Scorpions at the Videotron Center: the night of great shots

The German invasion, which has been sweeping across Quebec for a week, continues with renewed vigour. After the noisy Rammsteins and Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Scorpions group landed in front of 11,000 enthusiastic admirers at the Videotron Center on our premises this Wednesday evening.

The absence was regretted by many of Whitesnake who left the tour rock believer shortly before arriving in North America due to vocalist David Coverdale’s illness, the excitement of hard rock fans in the Quebec area ultimately could not be dampened.

It was the night of the big rock clichés, Scorpions were back in town for the first time, 12 years after a concert at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse as part of a planned farewell tour.

did you believe it We neither.


At least this time they don’t pretend to withdraw, even though the band’s two top candidates, singer Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker, certainly see the finish line of a successful career in front of them at 74 and 73 years of age.

Among the five members of the group, it was Schenker who was the spark plug during a rather uneven first part of the performance, the fault being their decision to play too many tracks from the latest album that obviously haven’t been tamed by the fans rock believerstarted in February.



Guitarist Rudolph Schenker



Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

Guitarist Rudolph Schenker

One or two would have been enough. They did a total of four songs out of 17 on the program.

Nevertheless, after a hesitant kick-off, it ended petrol in the tank and make it realthe concert really got going when we heard the first notes from The animal park, while cartoon images of New York were projected on the screens, showing burning skyscrapers in which seductive female silhouettes danced. Another cliché adopted by German rockers.



Matthias Jabs, also on guitar



Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

Matthias Jabs, also on guitar

Then the heavy and excellent instrumental coast to coasta damn well aged composition was one of the best pure rock moments of the night.

Obviously a Scorpions concert wouldn’t be a Scorpions concert without their essential ballads, so smooth but so effective.

The Unifiers send me an angel and A breath of fresh air, one after the other, loosened the audience’s vocal cords so much that Klaus Meine hardly had to sing anymore. With 11,000 voices, the choruses of these classics were beautiful to listen to.



Singer Klaus Meine



Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

Singer Klaus Meine

Then, a little further on, to give the band’s headliners a break, we were treated to the drummer’s traditional breathtaking solo – take number 3 – in this case the work of Mikkey Dee, who even received a standing ovation.

The final sprint was hellish. In quick succession we were entitled Blackout, big city nights and, as a reminder, of still loving You and Rock like a hurricane.

The audience was delirious and that was the most beautiful recording.

♦ The tour rock believer will also be making a stop at the Bell Center in Montreal on Saturday night.

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