Herman Rarebell

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Herman Rarebell
Background information
Born (1949-11-18) 18 November 1949 (age 68)
Origin Schmelz, Germany
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Drums, keyboards
Years active 1977–present
Labels Dark Star
Associated acts Scorpions, Herman Ze German, Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock, Rock Wolves
Website www.hermanrarebell.com

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".


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.

Paiste cymbals:

15" 2002 sound edge hi-hats

10" 2002 splash

18" 2002 crash

20" 2002 crash

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) [1]
  • 2010 - Take It As It Comes (US version of "I’m Back") [2]
  • 2013 - Acoustic Fever


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