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The Scorpions are on their farewell tour but when this tour actually finishes is open to question as The Scorpions are clearly enjoying themselves and fans from all over the world are demanding more. However ze Scorps have yet to announce dates in the UK and that is one chance I can't afford to take and this is actually the third time I've seen the German veterans on this tour, having previously seen them is Thailand and France.

Wacken is the only German open air festival date from The Scorpions this year and is the band's second visit to this mother of all Heavy Metal festivals. In 2006 The Scorpions played A Night To Remember with a special marathon show with guests of former members Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Herman Rarebell playing a career spanning set. This year however there was to be no special surprises, just The Scorpions doing what they do best with the current line-up, who are still at the top of their game.

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By day three of Wacken the weather had turned the site into a sludgy mud bath with even more rain pouring down during The Scorpions set, meaning the fans of Wacken really were being rocked by a hurricane.

Scorpions hit the stage in a sea of lights for opener 'Sting In The Tail' and soon proved to Wacken that you don't need to play fast and furious to be heavy with the slower tracks 'Make It Real' and the reggae flavour of 'Is There Anybody There?'. The set consisted of tracks from 'Love Drive' and onwards from when Matthias Jabs became a permanent member of the Scorpions.


'The Zoo' rocked hard with Jabs on the talk box, which was the only thing that prevented him from smiling throughout this gig, even when standing in the rain for his guitar solo later on, unified with the Wacken faithful.

Klaus Meine still has the voice of dynamite and Rudolf Schenker throws all the guitar heroic shapes and is fitter than men half his age. Scorpions are a professional act knowing how to utilize every inch of the stage to mass effect.

'Raised On Rock' is one of the better tracks from the latest album and goes down well. James Kottack takes off his shirt after his drum solo to reveal his tattooed back of 'Rock 'N Roll Forever'. For a pulsating 'Blackout' Schenker returns with his head bandaged and forks in his eyes, recreating the iconic album cover.

A storming 'Big City Nights' makes everyone forget the fact that it is raining.

Bizarrely, before the encore a steelworks statue of the Scorpions in pyramid pose was wheeled out with the Voodoo Ladies complete with grinders flying sparks off the metal masterpiece.

The Scorpions returned with a blazing trio of 'Coming Home', the power ballad 'Still Loving You' finely sung by Wacken before a rip roaring 'Rock You Like A Hurricane'.

Hopefully we haven't yet seen the last of The Scorpions. There's still plenty of deadly sting in the tail.

Set list:

Sting In The Tail
Make It Real
Is There Anybody There?
The Zoo
Coast To Coast
Loving You Sunday Morning
Rhythm Of Love
Raised On Rock
Tease Me,Please Me
Hit Between The Eyes
Kottack's Attack (Drum solo)
Six String Sting (Guitar solo)
Big City Nights

Coming Home
Still Loving You
Rock You Like A Hurricane







Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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