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Scorpions Live @ The Palais, Melbourne

No One Like You

Scorpions were a band that I had pretty much resigned to the fact to that I would never get to see live. In their illustrious 50 year career, it looked like they had by-passed Australia in all their world tours over those years. I count myself incredibly lucky to not only having witnessed this gig, but to have been able to photograph the band as well.

Unfortunately, the Palais Theatre isn’t the most easy shoot for any photographer. As there is no front photo-pit, you are relegate to shoot from either the left or right of the stage. It is tight. It is difficult. It is frustrating. But you have three songs to try and capture something so there’s absolutely no time to complain but work and see what you can get.

You could literally feel the electricity in the air long before the band took the stage. The girl at Cloak told me that they had to bring in more generators to power the entire show. It was officially the biggest production the hallowed Palais had ever held.

Once the curtain dropped and the entire stage was lit up, you could certainly see why some areas of Melbourne have been blacked-out of late! The sheer volume of lighting and video screens was an impressive sight I can assure you!

And there they were… In the flesh… the Scorpions! Although the on-stage acrobatics and leaps in the air in Scorpions fashion weren’t as high and dangerous as back in their early 80’s hey-day, they still delivered a blistering set. Filled with classics spanning their entire career the band was absolutely overwhelmed by the tremendous response they were receiving throughout.

Accompanied by Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee, who would have to rank as one of the best drummers in Hard Rock, the band surprised with a killer rendition of Motörhead’s ‘Overkill’ in tribute to Lemmy. A definite highlight of the night!

iPhone snap: tribute to Lemmy

It was one out of the box! A gig that good old Melbourne town will be singing the praise of for many, many years ahead. And we can only remain hopeful that after the rapturous response the band was greeted with, that a full Australian tour in 2017 will definitely be on the cards!

What an incredible night!

With thanks to Anwar Rizk, Rom Anthonis and Jonathan Besanko.

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