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.

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