Scorpions Storm Oracle Arena
Scorpions Oracle Arena, Oakland October 4, 2017 All photos by Raymond Ahner. When the legendary German rock band Scorpions come to town, you know you are in store for one exceptional evening of big-time arena anthems and delicate ballads, and this was the case on a Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The band brought plenty of energy and enthusiasm to the packed house, opening the evening with the tight rocker "Going Out With A Bang" from their latest release Return to Forever. That was only a taste of what was to come as immediately after that song's conclusion guitarist Rudolf Schenker kicked into the opening riff of the classic "Make it Real," a fist-pumping rocker that revved up the crowd. While the building blocks of the Scorpions sound are straightforward rock guitar riffs, their boundless energy and enthusiasm bring out something extraordinary in each song as was the case on the thumping "The Zoo," a fan favorite track that relies on a swinging bass and drum groove from PaweĊ‚