Scorpions deliver solid show at DTE

I'm going to take a break for a bit. That's my plan after four concerts and two high school football games in nine days.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

I'm going to take a break for a bit.

That's my plan after four concerts and two high school football games in nine days.

That stretch of concerts ended last Thursday back at the DTE Energy Music Theatre north of Detroit for the Scorpions.

I had never seen the Scorpions live and knew Reflector Sports Editor Michael Greco was a big Scorps fan so we decided to make the trip.

First, I must thank Mother Nature, or is it Father God, for the great weather I had at all the outdoor shows I attended this summer. I never saw one drop of rain in six shows and I sat on the lawn at each concert.

Honestly, I expected a bigger crowd at the Scorpions show. The DTE holds a bit more than 15,000 and I'd say it would be fair to say about 3,000 were in attendance and that might be pushing it. For the first time, DTE staff came around to the lawn and told lawn patrons they could enter the pavilion if they wished. We decided to stay put on the lawn.

The Scorpions opened the show with "Hour 1" from their new CD, "Humanity Hour 1."

The band included many hits in the 1-hour, 45-minute performance.

Classics such as "The Zoo," "Dynamite," "Big City Nights," "Rock You Like a Hurricane," "No One Like You" and "Still Lovin' You" were all played.

The band's overall sound was decent, but not spectacular. The slower songs, featuring acoustic guitar, were very clear. The rockers sounded a tad muddy. It was approaching the wall of sound category that I like to avoid. "Still Lovin' You" was the best sounding song of the night. It was really the highlight for me.

The Scorps did not play "Wind of Change" from the 1990 album, "Crazy World." I read online that many Scorpions fans are not pleased about this song being left out of the set list. It really is one of their popular songs.

A drum and bass solo were completely unnecessary.

Arlen opened the show and I must say he and his band were out of place. The music wasn't terrible or great, but was mainly acoustic rock, which was odd for a hard rock concert. I think the fans were happy Arlen only played 30 minutes.

In other news, the only show I'm planning on attending is the Porcupine Tree concert Oct. 22 at the House of Blues in Cleveland. I caught PT a couple times earlier this year and those shows were top-notch.

Don't forget tickets go on sale Saturday for the Bruce Springsteen concert Nov. 4 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.