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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Oh Man, It's October - Scorpions In Concert

We are down to our last two concerts of the year.  Last night was Scorpions at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.  Megadeth was the opening act.  I am definitely not a fan of metal bands but I do like the Scorpions so I figured I could tolerate Megadeth and if it was really bad, I could go to the back of the arena and get food or something.

The first thing we noticed was an increase in security.  We took our local transit to get to the arena and even walking in the Bart Station near the Coliseum I could see more security jackets.  Then, we had to go up a ramp to get to the doors and there was a security checkpoint there that had never been there before.  My bag was searched and they asked my husband to hold up his jacket.  Once we got to the doors, there was the usual bag check and going through the metal detectors.  Inside I could see more security than usual walking up and down the aisles.  Personally, I didn't mind and I didn't really hear anyone else complaining.

Security by the stage
Our concert selfie :)

I didn't know any of the songs Megadeth was singing but it was interesting watching the show they had on the screens and watching the crowd.  Here are a couple of pictures:

Someone needs to tell them that "death" has an "a" in it.

Most of the pictures I got of them were of the hair flipping variety.  

I couldn't tell you what any of them actually looked like because all I saw was hair.

I have no clue as to the significance of this...

Or this guy, although I'm sure a fan would know.

Then came the Scorpions.

Klaus Meine and Matthias Jabs

Still a little crazy but at least I won't have nightmares.

Rudolf Schenker

Pawel Maciwoda

And even though they are wearing hats, I can still see their faces.

Since we last saw them, they have replaced their drummer, James Kottak, because he had some substance abuse issues.  Mikkey Dee of Motorhead fame has replaced him and I must say he did a heck of a job.

At one point in the show his drum stand rises on a pedestal very high above the stage.  Each time he beats the drums, a picture of one of their album covers fills the screen until they are all up there.  Quite impressive.

They had a disco ball hanging down and it filled the arena with sparkles of light.

I love their logo.

This is the fourth time we've seen Scorpions, going back to the very first concert my husband and I ever went to together back in 1982.  They sang some new to us songs this show and one really struck my husband and I.  Today we did some research on it and OMG it is our perfect song.  We both agreed that it holds meaning for us.  Here it is...We Built This House, from the album Return to Forever from 2015:

I listened to an introduction that Klaus Meine did about the song and he said it was to show the longevity of their band as they have been together since 1965!  I think it tells the story of my husband and I.

The last concert we have scheduled is Bob Seger next month at the same venue.  It will be interesting to see if the increased security becomes a permanent thing or if time will ease the situation.  How about you?  Any end of the year concerts?  Ever get struck by a "new" song from an old band?  What do you think of We Built This House?  Love to hear from you.


  1. You got some great pictures Girl! I had to laugh at your comments on the hair-shots. So funny. Yep, they are definitely a hair band...
    I like the Scorpions song: sounds like a great song to be representing you and your husband's relationship. I like the lyrics alot. I think my favorite Scorpions song is Zoo. And Rock You Like a Hurricane...oh, and No One Like You. :)

    I'm glad to hear there was a lot of security there. I don't mind extra security. I feel better when there are extra layers of security added. Today marked the 1st day of the 3-day Austin City Limits concert and I know they have really beefed up security. In fact ACL announced earlier this week that if any ticket-holders didn't feel comfortable coming to the show in light of the Las Vegas massacre, they would refund their tickets ($100 for 1 day-$225 for 3 days). They said above all else, safety is their biggest concern and they wanted the concert-goers to feel comfortable. I thought that was quite generous of them to offer refunds to people.

    Bob Seger sounds wonderful. I would love to see him again! I think I saw him back in 1980...somewhere around there. His music is timeless. Will look forward to that post!

    Have a good weekend Janet,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. That is really nice for them to offer refunds. I know I felt more secure with the extra checking of bags, etc. I like all those Scorp songs and they did every one! Just found out Bob Seger has had to cancel his tour due to issues with his vertebrae. Hopefully he will get better and reschedule. Have a great weekend yourself, Michele!

  2. The year is certainly slipping away Janet - only one more concert?! How fun you found a perfect new "us" song - it's a great one.

    1. Looks like we won't get to see Bob Seger this year after all. Just found out he's had to cancel his shows due to some issues with his vertebrae. Hope he recovers and can reschedule. I think that's why we keep going, you never know when it will be the last one. Thanks for stopping by, Deborah.


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