The SCORPIONS changed the opening of their song “Wind of Change” because of what Russia is doing in Ukraine. Remember, the original Scorpions were all German, and they grew up in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.
“Wind of Change” was inspired by the Scorpions’ landmark tour of the Soviet Union in 1998, along with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the wall. It was a time of hope, a moment when we thought the world really was coming together. But now Russia’s being a BUTT again, so the Scorpions had to change the opening line of the song when they sing it live. Currently The Scorpions are doing a Vegas residency. No word yet if they plan a re-recording with the changed lyrics
Frontman KLAUS MEINE says, quote, “I thought, it’s not the time with this terrible war in Ukraine raging on, it’s not the time to romanticize Russia with lyrics like, ‘Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park,’ you know? “I wanted to make a statement in order to support Ukraine, and so the song starts now with, ‘Now listen to my heart / It says [Ukrainia], waiting for the wind to change.'”
He adds, quote, “We had so many amazing moments, so many emotional moments we shared with our fans in Russia, but this is about the regime and there’s a lot of people in Russia that just don’t know the truth.
The Original Video is below. The “live” performance in Vegas dedicated to Ukraine is below that. (Story idea from The Complete Sheet/Wise Brothers Media April 12, 2022)