Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scorpions to perform at Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th Birthday Concert

The Scorpions are set to rock former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev like a hurricane at his 80th birthday concert in London.

The German band's huge 1990 hit "Wind of Change" - which celebrated the political transformations in Eastern Europe - was massively popular in Russia during Gorbachev's presidency and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. A Russian-language version of the power ballad was even released.

Perthnow.com.au reports the March 30 bash is to be hosted by Hollywood star Sharon Stone at the Royal Albert Hall. The concert will also feature performances by Roxy Music's ex-frontman Bryan Ferry, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, famous Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Melanie C, formerly known as Sporty Spice.

Tickets went on sale in November with price tags ranging from £35 ($56) per seat to £100,000 ($160,000) per VIP suite.

Organizers estimated that £5 million (nearly $8 million) of the concert's proceeds would be donated to charity.

Gorbachev, the seventh and last leader of the Soviet Union, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.

Scorpions – Wind Of Change (1990)