May 25 marks the 70th birthday of SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine. In the video below, his bandmates, as well as members of METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, BON JOVI, DEEP PURPLE, KISS, WHITESNAKE, GUNS N’ ROSES, DEF LEPPARD, AC/DC, and many more, wish Klaus a happy birthday.
Meine told the Phoenix New Times in a 2017 interview that the aging process has forced the SCORPIONS to scale down their touring activities — they no longer play three shows in a row or even attempt to perform some of the earlier songs in the original key. He said: “When you listen to songs from ‘Blackout’, like ‘No One Like You’, [or] ‘Big City Nights’, it’s physically impossible [now] to do those songs in the original keys. You want to play those songs, but you want to survive 100 shows a year. So some of the songs we play in different keys, but the energy is still there. You’re still at the top of your voice. Even now, you’ve got to go to the edge, but maybe the edge has moved a little bit.”
SCORPIONS are currently promoting “Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best Of Rock Ballads”, an essential anthology of the band’s new and classic recordings, which was released in November via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
SCORPIONS‘ previous release was 2015’s “Return To Forever”, partially comprising songs the band had in the vault from the ’80s. It was the final recorded appearance of SCORPIONS‘ longtime drummer James Kottak, who was dismissed from the band in September 2016. He has since been replaced by Mikkey Dee, formerly of MOTÖRHEAD.