"Here I am -- rock you like a hurricane" could serve as a storm warning for the Scorpions' latest Stateside tour, which has unleashed a sonic cyclone of power ballads and full-force rockers. Even after more than 35 years in the business, this tenacious Teutonic band still has plenty of intensity. Rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker and singer Klaus Meine have seen a lot: immense popularity in Japan sparked by 1979's Best of Scorpions release, followed by Lovedrive and 1980's Animal Magnetism (which featured the catchy "The Zoo"), then penetration of the American mainstream with 1984's double-platinum Love at First Sting. Ensuing hits and mega-shows culminated in the band's groundbreaking Russian tour, which inspired Meine's melodic "Wind of Change." The adopted anthem of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, "Change" found an unprecedented worldwide audience Its Russian-translation recording netted the Scorpions an invite from former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev for one in a long list of performances with accomplished orchestras at state events. But the members of Germany's most successful band can still play piercing heavy-metal solos punctured by pounding rhythms: Let them take you to the magic of the moment on a glory night at the Magness Arena this Wednesday, October 27.
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