Rock band Scorpions change lyrics of “Wind of Change” in tribute to Ukraine

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German rock stalwarts Scorpions have changed the lyrics to their hit song “Wind of Change” as a tribute to war-torn Ukraine, news outlets have reported.

The new version had its premiere during a performance in Las Vegas, USA, on March 26, according to Poland’s website.

As Scorpions geared up to play the anthemic Wind of Change, lead singer Klaus Meine addressed the audience: “This song is a call for peace, but tonight I think, we shall sing it even louder. We dedicate this to the brave people of Ukraine”.

Originally, the hit anti-war song, penned by Meine, was about the end of the Cold War and Russia’s post-1989 political transformation.

However, as Meine explained in a media interview: “I thought, it’s not the time with this terrible war in Ukraine raging on, it’s not the time to romanticise Russia with lyrics like, ‘Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park,’ you know?’,” as cited by

A file photo of Scorpions, the legendary German rock band, perform on stage during the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ concert at the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece, 16 July 2018. EPA-EFE/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

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