Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Birthday wishes go out to Klaus Meine, founding member and lead singer of German stadium rockers Scorpions, whose anthemic classic Rock You Like a Hurricane (which first appeared on their 1984 album Love at First Sting) is here given the full bombast with the assistance of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2000.
Yet it almost never happened... In 1981 Meine lost his voice so thoroughly while touring and recording the band's album Blackout that even his speaking was compromised; doctors even suggested he try a different line of work. Following speech therapy and surgery on his vocal chords, not only did he regain his distinctive wail, Meine and the band's former drummer Herman Rarebell went on to write what would later become their biggest hit.
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