The Concert in Munich
Okay I'm going to skip the parts from about 16:30 to 18:30 (that's just a guess - I think the doors opened at that time - I'm sure someone can correct me). There was quite a bit of chaos from finding out there are 2 entrances to some kind of drama at one of them. That isn't a story for me to tell, but I know that there were no hard feelings at the end of the story so all is good. I know that Susan and I took a wrong turn on our way to find the restroom (where apparently you don't actually rest) so we did some extra walking. And I'll never know if James got my name on the guest list, because by some twist of fate I was offered a chance to go inside just before the doors opened along with a few friends. We were missing Delphine though and I kick myself every day for it. I will make it up to her.The Highs
The gang of us (me, Curry, Adriano, Nadia, Susan) stood at the front of the catwalk or what is called the "T" in amazement to be there. This was a gift that will never be forgotten, standing there with Susan and Adriano on my right and Curry, Gabi and Nadia to the left. There was one missing and that was Delphine. There just wasn't enough time - I swear I would of run outside to the box office to see if my name was on the guest list and given her those passes, but before we knew it the doors were open and people started running inside. Try as we could to save spots for her, in the end it didn't happen. I thought she was just behind the front row, but that's a story for another day. I won't dwell on it but I won't forget it either.
Onward to better thoughts - it was great to see Gabi up front and the energy and excitement of everyone was incredible as we waited impatiently for the shows to begin. First thing to notice was all the film cameras, they were filming for this concert. I believe it was for the Deutsche Welle film that is coming out in April or so. All those cameras were in the way! But thankfully where we were standing it wasn't so bad. I only wish we could of been closer to the stage - damn barrier so far away!
While waiting for the opening act to begin the lead singer of the opening band was hanging out with us. I made sure he was a Scorpions fan then (because I was sick of carrying it!) I gave him an extra gift bag. He seemed really grateful for it and thanked me several times. While I did like the opening group, their songs didn't have much difference in them, it sounded like a German Nickelback with a Rammstein edge. We did get everyone to sing the "FISH STICKS" song with us though. Gosh that was funny. That one song sounded like he was saying "fish sticks" over and over.
By the end of the opening group the adrenaline started to kick in - at this point I wasn't at my 2nd or 3rd wind, I must of been on my 12th wind. If it wasn't for the fact we had so many people pressed up against each other I doubt I would of been standing! But luckily wind #12 came through and I kept on thinking to myself - it's time for the show!Balloons & Hearts
I might not be remembering this correctly but what I remember is that about 6 minutes before the Scorpions were to be on stage, I suddenly remembered the balloons! You see, there were 3 balloons in each gift bag with instructions (in 3 languages) on when to use them. Well the minimum order was 500 balloons so with all the extra balloons and instructions I brought them to the arena and we started to hand them out to people. I thought for SURE that people wouldn't give a crap about them nor read the instructions. But the more we gave out the more that people seemed to want. Then I figured well they will blow them all up before the show for sure...while some were not many were considering. And even though I was pretty much holding a balloon for most of the show I didn't even remember the instructions myself.
It was absolutely MAGICAL...a good number of people listened/read the instructions and when it was time for the encore it was like a purple balloon shower. That brought me to tears - it worked! it worked! Well okay I'm a bit ahead of myself, but holy crap it was beautiful - maybe because one of my favorite colours is purple.
Those pink and red hearts - well what I had left I handed them out. I don't know when, before or after? At some point because we all we holding them and they were on the ground too. What a mess!The Concert
Damn film cameras is all I will say. The band was a bit different that night in comparison to Oberhausen. They had cameras following them around on stage and on the sides, big and small. I thought that formed some sort of barrier between them and us. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I'm sure we all act a bit different knowing people are video taping you like that. But it was disconcerting and distracting. At least for the first part of the show after awhile they seemed to of warmed up a bit more thankfully. Besides it was HOT in that Olympiahalle.
The energy was CRAZY amazing. As I said in the above post, James was sick and what a trooper to be able to get through the show. Pawel was a bit more there in comparison to Oberhausen, but he lacked a big presence. I know he has it in him, maybe he caught those germs from James and wasn't feeling good.
Rudolf was a total machine, he seemed to enjoy himself more at that show than any other I have seen this year. Maybe it was the cameras, maybe because it was the last show of the tour, but he seemed to have this aura of energy around him where if you looked at him, you smiled from ear to ear. Of course maybe that's why he always wears sunglasses (besides the obvious reason of all the lights!) if we see his eyes during the show, we could go insane. Hah!
Matthias was the usual Matthias. I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean that in a good way. Very consistent, reliable and enjoys himself while entertaining all of us. He loves what he does and he knows how to do it.
Klaus - dear Gods and Goddesses that voice! I didn't know what he was saying most of the time, but I knew what he was singing. I'm not sure how he managed it but his voice seems to be better at the end of the tour somehow...it doesn't make sense. Usually at the end the voice isn't all that good. Whatever he is doing - he needs to keep doing it, his energy was dead on.
Lots and lots of pyro during this set. That was a surprising twist. It reminded me of some of the US shows but with more pyro! Man that stuff made things HOT and sometimes stinky too.
The setlist - holy guacamole! The tried and true setlist PLUS all the extras - We'll Burn the Sky and No One Like You as well as When The Smoke is Going Down. Sent shivers down my spine several times. It was magical.The Connections
Hmm, I guess I didn't see what Nadia saw. I saw plenty of kisses blown and points, winks and smiles from Klaus but I don't remember him saying any names in the crowd. If he did - good for him! Heck maybe he said mine (but I doubt that) too! I remember when he kissed the plec and pointed to Gabi to throw it to her then when she got it, he kind of looked at me for a moment and I gave him a thumbs up for approval - I'm not sure the expression he had but it seemed thoughtful? Or maybe he was happy to see someone happy in the audience? I dunno. But it was interesting.
I swear Rudolf was laughing at us...I could see through his glasses as he stared over at us moving side to side alongside with him. Except one of us was off because we kept crashing into each other. Of course it didn't matter and it probably made it all the funnier. I hope they got THAT on film.
Again Pawel rarely saw the end of the stage, I looked for him a few times and he seemed okay in his normal spot - maybe it was the cameras all in the way or how they wanted to film it. I'm not sure, he seemed to be having a great deal of fun just not in the forefront.
Matthias is as Matthias does - he was his normal flirty self, but that whimsical look from the night before was nowhere to be found. He seemed to make few connections and it was more about the film than the crazy fans screaming for him.
James as I said was a real trooper - I think some people threw him things. I know I tried to get him one of those hearts, but I failed in my attempt. At the end of the show he did take Rudolf's plec and kissed it and tried to throw it to me, but I just missed it. That would of been a nice catch, but the guys in back of me must of snagged it. For someone as sick as he seemed, my hat goes off to him for getting through that show the way he did.The Energy
The word "magical" keeps coming up and it's true. There was magic in the air that night. Was it the FOSers in the front rows? Was it the cameras? Was it the band giving what they had left to us that night? Was it everything? Probably.
Curry's scarves were amazing - the balloons and hearts - the singing. The emotions, the tears and smiles. When Klaus dedicated Send Me an Angel to the people in Connecticut - my heart skipped a beat. When they played holiday I thought of my Mom and just hoped she was part of the energy. She loved the Scorpions too.
When Klaus told us that it might be the last date on the final sting tour but that isn't the end our spirits were lifted high. Of course we all suspected it, but telling us there was the perfect time.
The band loved us and we loved them. It was magical - it didn't feel like just another concert and trust me this year I've seen my fair share around the world. This was an event to remember.Yes, there was "that"
Yes, there was a drum solo (the now normal shortened version), but we didn't kick ass that night. I get the feeling that if anyone's ass was kicked - that would be James! I hope he recovered quickly.
Yes, there was a guitar solo - a little bit modified but not significantly. I love it how right after Matthias' solo that it goes into Big City Nights - that just works so damn perfectly!
Yes, Klaus whistles perfectly again. One day I'm going to meet him again I hope and we need to have a talk about this ability to whistle so well.
Yes, Rudolf wore those awesome glitter shoes. Rudolf, you don't want to know how much we girls talk about how much we love those shoes...really you don't!
Yes, the flag that many people signed FOR the band got to them on stage and as far as James' drum kit. I remember seeing Klaus trying to read it too. He had a quizzical look on his face, "Umm I don't remember there being a country with a purple flag what is this?"
(I never did sign it, they will need to get my autograph some other day I guess hehe)In Conclusion
Okay I know this is a bit of a different kind of review - even for me. I think Nadia summed it up for me perfectly and in so much detail - I'm not sure what else to say!
Was the concert perfect? No, not at all. Was it magical? Yes, for certain.
Will I ever forget being there and that energy as I stood next to or near some amazing people? Never. It's a rare chance to be at a concert with so many people that know each other so close, it was a family. I loved seeing Curry and Adriano high fiving each other. Of Nadia calling Nada. Seeing Gabi feeling and hearing the energy just like we do.
I'm sure I will have more to say, but for now I'm all typed out. The concert was beyond my expectations. I would of loved to catch something to bring home, but I brought home some amazing memories and it makes for lighter luggage yay!