Released: 2007, SonyBmg/CMM W Rott
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
The legendary German heavy metal act Scorpions recorded a DVD at the Wacken Open Air Festival 2 years ago in front of 60.000 fans. The band wanted the fans to decide what they should play so a few months before the show they put 50 of their songs on the internet and let the fans decide by a poll. To celebrate their 35 years in the business Scorpions did a summer tour in 2006 where they played the same set list as they did on this DVD. They also managed to persuade old members like Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker and Herman Rarebell to get up on stage with them.
The show is nicely filmed with many cameras and descent angles and the huge crowd is filmed from time to time which only adds groove to the concert. The lighting is also perfect as well as the sound which is crystal clear. During the very long set list which covers 26 tracks you find a drum solo by current drummer James Kottak as well as a cover of “Bolero” and to my luck I find that most of the songs are taken from the golden 80’s. Classics like “The Zoo”, “Loving you Sunday Morning” and “Make It Real” are lined up and the first guest on stage is Uli Jon Roth. The band is, despite their age, vital and everyone runs around on stage doing their best to get the people going.
After another few songs Michael Schenker comes up on stage and they do the instrumental song “Coast to Coast”. Then they perform one of my personal favorites “Holiday” and the crowd sings a long like there’s no tomorrow before “Lovedrive” and “Another Piece of Me” follow. Unfortunately, Meine makes a major error, when he talks German which makes it really hard for everyone to understand what he’s saying. When it’s time for Kottak’s drum solo the band has played for about 1 hour and 20 minutes and I guess it’s time for Meine to rest his voice for a couple of minutes. At the end of the solo Herman Rarebell comes out and helps Kottak with the solo. The stage turns black and Rarebell sits on Kottak’s drums chair and “Blackout” kicks off and the set ends with “Can’t Get Enough”.
The band returns to the stage and the first encore is “Still Loving You”, followed “In Trance” which segues into “Bolero”. Again, the stage turns black and from under Kottak’s podium rises an electric steel scorpion that is placed in the middle of the stage. The show finally ends with the ultra hit “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and when the song is over and Meine has thanked everyone again, the show clocks in on 2.20.
This DVD is great proof that these veterans are still alive and well, the set list is magnificent and every fan favorite song is included. It was great fun to take part in this amazing DVD jammed with the best material of the band’s long career. There is no bonus material added, the sound is available in both PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.0 sound. The menus are easily maneuvered and a great looking booklet is included with great shots from the show. This is absolutely a necessary DVD for all Scorpions fans. Buy it, lean back and enjoy this ride.