It’s always a great experience when I get to see a show at the Fabulous Forum. The venue has great sound, courteous employees, and attracts big name acts to play there. On Saturday night, that big act was none other than the Scorpions. The band, celebrating its 50th anniversary and the release of its newest album, Return To Forever, played to a packed Forum crowd filled with a fervor that I had not seen in a while; it speaks to the longevity and success that the Scorps have had during their time together.
From the moment the giant curtain dropped and the band took the stage, they gave their fans a high energy, high output performance. Guitarists, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, patrolled every edge of the stage, delighting fans with their signature guitar licks and a number of quality rock star poses. Throughout the night, Rudolf played the iconic Flying V shaped guitars that he is known for, while Matthias played a couple of Explorer style guitars designed by Boris Dommenget. Klaus Meine proved that he still had the vocal chops to sing all of those memorable songs like, No One Like You, The Zoo, and Rock You Like a Hurricane. The rhythm section of drummer, James Kottak and bassist, Pawel Maciwoda were tight and cohesive all night. The interactive video screens worked well with the overall stage set up and definitely added to the visual performance of the band.
A notable aspect of the show, aside from the tremendous talent of the band, was the expertly crafted set list. The mixture of songs was enough to satisfy the expectations of both the casual “radio hits” fan and those die hard, longtime fans that live for their music. I overheard a woman in her fifties talking to her friend about how the Scorpions have been her number one band since high school and she was nervous and excited for the show. I have a feeling that those similar sorts of sentiments and emotions were prevalent throughout the venue.
The Scorpions are one of those few bands in the hard rock and metal scene that you need to see live and whose performance and musicianship lives up to any expectation that you may have. They have a few remaining U.S. dates scheduled before heading to Europe where they have a number of dates scheduled into early 2016.
Going Out with a Bang
Make it Real
Coast to Coast
Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy’s Coming / Catch Your Train
We Built This House
Always Somewhere / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel
Wind of Change
Rock ‘n’ Roll Band
In the Line of Fire
No One Like You
Big City Nights