The box set, which appears in a brick look, contains an 84-page hardcover book written by Dr. Edgar Klüsener, former editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and close confidant of the band, who interviewed Klaus Meine exclusively for this purpose and writes about the genesis and impact of the song. And it worked. It was like you could feel we were not very welcome over there, really. Schenker: In the Scorpions we have this kind of saying: Love, peace and rock & roll. McGhee: I tried to manage him when he left office. Listening to the wind of change. But with “Wind of Change,” I presented the whole song to the band. Year after year, you come to America, you present your new album, you go to all the rock radio stations, they can spell your name, no problem. It really worked.
The lyrics were composed by Meine following the band's visit to the USSR at the height of perestroika, when the enmity between the communist and capitalist blocs subsided concurrently with the promulgation of large-scale socioeconomic reforms in the USSR. That was one of the reasons for us to sing in English. Wind of Change The Iconic Song The Iconic Song On October 3 rd,2020 Scorpions are going to celebrate 30 years of their iconic power ballad with the release of the limited box set Wind of Change: The Iconic Song. But it went very smooth. That’s the way I’ve always done it. I needed to say it. And it is certainly the only power ballad to have been personally performed — and numerous times, at that — for former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (most recently in 2011, at his 80th birthday gala in London).
As one of the greatest hard rock bands of all times Scorpions are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first release of “Wind of Change” by releasing an exclusive box set on October 3rd, 2020. It was a dream come true to play in Russia because, from our point of view, because of our German history, we did so many bad things in Russia that we wanted to do something good.
Meine: Something like that just goes to show that music is a very strong tool for building bridges. Gorbachev was bringing glasnost and perestroika! But then it crossed over to all formats. Meine: We also did it in Spanish. In 2005, viewers of the German television network ZDF named it the “Song of the Century,” while in this country it remains a pop-culture touchstone — it was recently heard in the 2014 comedy The Interview, in a scene in which Seth Rogen and James Franco, the latter cradling a small puppy, flee North Korea by boat as Meine’s serenely whistled melody plays in the background. They wanted to make it more inclusive. And it was fantastic. In the 1980s and very early Nineties, every hard-rock and metal act worth their leathers scored big with a power ballad or two. So you can have power ballads and do your big performance piece and all that on any song but this song. And to see a Chinese audience singing “Wind of Change,” it was fantastic. The strongest parts are the parts where you can see the Berlin Wall, where you can see the happiness of the people. They were there and ready to rock. It has since been featured on a number of their live and compilation albums. Meine: There were songs before “Wind of Change,” from guys like John Lennon and Axl Rose, with whistling in them.
 "Wind of Change" is featured in the films In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007), Gentlemen Broncos (2009), The Interview (2014), and Love Island (2014), and the video game SingStar Rocks! We were all in shock that there would be another war.” And Gorbachev looked at me and he said, “I think that was rock & roll, wasn’t it?” [Laughs] He was a very charismatic figure. We were invited to come back next year. We were a little disappointed but we took the offer and played 10 shows there.
And of course it’s not everywhere the same. All Rights Reserved. You can’t get the whistling out.” It was just as much of a hook as anything in the song. Schenker: The record company came and said, “You know, guys, the song ‘Wind of Change,’ it’s great… but maybe you can cut the whistling out? With a lot of those hits that make it big and go around the world, the record companies want you to come up with a Spanish version.
And we tried it with guitars, we tried it with clean guitars, we tried it on a keyboard. The world was changing right in front of our eyes … It was indescribable! Because that was all they knew. We saw so many changes from Leningrad in ’88 to Moscow in ’89.
Next to the book the box set includes a vocal and piano arrangement of “Wind of Change” as well as a CD and 12” LP with 5 versions of the song: the original album version, the Berlin Philharmonic version, the Russian and Spanish and an unreleased demo version by Klaus Meine. And when you saw the East German television, it was just like a dark world. This song meant something.
„Take Me to The Magic of The Moment” – Klaus Meine, Wind of Change. Soon after, the Scorpions — which included guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, as well as then bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell — recorded “Wind of Change” for their 11th studio album, Crazy World.
Schenker: I heard about how it was voted the “Song of the Century” [by viewers of the ZDF German television network]. Wayne Isham, video director for the Moscow Music Peace Festival: The fans in Moscow definitely knew the Scorpions — the Scorpions and Ozzy — better than they knew anybody else. From politics to the environment. The world was changing. They had nothing. What my guitar wants to say, "Wind of Change" opens with a clean guitar intro played by Matthias Jabs, which is played alongside Klaus Meine's flat whistle. Very much Americanized.
Over the years, the Scorpions have also recorded the song in Russian and Spanish, and played it, in various configurations, with orchestras, children’s choirs and even as a duet with Spanish opera tenor José Carreras.
Schenker: One of the days we were there, there was a plan to go by boat to Gorky Park for a party. But there was this whole thing in the studio where everyone wanted to replace the whistling.
"Wind of Change" 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 Union.
Heart and centerpiece of the box set is a handcrafted unique piece of the Berlin Wall customized with the red “Wind of Change” star and a handwritten lyric by Klaus Meine. That was the inspiration for “Wind of Change.”.
All the guys had an opinion on what was happening. We wanted to be musicians and hopefully join the international family of music. Keith Olsen, Crazy World producer: We did most of the album at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands. “I follow the Moskva…” People in America will run into me in an elevator or somewhere and they’ll say, “Klaus, ‘I follow the Moskva?’ What is that?” And I just go, “Man, it’s like, ‘I follow the Mississippi…'” It’s something we were experiencing. A worldwide retail version of the box will be available in an altered form in November 2020, 30 years after the release of the album “Crazy World” with an 84-page book, vocal and piano arrangement and Vinyl & CD. McGhee: The band performed “Wind of Change” for Gorbachev, at the Kremlin.
That divide between the East and West was very tense. Meine: In fact, we just played in China for the very first time in early May. A heavy metal band from West Germany, the Scorpions, releases a power ballad, “Wind of Change.” The song becomes the soundtrack to the peaceful revolution sweeping Europe — … I have a feeling that it was one of those tracks that the promotion guys at the label said, “We’ll never be able to get ‘Wind of Change’ on rock radio. When Khrushchev hit the table, it was, “Wow, the next war is just around the corner…”. You need to tell that story and you need to be out there. From the Holocaust, from our parents’ generation being at war with all the world. I was not thinking about it. McGhee: We were in Moscow for, like, a week, and we had press junkets and stuff to do. Isham: There were a lot of ego things with the bands, and things between Mötley and Ozzy and Bon Jovi and so on, because that’s what it’s all about.
But the authorities, they were afraid that when rock & roll comes into their country, especially to Moscow — because there are many different nationalities from the eastern part of Europe living there, as well as Russians — they thought maybe a riot could happen.
And there was talk that it had to be more than just a live performance.
Published December 3, 2019. It just came out. Isham: I got the phone call that they were doing a video for the song. We may be able to get it on Adult Contemporary.” And what happened, I think, was it went to AC first and then instantly crossed over into pop and rock. And now it has reached people in all parts of the world. , The lyrics celebrate glasnost in the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and speak of hope at a time when tense conditions had arisen due to the fall of Communist-run governments among Eastern Bloc nations beginning in 1989.. And at first it made more of an impact there than at Top 40 or rock radio. But only Germany’s the Scorpions can say that one of theirs — in this case, 1990’s “Wind of Change” — also served as a soundtrack of sorts to a political and cultural revolution. Too political. It contains several pages of photographs from the band’s photographer Didi Zill and from Klaus Meine’s private archive, as well as the handwritten lyrics for “Wind of Change” by Klaus Meine. Meine: The funny thing is, it’s not even a song about Germany or the Wall. And I know they asked us to do it because of “Wind of Change” — because of this symbol.
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“Wind of Change” came out as part of the Scorpions’ hit album “Crazy World” on 25 November 1990.
We keep the whistling.”. Schenker: Well, you know, rock & roll and whistling…. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. Meine: One thing that was important to “Wind of Change” was that we were not just a band singing about these things; we were a part of these things. Inspired by the experience of playing at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in 1989, “Wind of Change” embodies the feeling of hope, optimism and the prospect of a better future. This was a song about change. Meine: Up to this point I very rarely wrote music.  Meine: In America it was played on the adult radio stations, which is so different from rock radio. But they all talked about what direction they wanted to take the video in.
So the significance of playing in Moscow was definitely more impactful for them.
Stas Namin, he was born near the Kremlin and he knew everybody there. All the other things, let’s say the birds in oil and stuff like this, compared to this they are weak parts.
“In times of COVID 19 and all the wild conspiracy theories in these extremely trying times, “Wind of Change ” is like a hug, a good friend from a time when the hope for a peaceful world seemed to be fulfilled. I focused more or less all those years on lyrics. Down to Gorky Park So we connected it to a Russian charity for kids. Scorpions!” They chanted Ozzy’s name, too. I think that “Wind of Change” did something good. We grew up with jeans, with Elvis, with bubblegum. They always liked the slow songs very much.
McGhee: Normally, your video should be an infomercial for your live show, OK? In This Article: All of a sudden with “Wind of Change,” we hit those adult stations and it was totally different. And poor Doc had to deal with all of them. So I decided I was going to take everybody out on the river that goes through Moscow. And in those days there was a kind of possibility that the North and South would come together again. And we took it pretty far. The podcast investigates the suggestion that the song was written by or connected to the CIA, citing a rumor originating allegedly from inside the agency.
Meine: We always said we were lucky we grew up in West Germany. He called me up one day and said, “Gorbachev would like to meet you guys.” I said, “We’re comin’!”. When we released the Savage Amusement album there was a plan for us to do five shows there and five shows in Leningrad. The song also contains a reference to the balalaika, which is a Russian stringed instrument somewhat like a guitar.
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