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Die Scorpions!
November 15, 2002   
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German band The Scorpions played Torwar in Warsaw, Nov. 9. The band arrived, played the concert and left. Fans came, drank some beer, listened to the concert and then also left. The most important thing was missing: real emotion.

I'm not an enemy of aging rock veterans, among whom, with 30 years on the stage, The Scorpions must be counted. I had a great time after all at the Die Toten Hosen and Iggy Pop concerts and they aren't young either. The problem is that the band's performances seemed to me to be the quintessence of their whole career. The band was styled for many years as a softer version of heavy metal, which conquered Europe through bands such as Mötorhead, Saxon and Iron Maiden in the mid-'80s. The truth is that since the beginning of their career in 1969, The Scorpions were at least a hard rock'n'roll group which differed from the typical metal bands. That's why attempts to attach the bad-boy label to the band seem dishonest. This didn't bother the audience of 3,000 who showed up Saturday evening at Torwar. During fast songs, fans clapped and headbanged while ballads provoked waves of lighters and tears. The concert was enjoyable because the group played all of their greatest hits and the ever present "Winds of Change."
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