|Review: Scorpions - Get Your Sting and Black Out World Tour|
|Get Your Sting and Black Out World Tour|
Venue: Meadowbrook Amphitheater
City: Gilford, New Hampshire
Show date: June 23, 2010
Guests: Vince Neil
Review online: June 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
for:Get Your Sting and Black Out World Tour
Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)
There's a necessity for bands like The Scorpions to put on a great live show. It's the same way with all of the other "legacy" bands still going. Judas Priest, AC/DC, Kiss, even Accept -- no one, or very few at least, have any interest in new music these bands release. As a result, they are forced to put on stellar, sometimes extravagant live shows that draw in both aging and younger fans. That's the case with shows like this. As I strolled through the outdoor theatre nestled into a valley of New Hampshire's White Mountains, I marveled at the older, rounder, but equally enthusiastic fans. These were people with their wives, reliving their youth with the soundtrack that fueled it. As a young metalhead in a Helloween shirt, not a "Bike Week" wifebeater, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I even heard some older fans deriding my friends for their jean jackets plastered in Cloven Hoof, Raven, and Anvil patches. Surrounded by picturesque northern New England scenery, overpriced mediocre food, and of course a plentitude of shit beer, a divide may have sprouted up between the younger, energetic metalheads and the older, often short haired metal dads. When the music began, however, all were united under one cause, their equal passion for the music.
Opening up the show was Vince Neil. Coming in during the end of his set, I heard the main riff to "Girls, Girls, Girls" blasting through the woods as I ambled towards the venue. It was clear that the once popular frontman was only attempting to live out his glory days, rehashing Motley Crue songs with second rate vivacity. Before I knew it, his set was over, and no one seemed too disappointed by that fact. Sorry to those of you who are reading this who so frantically wanted to know about his performance. But if you're feeling that way, you should probably be on another website. I read later that he only performed two songs not originally recorded by Motley Crue. Way to promote your solo career, Vince.
This was the type of show where a long wait in between acts did not matter. More fans trickled in, including many familiar faces from shows around the region. A young boy played one of those hokey money grab games as an equally hokey emcee cheered him on. Fans of all sorts of subculture and fandom were present; you were just as likely to see Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, and Kansas shirts at a show like this as you were Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. As fans milled around, the sun set behind the mountains. Just as darkness set in, the legendary German heavy metallers took the stage.
Dressed in their iconic attire, Klaus Meine and Matthias Jabs' semi-formal wear complete with tie alongside Rudolf Schenker's blinding bleached blond buzz cut and sunglasses. Klaus Meine sounds nearly just as good as he did in the band's glory days, which is something so few vocalists can accomplish. Opening up with new single "Sting in the Tail," the young fans sang along with the old ones. Lights adorned the band as three giant television screens broadcasted their every move to us, close-up. Before long came the first crowd-energizer of the night, with "Bad Boys Running Wild." Continuing the crowd's energy was another live favorite, with "The Zoo," which featured a lengthy (and frankly kinda boring) solo section. After another new song silenced the crowd into boredom, Klaus Meine introduced the song he described as the "soundtrack to the end of the Cold War," "Wind of Change." This was certainly a highlight of the night, as the television screens showed images of the Berlin Wall falling, keeping in touch with the song's heavy themes. Hitting the mid-part of the set, The Scorpions played other fan favorites such as "Holiday" and "Coast to Coast." Then the band played "Dynamite," and it was clear the crowd needed a break. With perfect timing came the "Hattak Attack," an extended drum solo played by James Kottak, who really enjoys showing off his admittedly cool back tattoo reading "Rock and Roll forever." Screening an unusual and amusing series of clips where Kottak makes out with women, in the background behind him, Kottak blasted away at the drums. Sound clips from Scorpions classics not included in the set list echoed through the amphitheatre. Then from underneath the drum kit, the rest of the band reemerged to play "Blackout." After a guitar solo, the band played "Big City Nights," surely the best song of the night. Coming back for an encore, Klaus only needed accompany the fans as they sang along to "No One Like You" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane."
The Scorpions are old. Very old. Klaus and Rudolf are merely a few years younger than my father, and there's no chance he's in the right shape to put on a two hour rock concert. Despite their age, the band have somehow found a way to continue their legacy through live shows. Whether or not this truly will be the band's final tour and album remains to be seen, but I don't think the band could conceivably be too far from retirement.
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