Scorpions have changed the pro-Russia lyrics to their mega hit, ‘Winds of Change’.

The chart-topper was written in 1989, the same year the Berlin Wall came down and the Cold War was declared over – it was a time of optimism.

Just a year earlier, Scorpions had made headlines for being the first hard-rock outfit to play in Russia, and they had returned to play at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. ‘Winds of Change’ was inspired by having thousands of Russian audience members cheer them, a German band, on.

But now, the band have decided to change the lyrics, explaining that the original words “romanticise Russia”.

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