Part 2: Scorpions with orchestra
The Monday morning I first went back to the Kurfürstendamm
to buy a memory card for the camera. In the afternoon I walked around a bit in Unter Den Linden and Tiergarten park, before I went back to Mitte. Before the concert, we had dinner
together with Brigitte and some of her French and Swiss friends. Unlike with normal concerts, nobody needed to have any kind of stress to find a good place, because this was a concert with numbered seats.
I had lost the others a bit while entering the Gendarmenmarkt
. But that was no problem, we were all in the same row anyway. In block J row 4 were, starting from the midlle, Jess' cameraman, Jess herself, Dasha, Brigitte and 6 of her friends, your reporter, and 2 fans from Polish fanclub.
After some time we saw some people of the orchestra coming on stage and starting to tune their instruments. Then there was a speaker giving some information about the Classic Open Air concerts, and some history about the Scorpions Moment Of Glory project.
We didn't have to wait long before the Scorps hit the stage and opened (surprisingly for a concert with orchestra) with SITT
. During this 1st song there was something missing for me. But right from the 2nd song, even from far away, there was a special feeling of proximity, and this lasted during the whole concert. I had not experienced this before, maybe partly, during some moments, but not a complete concert.
From where we were seated all the instruments could be heard perfectly and Klaus' voice was the clearest I have ever heard on a concert. The concert was in 2 parts, with a 30 minute break in the middle. I thought this was to be able to sell more beer and food, but according to my redaction, the main reason had to be, that some of the classical instruments needed re-tuning, especially because it was in open air.
About the open air, it really was a fantastic location, as you can see on that link I put. The "classical" architecture was a perfect background for such a concert. Forgive me for not using the correct term for that type of architecture, (I have succesfully erased all those things I learned in school from my mental hard drive) but I mean the type of buildings in a similar style as ancient Greek or Roman buildings. It was very nice in the beginning with the sun and daylight, but in the end of the concert it was getting dark, and that was also creating a more special atmosphere.
The "classical touch" gave something extra to this concert, and the setlist-with-orchestra was a nice variation from the normal rock concert setlists. It already started with "New generation
", that I had only heard during soundchecks before, but never on a concert. And even when it wasn't the first time, I'm always happy to hear "We'll burn the sky
". I've heard it now from Scorps + Uli, Scorps without Uli, Uli without Scorps and now Scorps + orchestra. I really think this is my favourite Scorps song. It was also the first time I heard "We don't own the world
" and "You and I
" live. In between these 2 they played "Send me an angel
", I've heard it on almost every concert I went to already, but it is something different with orchestra. On this last recording it's also good to hear how Klaus voice sounded. The sound was so good, it was like we were watching a concert DVD. The last song before the break was "The best is yet to come
", a song I really learned to appreciate over time. And the arrangment with classical instruments also gave it something special this time.
In our 4th "FOS-row" we were about the only people in our block who were standing up during most of the songs, and sangalong and applauded etc. The people around us were probably more the typical classic orchestra public. Klaus and Matthias seemed to have noticed that there was a small group of not-completely-silent-audience in our corner, and were giving signs of appreciation.
During the break most people went to buy some drinks and food. I had a short chat with Dasha during this short break, and it seems the people in front of her did not fully appreciate her vocal qualities. Clearly not the average rock concert audience.
When Klaus was "giving away" drum sticks (yep, even during a classical concert they do their best to get rid of some of those) he was mostly throwing them to the real diehard VIP fans on the right, who didn't have tickets for seating places, and were following the concert from improvised standing places. Among those people I think I spotted Sarah, David and Salvatore with his son. It was funny to see how the security was almost in panic, whenever that stampede of rock fans was running forward (away from their place!!!!) to catch the goodies.
After the break it was maybe even better than before the break. I'm repeating myself, but the known songs like "No one like you
" and "SLY
" get something extra with this orchestra touch. (I have to repeat myself, I had to find a way to link these 2 songs as well...). I was very looking forward to hear the "Deadly sting thing
" live, and that was really one of the highlights, not only for me, I heard that Jess was also very impressed with that one. In the grande finale
we got real fireworks on and off stage. Cool. Groovy. Awsum.
So, this was my last part.