35 Years Ago: The Scorpions Release ‘Blackout’
The Scorpions released their classic album ‘Blackout’ on this day 35 years ago (March 29, 1982).
The Scorpions eighth studio album, Blackout featured the classic lineup of singer Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabbs on lead guitar, Rudolf Schenker on rhythm guitar, Francis Buchholz on bass, and Herman Rarebell on drums. Klause Meine actually lost his voice during the writing process for the album and had to undergo surgery on his vocal chords. Band members were unsure whether or not he would be able to make the recording session, so Dokken frontman Don Dokken was brought in to record the album demos. Although he recorded with the band, those recordings were not used on the album.
Blackout featured the smash hit “No One Like You” along with favorites “Can’t Live Without You” and the title track, “Blackout”. The album went platinum in the U.S. and was a top 10 album on the Billlboard 200 chart. Scorpions celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2016 and they continue to rock. The band puts on some of the best live concerts that I have ever seen, an amazing band! Catch them this fall on the Crazy World 2017 Tour with Megadeth when they play Madison Square Garden in NYC Sept. 16.