"Scoprions" Band members arrives in Shillong

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Umiam, Meghalaya, Dec 11 (UNI) Legendary German heavy metal band, Scorpions, will kick-off the Asian leg of its 'Humanity-Hour I world tour' from Northeast India's rock capital, Shillong, tomorrow, even as die-hard ''Scorpions fans'' from South East Asian countries are expected to witness the biggest gig in India.

The classic hard rock band is scheduled to perform in three places - Shillong, capital of Meghalaya, followed by Mumbai and Banaglore on December 14 and December 16 respectively. The band had completed its South America and European part tour, receiving raving review of the new album.

''We are very excited - we have great memories about the show we did in Bangalore in 2001 and we are happy again back,'' band's founder member and lead vocalist Klaus Meine told reporters, after arrival in the state capital from Portugal this evening.

Scorpions, the hard rock/metal band, best known for their 1980s rock anthem ''Rock You Like a Hurricane'' and their singles ''Winds of Change'', ''No One Like You'', ''Still Loving You'', and ''Send Me an Angel'' had maintained its place in the rock world for more than three decades.

The five-member Germany-based band comprises Klaus Meine(vocals), Rudolf Schenker (guitars) Matthias Jabs (lead guitar, voice box, vocals), James Kottak (drums) and Pawel Maciwoda (bass).

The capital of Meghalaya, known for its passion for Western Music, has emerged as a hot detination for international music bands with recent performances by 'Petra', 'Fire House', 'Michael Learns to Rock' (MLTR), 'Air Supply' and former Iron Maiden's frontman Paul Di Anno.

Besides, Eric Martin, the voice of Mr Big and Sepultura, had their gigs in Shillong in October. The concert to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here is expected to draw about 40,000 people with more than 60 per cent of the tickets reportedly sold out in the region.

Earlier, the band members were given a traditional welcome at Ri Kynjai resort here.

Meanwhile, music lovers have started pouring in from various corners of the country to witness the legedary band. ''It's one's in our lifetime and we don't want to miss them (Scorpions) performing live before us,'' said Anupam Bordoloi and fiancee Anjali Gogoi , who came all the way from Jorhat in Assam.

Meanwhile, elaborate security and traffic arrangments has been made to ensure that no untowards incidents occured during or after the concert.

UNI

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