The Scorpions put on a phenomenal show last week at the Santa Barbara Bowl, celebration their 50th anniversary. Founder and lead singer, Klaus Meine, led he group for a sold out show. The double-decker stage set was as big as the sound, and it included a drummer's platform, which rose up fifty feet or more from the floor during Kottak's drum solo. Unfortunately, I was only permitted to shoot during the first three songs, so I didn't capture that act on film.

Opening the show was Queensryche, who also pounded out some powerhouse tunes.

I shot the first three songs from behind the ADA (handicap) section, which was a bit difficult because the music was so good that most everyone was standing and dancing, blocking some of my shots. I had to pivot around a lot.

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This was the show I had been waiting for. The Heavy Metal throwback, revisited!

Ever since I saw Def Leppard play the Bowl a half-dozen or more years ago, I've been waiting for them to return as they promised they would during their encore. And here it was, with a big fat stage extension, running three-quarters the way out the floor. What a magnificent playground.

Opening the show was Poison, all with their big hair still blowing in the wind. (Yes, I'm jealous.) So, Brett Michaels came right up to me and gave me the heavy metal bull horns while he belted out a lyric. It happened quite fast, but I was lucky enough to have just the right camera/lens combo in my hand when it happened, and I caught it perfectly.

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