Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Love at First Sting - Moment of Glory

The wise man said just walk this way
To the dawn of the light
The wind will blow into your face
As the years pass you by
Hear this voice from deep inside
It's the call of your heart
Close your eyes and your will find
The passage out of the dark

Here I am
Will you send me an angel
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just find your place
In the eye of the storm
Seek the roses along the way
Just beware of the thorns

Here I am
Will you send me an angel
Here I am
In the land of the morning star

The wise man said just raise your hand
And reach out for the spell
Find the door to the promised land
Just believe in yourself
Hear this voice from deep inside
It's the call of your heart
Close your eyes and your will find
The way out of the dark

Send Me an Angel - Scorpions from the album Crazy World

Formed in 1970, this German band comprising of Rudolf Schenker, Klaus Meine, and Matthias Jabs have created history in Hard Rock. After 35 years, they are still an awesome team rocking the world like a hurricane.

I first heard "Still Loving You" and "Winds of Change" while I was in my 8th Standard. Thats about 15 years ago. Ever since there is no looking back. Their music has ever since put me in a trance. It was always my dream to meet the trio. They were, are, and will be my heros.

Never knew when I would, if I could, how I would. And then there was June 16, 2001 at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus Ohio. Ticket was not expensive, but to get there on my own was. So I had to convince my friends to come along with the assurance that they are going to have a time of their life.

The intro for the concert was provided by a small time group Rio, followed by 90 minutes of Deep Purple led by Ian Gillian and closed with the mighty Scorpions with Klaus, Rudy, Jabs, Kottak, Rieckermann at their best.

Had tickets for Row N, I think. Not that far from the stage, about 30 feet. Great seats for $40, must say. But who the heck sits in a Scorpions concert. So I figured, I could get closer. Sneaked through security to row A while Deep Purple was performing. All set to experience the Scorpion mania. Was about 3 feet from the stage, no one in front of me but the GODS of hard rock.

That was one of the best moments of my life. To see my heroes perform in flesh and blood. And the show started with a blast by the song Coming Home, followed by 18 of their greatest hits that included anthems such as Rock you like a Hurricane, Winds of Change, Still Loving You, Send me an Angel, Blackout, Dont Believe Her and many others.

Scorpions have a very limited fan following in the United States, which worked to my advantage cause I was one of the few who knew all their songs by heart.

Somewhere in the middle of the concert, as Klaus Meine was at his best, in all my emotion and trance, I reached out to him. And there he was,he saw me reaching out,walked up about 3 paces, reached out, high-fived, shook my extended hand with a very firm reassuring handshake. The hand shake lasted for about 2 seconds but felt like forever. One of my dreams turned into reality shaking hands with the vocal GOD of hard rock.

Not that it was enough, and since I was one of the few who sang along during the entire concert, I managed to make eye contact with Matthais Jabs, who smiled in return as if to say "Hang on a sec, I wanna give you something" and after the conclusion of a song threw out his guiter picker at me. Unfortunately, it boomeranged away from me. He saw the utter disappointment on my face. I was like shattered, cause I knew that was meant for ME.

A few songs later came the ballad anthem Winds of Change. Now since its a ballad, everyone was swaying in slow motion and I was singing all along the way. The single most defining moment of the evening was that he gestered to me as the song ended and handed me his guiter picker, just so that I get it. This time for sure.

I can relive that evening only in my mind and thats just an amazing feeling to have. They have touched many a hearts this way, and I am one in a million. But my experience that day was out of the world and one of my personal bests.

Scorpions have had an impact in my life. Their music has been one of my major sources of self-motivation and push in life. And have helped me overcome the waves of everyday life. Their career as a group has gone through a lot of downs ever since they formed Scorpions. And yet they have survived for 35 years as a group (Rudy, Klaus, and Jabs). The biggest lesson I have personally learnt is the lesson of friendship. If one gets to read their history especially in the early 80s, hats off to their FRIENDSHIP and SINCERITY.

I was just listening to some of their music today, nearly after a year or so and it reminded me of that great evening where I had a chance to meet my musical Heros who have been one of my sources of inspiration and motivation in life.


At 8:41 AM, Blogger meenakshi said...

such an apt title :)

reading your blog, i can almost relate to your fervor at that concert...i have never really put an effort in knowing more about this band, but i do like "winds of change" a lot.

this post of urs reminds me of the concerts that i have been to too...hmm, shud narrate on my blog soon.


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