DEC. 15, 1991
MOSCOW -- It was an unlikely meeting, one that until recently would have seemed incredible. The leather-suited heavy metal rock band Scorpions entered the inner sanctum of the Kremlin for a private meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
'We know that Mr. Gorbachev is facing very difficult times right now,' Scorpions lead singer Klaus Meine told a news conference Sunday, disclosing that members of the five-piece German band chatted with Gorbachev and his wife Raisa, mostly about music.
The world-renowned German band boasted of being the first Western rock stars to meet the Soviet leader.
For his part, Gorbachev received two checks totaling $70,000 at the Saturday night meeting -- royalties from the Scorpions' song 'Wind of change,' which was inspired by perestroika and written after the band performed in Moscow for the 1989 Music Peace Festival.
The money will be spent for medical equipment at children's hospitals in several cities, according to Soviet news agencies.