Having promised it, here is my review of the show in Cluj-Napoca.
I must say from the beginning that this was, for me, a dream come true: my favourite band in my home town. I could not even imagine this a few years ago, but thanks to the new stadium, it became real. Despite not living in Cluj anymore, I could not miss this, so I organised all my stuff so that I could be home at the beginning of October.
"Scorpions in Cluj" started for me Friday evening, when I was present at their press conference - my initial job is journalist, so I had no problems with attending it. It was the 3rd pre-concert press conference of the Scorpions that I have attended. Like all the previous ones, there were not many "smart" questions -I would say it is normal, since not a lot of people are familiar with the great history of the band. Klaus and Rudolf were the ones talking most of the time, with short interventions by Matthias - more preocupied by the beauty of the Romanian hostesses
- and James. Pawel seemed really tired after the flight... but there was enough time to rest until the show.
I arrived at the stadium about five hours before the concert - I did not want to miss a good place close to the stage - so I had the chance to view the entire show. It started with Grigore Lese and Sensor (drummer's band - the guys use barrels instead of real drums), after that the bands Semnal M and Pacifica were on stage. Voltaj, a band which I personally do not like at all, but which can heat up the atmosphere, were the last ones on stage before "the big moment".
The almost 30 minutes wait before the real show was totally worth. I got a chance to take a rest and also secure a great place - again, thanks to my jorunalism background - I had the chance to stay between the audience and the stage (thanks very very much Ana Maria). I could take pictures only at the beginning, at the first 3 songs, then I stopped and enjoyed the show!
In one word, I can say - AWESOME!
The biggest surprise for me was Always Somewhere. And I say this because at the press conference, one of the questions was refering to this song. Being asked why they do not play it anymore and if they think of playing it in Cluj, Klaus Meine said that he does not think. But left a little window open, ending his answer with "But who knows? You will see".
Whe Holiday started, it was clear for me that the whole audience was "conquered". Then, James did what he knows best - a real show! It was really great, I had the impression that he brought a lot of energy to Romania and that he enjoyed it more than I have seen in other shows. And the audience really loved it.
As for the end... it was obvisous that this part would be the favourite for everzone. Still Loving You, Wind Of Change and Rock You Like a Hurricane are the songs which everyone knows, even if he is not a Scorpions fan, so nothing could go wrong
And the finale with When The Smoke Is Going Down... superb!
I have seen 5 Scorpions concerts so far - 1993 and 2004 in Bucharest, 2007 in Sibiu, 2011 in Berlin (with Babelsberg Film Orchestra) and now in Cluj. I can say for sure, the last one was the best. I felt the band enjoyed it really much, the audience was captivated by the Scorpions, the venue was great for such a great show - the Scorpions really deserve to play in front of a crowd of 40.000.
And to make my experience even better, I went home with a pick from Pawel and a drum stick - my first real souvenirs from the Scorpions.
Well...that would be all from me. See you on the 26th of November, in Brussels!