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30th Anniv. British Steel Setlist 2009
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[Maple Syrup] Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:44:24 PM 
Very Cool review IMP! Thanks for the kudos. Priest is certainly on top of their game on this tour. Just wondering if they may add a couple of extra songs in Hollywood, FL for the DVD. Here's to hoping. All the best. MpleSyrp
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[Dan Marshall29116] Thursday, August 06, 2009 5:45:19 PM 

I cannot agree more. The Priest is killing it.


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[I.M.P.] Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:51:31 AM 
Hello and how the hell are ya J.D. Diamond?!
Are you going, or have you seen Priest this tour?  Man what a show!
I'm off to work, but I'll be back with some pictures.
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Thursday, August 06, 2009 4:48:59 AM 
Well I'll be a son of a bitch...(lol!)...Hellow and welcome back to the forum our friend  "I.M.P."!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Nice to see ya back man,and good review by the way!!!!  You've been missed here by many! 

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[I.M.P.] Thursday, August 06, 2009 2:40:59 AM 
The show I went to just now had identical setlists. 
Judas Priest set list:
Rapid Fire
Metal Gods
Breaking the Law
You Don't Have to be Old to be Wise
Living After Midnight
The Rage
The Ripper
Hell Patrol
Victim of Changes
Freewheel Burning
Diamonds and Rust
You've Got Another Thing Coming

To begin, Whitesnake opened up for the mighty Judas Priest.  The show surpassed my expectations.  Coverdale's high spirits were buyoed by the show of a pair albums, one of which was Slip of the Tongue, held up by a fan a few rows down from me.  He really dug that and announced to us the 21st anniversary.  Whitesnake kicked ass all night, a heavy sounding set and blazing guitar skills were on full display.  This was my initiation to Whitesnake, aside from the few times I've heard them on the radio.  I'll be getting some of their discs on my next trip to the CD shop.

Now onto Priest

I'd like to add that there were three "JP crosses" up on top of the stage, kind of looking down on the audience.  The show started with a trippy atmosphere as the Birmingham (I believe that's the city on the curtain) skyline looking quite industrial, was emblazoned with a pair of laser images, super imposed, of millworkers smashing away at their hammers.  Wow, never seen that before, what a neat concept.

The album, a real crackler on stereo, is presented here live, HEAVY as a freaking millstone, and as was stated before EXECUTED FLAWLESSLY.  I cannot state in enough words how accurate and incredibly strong Halford's voice is on this tour.  Quite honestly, this came as a total shock to me, as the live album, A Touch Of Evil-Live, just released weaks ago had disappointed me in the vocal department.  While the British Steel album was executed flawlessly, the real challenge came afterward, in which Halford attempts to placate raving lunatic fans with some REAL OLD STUFF, starting with The Ripper.  Holy mother of all that is evil!!!  I missed the opening scream by a verse (LOL, yes I was embarrased!)-and got to hear Halford absolutely NAIL this one.  Unbelievable.  Everyone-be on notice-Halford is taking NO PRISONERS!  The "tungsten tonsils" have ravaged us here in Orange County-so beware!

Onto the show-I have to say, I was impressed with the "energy" and "vibe" of the band, who played a show as if they had just come off releasing British Steal just this year.  This ain't 1980-but they sure have the energy.  The "brooding" and "stalking" Halford we got to know on the tour before has vanished.  The dude walks around the stage confident as hell, crouching and looking down at times to scream that glorious scream, but is also engages the crowd more, and "moving" around more, even doing some victory laps in You Got Another Thing Coming, hehe.  He just looks more bad ass by the day and year. 

Ok, jeez, I'll try to keep the Halford worship at bay here, ha!  In anycase, the "bored" look of Scott Travis I've heard some people complain about, to me just looks like concentration.  While some of the material might not have been challenging for his set of skills, he smashed his kit with heart and intensity this night.  Also, the drum sound at the show was superb.  While Ian Hill and Scott Travis were laying the foundation and pouring on the heavy metal at their spots, KK and Glenn went roving the stage, ripping men apart with axes so deftly played.  Grabbing a shot of KK with my camera proved to be a difficult task, as in the "zone" as he was, my camera could never quite catch up to him enough to take a decent shot.  If the shot wasn't blurred, the hair would cover his face, but I got one anyway!  Glen on the other hand was quite easy to capture, as I was on his side, but also because the passion of his style is more otherworldly, enjoying every note.

Finishing the show, after Freewheel Burning (a blistering rendition) and Victim of Changes (surprisingly well sung, especially considering the thrashing his voice had there!) was, of course, the classic You Got Another Thing Coming.  I felt that if the PacAm's curfew wasn't so stringent, the band could have played another few songs with the way the crowd was revved up and ready to go. 

The show was the best I'd ever seen JP perform.  The energy emanated from the stage start to finish impressed me HEAVILY.  I do believe word is getting 'round that the Priest is back, and with a vengeance, as I purchased a pair of tickets real close to the stage the DAY before the show.  I was somewhat worried about the crowd attendance being that I got such good seats on short notice.  However, the ampitheater was packed.  I don't know how many seats the Pacific Ampitheater can hold, but it looked to my eyes that the Priest filled darn near every one of them. 

Didn't mean to write a review, just wanted to share a few observations.  I hope you don't mind Maple Syrup, I basically lifted much of the review you posted, phrases and structure...  Great review though!
[.] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 7:46:41 PM 
Youth today in Iran sees it differently. 
There is plenty of righteous rebellion going around today. If they weren't drugged since kindergarden american kids would be rebelling too instead of watching Twilight.
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[Deep Freeze] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 9:12:17 AM 
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, we released the SECOND album a month or two ago!!!  HAHAHAHAHAAA!!! VERY well received, I might add. PM me if you want a copy!!! 
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[I.M.P.] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 9:05:17 AM 
It is the thing that matters.  Yep, and speaking of good ol' Faithful Defenders-how is that project these days?  I'll probably amble on over to the thread soon enough here, but have you guys worked out another CD?

And a mighty hello to you HB!  It HAS been a while.  Good to see the faithful are here.  I'll be bock!

Oh, and by the way, I'm going to the show tonight with my bro, at the Pacific Amptitheater in Costa Mesa, anyone else going?

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[Deep Freeze] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 8:48:19 AM 
IMP??!??!?!?!?? How wonderful to see you again!!!! Wish I had been around earlier!!! 

You know, all this talk about "setlists" really amazes me. I mean, the current list is fine. I remember when we were doing the first Faithful Defenders album. SO many requests and SO many changes!! You simply cannot please everyone! Of course, I would love for Priest to play and play...ALL night if they could! We all want more but I have heard countless interviews with the guys and they always seems to say the same thing; we try.

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[Head banger] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 7:39:07 AM 
fine, then a 4 night stand.  but your right, they could play every song recorded (on some new hyper upper pills) and people would still want more.

welcome back BTW, long time no see
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[I.M.P.] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 3:35:30 AM 
Ha, six hour show?!  Still not enough time!  J/K of course.

'80s era would be one helluva monstrous show.  First day-BS, SFV, DOTF, second day-select cuts from POE, Turbo, RID.
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[I.M.P.] Wednesday, August 05, 2009 3:31:07 AM 
I'll agree with the setlist sentiment, being too short.  But then again, 2 hours would be too short for some people-ha!  I'm glad to see them tour-again!  I freaking love it, and will go to every show I can.

As for the nostalgia thing, I'll point to the inarguably ambitious album just released for proof to the contrary there.  For good or bad, Priest has never rested on their laurels, or given way to the easy road.
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[Screamin' Demon] Saturday, August 01, 2009 11:11:03 AM 
I wish, but I live in Sydney. I'd sure as hell go to that show if I had time to travel now. Toronto last year was awesome though, very impressive.
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[tasnam1] Friday, July 31, 2009 8:58:47 AM 
I have thought abut this, and I think they will.

Are you going?

Can I buy you a drink and talk Priest?

A group of us met up for the Toronto July 9th show andhad a blast.

[Screamin' Demon] Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:51:31 AM 
Anybody think that 'Priest will play an expanded setlist for their Southern Florida show?
[Electric_Eye] Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:44:14 PM 

I think the set list is a bit thin  --but with an opening act as well as Whitesnake on the bill, I suppose JP had to trim it down a bit.  I'd much rather see Priest alone without anyone else on the bill (like Rush last summer  --their set list consisted of 27 songs) but I'll take what I can get.  I am looking forward to hearing all of British Steel  --particularly Rapid Fire and Steeler.

Priest comes to Atlanta (well, Alpharetta @ Verizon to be accurate) in August.  I'm going although I have not bought tix yet  --eighth row is still available in the high-priced area, middle section half-way to the front for the mid-range tix and plenty at the lower end price.  This tells me that tickets are moving s-l-o-w here  --unfortunately.

[Painkiller87] Tuesday, July 28, 2009 9:49:40 AM 
mmmmmmm....6 hour concert......

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[Sinner Rider] Tuesday, July 28, 2009 9:16:42 AM 
..... that would be amazing!
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[Head banger] Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:05:33 AM 
I would go for that.
to me... the ultimate would be a three night stop in each town.  do a 70's show, an 80's show and a 90's and newer show.  

or a 6 hour concert, whatever
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[J.D. DIAMOND] Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:47:47 AM 

This has nothing to do with the 30th Anniv.British Steel set list........but rather than create a new thread,I'll post this in here instead!!

I would like to see a 70's Judas Priest set list tour of hits and odd ball tracks!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Can you imagine?


Winter Reatreat (as intro)
Dying To meet You'
Never Satisfied
Island Of Domination
Call For The Priest
Let Us Prey
Last Rose Of Summer (hey...why not)
Better By You Better Than Me
Hero's End
White Heat Red Hot
Killing Machine
Running Wild
Rock Forever
Delivering The Goods

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