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Scorpions rock Mumbai 'like a hurricane'

india Updated: Dec 15, 2007 18:25 IST
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Heavy metal band Scorpions rocked a 10,000-strong crowd in Mumbai with popular numbers like "Rock You like a Hurricane", "Still Loving You", and "Always Somewhere" as well as songs from their new album "Humanity Hour I".

Drummer James Kottak with his beer guzzling, tearing-his-shirt-off antics had the crowd at MMRDA grounds roaring Friday night.

Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine frolicked around the stage flinging out drumsticks and guitar plectrums to the captivated audience, while new band entrant Pawel Maciwoda had the crowd under a spell when he took centre stage. The crowd swayed to the music and the excitement was palpable.

The performance may have lacked the props that dazzled Roger Waters' performance here earlier, but the band members' enthusiasm more than made up for it.

Schenker also applauded the Indian public's artistic inputs with the VH1 and Nokia "Shot By You" video, which brought together people from across the country to promote love and peace by making a video to go with the title song of the album - "Humanity".

Earlier Friday, Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs said "Humanity" is "about making love not war. It's sending out a global message about loving and respecting yourself."

He added: "Music is a small part of the big picture. It helps to create awareness. We're living in violent, aggressive times and 'Humanity' hopes to create change and bringing awareness."

Asked if "Humanity" offered a solution, Jabs said: "We're just musicians. We can't manage to solve the problem, if there was a solution; we wouldn't have an album to sing about."

Hours before their performance here as part of their "Humanity World Tour 2007-08", the German band was an animated bunch. While bass guitarist Maciwoda has just bought himself a new sitar, Kottak was his usual vociferous self and Schenker donned silver-studded boots.

Schenker told IANS: "Humanity picks up from the deepest point to go on to the highest point. It's important for us humans not kill yourself about the mistakes you've made. Sometimes the universe doesn't move with you and sometimes it all falls into place wonderfully."

Scorpions started out in 1965 and of the original lot, Schenker still remains.

"We started with a dream and we're still living the dream. It's not been 40 long years. It's been 40 short years. It's unbelievable," he said.

The band members say they love India for "the colours, the philosophy, and the festivities".

Asked if there would be collaborations with Indian artists, Schenker said: "We've been talking around. We have a couple things lined up and are ready to walk the line."

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