PHOTOS: Scorpions and Megadeth Rock Grand Sierra

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Rock legends the Scorpions along with metal icons Megadeth shared the stage at the Grand Sierra Theatre in a sold-out show during the Crazy World 2017 Tour.

Megadeth opened the show with a powerful performance that had the crowd on their feet nearly the entire set.

Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, the only two original members left, formed the L.A.-based band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine’s departure from Metallica. The band is listed as a pioneer of the American thrash metal scene, and is credited as one of the genre’s “big four” with Anthrax, Metallica, and Slayer. Current band members include Mustaine (lead vocals, guitars), Ellefson (bass, backing vocals), Kiko Loureiro (guitars, backing vocals), and Dirk Verbeuren (drums, percussion).

Every time Megadeth rolls into town they always blow the roof off any venue they play. Whether they open or headline they never disappoint. Mustaine and his boys got over an hour to blow the socks off their fans, and that’s just what they did.

The Scorpions returned to Reno for the first time since they retired from touring in 2010. Formed in Hanover, Germany in 1965 by Rudolf Schenker, the hard rock and heavy metal band’s only constant member has been Schenker. Current members include Klaus Meine (lead vocals, guitar, tambourine), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Paweł Mąciwoda (bass) and Mikkey Dee (drums).

The Scorpions played well over ninety minutes on stage. The show was just two days after the Route 91 concert shooting in Las Vegas and Meine dedicated the show to all that died or were injured at the show. It was a very heartfelt moment.

This was a night of rock ‘n’ roll at its best. If you’ve never seen either of these bands you’ve never seen a rock show.

There’s one thing about living in Reno: no matter what day it is, you can be sure that there is some kind of music playing somewhere. Reno is a music lover’s paradise. And if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times …. Always support your local bands and venues. Go to a show!

Set List – Megadeth

“Prince of Darkness”
“Hanger 18”
“The Threat Is Real”
“Take No Prisoners”
“She-Wolf”
“Sweating Bullets”
“Trust”
“Mechanix”
“Dystopia”
“Symphony of Destruction”
“Peace Sells”
“Holy Wars/The Punishment Due”

Set List – The Scorpions

“Going Out With a Bang”
“Make It Real”
“The Zoo”
“Coast to Coast”
“Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy’s Coming / Catch Your Train”
“We Built This House”
“Delicate Dance”
“Always Somewhere / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel”
“Wind of Change”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Band”
“Overkill” (Motörhead cover)
“Drum Solo”
“Blackout”
“Big City Nights”

Encore

“No One Like You”
“Still Loving You”
“Rock You Like a Hurricane”

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John Tuckness
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.