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I had just seen the Scorpions in San Antonio 2 years ago and it will forever be one of the best concerts I have ever seen. You can read about that experience here. And if you care to see which Scorpions shows I have attended, click here.
Last night marked the 5th time since 1991 that I have seen them and per usual, they never disappoint. This show was a continuation of their Final Sting tour and it’s pretty cool that they decided to hit San Antonio twice. A lot of bands owe a great deal of thanks to that City for giving them a break way back when and Scorpions are no exception.
I was less than pleased to see that Tesla was the opener. I never got into them besides Modern Day Cowboy, which is an awesome song.
Thanks to the Internet, I was able to see what the setlists for both bands were going to be as they’ve been pretty consistent for the recent leg of this tour.
Last night, I met up with my friends Don, Burney and Vanessa at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome. They basically take one end of the Alamodome and convert it to a smaller venue. When Scorps were here 2 years ago, they damn near
sold out the AT&T center, but I still saw some vacant seats last night. After some brief conversations in the parking lot and a beer (heavy metal parking lot 2012?), we headed inside. The shirts were pretty ugly and quite expensive. I’ll pay that $35 a shirt for Maiden’s Texas only shirts, but not for the Scorps. The bootleg shirts were ok, but I passed on those too.
Tesla hit the stage promptly at 7:30PM and went relatively seamlessly through their set. They stuck to their classics and played them well, but again, I am not a fan. I sat through their entire set. They did Cowboy which was certainly the highlight for me and it was cool hearing Edison’s Medicine again. Not a bad song. Love Song made me want to puke. I’ve always
hated that song. I once got kicked out of a band because I refused to play it. Haha. Jeff Keith sounded fine and the band’s backing vocals were top notch. The drums in the mix were awful though. I don’t know what the hell the soundman was doing, but it was awful. They finished up their set and it was time to stretch my legs.
Scorpions came on Right at 9PM at opened with Sting In The Tail. Everyone was standing and the Scorps rocked like they always do. There were no real surprises in the setlist. Recent Euro shows actually got In Trance, but none of the American shows. I would have lost my shit if they had pulled that one out. That setlist was almost exact to 2 years ago with only a few changes. My only complaint about seeing them is the drum solo. While Kottak is a competent player, his drum solo just isn’t my thing even with the comedic video attached to it. But…Klaus, Rudy and Matthias are in their 60s, so I am sure the break does them a world of good.
They played Wind of Change which wasn’t in the set 2 years ago. I could have done without it for sure, only because I’ve heard it way too many times since it came out. But it’s a crowd pleaser and surely has some deep meaning for those guys.
Klaus’ voice seemed a little rough in the first song or two, but it quickly got right and he sounded great for the rest of the night. The whole band sounded great. As always they put on a great show and I really think it’ll be the last chance I’ll have to see them, which is unfortunate.
It was a fun time with good friends and that always makes a show more enjoyable.
This show also got me back on course. You see, I saw the Arch/Matheos show in May 2012 and since then I have had trouble enjoying other live bands. It’s really difficult to explain. That show was so powerful and was the best live music experience I think I have ever had. While it will likely never be topped, I needed a show to get me out of my rut and back into enjoying bands that I like. The Scorpions provided that for me last night. Thankfully.
Paco de Lucia – I’m overly excited to see this legend up close
Arch/Matheos – flying to Connecticut for this one. I still need to sell my Overkill ticket since the Arch show takes precedence
Bible of the Devil/Broken Teeth – 2 of my favorite live bands together!
Scorpions/Tesla – Don’t really care about Tesla, but the Scorpios always rock
Like most people around my age, I first heard the Scorpions with the song No One Like You as it was a radio staple in 1982. I thought it was a cool song but it didn’t spark my interest enough to delve further. Then Love at First Sting came out and EVERYONE owned it. White cassette in the standard tan Polygram tape case. Helz yeah. Lots o’ memories thinking about that. I subsequently bought World Wide Live and Savage Amusement but still didn’t go back in time with them.
If you read my Thin Lizzy post, you saw that I acquired a friend’s LP collection around 1997/1998. In that same collection were all of the pre-Love at First Sting LPs. I owned a record player at the time and started spinning. Wow. WOW. So here goes the review.
Lonesome Crow – 1972
I really dig this album. It’s dark, moody and all around weird. Lots of jazz stuff going on. Some of the songs drone on a little long but it’s a really strong debut. There are some great promo vids on YouTube from this album.
Fly to the Rainbow – 1974
Enter God…erm, I mean Ulrich Jon “Uli” Roth. This album is a complete 180 degree turn from Lonesome crow. They got upbeat and the goofy lyrics are abound. I love it! Highlights include They Need a Million, Drifting Sun and This is My Song, but there’s not a bad song on here at all.
In Trance – 1975
It blows my mind that this album is 33 years old. Uli’s guitar work really shines and their use of the double guitar is great. This is probably my favorite album of theirs. Not a stinker in the bunch. Have I mentioned how badass Uli Roth is yet? Super nice guy, too. Met him a few years ago @ Jaxx and he was super cool. I got to help load in his vintage gear. When he saw me rolling a cabinet he said, “Do you work for me now, too?” I told him that his tour manager asked for some extra hands so I offered to help. I then asked him if these cabs were the same ones he used with the Scorpions. “Definitely!” he said with a smile. I bent down and wrapped my arms around the cab and he said, “Vas zis you are doing now?” I replied with, “Uli, I’m just hugging history, man.” He laughed and thanked me for my help.
Virgin Killer – 1977
OK…WTF is with that album cover? Beyond that, this is about another flawless album with the insane guitar work from Roth. Don’t get me wrong, Rudy is a badass in his own right, but he’s no Uli. Neither is Michael Schenker. That’s right, I said it. Polar Nights, Pictured Life, Catch Your Train. The only let down would be Hellcat. Uli really should not ever be given a microphone. NEVER. Just play your strat, homie. Did you see the movie called Stoned Age? There’s a quote in there where someone says “Dude, she looks like the girl from the Virgin Killer album.” WRONG Poindexter. They should have said the In Trance cover, but fewer people would have even gotten that reference.
Taken By Force – 1978
Things started changing for the Scorps around this time. Their popularity in Germany and Japan had made them celebrities. It’s a good thing to be successful, but I think their music started suffering for it a bit. This is a fine album, but not up to snuff of the previous 2. I guess the only real stinker is He’s a Woman – She’s a Man (also covered by Helstar). I never dug this track. Steamrock Fever is a bit goofy too. Then you hear We’ll Burn the Sky and Sails of Charon and all goofiness is forgiven. Uli. Damn. Go ahead, son.
Lovedrive – 1979
Uli! Come back! Why hast thou forsaken us? So Matthias Jabs, eh? OK, so he was and wasn’t in the band at the time since they wanted to bring Mikey back. He lasted 3 months on tour *cough* alcoholic*cough*. In general, this is a very good album, but very different than the Uli era. Gone are the classical licks and some of the space rock tones. Enter the happy sing-a-long era. Like I said, this album is excellent for what it is, just a bit of a shock. Not a stinker in the bunch.
Animal Magnetism – 1980
This is a bit of an odd record for me. I never really liked it although the LP cover is badass. “Take that bitch!” haha. I really only like 3 songs…Falling in Love, Lady Starlight and The Zoo. I see a trend though…POWER BALLADS. Damn.
Blackout – 1982
Helz yeah. This album is badass. Funny they wrote a song called Arizona and now they live there. In case you live under a rock, Don Dokken originally recorded the vocal tracks to this album while Klaus was getting surgery done on his vocal chords or something. I’d give up all 3 of my testicles to hear his versions.
Love at First Sting – 1984
What a year for metal. 1984. Lots of good stuff. This is a really strong album and I like it front to back. It’s sort of a let down to know that Jimmy Bain played bass on the whole damned thing, but it makes sense. I think Bucholz is a lot better than Bain and always thought that the basslines on this LP were pretty weak. It all makes sense now.
9.5/10, only because it was overkilled on the radio for so long and the sing-a-long-ness.
Savage Amusement – 1988
I think I am one of the few who really likes this album. I was excited when it came out and played it incessantly for months. Lots of great songs such as Believe in Love, Love on the Run, Every Minute Every Day…the whole damned thing really.
Crazy World – 1990
Besides Send Me an Angel, I detest this album. I did see this tour, however, and they were phenomenal live.
I really didn’t bother with anything else after this but saw them again in 1999 and they were awesome. They played “We’ll Burn The Sky”! I almost shit myself. 3/4 of the crowd were clueless tot he song.
I’ll see them again given the chance as they always put on a great show. I do prefer the Uli era over the Matthias era, but both are really good.