Happy Birthday today (Aug. 31) to Rudolf Schenker. The Scorpions guitarist 69. Also celebrating is Winger and Whitesnake guitarist Reb Beach (54) and drummer Matt Byrne of Hatebreed (42).

Rudolf Schenker founded the Scorpions in 1964 at the age of 16. Scorpions in Hanover, Germany. The most successful lineup of the group was from 1978-1992 featuring Klaus Meine on vocals, guitarists Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, bassist Francis Buchholz, and drummer Herman Rarebell. Meine and Rudolf Schenker have appeared on every Scorpions album, making them the band’s two constant members. The group’s melodic, heavy metal sound and rock power ballads led to much commercial success throughout the 1980’s with albums like Animal MagnetismBlackoutLove at First StingWorld Wide Live, and Savage Amusement. Their best-selling album would be 1990’s Crazy World featuring the huge hit power ballad “Wind of Change”.

The Scorpions will embark on the Crazy World 2017 North American Tour this Fall with special guests Megadeth. The tour will play Madison Square Garden in NYC on Sept. 16. Cheers to Rudolf Schenker on his birthday today!

For more on the Scorpions, check out their official website here.

Reb Beach
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Byrne, Beyer, Tigman
Matt Byrne of Hatebreed with Chris Beyer and Tigman/The Rutigliano Archives