em, and Deep and Dark. The album did not chart and it is not known if it was because of little airplay or not enough promotion by the label. The Scorpions toured a lot to promote the album. The group released a DVD called, One Night In Vienna, and it included 14 live tracks. They also spent 4 months in the studio working on their new album called, Humanity - Hour I. The album was released in May, 2007. The album charted at number 63 on the U. S. Charts. The group has released a total of 21 albums as well as singles and DVD’s during their career, and are still going.
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