Germany’s Scorpions to Marry Rock and Classical in Athens

German rockers The Scorpions return to Athens in July for a concert which promises to be different to anything Greek audiences have experienced before.

On July 16 they will present their Once in a Lifetime show along with the Athens State Orchestra, under the direction of Stefanos Tsialis.

The group will perform for the first time at the Panathenaic Stadium of Athens (also known as Kallimarmaro), the place where the modern Olympic Games were revived in 1896.

At a news conference in the Greek capital, Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, two founding members of the group, joked that their “only anxiety is the summer heatwave in Greece”.

“The concert at the Panathinaikon Stadium is not only a show, but also a cultural event. It is our honor to collaborate with the Athens State Orchestra and hope that our fans who do not listen to classical music, will appreciate its power and energy,” Meine said.

The Scorpions, dubbed by Rolling Stone magazine as “the heroes of heavy metal”, were formed in 1965 in Hanover by Schenker.

Their best-selling album Crazy World (1990) includes the song Wind of Change, a symbolic anthem of the political upheaval in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It is one of the best-selling musical singles in the world with over 14 million copies sold.

The Scorpions have sold over 110 million records in total.

Their albums, singles, compilations and video releases have reached 200 times gold, platinum and multi-platinum status in different countries.