Eight years to the month after Beijing Boyce foresaw their arrival as part of Olympic revelry, German rock gods The Scorpions will play their first gig in Beijing on August 14 as they celebrate 50 years as a band.

The group, best known for the fall-of-the-Berlin-Wall ballad "Winds of Change" and for stadium anthems like "Rock You Like A Hurricane" and "Big City Nights" previously played in China last spring, and even played in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbataar in July 2006, but never before in our fair city.

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker founded the band in 1965, with even more famous guitarist brother Michael Schenker playing with the group for a time. Their heydey was in the mid-1980s, with the release of the double album "World Wide Live."

Tickets are on sale now, and the lowest price bracket, RMB 380, is already sold out. Other price categories are RMB 680, 980, 1,280, and 1,680. The performance starts at 7.30pm at the Workers Stadium.

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