Tuesday, June 18, 2002 @ 1:38 PM
The Scorps Rock The Aladdin in
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REVIEW BY: By Darian Thomas, MofoMedia, San Diego
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When the Scorpions hit the stage at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino last Friday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, they hit it with the same explosiveness that imploded this place just a few years ago. The metal veterans opened with two songs that were made for Vegas, the classic “The Zoo” and “Big City Nights.” Lead Singer, Klaus Meine was in prime form, with his voice sounding just as it did when I saw the Scorpions on the “Monsters of Rock” tour some 14 years ago. The crowd favorites are always played and of course they had to play “Rock You Like a Hurricane“ and “No One Like You,” but I was really blown away when they played the old stuff like “In Trace,” Speedy’s Coming,” “He’s a Woman, She’s a Man,” and “Dynamite.”
Rudolf Schenker’s guitar playing was beautifully complimented by the shredding lead showmanship of Matthias Jabs, who had just about everyone in the whole show playing air guitar. I have seen the Scorpions five times now and I can tell you one thing, these guys, they are all about entertaining. Drummer James Kottak’s solo was almost Tommy Lee-like as he really got the crowd pumped with his thunderous style. The highlight of the show came when Rudolf came out for the song “ Blackout” wearing a bandage on his head like the album cover, with forks digging into his eyes.
I can’t wait for them to come to San Diego later this summer and hopefully I will make it in time to see the opening acts, Deep Purple and Ronnie James Dio. Whatever you end up doing this summer, get out and see this tour, The Scorpions still have their deadly sting in for knowing how to rock a crowd!