Still got that sting
> Legendary German rockers the Scorpions joined other bands to give local fans a thrilling time at Rockaway 2016
ROCKAWAY 2016 saw some big names in rock music, both old and new, gathered at the Sepang International Circuit for a musical experience, the likes of which has never been seen before.
The rock festival featured Muzza’s Mayhem, an up-andcoming local band that began its career on the pub circuit; Wolfmother from Australia, The Darkness from the UK; Malaysia’s iconic Wings, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year; and the legendary German rock band Scorpions.
Opening the seven-hour concert was Muzza’s Mayhem. At a press conference before the show, its lead singer, Muzaffar Shah, said that the band is currently looking for a label to release its debut album.
Although more wellknown for its covers of well-known songs, the band is looking forward to publishing its own original songs, and finally coming into its own in the music scene.
The event also marked the Malaysian concert debut for two international bands, Wolfmother, and The Darkness.
Although Wolfmother was formed in 2000, the band’s hit songs such as Joker and the Thief, Woman, and Victorious have a classic rock sound that fits in perfectly with the music of rock legends from the past.
According to band members, they hope that this visit would be the first of many to our country. They also revealed they are working on a new album.
Next up was The Darkness, a band well known for its glam rock style. After disbanding in 2006, The Darkness reformed in 2011, much to the delight of fans.
The band put up a truly entertaining show with favourites such as Love is Only a Feeling, the band’s first hit single I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and a special Malaysian-only sanitised version of the raunchy Get Your Hands Off My Woman.
Lead singer Justin Hawkins, who wore his trademark catsuit, but with a shirt underneath, jokingly noted that the band was warned not to do any pelvic thrusts or use foul language.
The night closed with two epic bands: our very own Wings, and the German grandads of rock, Scorpions.
For hardcore fans of Wings, it was heartening to see one of Malaysia’s most well-known and established rock bands play on the same stage as other international acts.
The band members – Awie with his powerful vocals, Joe with his unorthodox guitar play, Eddie with his deep bass, and Black with his non-stop stamina on drums – did not disappoint. They also brought a distinctive Malaysian sound. with the addition of the serunai to their act. Closing the night was the Scorpions. Fans leapt to their feet the moment the band hit the stage, with everyone cheering loudly for its members – Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) and Mikkey Dee (drums). Despite the average age of the band members being 60, they certainly brought their A-game despite the rain, playing a long set consisting of their early songs, and favourite crowd-pleasers. Rockaway was held in conjunction with the 2016 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix. However, rock fans will be thrilled to note that the music does not end there. On Nov 19, Extreme Park Bukit Jalil will host Rockaway: The Saga Continues, featuring an impressive line-up of local and international acts like Butterfingers, Third Eye Blind, Taking Back Sunday, The Get Up Kids, Alley Cats, Zainal Abidin, and more.
Memorable night ... (clockwise from far left) Scorpions frontman Meine in front of a Malaysian flag backdrop Wings’ Joe (left) and Awie performing; and (from far left) Jabs, Maciwoda and Schenker with their guitars.