“Forever and a Day”: The new Scorpions documentary is now available to watch on Night Flight Plus

By on November 24, 2015

For one and a half years, renowned filmmaker Katja von Garnier accompanied German hard rock veterans the Scorpions on their 2011-2012 Final Sting tour, which you can tell from the name itself was intended to be their farewell tour. Then they decided not to retire. Her resulting fully-authorized Scorpions documentary Scorpions: Forever and a Day follows the band on the road from Bangkok to Moscow, and delves deeply into their career. Watch it now on Night Flight Plus!

Below, our contributor Curt Gooch takes a look at the film — in German with English subtitles — which arrives on DVD/Blu-ray and various digital platforms on November 27th.

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Director Katja von Garnier’s in-depth look at Germany’s largest musical export is fascinating and eye opening for both the hard rock initiated and/or classic rock music fans in general. Formed in 1965, the Scorpions are now into their fifth decade and have just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary, a feat virtually unparalleled by hard rock band.

The 100-minute film is set against the backdrop of what the band were claiming at the time to be their 18-month long “farewell tour.” That trek was ultimately extended by 90-days and the group have since backpedaled finality expectations and continued gigging, including a much-hyped European “MTV Unplugged” performance which is also featured within Forever And A Day.

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Ultimately, two main factors make or break these type of documentaries, one) the story arc and two) the availability and generous use thereof rare and/or never-before-seen footage. The Scorpions appear to have succeed on all fronts with the later point, showcasing grainy 8mm-home movies from 1973-’78, an obscure, pre-MTV promotional film-shot in a desert, as well as the band’s first television performance from 1973.

On the flip side of the band’s 1980s hair metal days, a really embarrassing music video is comically utilized too.

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Former band members (uncredited) drummer Herman Rarebell and on-again, off again guitarist Michael Schenker are interviewed as well as Paul Stanley (KISS), Don Dokken, former Scorpions manger Doc McGhee and longtime producer Dieter Dierks, to name just a few.

An in-depth look is taken at the band’s historic May 29, 1983 performance during the US Festival’s infamous heavy metal day. The Steve Wozniak promoted concert (yes, the guy from Apple Computers, recently portrayed by Seth Rogan on the big screen) kicked off with five synchronized U.S. Air Force fighter jets roaring over the audience, seemingly from out of nowhere.

The well-timed surprise was kept top secret, in order to prevent the headliners, Van Halen from attempting to stop or worse, top, the German rockers. It’s fascinating to actually see the footage included within the documentary.

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Perhaps the most impressive coup within the film is the surprise interview with former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, regarding the Scorpions 1988 Leningrad concert, which reportedly lost the band half-a-million dollars. Less than a year later, the Berlin Wall had fallen, and the group returned to Russia to play two sold-out stadium festival gigs, known as the Moscow Music Peace Festival, with Bon Jovi and Ozzy Osbourne also on the bill. Rock and roll.

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The Scorpions, celebrating their 50th anniversary, are currently on tour in Europe, in support of its latest studio album, Return to Forever. Watch Scorpions: Forever & A Day on Night Flight Plus!

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About Curt Gooch

Curt Gooch has coauthored three books, the latest of which has been optioned for a feature film titled Spinning Gold. Additionally, He works in the clip licensing industry where his knowledge of rare rock and roll footage has rescued over 500 hours of never-before-seen vintage pop culture elements. Curt has appeared on camera on VH1 as well as licensed footage to over 100 different shows/networks.