The Scorpions make acoustic debut
DPA/The Local · 28 Nov 2013, 08:13
Published: 28 Nov 2013 08:13 GMT+01:00
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They have sold about 100 million records around the world, and are currently three years into a Farewell World Tour, playing their hits such as Wind of Change as well as a string of new songs to cigarette-lighter-waving fans.
The 1990 song composed by singer and frontman Klaus Meine became the tear-in-the-eye anthem of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and although wildly popular, did nothing for the band's rock credentials.
But in 2006 the band made a spectacular showing at the Wacken heavy metal festival, conquering a whole new audience many of whom had heard little of the 1965-founded band's back catalogue.
Now the Hannover-based rockers have taken a further step towards musical credibility and recorded an acoustic concert as part of the long-running MTV Unplugged series.
They played the show in September at an open-air venue in Greece, with a number of special guests including Aha's lead singer Morten Harket.
"It is a musically exciting project. We all grew a bit as musicians with this, because it is so different," said Meine, 65.
Sitting on bar stools as is tradition for the MTV Unplugged - and which even Nirvana managed to universal acclaim - was a challenge to The Scorpions.
"That was a change over, but in the end it worked well," said Meine.
The band played hits including Rock You Like a Hurricane and Still Loving You as well as, of course Wind of Change - this time with Harket singing too. The double CD and accompanying DVD of the concert will be released on Friday.