When you think of rock legends from the 70’s many bands come to mind, and you just have to have Judas Priest and Deep Purple to be on your list. To have them on the same bill is a show you just have to go see!! Both bands coming out of England around the same time and have been rocking the stage for over 40 years is one hell of a run!! Both bands are out on tour with guest The Temperance Movement and ripped up Daily’s Place Amphitheater on September 12.
The show kicked off with The Temperance Movement, The Temperance Movement are a British blues rock band formed in 2011. The band hit the stage running warming up an already hot crowd, they used up their short set to show the crowd just what they had to offer and the crowd was sucking it all in and loved them.
In support of the blazing new album of the same name, legendary rockers Judas Priest brought the “Firepower” and set the place on fire playing to a packed house. Opening with the title track of the new album, the man is known as the metal god, Rob Halford, showed that even after more than 40 years, his voice still carries the power to rattle the rafters. The setlist was filled with classic hits from the band’s discography, with only three songs from the new album. Even the new tracks, however, carried the power of the classics from albums like “British Steel” and “Stained Class.”
The crowd joined in with the biggest hits. From “Turbo Lover,” “Breaking the Law,” and “Hell Bent For Leather,” whenever Halford wanted to hear from the audience, they were right there for him. And he showed his appreciation. Guitarist Richie Faulkner was on the front edge of the stage all night, playing to the front row, but making the kids in the nosebleed seats feel like they were the only ones in the room, feeding energy to an already on fire crown.
Andy Snead was tapped to fill in the massive shoes of Glenn Tipton following his announcement of dealing with Parkinson’s disease and being forced to step away from the tour. When you’re taking the place of an icon like Tipton, it has to be a challenge, but Snead seemed to fill that slot solidly. He never tried to steal any attention, but attention came to him just for his musicianship and stage presence, the way it should be.
Closing out the night was “Living After Midnight,” a song that the crowd sang word for word from start to finish. And though the show ended a little earlier than the song title, the sentiment was the same.
Rocking Tell The Dawn is one thing you will do after seeing Judas Priest !!
Deep Purple hit the stage as the headliner this night. It is hard for any band to follow such an iconic band like Judas Priest. The hit the stage with “Highway Star” and ran the g through many of their hit. Some say Ian Gillan just doesn’t have it anymore and can’t hit a high note at all, but he seemed to do just fine this nigh. Glover and Paice were good and solid. Don Airey on keyboards filled in fine but was, of course, no Jon Lord. Steve Morse on guitar is terrific but he varied so much from original solo’s songs at point’s were unrecognizable. For rock the stage for over 40 years, they still have some left in the tank.