September 26, 2022

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Scorpions at the Videotron Center: An Evening of Great Shows

Scorpions at the Videotron Center: An Evening of Great Shows

The German invasion, which has been sweeping across Quebec for a week, continues with renewed vigor. After the raucous Rammsteins and headliner Olaf Scholes, the Scorpions landed on our campus this Wednesday evening in front of 11,000 eager fans at the Videotron Center.

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Many of the white snakes who left the tour regretted their absence Rock Believer The ill health of its singer David Coverdale, shortly before arriving in North America, ultimately did not dampen the interest of hard rock fans in the Quebec region.

The Scorpions’ first night back in town in 12 years, after a concert at the Pavillon de la Jeunes as part of a farewell tour.

Did you believe? Neither do we.

At 74 and 73, the band’s two frontmen, singer Klaus Mein and guitarist Rudolf Schenker, are surely looking at the finish line of a prolific career.

Lots of new stuff

Of the group’s five members, Schenker was the spark plug during an uneventful first half of the show, the fault being their decision to play several titles from their most recent album that were still not clearly fan-favored. Rock BelieverLaunched in February.

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker

Photo by QMI Agency, Pascal Huot

Guitarist Rudolf Schenker

One or two is enough. They sang four of the 17 songs in the show.

Nevertheless, after a frightening noise Gas in the tank And Make it realThe concert really began when I heard the first notes of Zoo, the screens show cartoon images of New York showing flaming skyscrapers, on which sexy female silhouettes dance. Another cliché assumed by German rockers.

And then, heavy and wonderful instrument Coast to coastA mix that ages well, is one of the best pure rock moments of the evening.

Obviously, a Scorpions concert, without their essential ballads, would be much smoother, but not very effective.

A choir for class

unifiers Send me an angel And Winds of change, one after another, Klaus Mein undid the audience’s vocal chords so he didn’t have to sing. In 11,000 voices, the choruses of these classics were beautiful to listen to.

Singer Klaus Meine

Photo by QMI Agency, Pascal Huot

Singer Klaus Meine

Then, a little further on, to allow the band leaders to rest, we are treated to – shot number 3 – a traditional stunning solo from the drummer, in this case the work of Mickey Dee, who even gets a standing ovation.

The final run was hell. In quick succession, we were entitled Blackout, Big City Nights And, as a reminder still love you And Rock You Like A Hurricane.

The crowd was mesmerized and it was such a beautiful shot.

♦ Tour Rock Believer Saturday evening in Montreal, with a stop at the Bell Centre.