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Scorpions Performing at Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th Birthday Party

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When former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev turns 80 next month, he’ll celebrate with a special birthday concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. German rockers Scorpions, who are set to retire when they’re done touring behind ‘A Sting in the Tail,’ will take part in the Gorbachev fete with a performance.

The event is slated for March 30, and it’ll be the second time the Scorps have taken the stage before Gorbachev. The former president of the USSR invited the band to perform in Russia in 1991. They even recorded a Russian language edition of their massive hit, ‘Wind of Change,’ which became was immensely popular in the country.

Guitarist Matthias Jabs told VH1 that that particular visit remains a high watermark of the band’s career, saying, “To actually be invited by the President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, into the Kremlin and jam in his office — the office is more like a huge conference room — has been an outstanding experience. He says we were the only band ever to be invited, and actually we brought guitars, so we played something.”

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