Errols Weekly Music Update.

June 23, 2010

Concert Review: The Scorpions at Jones Beach Nikon Theater on Tues. June 22, 2010

Concert Review: The Scorpions at Jones Beach Nikon Theater on Tues. June 22, 2010

The Scorpions, in the midst of their supposed final tour across the U.S., landed on Jones Beach last night and “knocked-out” their fan base with a vigorous performance supplemented with a dazzling display of video pyrotechnics which at various points in the show engulfed the audience to the point where you actually felt like you were on one of those “simulated” rides where you can feel every twist and turn. This was a night where you might have thought that Michael J. Fox was part of the audience as everyone was catapulted “Back to the Future.” The German based band excelled at every aspect of their game and even though the clock says 2010, they made it feel like it was 1980. Based on last night’s show, let us all hope & pray that they decide to keep it going a few more tours as well as some more new material. Folks, I’m telling you right now if you have never experienced “Rock You Like a Hurricane” at one of their shows, it is the equivalent of never seeing “The Wizard of Oz.” So you better hurry and see if Doctor Emmett Brown (aka-Christopher Lloyd) has anymore room in his time-capsule race car so you won’t miss out on taking a trip down memory lane with some of the best rock songs ever created as well as some new orders on the menu which will leave you salivating for more.

For anyone who does not live on Long Island New York, getting to Jones Beach is like visiting the Land of Oz because even when you think you are there- you have to go back and “get the broom” and get back on that “yellow brick road,” which seems to never end. (Could they have built the amphitheater any further out?). And of course there is always a good chance of rain if I attend a show there (think back to Cheap Trick, Heart & Journey). But the threat of rain did not stop me, Rosie, Melinda & Sandy as we were determined to revel in this “glory night.. where the children of tomorrow dream away.” I arrived just in time to see the opening act-one of my favorite bands- Cinderella. Now I was so curious to “see what I was going to hear” from this band which has persevered through so much over the years. And you know what? They rocked the house! Tom Kiefer sounded like his old self and the band appeared to be having a blast up on stage as their fans couldn’t get enough of them despite the heavy downpour of rain midway through their set which lasted through their last song. Cinderella was not about to lose that slipper and they made sure they tied their shoe laces as tight as their sound that was resonating from the stage. Of course the highlight for me was “Shelter Me” as I couldn’t believe that in 2010 I was again seeing this song performed live- as I always say-don’t take things for granted-if there is that one artist or band that you love-go out and see them in concert because you never know. As the rain was pouring down, (by the way, no one was looking for shelter) many of the fans were up singing and dancing to this classic tune as I was in my glory looking up to the sky as the rain was drenching my socks. From that point onward they blasted through some of their best known tracks, including “Don’t Know What You Got, Till it’s Gone” and “Shake Me.” As their set ended, I was already aboard the time machine that was going to take me back to my youth. Nice job Cinderella!!! I knew right then and there that this night was going to be one to remember and of course with the Scorpions set to take the stage, it was only going to get better.

Rosie and the crew arrived just as Cinderella were playing their last song and as the rain was pelting the audience, since there was no more great music being performed, we decided to head for cover with the rest of the crowd inside the brick tunnels that lead to the seats. As the clock was getting closer to 9:00 p.m. we went back to our excellent seats in orchestra to the left of the stage. Right around 9:15, the drum set rises from the ground and seemingly grows to about 12 feet in the air and there he is-James Kottak-already pumped up and ready to bang away. (By the way, if you didn’t know any better he appeared to be the “main attraction” as he was profiled continually throughout the night and he psyched up the crowd with his adrenaline). So he appeared larger than life and the backdrop included two huge screens to the left and right of James as well as one right smack in the center of the stage. The opening chords of the title track to their current album-“Sting in the Tail”- are crafted by Rudolph Schenker (with the band since 1965), Matthias Jabs (since 1978) and Pawel Maciwoda (since 2003) as they appear to be on the lower floor because of the massive drum set towering above them. And there he is-Klaus Meine-the lead singer in this historic band off to the side of the stage wearing a black leather jacket and a black beret almost trying to appear invisible as it is clear from the get go that these guys are “family” and no one piece is bigger than the band. Everyone in the orchestra section was on their feet cheering and as one looked to the stage you felt like you were inside a kaleidoscope as the power of “red” completely took over. There were bright red roses that surrounded the title of the song which was displayed on the screen. The band was as tight as could be and just like that it is a homerun on the first at bat with a feeling of a “Blackout” on the horizon. When Klaus spoke to the crowd he thanked them for coming and pointed out that the rain had stopped but that they were going to make their own rain up on stage all night long. They sent the crowd into a frenzied state as they blasted into-“Bad Boys Running Wild”- as the blazing guitars and searing bass lines compiled with the feverous pace of the drumming was too much for many of the seasoned fans to take, they knew the best was yet to come. The pace slowed a bit-but not the head-banging- as the very cool-“The Zoo”- highlighted their musicianship as Mr. Meine took this time off from his singing duties to distribute some of Mr. Kottak’s drum sticks to the crowd-which looked like throwing a piece of fish into an ocean surrounded by a school of sharks. Meanwhile, both Rudolph and Matthias were making the crowd do the Wayne’s World bow as their guitar solos were incredibly righteous as one of them were doing their best impersonation of making the guitar talk like Mr. Frampton. The showmanship of their skillful talents continued as they played an instrumental- “Coast to Coast”- while the screens displayed a simulation of driving down a road at very high speeds just like in the great 1980’s video game- “Pole Position”- you see I told you we were back in time.

They played “Sunday Morning” but this was not your ordinary Sunday morning with the tranquility you normally are used to as the guitar solo in the middle of this song was blistering as I looked around and could see many fans “air-guitaring” their way into a blissful peace of mind. Of course the Scorpions can also “take it down” with the best of them and have made some of the best “power ballads.” (if you want to call them that). In a very touching moment, they dedicated-“Send Me an Angel”- to their recently departed friend and metal icon-Ronnie James Dio. The screen presented an image of a musician which seemed to depict Mr. Dio as the wind off the ocean blew a little stronger as you could feel Ronnie’s presence. The calm atmosphere continued as they performed my second all time favorite song by them-“Winds of Change”-complete with the whistling from Klaus-(they could have easily piped in the studio version with the whistling but that’s not them). It was a love fest with the audience as the screens exhibited fans wrapped arm in arm singing the song word-for-word as images of the Berlin Wall collapse appeared on the screen. Klaus did not even have to sing as the audience took over on vocals. The gears shifted and we were back in full throttle mode as they played one of the new tunes off of “Tail”-“Raised on Rock”- which is that same Scorpion sound that we have all grown used to but with the same vigor as their earlier hits. The cool part about this is when they were rocking out to this song, a video depicting their younger days was displayed on the two screens and this added a flavor of the old “This is Your Life” show as one couldn’t help but smile reminiscing about the good old days but at the same time we were all witnessing them today delivering that same knock-out punch that they are famous for. After a raucous version of “Tease Me,” one of the most awesome visual effects that I have ever witnessed at any concert I’ve been to occurred during the lightning fast-“Dynamite.” Now just picture yourself standing right below the annual 4th of July fireworks display that Macy’s puts on every year on the NYC Piers. As they played, the video screens put on a flurry of explosions which was perfectly choreographed to the music. I was completely blown away and a few times had to look away as I easily get “motion sickness.” As the song ended, the band members walked off stage except for James as the drum set again rose up into the air and it was time for his solo. Again the video images keenly enhanced the solo as we all felt like he was in some sort of short film. They filmed him walking through doors in the middle of no-where, traveling with some women (hey he’s a rock star right?) with displays of their past albums as he would play parts of those songs. This lasted a pretty long time and he turned around high above the crowd and presented the back of his T-shirt which said-“Rock and Roll Forever”- and then he pulled the shirt off and displayed the same statement which was tattooed on his back.

They pulled out their classics for the rest of the show as “Blackout” brought the house down. (Klaus throughout the night would bring out a tambourine for some songs-including this one- and then wail it across the stage as a roadie caught every one of them). The highlight of the show-prior to the encores- was the scorching-“Big City Nights.” As the four members (except for the drummer obviously) stood next to each other in the left hand corner and the stage and were performing “synchronized head-banging” as they all moved in the same direction at the same time. At this point, the crowd was rejoicing as it could not get any better, right? It was a summer night, outdoors and the rain subsided. Could it get any better? Well of course you know the answer- a resounding “yes.” They didn’t make the audience wait too long as they embarked on arguably two of their most popular (and best) songs with the timeless classics-“No One Like You”- and-“Rock You Like a Hurricane.” I can’t say it enough- seeing them perform “Hurricane” in concert is one righteous experience. The pure joy and ecstasy that pours out of both the band and the audience is hard to put into words, so please just attend one of their shows to see what I am talking about.

As the show ended each band member thanked the audience and took their bows. As we exited our time machine, we still all could feel the power of the memorable night and the buzz is still lasting even today as we had to get back to our normal life. This version of “Back to the Future” was the best of the series release. “Danke” Scorpions for the ride, I hope to see you again. \m/ \m/

Set List

1.       Sting in the Tail

2.       Make it Real

3.      Bad Boys Running Wild

4.      The Zoo

5.       Coast to Coast

6.       Sunday Morning

7.       The Best is Yet to Come

8.       Send Me an Angel

9.       Wind of Change

10.     Raised on Rock

11.     Tease Me, Please Me

12.     Dynamite

Drum Solo

13.     Blackout

Guitar Solo

14.     Big City Nights

Encore

15.     No One Like You

16.     Rock You Like a Hurricane

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13 Comments »

  1. I’ve been a fan since the 70’s but this is the first time I’ve ever seen them live. Very impressed, especially with Klaus Mein’s vocals.

    I was hoping to hear 1 or 2 songs from the albums I loved (Taken By Force, Virgin Killer, In Trance), but I still loved the show.

    Also hoping Uli Roth might pop on stage for a cameo, but not to be 🙂

    BTW: Agree with you on the excellent stage show as well.

    Comment by doug — June 24, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  2. I thought the show was pretty lame, one of the most boring shows I have ever been to and I have seen every big metal band since the early 80’s.They played nothing from the 70’s and left out Still Loving You!!!! How do you not play your best song on a farewell tour!!! If they really wanted to pay tribute to DIO, they should have played either a DIO, Rainbow or Sabbath song not some soppy crap like they played.I judge how good a concert was by asking myself if I would pay to see them again and I can say without hesitation that if they do come around again I will keep my money in my pocket. If you want to see a real show with a real set list, go to the upcoming Rush show at the beach as well as the Maiden show at the Garden, I promise you both gigs will be money well spent. I don’t know what show that other guy that left that long review saw, he needs to have his eyes and ears checked!

    Comment by Scot — June 26, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    • I could have easily not approved your comment but I figured I would let another opinion out there. But it doesn’t sound like you are a fan of the Scorpions. Let me get this straight-“Send me an Angel” is sappy but “Still Loving You” is not? To compare to Rush and Maiden has no relevance to what their show is about. Apples and oranges.

      Comment by ea0217 — June 26, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

      • I am a Scorpions fan. I just thought their set list was a poor choice for a farewell tour. If you are calling it quits, then you should go out with a bang and play all of your greatest songs, which they did not do – period! And yes, “Send me an Angel” is sappy while “Still Loving You” is their Stairway to Heaven or their Dream On, it has to be played. As we were walking through the tunnels of Jones Beach you could hear the complaints and disapointment all around you that they didn’t play that song – which would have brought the house down. Your right that you cannot compair a Rush or a Maiden show to a Scorpions show, With Rush or Maiden from the very fist song to the very last song each song is greater than the one before it and the show peaks with the encore leaving the fan completely drained and wanting more,the fans remain in their seats chanting and screaming for the band to come out again for an even greater encore. This was not the case at the Scorpions Jones Beach show. As soon as “Rock You Like A Hurricane” was over the stadium started to empty out – the lights were not even turned on yet, the band was still on the stage!!! I just thought that on their farewell tour they would have pulled out all the stops, dug deep into their bag of tricks, played some old early gems and not so much of their commercial “pop” if you will, bubble gum material. They are one of the great “Rock/Metal” bands of their time and their place in Rock history is without question, however I’m sure that any early, original fan that started following the band in the 70’s probably feels the same way – let down.

        Comment by Scot — June 27, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  3. I like to keep things positive but you have every right to your opinion. I thought there were some pretty good songs on the set list and it was not all “bubble gum” songs. “Still Loving You” is a great song but it is definitely a ballad just like “Send Me an Angel” and it made perfect sense to me why they chose that song for Mr. Dio. Why even attempt one of his songs and open themselves to critcism that they didn’t do it like Dio. Who knows they may mix up their set list as they move on further in the tour. I didn’t hear any complaints on my way out of the arena. I still say it was a terrific show.

    Comment by ea0217 — June 27, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

    • That’s cool – rock on!

      Comment by Scot — June 27, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

      • Thanks Scot. I can tell you know your stuff and I appreciate the feedback.

        Comment by ea0217 — June 27, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  4. I saw them in Toronto on June 27th, 2010. They were absolutely amazing. ‘Amazing’ is actually an understatement. It was the best hard rock concert ever! I cannot believe these guys are in their late 50s and early 60s. No band in the world rocks like the Scorpions!

    Comment by Kam — June 29, 2010 @ 6:10 pm

  5. Nice article. 1 correction.

    14.Big City Lights is actually Big City Nights.

    Nice article though. I saw them in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada a week a go. Awesome!

    Cheers,

    Dave

    Comment by Dave — July 16, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  6. You need glasses Dave.
    Read #14 again.

    Comment by Scot — July 17, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    • Scot- Dave was right, I fixed it. Sorry for the confusion.-Errol

      Comment by ea0217 — July 18, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

  7. oooohhh ım going to go to scorpions istanbul concert(02,10,2010) im very happy now=)=)and concert setlist songs download now and liric=)

    Comment by ömer(turkey) — August 29, 2010 @ 7:08 am

  8. WENT TO JONES BEACH CONCERT WITH MY TWO SONS WHO ARE 13 AND 14 AND LOVE THE MUSIC OF THE SCORPIONS. THEY AND I WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PROFESSIONALISM OF EACH BAND MEMBER AND THE AWESOME PERFORMANCE. THEIR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION ALONG WITH THEIR MANY AWARDS ARE VERY WELL DESERVED AND AS A FANS WE HOPE THEY HAVE ONE MORE TOUR LEFT IN THEM. THEY CERTAINLEY DO NOT TAKE A BACK SEAT TO ANY ARTIST TODAY.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 9, 2012 @ 12:35 am


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