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Herman Rarebell

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Origin  Schmelz, Germany
Name  Herman Rarebell
Labels  Dark Star

Years active  1977–present
Instruments  Drums, keyboards
Genres  Hard rock, Heavy metal
Herman Rarebell Herman Rarebell Official Website

Born  November 18, 1949 (age 66) (1949-11-18)
Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter, record producer
Associated acts  Scorpions, Herman Ze German, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Role  Drummer ·
Music groups  Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group (Since 2010)
Albums  Crazy World, Best of Scorpions, Love at First Sting, Lovedrive, Blackout
Similar People  Francis Buchholz, Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, Doogie White, Michael Schenker

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Herman 'Ze German' Rarebell (born 18 November 1949 as Hermann Erbel) is a German drummer, best known for his time in the band Scorpions from 1977 to 1995, playing on 8 studio albums. Rarebell was an important composer in the history of the group, writing classic songs like "Another Piece of Meat", "Falling in Love" and the second single from Savage Amusement "Passion Rules the Game". He wrote the lyrics for some of the most classic songs of the band like "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Make It Real", "Dynamite", "Blackout", "Arizona", "Bad Boys Running Wild", "Don't Stop at the Top", and "Tease Me Please Me".


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Herman Rarebell Herman Rarebell of the Scorpions in DaBelly Magazine

Rarebell has been a long time user of Ludwig drums and Paiste cymbals, which he used for his entire duration with Scorpions, though he would occasionally alter the amount of drums and cymbals he would have on his setup.

Herman Rarebell Interview with former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell

Paiste cymbals:

15" 2002 sound edge hi-hats

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10" 2002 splash

Herman Rarebell Exclusive interview with Herman Ze German Rarebell original

18" 2002 crash

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20" 2002 crash

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22" 2002 heavy ride

18" 2002 china

Original 1981 setup:

15" 2002 sound edge hi-hats or 15" RUDE sound edge hi-hats

18" 2002 crash

18" 2002 medium

18" 2002 ride or 18" RUDE crash/ride

19" 2002 medium

20" 2002 medium or 20" RUDE ride/crash

20" 2002 ride

20" 2002 heavy ride

18" 2002 china type

38" Symphonic gong

Rarebell also occasionally used cymbals from Paiste's 3000 series as well upon their release in 1986, but would still usually stick to a mostly 2002 series setup.



  • 1981 - Nip in the Bud
  • 1986 - Herman Ze German
  • 1986 - Herman Ze German And Friends (Single) Wipe Out b/w Pancake
  • 2005 - Drum Legends(Rarebell/York/Antolini)
  • 2007 - I’m Back (released in Germany, not distributed in the US)
  • 2008 - My Life as a Scorpion
  • 2008 - Herman's Collection (Best of solos)
  • 2010 - Herman Ze German + My life as a Scorpion Box set
  • 2010 - HZG- "Top of the Rock" (Single)
  • 2010 - Take It As It Comes (US version of "I’m Back")
  • 2013 - Acoustic Fever
  • References

    Herman Rarebell Wikipedia