BLACKbook: Scorpions-Tour - Day 10

Berlin: Mercedes-Benz-Arena

The Grand Finale in the Grand City. Mercedes-Benz-Arena, a big and modern location in what is Germany's most vibrant city. We are on our way early and...no. I cannot write that blog entry in the typical manner I did before. There is much more to it than meets the eye. I will elaborate, but for that, I need to take you back to a couple of months ago...

It was in august of 2016 when my life changed, before I even knew it. It was when I heard that Beyond The Black were searching for new Band members. It was when I decided to apply as Bass player. It came back to me the day before today when I was walking through Berlin, through the city lights that were blurred by the rain, through all the busy faces of this big and vibrant city. I remember the day of the audition, I remember the sleepless nights before and after, remember how I walked parts of my way in Berlin to make sure I would find the audition in time; I remember checking every detail to be as prepared as humanly possible, to know that it would not be my mistake if did not get chosen - and I remember seeing the Mercedes-Benz-Arena where we play tonight, which was then so close, yet so far away. 

Now, a couple of months later, I sit in the backstage area of that said Arena, wearing my stage outfit, listening to some ambient music and typing these words. I sit here, with a new outlook on so many things it scares me at times. As a teenager, I always dreamt of this happening; as a young adult, I began to chase that dream. And now I sit here, the chase is over, the dream is no longer 

a dream, but my reality, wide awake. Noone watches me as I write these words, everyone is sort of busy; tuning guitars, warming up, chatting with friends and family, or just enjoying a minute of silence. The last show of this tour, this year. And I feel like I came full circle - the surreal feeling I had before leaving home is back. Everything is so close now. So real. Surreal. 

I cannot wait for the show to start. To hit the stage with my new friends in Beyond The Black, and warm up the crowd that is waiting for the iconic Scorpions. Berlin. December 2nd, 2016 - the end of a road at the beginning of my journey. 

So how was the show? You probably know by now - it was AWESOME! A big and enthusiastic crowd, quite some of our fans were there, and the show went really, really well. It leaves a bittersweet feeling in me to know that this is it for the year. As we leave the Arena, it still feels so close, but yet so distant.

So this is it, Ladies and Gentlemen; the last blog entry. It has been a great experience, not only the tour, but also to write my thoughts and experiences down for you! I hope to see you on the road sometimes, and if you are interested, find me on Facebook under my real Name "Stefan Herkenhoff" to keep in touch! I try to write a blog regularly and started to write some short stories, so maybe you find something you like! 

Until then, Mr. Cat and I say goodbye and take care! 

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