Friday, April 1, 2011

VIDEO: Scorpions rock Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th Birthday Concert

It was a moment in time whose spirit was captured in a song.

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

The Scorpions reconnected with the former Soviet leader at his 80th birthday concert in London on Wednesday.

The Royal Albert Hall event was hosted by Sharon Stone and Kevin Spacey. The concert also featured 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.

Gorbachev used the event to launch annual awards recognizing individuals who have changed the world.

CNN founder Ted Turner, inventor of the world wide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and Evans Wadongo, the Kenyan engineer who created a solar lamp which is used by tens of thousands in Africa, all received honors as recipients of the first Mikhail Gorbachev Awards.

"These three people have each, in their own way, changed the world for their fellow men and women in ways which affect all our lives," Gorbachev said in a statement. He added that he established the prize to celebrate "those people who achieve this and to provide inspiration to all of us to try."

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Scorpions – Wind Of Change
Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th Birthday Concert
Royal Albert Hall – London, UK – March 30, 2011