The furor raised in Germany over the theme song for Expo 2000
by rock band the
COLOR="#003163">Scorpions COLOR="#003163">Berlin Philharmonic
COLOR="#003163">Berlin Philharmoniccame to a head
Wednesday when they performed the song before German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at a gala event in Hanover.
The song, "Moment of Glory," has been under attack in Germany
for the oral-sex reference in the lyrics "Last night was
shaking, and pretty loud/ My cat is purring and scratches my
skin/ So what is wrong with another sin/ The bitch is hungry,
she needs to tell/ So give her inches and feed her well."
"One ought to do all things with good taste," Berlin
Philharmonic chief conductor Claudio
Abbado was quoted as saying by ITN News, "but I
find the Scorpions do things with dreadful taste."
World Expo 2000, which is Germany's largest global event in
nearly 20 years, opened Thursday. Pavilions from countries
around the world have been built and feature exhibits and
performances. Organizers are expecting 40 million people to
visit the world exposition through Oct. 31.
Five years of discussions between the band, the Berlin
Philharmonic and Viennese arranger/composer
with this anthem, which has been recorded and will be
released by EMI Classics later this year. Scorpions singer
Klaus Meine composed the
According to Scorpions publicist Chris Roslan, "The musicians
of the orchestra were all for this," but several Berlin
Philharmonic executives were opposed. He also said Schroeder
was "a fan of the project and is apparently an old friend of
The Berlin Philharmonic and Expo 2000 officials were
unavailable for comment.
Not considered controversial, however, is the chamber opera
TagNachtTraumstaub by Annette
Schlunz, which premiered at the expo on opening
day. The work was commissioned by the German Pavilion and is
being performed in collaboration with
TagNachtTraumstaub is Schlunz's third opera, and
according to an official Expo 2000 press release, it "deals
with young people's erotic dreams and frustrations. Dream
figures, unaware whether they are asleep or awake, wander
through the jungle of their fantasies in search of
Opening festivities at the expo also included musical
performances from around the world. Algerian Rai singer
Khaled, South African
group Ladysmith Black
Mambazo, Senegalese performer
COLOR="#003163">Youssou N'Dour COLOR="#003163">Guillermo Rubalcaba
COLOR="#003163">Youssou N'Dour, Cuban
COLOR="#003163">Guillermo Rubalcaba, Yugoslavian
rocker Goran Bregovich,
the Rizwan Qawwali Group
and Mexican group La Banda del
Recondo are all scheduled to appear.
The Scorpions are best known for their 1984 hit "Rock You
Like a Hurricane" and are one of the most successful rock
bands ever to hail from Germany. They will back up their new
album, Moment of Glory, with a tour later this year.
"When they asked if we would be the ambassadors to Germany
for Expo 2000, we were happy," Meine said in a press
statement. "When they asked if we would collaborate with the
Berlin Philharmonic, we almost fell over. This is the most
revered orchestra in the world, and it is a lifetime dream
come true to perform with them."
Describing the piece, Meine said: "The material was arranged
with the Berlin Philharmonic in mind. This is not just the
Scorpions playing with a string section in the background.
... These are in-your-face, powerful arrangements that will
make the floor shake."
Moment of Glory, recorded with the Berlin
Philharmonic, contains eight Scorpions hits, including the
classic "Wind of Change" and "Hurricane 2000" in addition to
the title song and a duet by Meine and
COLOR="#003163">Lyn Liechty COLOR="#003163">Diane Warren
COLOR="#003163">Lyn Liechty, singing
COLOR="#003163">Diane Warren's "Here in My Heart."
Other guests include Ray
COLOR="#003163">Genesis, adding vocals for "Big
City Nights," and Italian singer
COLOR="#003163">Zuccheroon "Send Me an Angel."