Hermann Erbel[1] (born 18 November 1949), known professionally as Herman Rarebell, is a German musician, best known as the drummer for the hard rock band Scorpions from 1977 to 1996, during which time he played on eight studio albums. Aside from playing drums, Rarebell wrote or co-wrote several songs for the group such as "Another Piece of Meat", "Falling in Love" and "Passion Rules the Game". He composed the lyrics for some of the band's most well known songs such as "Rock You Like a Hurricane", "Blackout", "Make It Real", "Arizona", "Bad Boys Running Wild" and "Tease Me Please Me".

Herman Rarebell
Background information
Birth nameHermann Erbel
Born (1949-11-18) 18 November 1949 (age 74)
OriginSchmelz, West Germany
Years active1965–present

Herman Rarebell received his education in the subjects drums and piano at the Musikhochschule Saarbrücken. Rarebell played drums from 1965 with the band The Mastermen, from 1968 with The Fuggs Blues and RS Rindfleisch, with whom he released one single[2] and performed in the clubs of the US military throughout Germany. In 1972–73 he played on three albums by the Krautrock band Missus Beastly,[3] with a line-up consisting of three RS Rindfleisch members with a new singer and two additional musicians. The following year he joined the band Onyx after the name change to Vineyard. During his time in Scorpions, Rarebell released two solo albums Nip in the Bud (1981) and Herman Ze German (1986).

Setup edit

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.

Discography edit

Missus Beastly

  • 1972 – Volksmusik
  • 1973 – Spinatwachtel
  • 1973 – Weramean · Missus Beastly (split) – Super Rock Made In Germany / Im Garten Des Schweigens



  • 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) [4]
  • 2010 – Take It As It Comes (US version of "I'm Back") [5]
  • 2013 – Acoustic Fever
  • 2020 – Thomas Tomsen – "No Return To Earth"

References edit

  1. ^ "Ein 'Scorpion' kehrt zurück". Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German). 21 March 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2024.
  2. ^ "RS Rindfleisch". Discogs. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Missus Beastly (2)". Discogs. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Herman Rarebell "Top of the Rock" (single) Sweet Sounds/Interscope, Produced by Duke Jackson". Sweetsounds.us. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Herman Rarebell Discusses 'Take It As It Comes' Solo Album In Interview – Sep. 8, 2010". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.

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