SCORPIONS performed a historic concert last night (Friday, May 6) at Madison Square Garden in New York City to celebrate Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence.
The Golden Jubilee Bangladesh Concert featured as special guests one of Bangladesh’s most prominent artists, CHIRKUTT. Fan-filmed video of the SCORPIONS show can be seen below.
The Bangladesh Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division organized the event with the support of the Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, the United Nations Development Programme, the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh, and local sponsors with the intent of gaining a global audience and celebrating Bangladesh’s golden anniversary through a live, one-night-only musical performance in the world’s most famous arena.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Nations Development Programme’s global awareness campaign on cyber security programs for the youth and children, especially in under developed countries.
After gaining its independence, Bangladesh’s economy has grown massively with the support of different significant sectors such as agriculture, RMG, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, and ICT.
A previous Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, was held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, featuring Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and BADFINGER.
With over 110 million records sold around the world, SCORPIONS played fan favorites from their incredible catalogue, including “Wind Of Change”, “Still Loving You”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Send Me An Angel” and many more.
Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, SCORPIONS were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970s with their debut album, “Lonesome Crow”, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases “Lovedrive”, “Virgin Killer” and “Animal Magnetism”. In the ’80s, SCORPIONS amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from “Love At First Sting” and “Blackout”, including Top 10 singles “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “No One Like You”, as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me An Angel”, “Still Loving You” and “Wind Of Change”.
SCORPIONS were ranked No. 46 on VH1‘s “Greatest Artists Of Hard Rock” and their hit “Rock You Like A Hurricane” landed at No. 18 on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs”.
Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act has received multiple honors, including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, a Star on Hollywood RockWalk, and Echo honors. Most recently, they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.
CHIRKUTT is one of the most popular fusion band music troupes in Bangladesh. Founded in 2002, the band has also worked on several local film music scores in their home country. After releasing their debut full-length album “Chirkuttnama” in 2010, and through live performances, they had a rapid upsurge in growth.