It’s still a crazy world. The “Heroes of Heavy Metal”, as “Rolling Stone has dubbed the Scorpions, are still rocking like a hurricane . . . fifty years after Rudolf Schenker, the band’s rhythm guitarist, launched the band in 1965. The stinging songs are still there. For those who missed “Forever and a Day” during its theatrical run, the authorized Scorpions documentary comes to DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on November 27. The movie takes a look at the German hard-rock legends’ long career, while focusing on the band’s ‘Final Sting’ trek, which initially was intended to be a farewell tour. Entschuldigen Sie, “Forever and a Day” is in German with English subtitles.
During the 2011-2012 tour, the band members were so energized by the response from fans that they decided to scrap their retirement plans. They decided to change their collective minds, after Schenker and his band mates witnessed their fan club’s reactions to those performances. “Seeing all the old fans and all the new fans and getting told by them what the music meant and how they wanted more and more,” Schenker explains, “we understood that the time wasn’t right for the band to retire.”
Among the interesting career highlights covered in the movie is The Scorpions’ historic 1991 visit to the Kremlin in Moscow to meet Mikhail Gorbachev. The band presented the then-Soviet president with a gold record for its hit ballad “Wind of Change,” which celebrated the end of the Cold War.
Describing “Wind of Change” as “the soundtrack of the most peaceful revolution on Earth,” Schenker says The Scorpions’ visit with Gorbachev was “something very special” since they were the first, and possibly the only, Western band ever invited to the Kremlin. He adds that The Scorpions are still friendly with Gorbachev, who makes an appearance in “Forever and a Day” commenting about the group and the impact of “Wind of Change.”
The Scorpions recently wrapped up the 2015 U.S. leg of its 50th anniversary tour, which also is in support of their latest studio album, “Return to Forever”. With regard to the band’s future, longtime Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs says, “It doesn’t look like the end is near. You know, we keep ourselves open now. We tried the farewell tour, and we called it afterwards the ‘Went Well’ tour.”
The Scorpions will finish the year with a series of European dates in November and December, with more to come in February and March of 2016, including a run of shows in their homeland. Jabs says the band also plans to play more U.S. shows in May, and may visit South America and China. Check The-Scorpions.com for the group’s confirmed itinerary.