Scorpions “Crazy World” Tour hits Oakland CA, with lights, guitars, amps and everything we found we loved from the 80’s heavy-hitters, brought back to the forefront. Having sold a mere 100 million records, releasing 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums and 74 singles, the beloved “heroes of heavy metal”…The Scorpions showed Oakland California’s Arena and all in attendance, exactly what it takes to hold that title. The band, currently comprised of, Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Klaus Meine(vocals ), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Pawel Mąciwoda (bass) and Mikkey Dee (drums, formerly of Motorhead).
Formed in Germany in 196, by Rudolf Schenker and now over 50 years later, The Scorpions brought a great performance and played so many of their best loved songs from their extensive catalog. Klaus Meine (vocals) still gave 100 % and hit so many of those notes we all hold dear. Later in the night, the band moved out along the thrusting catwalk…all members in secession…the lights came down, a giant mirror-ball was lowered, and the intro to “Send Me An Angel” began. What a beautiful moment to be present in. “Still Loving You” and “No One Like You” were both other highlights of the night; with the crowd singing along with one blazed in red fire the other a bath of blue; during both songs, the illumination of lighters glowed everywhere. The band took a moment later in the night to pay tribute to Motorhead and Lemmy Kilmister, by performing their version of “Overkill” , made even more special, by some of the best images of Lemmy, in all his glory, filling every screen across the stage. The show as a whole was such a great experience; to see the band bringing such a fire, after such a long career was inspiring.
Main Support for this tour was Thrash Icons, Megadeth. Formed in Los Angeles, California by Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson circa 1983, shortly after Mustaine’s separation from Metallica, and releasing their debut album on the independent label Combat Records in 1985, Megadeth has not looked back nor stopped a beat, and show no signs that this powerful project sees an end or pause anytime soon.
Platinum selling artists in their own right with major albums, including Rust in Peace (1990) and Countdown to Extinction (1992), Megadeth made their presence known and blew the minds of all in the venue by giving us a stellar performance this night. Mustaine’s (vocals/guitar) vocals were spot on and if you closed your eyes you would’ve thought it was the 90’s again… with David Ellefson (bass), Dirk Verbeuren (drums) and Kiko Loureiro (guitars/backing vocals), Megadeth was nothing but electric.
Photos/Review: Jen Cash