Okay - my turn! I'm really tired, but still feel the sting, so I might as well get my thoughts down for this last NA show. I'm going to write up a things about all the experiences I had during this crazy month or so this weekend I hope. Oh it's going to be longwinded just to forewarn you!
Alrighty so lots of mixed emotions for this show in Columbia. First, I went to see Iron Maiden in Montreal the night before, then after maybe 4-5 hours of sleep I had to drive about 3 1/2 hours to an airport that is further away because of the cheaper airfare. Whew.
I'll try to keep this short, but I am exhausted so I might ramble a bit.
My flight got into Baltimore at around 15:30 or so, then I hiked it over to the car rental shuttle and it took forever to get the rent-a-wreck (what a crappy car!). But once it was all said and done, I got to the venue around 17:00, hungry and tired - oh and hot. Yech to summer. Anyways!
What I thought was supposed to happen didn't exactly happen - I thought I was supposed to meet Scott who was already supposed to be in line when I got there. Turns out he wasn't, but I was looking anyways. I was very confused of where to go, all the staff were telling me that there were 2 entrances - north and south. Well south I had no problems finding but I was confused when there were only 10 people in line waiting and Scott wasn't one of them. So I asked if there was another gate and I was told to walk all around to the north one - I was tired, hot and hungry - so I tried to hurry my fat butt but energy was missing for that. Anyways, I must of talked to 10 staff people and they all pointed me in the same direction which went through the VIP section...which confused me more. Next thing I know I'm sitting down and watching Night Ranger's sound check. Yeah I just had a seat by myself at the pavilion - tons of staff walked by and even talked to me and no one cared that I was sitting there.
Night Ranger had a lot of fun for the sound check. I stayed back as I didn't want to get kicked out but the lead singer Jack Blades was cracking jokes and what not.
Anyways, I called Scott while sitting at the sound check and he still wasn't at the venue yet. So I got comfy and when I figured he was there I went out to meet up with him. Got in line and ready to go.
The pit was REALLY tiny. They had the catwalk and the stage was the normal height (yay). I managed to get a spot over where James would usually sit on that chair of his in the middle of the catwalk. Good enough spot when that tired.
It was so hot and I met some really cool people while waiting for the show to start. I know one of them will be a long time friend to come.
I had some issues with the couple to the right of me. Between the terrible greed and mean behavior of the girl and the HUGE mass of body the guy had (think refrigerator). I've never seen someone just be so damn mean when it comes to claiming drumsticks for their own and every time I got attention she either thought it was for her or would give me a dirty look and look condescendingly at my flag wondering if there was some sort of secret message that she didn't see. Even security didn't like them. But annoyances aside, screw that I was at a Scorpions concert, no one will stop the good energy. No one!
Night Ranger put on a good show. I didn't like the drummer's kit being over to the right, but the stage was tiny so there wasn't any help for it. I thought that they weren't going to play Sister Christian until they did the song before last - bah. Hate that song! But it was cool, they played Crazy Train since Brad Gillis used to be with Ozzy. I hardly recognized the guys in the band. I'm like - how can that be Brad Gillis? Where is the curly hair? Wait - Jack Blades you got older! It was overall a good show, although I think Tesla was a better fit in terms of opening groups. Night Ranger has some good tunes though.
There wasn't much time between Night Ranger and the Scorpions - good news they didn't have time to play Enter Sandman like they usually do before the Scorps begin! (Sorry I think Sister Christian and Enter Sandman are my two most hated songs and both in the same night would of made me grumpy!)
Okay - I'm going to say this because it was show #7 for me for North America. It was a strange energy last night. Klaus was spot on vocally and was in tip top form. Rudy started out strong but seemed to lose a bit of steam (I found myself going side to side more than him!). Pawel wasn't connecting much with the crowd at all, maybe sad that it was the last date? I don't know. Matthias was enjoying every bit of admiration as he always does in his special Matthias way. Something seemed a bit off with James both with his energy and keeping the beat. In my mind I figured that James and Pawel went out too late the night before and they were feeling that sting. But I have no idea.
For all the times I have wished them to change a song in their set list - maybe that's what screwed it up. They played In Trance - which blew me away. I was standing there with my heart on my sleeve - I could feel it pounding it was so emotional. But in exchange they didn't play Send Me an Angel which means there was no thing on the catwalk with the chair and that whole thing which I think really gives a great atmosphere. They also didn't play The Best is Yet to Come which for me is a great crowd pleaser.
Matthias did a great solo as always. James had the worst drum solo so far. I'm not sure if it was to shorten the length or whatever but it was terribly off. They edited the movie he plays during the solo, cutting out all sorts of things (whoever edited it needs to be shot, that was horrible) and James seemed to be floundering trying to keep up with the shorter version. He ended up almost forgetting to do his whole Rock and Roll Forever bit and it almost seemed like he wasn't steady while standing up there. First time I noticed that.
I had some amazing interaction once again, the nods and smiles and points. These guys are probably sick of seeing me in front again. Klaus tried to throw me a couple of sticks but the people next to me kept on doing some amazing things to catch them and even if they didn't touch them and they fell to the ground, you could hear the girl over the music scream "THAT STICK IS MINE" even though they got like 4 of them. Sweet justice happened twice though when once the security guard picked one up and instead of handing it over to her (man she was mean about it) he just threw it into the crowd randomly (she was pissed and spent a good 2 minutes staring at the security guard with an evil glare) then when another stick fell the security guard picked it up and gave it to me and told me "Since you came from so far, I wanted to make sure you got one." That was really nice of him. The times when James was pointing at me and interacting with me while playing, the people next to me thought it was for them - but I know better and so did my friend on the other side of them. We got a good laugh afterwards.
Caught up with Scott after the show - he got a bunch of picks and sticks and a set list I think from a roadie at the end of the show. Loved to see him so happy - had to make fun of him a bit about the comment he made a couple of weeks ago about not supporting the Scorpions anymore if they come back for another tour. Yeah right Scott!
During the show Klaus always talked about it being the last show, but he also mentioned that "You never know if it really is the last show." So I'm pretty hopeful that they will return for another couple of shows - I'm thinking in 2014 or at least I'm hoping.
I was really sad at one point when I realized this was pretty much the end of all these concerts I've been able to go to, but one look at Klaus and those negative thoughts were gone. He wasn't sad, so why should I be? At one point James looked really sad for maybe 30 seconds when Klaus was talking about the final show - since he is from the US, I imagine it's harder for him - but he recovered as a drummer only can.
I won't say that this was the best show I've seen in the last month, but it ranks up pretty high!
Oh before I forget a funny thing happened - Rudolf and Matthias played a trick on Klaus. It was Matthias' idea from what I saw...when it came time for the pyramid - Matthias looked over at Rudolf and nodded to put their legs closer together so that Klaus wouldn't have as much room as he normally did. It was funny Klaus had to really made an effort to stand up there on their legs. I loved seeing them playful like that. Klaus was a champion, when at first he didn't succeed to make the pyramid happen he tried and tried again until it did. I laughed really hard.
Also didn't get to meet fos daddy which makes me sad.
And that is the short version - I swear I blame my ability to type fast for all this writing.