Spokane, WA – Legendary Germany-born heavy metal band, Scorpions, were joined by Grammy-award winning thrash metal band, Megadeth, for a night that proved the magnitude of grit and determination. Together for the first time, this two-band bill demonstrated what legends are made of. Whether it was stage presence, song selection, or audience engagement, each band appeared to bring all they had and were fully ready to share it while having a blast in the process.
Megadeth, opened the show by immediately enticing metal fans as they tore through “Hangar 18.” Now over 30 years and holding, the band delivered a strong mix of early and new songs, which inspired a sense of reawakening while also encouraging new discovery. Original members Dave Mustaine (vocals and guitar) and David Ellefson (bass guitar) were joined by Kiko Loureiro (guitar) and Dirk Verbeuren (drums) to round out the band’s current line-up. Ripping through heavy hitters such as “Sweating Bullets,” “Trust,” and “Peace Sells,” the crowd could be heard as a collective roar. Razor-sharp playing and visual representations on background screens complimenting dynamics within the lyrics left concert-goers mesmerized and put senses on overload. Vic Rattlehead even made a brief appearance and as the band blasted into “Holy Wars” for their encore, fans were sent into a fury.
It seemed like only a moment to catch your breath before the next tidal wave of rock took it away again. For a band that has been around for over 50 years, Scorpions continue to deliver a blend of passion and perseverance as they dominate across the country. Guitarist Rudolf Schenker, vocalist and guitarist Klaus Meine, guitarist Matthias Jabs, bassist Pawel Maciwoda, and drummer Mikkey Dee clearly owned the stage and their positive energy seemed contagious. With an extensive collection at their fingertips, the band thrilled the audience with hits like “Wind of Change,” “Still Loving You,” “The Zoo,” and “Big City Nights.” Now that Dee has joined the ranks, homage was given to his time with Lemmy by a cover of Motorhead’s “Overkill” and then he progressed into a high-rise drum solo. Throughout the evening, the band seemed to effortlessly engage the crowd, as people could be seen singing, smiling, screaming, and dancing. Just before the encore was in full swing with the classic, “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” Scorpions shared how they have teamed up with the Hand in Hand Organization and encouraged the crowd to support hurricane relief.
If the “Crazy World” Tour is partially about how times may change but also stay the same, then this two-band bill also showed us what that similar concept means through their own grit and determination; characteristics that could easily be argued as traits that rock legends are made of.
Show Date: 9/29/2017 – Spokane Arena, Spokane, WA