SCORPIO singer Klaus Meine spoke again about his decision to change some of the words of the group’s anti-war anthem “Wind of Change” in order to properly reflect what is happening in Europe.
mine and his comrades wrote “Wind of Change” after playing 1989 Moscow Peace Music Festival in Moscow, where they shared the stage with other hard rock bands like BON JOVI and MOTLEY CRUE. The song was inspired by the sight of thousands of Russians cheering for them in 1988 – when they became the first hard rock band to play in Russia – and in 1989 at the aforementioned festival, even though it was a German group.
On March 26, during the opening concert of SCORPIO‘ “Sin City Nights” residency at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, mine said to the crowd before launching into “Wind of Change”: “This song calls for peace, and tonight, I think, we will sing it even louder. We dedicate it to the brave Ukrainians.”
In a new interview with Ukraine TSN, Klaus explained the thought process behind changing the song’s lyrics.
“We were just preparing for a new tour,” he said (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “Since the release of [new SCORPIONS] album [‘Rock Believer’] in February, we were preparing a new show, a new set. We were booked for a residency in Las Vegas. I thought now was not the time to romanticize Russia with lyrics like “Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park”. And I wanted to say that we support Ukraine in this very difficult situation.
“When I wrote [‘Wind Of Change’]it was around the time when SCORPIO first went to the Soviet Union in 1988, when we played 10 concerts in Leningrad,” he continued. “After all those years of living in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, living with the curtain iron, to see how fortunate we are with music to build bridges and really come together. So he was very inspired by this moment of hope, hoping for a more peaceful world and simply uniting for a peaceful future. And so that was the expression. And so many years later now, I think the song has lost its meaning of being an anthem of peace, of being 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 crossing the Brandenburg Gate and entering the West for the first time.
According mine, he and his comrades grew up in the West German city of Hannover, which was “about a hundred kilometers from the first checkpoint, in Helmstedt. So that means that when we had, as a young band, in the years 70s when we were playing a show in West Berlin the world when we grew up as kids in the 60s when the Berlin wall was built and so many people lost their lives and were shot as they were trying to move from East to West, just to live in a free world,” he explained. “That’s how we grew up. And it was just a very, very special moment. And a few months later, the Berlin Wall fell. And it was a peaceful revolution – without a shot being fired, it was a peaceful revolution. revolution.”
Klaus went on to say that “the German people are very supportive of Ukraine. Our generation, we grew up after the Second World War – we grew up after the darkest period of German history, with the Nazis, with the Holocaust and all that,” he added. said. “So growing up in Germany in the 50s, 60s was nothing to be proud of in your own country. And with music, as musicians, we tried to leave everything behind, to leave the past behind us and to become part of the international family of musicians. When we grew up, it was all about how to leave the past behind us and hopefully build a better future for our children together. And c is what we’re trying to support as artists, as musicians, to write songs, to come together and make this planet a better place.”
In 2015, SCORPIO guitarist Rudolf Schenker said about the inspiration for the original version of “Wind of Change” “We wanted to show people in Russia that there is a new generation of Germans growing up. They don’t come with tanks and guns and wage war – they come with guitars and rock ‘n’ roll and bring love!”
“There were so many emotional moments in Moscow,” mine added. “I guess it could have been BON JOVI Where MOTLEY CRUEany of those guys who went home inspired by what they saw, but for them it was like “Hey! We rocked the Soviet Union, guys! For us it was maybe different. We saw 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 CIA as an element of late Cold War propaganda was raised in an eight-part podcast series, also called “Wind of Change”which premiered on Spotify. The podcast was hosted by New Yorker journalist Patrick Radden Keefewho said he launched the investigation after hearing a second-hand story from a friend who worked for the CIA – this “Wind of Change” was actually written by the CIA encourage change throughout the Soviet Union.
“Believing in Rock” came out in February. The album was recorded primarily at Peppermint Park Studios in Hannover, Germany and was mixed at the legendary Hansa studios in Berlin, Germany with engineer Michael Ilbertwho won several grammys nominations for his mixing work with the producer Max Martin on the albums of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
SCORPIO originally intended to record the new album in Los Angeles with the producer Greg Fidelmanwhose previous credits include NOOSE and METALLIC. However, due to the pandemic, some of the initial work was done with Greg remotely, after which SCORPIO chose to make the recordings themselves with the help of their engineer Hans Martin Buff.