It is the morning after the concert. Tammy is having a bit of a lie in, and I’ve caught up with my email and RSS feeds. Being without the Internet for a couple of days will do that to you. I want to put down a few words about the concert, but it is going to be short, because I just don’t type quickly on the iPod. We didn’t bother to bring a laptop with us on the trip. Tammy really packed light. Considering how often I abuse her for taking the kitchen sink on trips with the kids, that’s something.
The venue was excellent. The amphitheater is semi-open, which meant that there were actual evening breezes drifting through, keeping the air cool and fresh. We were a fair ways back, but I had a good view of the stage, and there were two big screens as well.
We got there in plenty of time, after catching the 6:30 shuttle ti the fair. A couple of t-shirts and a bathroom stop and we found our seats. The opening act was Dokken, another 80’s band but neither Tammy nor I know any of their music. And still don’t, because the sound wasn’t very good. You could hear drums, bass and vocals but the guitar was lost. I hoped that the Scorpions sound wound be much better.
And it was. If Dokken was a bunch of has-beens, Scorpions showed what it takes to be relevant and awesome almost thirty years after making it big. The band was amazing and on their game. Klaus was tight and sounded almost exactly the same as on live albums that are 25 years old. The stage was cool, with a digital-projection backdrop that provided the 21st century equivalent of pyrotechnics. Their set list was surprisingly heavy on their hits, considering they are promoting their new album A Sting In The Tail. And yet, it didn’t feel like has-beens up there reliving glory days. It was more about real performers with a massive back catalog making a great show. In fact, prior to the encore, I had to think for a second or two to realize they hadn’t played Rock You Like A Hurricane yet, or No One Like You. Good thing those were the encore songs. 🙂
I’ll copy and paste the set list later.
The show ended at 11, which meant that we hustled out and made our way to catch the last shuttle bus, which dropped us off at the mall and two minutes later we were back in our hotel room.