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JP fans kick more ass
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best crowds = best times


[WhiskeyWoman] Friday, August 29, 2008 10:59:59 AM 
Hey 'where am i'...
Thanks for the link.  I remember hearing about the fiasco, just didn't understand at the time the details as wholly as this article explains here.  It really doesn't make Ticketmaster look good -- especially the fact they don't care much about the fans, or the bands...  Guess not much has changed!

Wish there was some other way!    Thanks again, very interesting...   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Where AmI from Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:10:32 PM)
Edited at: Friday, August 29, 2008 11:06:31 AM
[.] Thursday, August 28, 2008 4:10:32 PM 

Hi, WhiskeyWoman,
I don't know why most bands don't do this. I guess the bands don't want the hassle or don't have the know-how. But it is possible.  

Though it's an old article, I believe it has some validity. I don't know how it turned out; I never followed the case back in the 90's but here is the link, if you wish to read it:

It makes me go hmmm, that is fact. The issue just happened to pop up in this thread. JP fans still kick more ass. Perhaps a donkey or two.

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by WhiskeyWoman from Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:45:50 AM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:45:50 AM 
What you say is so true ...  Why can't the bands sell from their own website?  Bypass "schTicket-to-you-Master" altogether!

But I think JP's tickets are really freakin' reasonable when you compare the prices of ... oh, say Billy Joel, Elton John, Roger Waters and others who sell at over $300 to even get close to the stage.  Seriously crazy.  Not to say they aren't worth it, but if Priest can do a tour with what they charge, then why can't the others?

 Oops, maybe this should be under 'things that make you go Hmmm....?"   [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Where AmI from Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:00:18 PM)
Edited at: Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:46:40 AM
[Metal god/Electric eye! [Banned]] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:13:40 PM 
[.] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:00:18 PM 
I think the tickets are at an all-time high because of not only because of the gas but also because of what it costs to hire the people who set up the show, the company that is hired to set up the show, the scalping done by Ticketmaster and such companies, the rental of the venue, etc etc.
In the end, it's the people buying the tickets that decide how much those tickets go for. For well established bands, and Judas Priest is well established, many are willing to dish out quite a lot for a few hours of entertainment. If each band member gets a "few" thousand of dollars every night they play, I say Power To Them. 
But as for allowing for a bunch of tickets to be taken by companies like Ticketmaster, who then charge anything they want, puts me off buying anything. 
If there was a stall to buy tickets directly from the band, giving abusive ticket companies the finger and have the money directly given to whom it belongs to, I would purchase from it.
Back in 79 or early 80's, Judas Priest already existed and went through a tough economic period, with OPEC screwing everybody for all that it was worth and bands still toured, tickets got sold, record companies were still making money.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Justin Kenny from Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:52:01 PM)
[Metal god/Electric eye! [Banned]] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 10:30:25 PM 
We Feast on PRIEST!!!!
[ron h] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 10:27:18 PM 
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by loripip from Wednesday, August 27, 2008 9:30:25 PM)
[crypticangle] Wednesday, August 27, 2008 9:30:25 PM 
Great topic--& it's so true--i've been to many concerts over the years & no other band get s their name chanted before the concert even starts--I've never heard-Leppard--Leppard or Metallica -Metallica--but I have heard Priest--Priest before they even step on the stage--metal fans from different walks of life uniting for the one band who brings them all together---PRIEST !!--PRIEST !!---PRIEST !!
[Justin Kenny] Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:52:01 PM 
The whole   "...those who can show up, do"  ethic is the same here in the States...let's face facts...seeing concerts these days (as opposed to say, the '80s- early '90s) is something of a luxury expense.    With the cost of fuel now (especially diesel, which is needed to fuel the trucks and semis that lug around a band's stage & equipment),  tickets are at an all-time high.     Furthermore, if said band(s) don't come close enough to given areas,  fans find it that much harder to migrate toward a show...tougher still when a lot of fans are now supporting families and have to mind their finances more carefully than they did 15-20 years ago.

When I saw Priest last, it was the summer of '05 at the Jones Beach theater in Wantagh, NY.     The place can now fit a little over 14,000 nowadays (after it had been modified).     I'm pretty confident that there were at LEAST 10,000 fans on hand that night (I saw empty seats..but not vast amounts!).      They even sold out a few arenas on that tour, whereas others were half-full at best.     It's a much different climate, like I said...but the die-hards definitely do the best they can to make it....and even if they don't...there are still more than enough of us out there to represent the spirit of those who can't make it for whatever reason!

As for a lot of those other bands who tour and seem to sell out every place they play...let's just wait and see how many of them enjoy the kind of legacy and history Priest have.     Integrity and grit will always win over a few blockbuster tours and several multi-platinum albums.     Priest are all about the love of what they do....sure, they might receive a nice paycheck for it in the process...but you can't deny the feeling of hearing 5,000-10,000 fans screaming your praises on a nightly basis and wanting to make those screams louder and louder!!      Priest have done this so consistently over the last 35 years (especially in the last 28 of those 35 years)'s no wonder they still command a more than respectable draw remember the bands that defined their youth and were the soundtrack to their lives.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by WhiskeyWoman from Monday, August 18, 2008 7:36:20 PM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Monday, August 18, 2008 7:36:20 PM 
I am *so* glad to know I'm not the only one who has noticed this!  JP concerts are very special & different, much because of the fans themselves...

Q:  How full do your arenas get down in the states, and in other countries?  I would imagine Europe & Asia would put Canada's turn-out to shame, I am ashamed to admit.  Do all/most of your concerts get sold out?  States people can speak up too...

(The same day of a concert in Winnipeg, MB, Canada I was still able to buy 1st row tix  -- but not able to make it on time...  But it amazed me the tix were available in the first place!!!  Embarrassing, quite frankly.)

This is in no way an insult to Canadians!  I know those who can, do show up...  But it does kind of bug me that other bands (who will remain nameless) sell-out -- but those people who buy all their tix can't show up to say thanks to the "Godfathers of Heavy Metal".

I dunno...  just an observation and my humble opinion. 
[Justin Kenny] Monday, August 18, 2008 6:20:41 PM 
Judas Priest concerts are the ONLY concerts I've attended where the fans are even cheering their praises while they're LEAVING their respective areas of any of the arenas I've seen Priest play.      I mean....that's how you know a group of fans are utterly ebullient with what they've witnessed....even if they have been privy to it several times before!       I've seen many other bands....lotsa shows....and NONE of 'em...where the fans did anything quite like that.

Priest are truly in a class by themselves....that's been my feeling about 'em since 1981....and it's still that way.
[WhiskeyWoman] Monday, August 18, 2008 10:16:00 AM 

No kidding... great catch!
Thanks for sharing.

Although, I must confess... while Tipton made sure I got his pic, I did not "catch" Downing's...
It was only through the generosity and the 'great-big-heart' of a guy with us in the front-row, did I acquire that particular pic.  I offered to buy it from him - to make up the pair - which he gallantly declined and just gave it to me.

Don't call him a fool, either!  He was very cute, and quite a bit younger than me...  But I guess he was taught to respect his elders -- lol!

He is a big part of why I joined this website, and I am looking for him -- as we hung around outside after the show, and I promised to stay in touch.  ("Pennywise" are you out there!!???)  It was only later that he learned of my nasty injury and loss of violin/guitar (and L-hand, basically), that he probably felt pretty good about it.  (Especially when the tears started... lol!  But, I think he knew just how much it all meant to me.)

Anyway, in a round-about way the 'off-topic' conversation on pics has come full-circle -- back to how JP Fans are a very cool bunch of people.  And, at all their concerts that I have attended, I come away with great memories and friends.

[ron h] Monday, August 18, 2008 9:26:33 AM 
Great Catch!!! 
[guidogodoy] Sunday, August 17, 2008 8:19:03 PM 
As long as we are on the "pic" subject....

I mentioned it here before but never posted a picture of it. The one and only I ever caught. Glad to say that it was a good one. Halford at my local bar thrown by Metal Mike. Catch of my life. Threw it right to me. As you say, priceless. So much so, I marked it that night.

[ron h] Sunday, August 17, 2008 7:30:25 PM 
Couldn't agree more.  There is a specific and personal memory with those pics, and that, they call, "PRICELESS".
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guidogodoy from Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:55:05 PM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Sunday, August 17, 2008 2:04:31 PM 

Ah, 'guidogodoy'...

You speak words of wisdom.  I'll put the pics in something to protect them, as you suggested.  I haven't been using them for fear of wearing the words off.


[guidogodoy] Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:55:05 PM 
NOOO!!! KEEP THEM!! I don't do it but know some real collectors that even put them in coin protectors.

Heck, you can buy picks from the band on eBay. Spend $10 and get an identical one if you want to use it. Getting your own personal ones from a concert is just too special to use. The MEMORY is worth more than the value of the pics.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by WhiskeyWoman from Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:51:33 PM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:51:33 PM 

Aw, shucks...  Well, "hello" ol' buddy, ol' pal!


Both have "JudasPriest" on one side, but:
KK's is red w/ his signature on the other
Glenn's is white w/ his signature, as well.
(All writing in that glitter/silver.)

I know!  Way cool... 

However, I'm unsure what to do...
See, recently had severe injury to L-hand which is catastrophic to my violin & guitar-playing.  Fucking sucks, quite frankly...  (Violin w/ Priest in Nostradamus is magic, to me!)  Anyway, am re-learning guitar the L-handed way (frustrating & humbling, to say the least).  Violin ... well, been playing so long I just don't think I can re-learn the other way.

Here's the problem... do I use the picks (hoping some magic will rub off!?)
OR ... keep them safe and 'hoard' them?
  (Kind of like keeping plastic on the sofa, which I am not in the habit of doing.)  What to do?  Advice from fellow fans?

(kind of off-topic, but hey... I am curious for feedback on this one.) 

Edited at: Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:55:02 PM
[guidogodoy] Sunday, August 17, 2008 1:37:49 PM 
BOTH pics?! WOW!!! You are my new best friend! CONGRATS!!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by WhiskeyWoman from Sunday, August 17, 2008 12:23:09 PM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Sunday, August 17, 2008 12:23:09 PM 

yeah, "Totally!"

And, I did hug The Group!  (Halford gives good hugs...)

Too starstruck to do much else, but there you have it.  Caught a couple kisses from Glenn on-stage, and got both KK & Glenn's pics at the end of it all.  4th concert of theirs I've been to, but one guy in the VIP group has seen them 23!!! times.  That's impressive....

That's what I mean about us JP fans ... we are a very dedicated & loyal bunch.

It's going to be interesting in a "few" decades when we're all in nursing homes crankin' Priest, lol!

[Alloy86] Sunday, August 17, 2008 12:13:47 PM 
  Yup, I could handle huggin the GROUP   lol  lol  lol 
[WhiskeyWoman] Sunday, August 17, 2008 11:33:54 AM 
"a religious experience..."  Good one, Ron.

Yep, pretty much have to agree with that...

... Now for that Group Hug!!!

[ron h] Sunday, August 17, 2008 10:02:57 AM 
I never really looked at it quite like that, but as I think about it, you're right about Priest shows and us fans.  I really get pumped for Priest and everyone else is in the same spirit as I'm in.  We all know the words and participate from the intro to the encore, it's almost a RELIGOUS experience!!!
WhiskeyWoman, I want to thank you and ALL Priestfans like us!!!
Keep Rock'n!  

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by WhiskeyWoman from Saturday, August 16, 2008 4:46:26 PM)
[WhiskeyWoman] Saturday, August 16, 2008 4:46:26 PM 
I sincerely want to thank all of those with whom I have attended four JP concerts to date.  You guys are the best.

Of all the 45+ concerts I have seen over the years (okay, decades...), I am always more comfortable and relaxed among those of you who are so loyal and dedicated to some of the best musicians in the world.  We know.
I come out of these concerts knowing more people, even staying in touch, and feeling more 'real' than before going in -- which is not always the case after 'normal' concerts.  We seem to have less pretense, and we should be really proud of that.

I'm just glad you're all out there, so I'm not the only depraved, crazy person out there, ha-ha.  Priest fans are the best, so continue holding our heads high, and "Keep the Faith". 
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