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.
|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.
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.