German rockers Scorpions have been churning out records and tours for nearly six decades. They get better and better over time and their near capacity performance at the Tacoma Dome during their ‘Rock Believer’ tour was no exception.
The band performed an exceptional list comprised of 17 songs spanning the course of 90 minutes that was close to perfection. For a band that has been around for decades and with members in their late sixties to early seventies, the members of Scorpions had great energy and enthusiasm, and they looked to be having an awesome time. They performed to a crowd that spanned a wide range of people, from those seeing the band for the first time to the umpteenth time, many with their children and some with their grandchildren!
Though Scorpions has had lineup changes, the current band members – founder Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Klaus Meine (vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Pawel Maciwoda (bass) have been the mainstays of the band for the past twenty years, only having been recently joined by Mikkey Dee (drums) in 2016, and they performed as a well-oiled machine.
The band is touring the world in support of their latest release Rock Believer, though the set also leant some focus to their most popular releases Love at First Sting and Crazy World.
Meine’s voice still sounds great after all these years. He loves to interact with the crowd, and the crowd loved it when he tossed drums sticks out to select areas around the stage and catwalk as well as posing for the crowd to thunderous ovations.
Schenker, Jabs and Maciwoda were tight knit and total hams for the crowd. Dee was a beast on the drums and, since joining the band, he has rekindled the fire that drives the band’s motivation.
Though there was a great response to whatever Scorpions song was performed, the bigger and louder responses came when the band played their biggest hits and fan favorites such as “The Zoo”, “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Winds of Change”, “Big City Nights” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane”.
Unfortunately the original opening act, Whitesnake, had to drop off of the tour. Thundermother, who hail from Stockholm, were a great replacement and did a superb job of getting the show started.
Gas in the Tank
Make It Real
Coast to Coast
Bad Boys Running Wild
Send Me an Angel
Wind of Change
Tease Me Please Me
Big City Nights
No One Like You
Rock You Like a Hurricane