|Scorpions and Memories?
An account of the few hours building up to the concert.
They certainly do conjure up so many
of those good old memories.
I remember my first Rock cassette I bought which incidently was Scorpions World Live!
Remember those school days when Black Out used to be a regular feature in any concert.
Actually I hate it when it conjures up so many memories because it just makes me feel so old. ;-)
Got up that Thursday morning fresh as ever. While making
the breakfast, I checked out the 91FM to see if it is playing any
scorpions but I got some Indipops. So changed it immediately to the
'Acoustica' album I had recently acquired. You can say I have been
building this up for a week now. Iam sure everyone of those 30 thousand
strong crowd on the Palace Grounds that evening must have been too.
Reached the concert area early and stood on line to get
Man! Iam feeling like a college boy. (shit! I hate this
Many have come early and were already lining up. As we stood
outside, we could hear the sound check going on inside and there were full
speculation amongst us as to who might be carrying out the sound check -
the roadies or THEM!.
"That must be one of their roadies. It doesn't sound like
"But the sound system seems to be good, huh?"
you should have seen the Deep Purple. The sound was so good."
Bryan Adams' show didn't have a good sound."
"Remember when Autograph
came to Imphal."
"I could hear them playing from my house and I came
"That was the first good concert I saw. I was in
"Remember, after they sung 'rock n roll', every band in
Manipur had to sing it in their concerts."
(who started this
down-the-memory-lane stuff now?)
"Mee yammna lak-e-hai. Eikhoi saak su yamna leine."
"Maning dagi mayamse Meitei-ngaktani. Meiteilon ngang-na-reese tao."
"Ebungo! Eikhoi Chingmee singsu ko, moi masen meiteilon
"Hoine! Kei kanadabada! mayam nung-ngaina punna
References to the
recent Cease Fire activities in the midst of all this.
But soon it
changed as the security starting allowing us in.
We got in and soon we started discussing on the speakers
and the stage and all those lights.
"The Deep Purple was so good, it
really felt like a rock concert. The bryan adams' one was not that great."
"Yeah I know! remember we returned very soon."
"Must be because
the sound system was not good."
"Yeah! It was not good! But During DP,
I could feel the thud of the bass in my heart."
"Will these speakers
be able to deliver the goods to us?"
"It must be brought by them."
"Then it must be good only."
The clock ticked, people just piled up, the whole of
Poison "Flesh & Blood" album was played over the speakers and still no
sign of Scorpions. But the stage has a scurry of activities as those guys
arrange the microphones, stands and what nots. Very impressive!
"Shit man! Are they late or what?"
"who's the opening
"That DJ Ivan is doing some mix , I hear."
"What? Is he
playing house music here?"
"Yeah, I know, He'll get booed like mad."
Soon enough DJ Ivan came running out with the 91FM RJ
Rohit. Rohit went harping about why Bangalore is the best, blah blah and
DJ Ivan started his Rock mix. I could hear some boos around but he did get
some good response especially when He was doing 'I want to break free'.
It was nearing 8:30PM and the 15 member musical troupe
came on stage and settled towards the back. Even they got such rousing
welcome. I wonder how people will freak out when THEY come on stage.
Scorpions came on stage by 8:30PM. (we have been waiting for this!)
The sound system just went wild. Light was berkserk. Clouds of smoke
Rudolf Schenker, Mathias Jabs leading the way. Their Guest drummer from
California was too wild. Klaus Joined in to kick the evening off with
the "Loving you sunday morning" - an old song which I remember from my
I remember my old song book where I had collected lyrics
of rock numbers(I lost it few years back). I used to be quite proud of my
collection with many of my friends borrowing it to copy. It had so many of
Scorpions' numbers. I still remember, on one of the page I had a picture
of them on stage and below I had written their line-up:
"Klavs Meine -
Rudolf Schenker - Guitar
Mathias Jabs -
Guitar .... "
Oh Shit! Man! Iam overcome with that dreadful feeling of feeling so old.
What with all these memories!
Man! I gotta stop this right here.
Just for records, the concert was on 9th August 2001, Palace Grounds, Bangalore.