One year ago the Scorpions kicked off a major farewell tour. popXport accompanied the band on its first 2011 tour stop in Bangkok. Our report gets up close and personal.
© 2010 Marc Theis
The Scorpions are Germany's most successful rock band of all time. The band has sold more than 100 million recordings over the past four decades, receiving more than 200 gold, platinum and diamond records. Rolling Stone Magazine has called the Scorpions "Heavy Metal Heroes". They belong to the club of the 30 greatest rock bands in the world.
In 2010 the band from Hanover announced they were calling it quits following the release of their album "Sting in the Tail" and a three-year world tour. The album climbed the international charts and the tour is a huge success. Last year alone, the Scorpions played more than 90 concerts. The Pollstar trade publication calls them one of the year's most successful live bands.
Their Bangkok appearance was the first in 2011. Ten thousand enthusiastic fans turned out to hear the Scorpions play 21 songs, including tracks off their new album and numerous classic hits. Offstage, a camera team accompanied the rock idols on their visit to Bangkok. We were there for a boat ride on the Khlongs, and a reception given by the Prime Minsiter of Thailand.