Klaus Meine

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Klaus Meine
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Meine in 2007
Background information
Born (1948-05-25) 25 May 1948 (age 73)
Hanover, Germany
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1963–present
Labels RCA, Mercury, Sony BMG
Associated acts Scorpions

Klaus Meine (born 25 May 1948) is a German vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist best known as the frontman of the heavy metal band Scorpions. Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker are the only two members of the group to appear on every Scorpions album, though he did not join the band until 1969, four years after its founding. Meine placed at No. 22 on Hit Parader's 'Top Heavy Metal Vocalists of All Time' list in 2006. [1]

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Biography

Meine is noted for his unique tenor voice and polished delivery which ranges from high notes to soft ballads.

Meine wrote most of the lyrics to Scorpions' songs. He and former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell also shared lyrical authorship on some songs, including the major hit "Rock You Like a Hurricane". Meine composed some songs alone like "Wind of Change", "You and I", "But the Best for You", "Does Anyone Know", "A Moment in a Million Years", "Moment of Glory", "I Wanted to Cry", "Back to You", "My City, My Town", "Follow Your Heart", "Rock'n' Roll Band", "The World We Used to Know" and "Who We Are". [2]

He has played guitar on two Scorpions songs: "Coast to Coast" and "Follow Your Heart".

After a 1981 world tour and during the recording of the Blackout album, Meine lost his voice to the extent that he could not even speak properly. He was advised by his doctor to consider another profession. However, Scorpions stuck together and, after therapy and two vocal cord surgeries, Meine's voice recovered.

Meine performed on the Live in Berlin rendition of Roger Waters' "The Wall" in 1990. He was a featured singer during the performance.

Meine was awarded the city of Hanover plaque in 2000. [3] as well as the Cross of Merit First Class (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) of the Lower Saxony Order of Merit.

Dommenget released a Klaus Meine signature guitar that was given to him on his 60th birthday in 2008, which he used on the Humanity World Tour and the Get Your Sting and Blackout World Tour. [4]

Klaus' beyond-Scorpions collaborations include "Bridge to Heaven" with Uli Jon Roth, "Send Me an Angel", "Bigger than Life", "Keep the World Child" and "Jerusalem of Gold" with Israeli singer Liel Kolet, "Bis wohin reicht mein Leben" from Rilke Projekt, "Wind of Change" with the tenor José Carreras, and the song "Dying for an Angel" from the album The Wicked Symphony by Avantasia.

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References

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  2. "Metal-Rules.com: Scorpions Interview with Klaus Meine" . Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Boris Dommenget Guitarmaker handmade Guitars and Pickups" . Retrieved 26 January 2016.