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Matthias Jabs (Scorpions)

imageMatthias Jabs, the lead guitarist with German Rock Band “ Scorpions” was born 25th October 1956.Formed in 1965 , Guitarist, and founder member Rudolf Schenker did the vocals then Schenker’s younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. In 1972, & the group released their debut album Lonesome Crow. After which Michael Schenker left the band, which led to their breakup In 1973, however In 1974 a new line-up of Scorpions released Fly to the Rainbow. which was more successful than Lonesome Crow. In 1975 the band released In Trance, which established their heavy metal formula and contained songs like “Dark Lady”, “Robot Man”. In 1976, Scorpions released Virgin Killer, which featured rather controversial artwork, that brought the band considerable media exposure but resulted in the album being “pulled” in some countries. however critics and fan base alike liked he music itself. The follow-up album was Taken by Force, They also recorded material during the band’s Japanese tour, and the resultant double live album was called Tokyo Tapes.In 1979 The Scorpions released the album “Love Drive” Containing such fan favourites as “Loving You Sunday Morning”, “Always Somewhere”, “Holiday” and the instrumental “Coast to Coast”. The album’s provocative artwork was also named “Best album sleeve of 1979″ by Playboy magazine but was changed for American release.

In 1980 the band released Animal Magnetism, which contained “The Zoo” and “Make It Real”. In 1982 The Scorpions released their next album, Blackout, which became the band’s best selling to date eventually going platinum andspawned three singles “Dynamite”, “Blackout”, and “No One Like You”, but It was not until 1984 and the release of Love at First Sting that the band finally cemented their status as metal musicians. Propelled by the single Rock You Like a Hurricane, Love at First Sting went double platinum in the USA.The band recorded a very successful second live album, World Wide Live in 1985. The bands next album Savage Amusement was released in 1988 containing the songs Don’t Stop at the Top and Rhythm of Love and during the Savage Amusement tour, Scorpions became only the second Western group (not American) to play in the Soviet Union and developed an extended Russian fan base and still return to perform.In 1990 the album Crazy World was released which contains the awesome ballad Wind of Change which muses on the socio-political changes that were occurring in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world at the end of the Cold War. On July 21, 1990 they joined many other guests for Roger Waters’ massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. Scorpions performed both versions of “In the Flesh” from The Wall

In 1993, Scorpions released Face the Heat followed by Pure Instinct in 1996 , containing “Wild Child” and the soothing ballad “You and I”. 1999 saw the release of Eye II Eye which was a significant change in the band’s style, mixing in elements of pop and techno. The following year, Scorpions collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic on the album Moment of Glory and in 2001, Scorpions released Acoustica, which featured acoustic reworkings of the band’s biggest hits, plus new tracks. In 2004, the band released Unbreakable, containing tracks such as “New Generation”, “Love ‘em or Leave ‘em” and “Deep and Dark”. In 2010 Scorpions released their 17th studio album, Sting in the Tail, and announced that it would be their last album and that the tour supporting it will be their final tour.On 6 April 2010, Scorpions were enshrined in Hollywood’s Rock Walk in a handprint ceremony, with the band members placing their hands in a long slab of wet cement, which was placed on the Rock Walk. The Scorpions also recently re-record versions of their older material for an album entitled Comeblack which was released on 7 November 2011, and they also headlined the Wacken Open Air Festival on 4 August 2012 Alongside Saxon, Sepultura, Napalm Death and Dio Disciples.

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