here's my little review from the concert in Hannover:
the day began for us with a little sightseeing trip. With us I mean Bean (=Stormrockschenker), Teen, Claudi (Angel68), her husband and me. We decided to go to Rock City (=Schwarmstedt) and have lunch at Rudi's favourite italian 'Gino'. That was really a nice experience. Off course, they immediately recognized us as Scorpions fans and we were welcome. Just like we germans think how the italians are, an open heart for every friend. We got the information we missed Rudi for half an hour but he probably will come back, but he didn't (
But - I guess it was Gino himself - was very friendly and showed us some things, for example the espresso cup which Rudi usually uses, the drinking glass which is reserved for Rudi and and and ...
Another little story, he told us that he was hired as cook for this evening in the TUI arena, he grinned a little and said 'maybe we will see us there again!' and we responded 'absolutely, we only need to come backstage', this comment was followed by a laughter.
A little funny thing, in the TV report Rudi said that through this 'gate' Gino Rudi is informed about the things that are going on in Schwarmstedt (sorry, not Hanover, that was a typing mistake)
. And really, I could see how one of the waiters had a conversation with one of the guests about some activities in Schwarmstedt - this have been really things of minor relevance but for them they were important and it was worth discussing about it. I guess 'gossip' is the right english expression for it.
Afterwards at the venue I met Any and her husband (including new generation, this means their little daughter), Natka, Haley and in the venue we were standing straight at the end of the catwalk. And it was again the same as in Berlin, the people around us realized I'm talking english with them and wanted to know again if I am a kind of tourist guide. And they were again amazed from which countries all the people came. Ok you see Lenita, when the very last concert will really be in Hannover you have to come with this van (and the beer!) and pick up all the friends on your way.
This evening we had three bands, the first one was the winner of a kind of casting show with the name 'germany's best party band'. Let me say it this way: They were not so bad, but somehow I got the feeling they approached their gig to naive. They began with a pop song that went somehow like 'let me entertain you', that was no good choice, they should have known they are standing in front of a rock audience.
If I am not wrong they had the possibilities to entertain us, I counted 4 (=four!!!) guitar players (I'm no musician, I don't know why so many guitars are necessary). The singer said something, they are really nervous and that was something you could feel. Nearly no movement on the stage. The female co-singer made some movements to the music but nearly didn't leave the place where she was standing, the main-singer sometimes let him fall to his knees and the guitar players were just standing there like columns. All this reminded me of what Rudi wrote in his book about Bon Jovi when they were openers for them in the 80s.
The singer tried to make some little jokes from time to time, but the way he presented them was lousy, even the band 'die Flugbegleiter' in Hötensleben were much better.
A little later in the gig the music become a little rockiere, they played a special cover of the Yes classic 'owner of a lonely heart' - sorry big mistake no. 2. If you know a little the taste of a hard rock / metal audience you know only about 10% like this 'sophisticated' late 70s progressive rock. The best number came in the end, it was a song that came out to the Fifa worldcup 2006, a cool song for good mood and to sing along ... and I thought to myself 'oha, they can do it if they want, but why not right from the beginning'.
I see it in a postive way: They have still potential to improve and when they gathered more experience this might become a band with which we can have a lot of fun.
Afterwards came as expected Edguy who were again really amazing. But I guess I made a mistake in the setlist I gave in the Berlin thread, they played also mandrake, a good song played live. It was just a pity they played only 40 minutes long, a little longer would be fine (with some more songs like matrix or the piper never dies
About Scorpions: Just read what I wrote in the Berlin thread. And if you think you know the new stage setup form little video clips on youtbe - forget it!!! You have to see it live ... really cool.
And maybe you are asking yourself why you can't find so many little jokes here in this post as usual. There was one thing that really made me angry. And this was the security. They were not just unfriendly (at least those who catched my eyes) there was more. But don't know if I write more about it. How some other Scorpions fans who are more often in the TUI Arena told me, that was the security of the arena and no scorps people.