German rock monsters the Scorpions had a special Skype message for their friends back in California – before their gig up a mountain in Austria on their farewell tour.
At a busy press conference, asked if he would like to send a message via Skype to fans back in California, lead singer Klaus Meine, 64, said: “Oh yes, we have a lot of fans over there. We have played in San Francisco and the Bay Area. All the best.”
Although they are Germany’s biggest ever rock band, they owe their global success to 375,000 Californian fans who wigged out to them in San Bernardino in 1983 – and they have a special fondness for the folks at the Skype HQ in Palo Alto.
The heavy metal legends are Skype pioneers, offering fans the chance to add Skype to their profile on their official website.
And the fans love it. One says: “I’m downloading this program. I’m so excited, Thanx for that.”
The band became legends in 1984 thanks to MTV and the release of their album Love at First Sting, which went double platinum in America.
The Scorpions played in front of 13,000 fans at 4,500 feet in the beautiful Alpine ski resort setting of Ischgl, Austria . . . in temperatures of minus TEN degrees centigrade.
But sadly they were between a rock and a hard place when it came to another favourite activity.
Although at Ischgl’s Festival Opening Week, at the weekend they weren’t able to try out the resort’s 238kms of pisted runs which guarantee skiing throughout the season.
“We love to ski,” said 64-year-old guitarist band founder Rudolf Schenker. “But we just don’t have the time when we are on tour. There’s no opportunity to mix pleasure with pleasure.”
They did, however, get the chance to travel further up the mountain on a chairlift at a panoramic restaurant after the gig.
Delighted Tourist Director Scorpions fan Andreas Steibl and said: “With their performance, the Scorpions provided a brilliant finish to the Festival Opening Week, which was a real success and the biggest opening to the season ever.
“When we took them up the mountain, apologies to Led Zeppelin, but this was my Chairway to Heaven.”
“I’m glad fans who couldn’t be here will be able to share some of the fun via Skype.”