Alcatraz Federal Prison

Music No One Like You Scorpions (clip - 1982)
Having become one of the biggest hard rock bands in the world, Scorpions is also one of those whose longevity and consistency are the most impressive. The flight of the combo having paradoxically occurred at the time when this one was locked up in Alcatraz for the needs of the shooting of a historical clip.
"Alcatraz" by sur_hp is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

“The philosophy of friendship has definitely paid off, because after all the highs and lows we’re still sticking together and we haven’t lost the passion for what we’re doing.”

Klaus Meine, the singer of Scorpions

The promotional video of No One Like You is one of the proofs of the new power of Scorpions. Managing to obtain the authorizations to turn in Alcatraz proves that the group is haloed of a certain aura. The result marks the spirits and remains to this day one of the summits of a career rich in scathing riffs and other lyrical and metallic flights of fancy. However, in order to achieve such a level of recognition and to be “locked up” in the most famous prison in the world, Scorpions had to fight hard.

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Popular in Germany, Scorpions reached a milestone with their eighth studio effort, the aptly named Blackout, in 1982. The combo makes a considerable leap forward. Accepted by the American and British heavy metal scene, he performs alongside the greatest at major events. Playing on the same ground as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Van Halen, the Germans refine their hard rock and follow up with hits. All doors open for the group. Including those of Alcatraz. The video for No One Like You symbolizes his triumphant arrival in a country ready to roll out the red carpet.


Scorpions is the biggest German band in the world with over 100 million albums sold.

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Alcatraz Island has been the terror of many San Francisco criminals over the years. Today, it is closed to convicts, but not to tourists.

Built on an old fort, Alcatraz prison opened in 1934. A maximum security penitentiary, it became famous for having welcomed such luminaries of organized crime as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Althoug... Learn more about Alcatraz Island

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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