“Rock and Roll is not a music, it’s not just a lifestyle, it’s an emotion.” This is the beating heart of ‘Forever and A Day’, a powerful documentary that traces the extraordinary career of the heavy metal band The Scorpions. We join them as they commence their final world tour and, through interview and archive footage, chart their phenomenal success in Asia, England, Russia and America. Like every band documentary, it starts with a formation: five talented guys who dream of escaping their German roots. Yet, what makes ‘Forever and A Day’ unique is how the editor (kudos to an often unsung hero in film) masterfully weaves the interesting vignettes into an inspirational whole that not only satisfies diehard fans, but appeals to everyone. Particularly enlightening are the comments on the aging rock star: when is it time to leave the arts? Do you leave it or does it leave you? These are interesting predicaments compared to those explored in youth band documentaries. This uplifting film compels us to invest in The Scorpions’ highs and lows – making history in Russia, damaged vocal chords, ‘Wind of Change’ – and rejoice in an ineffable talent.
Forever and a Day
Katja Von Garnier