Here’s my review:
Our journey began at 12 o’ clock, high noon. We wanted to be early in Hötensleben – we would have been there at 3 pm - but my navigation system in the car took another route than my route planer on the PC. I wouldn’t tell this, if this route didn’t lead us to a city you already heard of. It’s name is Hannover. But unfortunately in Hannover was a big traffic jam and we missed one hour.
We arrived at the venue at about 4 o’clock p.m., but that was still early enough. We entered the venue. It didn’t look like a typical open air venue, more than a folk festival. I estimate the half of the ground in the back were - in german slang I would say ‘Fressbuden’ – stands where you can buy something to eat and drink. It smelled delicious, this day you wouldn’t have to fear to die because of hunger or thirst.
The day before and this day it had been raining. As I said before, this was not a typical open air venue but just a piece of ground. Because of the rain the ground was partly muddy. They tried to compensate it with hay, but there was too much moisture. That’s the reason why there was still a place near the stage where nobody wanted to stay – even when our boys came. When I say nobody, that’s not the whole truth. I stood there. I got dirty shoes and wet socks, but from all the people I had the best sight to the stage! Near the stage and nobody on front of me for at least 3 metres!
When we came to the stage when we entered the venue three musicians were on stage and made the soundcheck. They were quite funny, one of them tested the singing voice microphone with a german schlager. Then they left the stage and the program began with an act called Angela, who sang two songs. If you want to know who she is, take a look at this video:
To be honest: It was terrible!
After that a theater act should begin, but they had technical problems so they decided to make music. The band ‘Die Flugbegleiter’ entered the stage and it turned out it was the band that made the soundcheck. I really have to say, their music was not good, but it was fun nevertheless to see them, because they were joking all the times. For example the singer was asking the audience to pretend just for one minute to be their fans. And after the audience went crazy for this one minute, he said, that the Scorpions will be envious when they see this crowd. They made much more jokes - I can’t tell everything in detail. But it seems they have stolen my Klaus & Klaus joke.
The next part was the theatre act – the culture part of this evening: I better say – no comment!
It was an act without a real story line and – there were children at the venue – in nearly every second sentence they used the naughty word with f. We f…ed 8 times, I was angry and f…ed her hard and so on. But it must be culture, someone from the university wrote this act. Btw. I have studied as well. Maybe I’m allowed to use this word here in the forum, under disguise of art and culture.
I’m not joking, the audience was really delighted – when it was over.
But you won’t believe what happened next – the return of the evil: Angela
But our good father felt with us and a french fries stand (or a chippy) began to burn. The Hötensleben fire fighters came with a fire engine and with siren to that stand. The music (Angela) stopped
We saw the Hötensleben fire fighters are at least as good as their collegues in Wacken. But they still have to proof if they can make also as good music.
But this was just a little break. After that Angela continued singing.
This was about 19.30. After a break came the group ‘Stanfour’ on stage. They made - I would call it – ordinary rock. Not bad, I really enjoyed it, the performance was good – but somehow that’s not my music.
The next act was a female singer with the name ELA from germany. I must say, really not bad. Good melodic hard rock – sometimes she sounds a bit like Evanescence. This evening she had a special guest, J.R. Blackmore, the son of the Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore. They performed together the song ‘running out of time’ (if you want to look for it on youtube). And I was really surprised, he speaks fluent german and nearly without accent.
ELA was a good opener for our boys. But after ELA the big waiting began. At 22.30 one of the organizers entered the stage and said our boys will come, but it will take a little longer. They have technical problems with the video screen. And afterwards we could see what problems that had been. I bet we are the only audience that saw on a big video screen one Microsoft error message following the next – I got photos of it. Finally our boys came on stage as usually – intro with hurricane 2000. I don’t want to say to much about their performance – it was just as the others say in their reviews. For me it was very impressive to see it live and you could see the performance of the Scorps was really professional – the way Klaus played with the crowd, the way Matthias communicated with the first rows and I think for about two seconds he looked at me (and thought how crazy must this guy be to stand in the mud).
Rudolf was running most of the time on stage as if he was paid for kilometres and James was very wild behind the drums. Somehow he reminded me of the animal from the muppet show. And I never saw a drummer who had so much contact with the audience - even more than Tommy Lee. Pawel was an exception, he looked somehow like a serious worker.
I think this must be the level that have to achieve if you want to be successful as musician.
Ok, this here is a fan forum, but nevertheless I hate to say everything is super, amazing, awesome even concerning the Scorps. There must be at least a little negative. That were the go go dancers at tease me, please me. Maybe they were not too bad, but you can’t compare them with the ones I saw on the photos of the Russian tour. One was wearing a white shaw – oh, how sexy. But as I said I really loved the concert and look forward to the next one.
P.S.: I will add those things here that come to my mind, that I forgot to write and think it should be mentioned or could be interesting for you