I just got back from St. Petersburg, Russia yesterday evening (well in my time zone anyways...24 hours of traveling and I tell you I felt very smelly!).
Nadin is right though about the organization - it made me kind of sad to see. It was my first Russian concert and while I knew the crowd would go crazy, I didn't realize how "brutal" it could be. I'm used to having the security guards watching out for us over here...not taking the drumsticks and guitar picks the group throws when it doesn't reach the fans!
So yes, once we got inside the arena (that was crazy to start with - that's the closest I've ever been to a bunch of strangers for that long - maybe 2 hours of being so close that we should of known each other's name at least. Then the gates opened and we all ran inside, to find ourselves in front of another door that was closed with a bunch of security guarding it. At the same time I saw people running in different directions so I guess there was more than one door? So we stood there being crushed again for what seemed a very long time - I will say one hour but it might of been less - I couldn't lift my arm to see the time. Heh.
So - the people who got there first to be the first ones in line and waited the longest had to fight with the rest of the people who just arrived. This always makes me sad since I like being first in line and if it means nothing it would make me a bit angry!
Anyways, eventually they opened the doors (but first they had to push us all back because the doors swung out not in and they needed room). Once the doors were open that is when everyone showed some nasty sides. We had maybe 7 stairs to run up and just as I got to them, someone in the back of me intentionally pushed me down and I fell on the stairs. I got really lucky, since it was on the stairs I managed to get up fast and besides a bruised shin and I swear someone hit me under the eye somehow...I managed to get back up and run with everyone else. I lost my dear friend Nadin but I managed to secure a spot at the barrier almost at the end of the stage. (And lucky for me, the 2 guys I was between spoke a bit of English so I was happy.)
No idea who the opening group was, they sounded like a bar band though. I think they would of gotten some extra attention if they had played some cover songs since it didn't look like anyone knew what they were singing (I could be wrong).
The Scorpions concert started late - about 15 minutes late from what I can tell due to some sound and stage problems.
It was a great show as always but very different compared to the crowds that I am used to in North America. One of the most interesting things to me was seeing some songs without much interest from the crowd in comparison to others. I think it was mostly the ballads, it seemed that everyone (I mean everyone) sang the harder songs, but when it came to the ballads it was quieter - for instance here in North America people go absolutely nuts over Holiday, but it didn't seem the same in Russia.
The guys were in great form although I did notice there were some problems - mostly sound. I was happy to see Klaus up there (I was worried the show would be canceled) giving it all he could, but he did look a bit pale and he requested quite a bit more audience singing - I don't blame him one bit. He absolutely loves St. Petersburg though and you can tell all the fond memories he has of this historical place. He talked about old times and his first impressions. For me as a non-Russian, that gave me goosebumps. It felt so real, "I'm in Russia seeing the Scorpions."
I don't know who had the idea, but someone brought in hundreds of papers with the lyrics A Moment in a Million years on one side English/Russian and then "Thanks" on the other in English, German, Russian and possibly other languages.
Somehow towards the end of one of the encore songs, everyone made paper airplanes and threw the papers up on stage and the guys were throwing them back at the crowd. I've never seen that before so it was something I will always remember! Whoever coordinated that needs a pat on the back. I wish we would do that here in North America...hmmm maybe I'll do that!
I'm sure I will have more to talk about but I'm so tired and bruised from that concert. It really was amazing and I honestly could not of done it without my dear friend Nadin. I can't thank her enough for all the kindness she showed me. I felt so sad leaving, it was like I had a family and I just wanted to stay to enjoy all that I could.
I can't wait to go back someday. Although, I'm not sure if my feet will let me. My goodness my feet hurt from all the walking and the standing at the concert!
One of the best trips ever.