Byblos International Festival 2013 - Scorpions Concert
Author: Carmina Khairallah - 2013-08-19
On the 26th and 27th July, the legendary Rock band SCORPIONS decided to grace Lebanon yet again by including the Byblos Festival as a venue in their (official) final tour. We attended the first of both concerts in order to review what promised to be a night to remember.
The band having already performed in Lebanon for three consecutive concerts no more than two years ago, one would not expect the venue to be as packed as it was. Yet, each of the seated, standing and Golden circle areas barely allowed any of the attendees to breathe. Many had to resort to impressive gymnastic prowess in order to simply see the band.
The concert was scheduled to start at 9:30 pm. With no opening act preceding them, the SCORPIONS climbed on stage at about 10:00 under the ecstatic cheers of an audience varying between enthusiastic toddlers and loyal fans who’ve been supporting the band since the very beginning.
The band’s playlist for the night was:
Sting In The Tail
Make It Real
Is There Anybody There
Coast To Coast
We'll Burn The Sky
The Best Is Yet To Come
Raised On Rock
Tease Me, Please Me
No One Like You Hit
Hit Between The Eyes
Six String Sting
Still Loving You
Wind Of Change
Rock you Like A Hurricane
Apart from very few variations, the playlist remained the same during the second night.
It is to be noted that “Kottak Attack” is a near 5 minutes long drum solo offered by the band’s drummer James Kottak, with skill and energy that could easily be envied by most skilled younger drummers.
During the show, videos were being screened in the background, each corresponding to the song being performed at the time. But the crowd’s attention was manifestly directed solely at the band, who were offering a performance rivaling with that of their beginnings. Of course, no one is perfect, and a few very slight mistakes did occur during a few songs, but they were highly overshadowed by the band’s passion. As for the technicalities of the venue (sound, lighting, etc.) they were all of high quality, matching what is to be expected for such an acclaimed show.
After about 2 hours of cheering, singing along and tip-toing in order to catch a better glance of it all, the numerous fans left the venue in one tired, excited block, still bearing the mark of the SCORPIONS’s tail’s sting.
And thus we bid a much regretted farewell to one of the biggest icons of Rock n’ Roll, thrilled to have been able to share a piece of the legend, and with the certitude that age is just a number and that Rock is a way of life that will follow you through the years, no matter what.
We finally wish to give a big thank you to the SCORPIONS and to the Byblos International Festival for this memorable night.