There aren’t a lot of bands who can claim over 50 years of longevity, but Scorpions definitely can! And the band will be hitting the stage again in just a few weeks in Toronto, a city that has always loved it’s Scorpions – it’s going to ROCK!
One of our Tour Bus Entertainment photographers, Scott Burns, has been shooting concerts since 1983, and comments that getting to photograph Scorpions in 1984 was a huge highlight in his early career.
“Oh yes, I remember that show vividly. It was amazing. Scorpions had really hit their stride in the early 80’s and their live show is amazing. And my musical tastes and background were definitely the rock and metal side of things. There’s just so much energy at a Scorpions concert and well, the music speaks for itself. That night was August 17, 1984 at the old Exhibition Stadium. This was one of the more prominent concert venues for Toronto. The evening was really hot and humid, typical summer weather around here. The stadium was packed and the atmosphere was electric. The show was opened by Kick Axe, Helix and Quiet Riot. But, when the intro music for Scorpions started, the place erupted and I can still remember hearing the crowd roar over the opening bars of the music.”
“And from that point on, I was in the zone capturing my shots and loving every minute of what I do. The guys are really good about interacting with their audience as well. Plenty of great rock poses and eye contact. They have it all down! True showmen. Yes, I would definitely pick that show as one of my all time favourite shows to shoot. That was 33 years ago, and I’ve shot a ton of shows since. That one stands out in my top 2 or 3 for sure.”
“That old stadium is now gone” Scott continued, “but the upcoming show is going to be at Budweiser Stage on September 22, which is literally right across Lakeshore Blvd from where the previous venue stood. So, really, it’s almost the exact same spot, and just 33 years and 36 days later. And the band stills rocks as hard as ever. I’d love to get another chance to capture some shots of the guys for a concert review. They’re certainly not finished yet, but it would almost be almost like bookends on their career. That would be amazing. I love my rock and metal. Once you’re a rocker, you’re always a rocker.”
Of note, Scott’s early shots of the band were taken in the days before digital cameras. This was all shot on film, with manual focus lenses, in a time before instant results – and there was no photoshop. He digitized them to share here. You only truly knew how your shots turned out after you had your colour lab process the film. Well, much has changed with the technology, and yes, the band members have changed a little since 1984. But one thing remains the same – Scorpions are truly rock giants and the Crazy World Tour won’t disappoint. Opening the show will be special guests Megadeth. Check for tickets HERE.