Scorpions formed in 1965 in Germany, beginning a long and difficult road to become the household names that they are today. It took the band seven years to release their debut album, 1972’s Lonesome Crow. The lineup of the band at this point consisted of consistent members Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar and Klaus Meine on Vocals, Schenker’s younger brother Michael on lead guitar, Lothar Heimberg on Bass and Wolfgang Dziony on Drums. While touring in support of UFO to promote the Lonesome Crow album, the band were hit by their first major bump, as Michael was offered a place in UFO as their lead guitarist. He took the job, and Scorpions just about managed to finish the tour with Uli Roth taking guitar duties. When Roth declined a full time place in the band, preferring to stay with his band Dawn Road, Scorpions disbanded.
Schenker’s wish to continue working with Roth led him to join Dawn Road, and with Meine following suit it seemed appropriate that this new line up should use the Scorpions name, as it was more established by this point. The band changed their direction somewhat, and with 1979’s Lovedrive, 1980’s Animal Magnetism and 1982’s Blackout, the band reached new heights in terms of popularity. It seemed appropriate at this point to remind the world where exactly this band had come from, and so Heavy Metal International gained the rights to Lonesome Crow and reissued it, ten years on from its original release, giving the world a reminder of how the band had sounded in its first incarnation.
Scorpions continued to go from height to dizzying height, releasing hit after hit: Rock You Like A Hurricane, Wind Of Change, songs that even today are known universally by people of all ages: the band still have a huge name with people that weren’t even born when they were releasing their most critically acclaimed albums and songs. The band still tour extensively, with a current lineup comprising Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Paweł Maciwoda and Mickey Dee.