On a Wednesday night of October 4, 2017 Scorpions performed at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, to hit the impressive mark of 49 years on the road… A legendary band, a modern icon of classic rock-n’-roll, was rocking out like it was 1975. With staying true to their style throughout the years, Scorpions sounded heavy and rock-solid, both vocally and instrumentally.
The band opened with a few classics from the 70s, performing with regards to the Bay Area and Oakland in particular – a gesture, not all too common among such iconic bands. Mr. Klaus described his choice of repertoire as a bow to the long-time fans, staying with the band through the decades. As the best confirmation to his words, the audience was as diverse as the Bay Area itself: regardless of demographics or lifestyle, hundreds of people participated in a great, authentic show Scorpions put together.
The first molten-metal, slow classic, one of the band’s most famous and regarded for compositions, Send me an Angel, filled the arena approximately 30 minutes into the show. With the audience singing in unison, the entire venue was filled with perfectly suitable golden flecks of light, produced by a gigantic retro disco-ball suspended from the center of the stage. As the song progressed, there was warmth in the air, and even – such a rarity these days – a few lighters ignited by the thoughtful fans.
As a beautiful and thoughtful continuation of this musical journey, more iconic compositions followed:
- Still loving you
- No one like you
- Rock you like a hurricane
- We built this house
- and many more…
Remarkably, the band performed at such a high level of rock craft that entire venue was filled with their powerful chords. In real life, they sound much heavier than online or even on records, which is another benefit of seeing the band live. No narrations or media assets can truly describe the unforgettable experience Scorpions brought to the fans that night, and yet I sincerely hope this post serves as a humble nod to the band’s legacy.