German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS performed their 1984 hit “Rock You Like A Hurricane” in front of hundreds of thousands of people who gathered at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate to ring in the new year under a 12-minute firework display.
According to Deutsche Welle, authorities in the German capital had shut down entrances to the country’s biggest party two hours before the clock struck midnight to prevent overcrowding.
Organizers expected around a million people to attend the event in the two-kilometer-long (1.2-mile) “party mile” near the iconic landmark.
Video footage of SCORPIONS‘ performance can be seen below.
Legacy Recordings has set January 24 as the domestic release date of two essential new titles from SCORPIONS: “Comeblack”, a new album of classic rock covers and fresh performances of signature repertoire recorded earlier this year, and “Get Your Sting And Blackout – Live in 3D”, available on Blu-ray disc, an 11-camera 3-D concert film recorded in Saarbrücken, Germany on April 15, 2011 during SCORPIONS‘ current farewell tour.
Launched by guitarist Rudolf Schenker in 1965, SCORPIONS forged metal, rock and pop into a sound that’s come to signify an entire genre through hard rock anthems like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and hits like “Send Me An Angel”, “Wind of Change” and “Still Loving You”, selling more than 100 million records in the process.
Last year, SCORPIONS announced that the group’s “Get Your Sting And Blackout” tour, an epic ongoing worldwide rock ‘n’ roll odyssey in support of 2010’s “Sting In The Tail”, would be the group’s last before retirement. The tour is slated to run through 2012 with a string of historic farewell blowouts and festival performances scheduled Europe culminating with shows at the Wacken Open Air festival (August 4, 2012) and Munich’s Olympiahalle (October 13, 2012).
(Thanks: Carl Alvarez)