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The Scorpions perform at Jones Beach


THE LOWDOWN

Wondering why the tour is called "The Final Sting"? The Scorps are calling it quits after 40 years. If you want to see what it feels like to be rocked like a hurricane, you better get to the beach Saturday.


HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The Scorpions are known as Germany's most valuable hard-rock export, selling more than 100 million albums. The band's popularity spread across the globe as they became known for their raucous live concerts. It wasn't until 1979's "Lovedrive" that they started getting some love from the States. But once Americans got stung, the Scorpions dominated with multiplatinum albums "Animal Magnetism" (1980), "Blackout" (1982), "Love at First Sting" (1984) and "Savage Amusement" (1988). With lead singer Klaus Meine and guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs at the helm, the band became a household name, spawning such hits as "No One Like You," "Still Loving You," "Big City Nights," "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and "Rhythm of Love," all of which are in their current set list.

BIG GLOBAL MOMENT

The Scorpions had the biggest hit of their career with the 1990 power ballad "Wind of Change," which was inspired by the band's participation at the 1989 Moscow Peace Festival, playing to 260,000 fans at Lenin Stadium. The song, reaching No. 1 in 11 countries, became a global anthem symbolizing the opening of the Iron Curtain and end of the Cold War.


OPENING ACT

The Liza Colby Sound will warm up the crowd with its unique fusion of late '60s British Invasion, '70s soul and garage rock. When the show was announced and tickets went on sale, Queensryche was supposed to be a "special guest" on the bill. The lineup changed after the band fired lead singer-main songwriter Geoff Tate, replacing him with Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre. A court battle has ensued over the band's name.

WHO The Scorpions

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

INFO $59.50-$89.50, 800-745-3000, livenation.com

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