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When Scorpions rocked Bangalore
Vicky Nanjappa | December 17, 2007 13:01 IST
Last Updated: December 20, 2007 16:01 IST
One lakh, fifty thousand watts of sound, 200 psychedelic lights, 50 tonnes of music instruments and a fanatical crowd -- that's the best way to describe the Scorpions concert. The legendary rock band performed to a moderate turnout in Bangalore on Sunday, as part of their Humanity Concert. They had performed in Shillong and Mumbai before that.
Klaus Mein set the mood with his deep vocals, while James Kottak stole the show with a power-packed performance on the drums.
"He is simply non-stop!" a fan in the crowd exclaimed.
Rudolf Schenker, Pawel Maciwoda and Mathias Jabs made magic with the guitar and sent the crowd into a tizzy each time they came forward and played.
Klaus Mein was at his best when he belted out the popular number, Rock You Like A Hurricane. The crowd sure rocked for this number. The band also sang new numbers from their latest album Humanity Hour-1 like Love is War, We Were Born to Fly and Love Will Keep Us Alive.
But when the band dished out old favourites like Send Me An Angel, Still Loving You and Winds of Change, the entire atmosphere changed with the crowd left begging for more.
However, fans had to wait a while before they could enjoy the show. The crowd started pouring in at 5.30 pm but had to wait until 8 pm before the show actually started. Once it did, there was no stopping the Scorpions.
Bangalore cheered the loudest when Klaus Mein came on stage and screamed 'Namaste Bangalore' and 'Shukriya India'.
Guitarist Pawel Maciwoda had said only a day before the show that they promised the 'heaviest' this time. "This time, we are going to rock the crowd all through the show," he had said. "In 2001 (when the band last played in Bangalore), we started off acoustic and progressed towards heavy music."
He was as good as his word. They kept the audience spellbound for a good two hours.
The band also had its share of fun with the crowd. While Rudolf Schenker threw guitar picks into the crowd, Klaus Meine might have thrown at least a 100 drum sticks. Needless to say, chaos reigned as people tried to grab them.
In the end, it was quite clear that even after being in the music business for 40 years, Scorpions were still able to enthrall the audiences of different age groups. For Bangalore, Scorpions just became bigger on Sunday.