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Story behind Scorpions best selling single “Wind Of Change”

by Ivona Bogner

“Wind Of Change” is one of the best selling singles ever with over than fourteen million copies sold world wide. As Scorpions are coming to Belgrade for the first time on June 10, 2018, Metal Jacket Magazine brings you the story about the song you will surely listen at Štark Arena.

Wind of Change” was recorded for the eleventh studio album, “Crazy World” (1990, Vertigo, Mercury)). The song was composed and written by the lead singer Klaus Meine and produced by Keith Olsen and the band. It was released as the album’s third single in January 1991 and became a worldwide hit, just after the failed coup that would eventually lead to the collapse of the Soviet Communist regime.

On April 2018, the video for “Wind of Change” has been viewed more than 550 million times on YouTube. The Scorpions were the first German band to receive over 100 million views.

The Scorpions were inspired to write the song on a visit to Moscow in 1989,[2] and the opening lines refer to the city’s landmarks.

“Wind of Change” opens with a clean guitar intro played by Matthias Jabs, which is played alongside Klaus Meine’s flat whistle. The song’s guitar solo is played by Rudolf Schenker.

The band also recorded a Russian-language version of the song, under the title “Ветер перемен” (“Veter Peremen”) and a Spanish version called “Vientos de Cambio“.

 

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