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[Head banger] Friday, August 12, 2011 12:43:02 PM 
for sure they need beter advertising.  last tour I dont remember seeing an ad.  before that they were here supporting ozzy with monsters of rock which got tons of advert, great attendance and then was not repeated.

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[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Friday, August 12, 2011 11:19:39 AM 
I totally agree HB. I don't know what the promoters did over there to promote the Priest tour, but in the States it SUCKS!! I have run in to several people that are Priest fans that didn't even know they were doing a farewell tour! As soon as I told them where and when they were playing they bought tickets. So someone needs to get the word out or they will be playing to half filled arenas over here as well. I've always believed that was part of Priest's problem as well - advertising and promotion.

  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Head banger from Friday, August 12, 2011 7:39:09 AM)
[Head banger] Friday, August 12, 2011 7:39:09 AM 
2 sad thoughts there.  first that most people chose maiden, which is sad but true.  second that ticket prices are such that you cant go to 2 shows in one month.  I know the economy is crap right now, but if the prices would suport attendance it might be better.
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by Eternal Betrayer from Friday, August 12, 2011 7:09:33 AM)
[Eternal Betrayer] Friday, August 12, 2011 7:09:33 AM 
I think one of the main problems of the poor attendances at UK shows was the fact that Iron Maiden were touring at the same time. They played the day after Priest in Glasgow, and a few days after them in Newcastle too.

It pains me to say it, but for the majority of metal fans Iron Maiden are going to come first.

However, there were apparently 25,000 fans at the High Voltage festival in London, which isn't so bad, and certainly backs up the idea that the band are thinking about carrying on with mainly festival appearences after the Epitaph tour is concluded.
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[Scott Gavin] Friday, August 12, 2011 3:44:48 AM 
 No one was a prouder Megadeth fan than me, I thought they shat all over Metallica in the late '80's. Mustaine was the real deal. A hard living substance abuser who spat viscious lyrics about political and religious corruption. I don't care that some of his upbringing was supposedly religious. This was the guy that sang and played what I was feeling as a teenager. As a staunch anti-theist, he was my idol, I even met him a couple of times [ that said, he looked awful on both occasions! as did I actually !] . Its not always about the songs [ I do love Sleepwalkers] . If I don't believe in the conviction of the artistt, I just don't believe ! I love Slayer to death, but Araya saying he's Catholic kinda takes the sting out of God Hates Us All [ Kerry's tattoo does reddeem them though !] And as for Metallica - never have a metal head's dreams been so shattered. To think I bought all the singles of Load and thrashed it to death - praying [sic]  somehow it would get better ! Betrayers ! ... and to see a reborn Hetfield with his off the shelf tattoos [ especially the 'Faith' logo ] . They can go f**k themselves. Newsted leaving was the end of any integrity that Rock n' Roll Wal-mart of schlock had. Metal is the antithesis of Religion and conformity. Stryper had more integrity than Metallica do now. I'm not criticising playing ability, Mustaine's got that in spades. He wowed me in Auckland in 2009 - almost stole the show from Slayer. Its an integrity thing. Who me, rant ? Never ! Bah humbug and May The Priest Be With You
[The Metallian] Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:14:20 PM 
 United Abominations and Endgame are awesome!
Hopefully the new one will be just as good or if not better!
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[Head banger] Thursday, August 11, 2011 10:11:53 PM 
they all reckon the upcoming album is some of their best stuff.

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[guidogodoy] Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:22:55 PM 
I agree. That image of Smith clubbing "spastic" Gers is too funny! Also another valid reason to keep supporting Priest.

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[jimmyjames] Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:21:50 PM 
Mustaine found God a few years ago and is now a christian. It doesn't come up in Megadeths music though. New album due from them in November I think it is. It's called Thirteen. Should be awesome if it's anything like United Abominations or Endgame. Mustaine reckons it's some of his best stuff.

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[Budred] Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:28:52 AM 

A christian band?
I saw them last friday and I don't recall a single reference to god.
Just because I'm curious, could you elaborate?

Sorry, had to edit.
The visual you gave me (in my head) of Adrian Smith clubbing Jannick Gers to death is hilarious.

Edited at: Thursday, August 11, 2011 7:31:52 AM
[Scott Gavin] Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:39:17 AM 
 Priest's promoters have failed them miserably for many years. Flying across the Tasman, my wife and I saw them in Sydney at Acer Arena in 2008 and there were around 7000 fans at a venue that holds around 16000. Thats a lot of people making a lot of noise, but as a fan it kind of hits you in the guts that its not heaving with people. They could have booked the Sydney Entertainment Centre which holds about 10000 and with a slightly cheaper ticket price, had a sellout. I think the guys are used to playing to half full arenas - and it makes the decision to only play festival dates in the future sensible, as they get to headline or be 2nd to top of bill, and play to sellout houses. Comparisons to Maiden are only valid in that they had a similar lead singer shuffle in the 1990s/2000's. Go support Priest, at least you won't have the mincing air-guitaring spastic Janick Gers  ruining every maiden song that he never played on. When is Adrian Smith going to club him to death ? Still, at least at this stage they haven't become christian groups like Megadeth or worse Metallica.
[supernaut1968] Monday, July 25, 2011 12:54:53 PM 
 I read the review and it sounds great. However, I didn't say the band were poor, in fact they got a good review in the local press. My post was concerned with the poor attendance.

1700 tickets sold for a venue that holds 12,000 is not good. Wolverhampton Civic holds around 3,000 so we're talking about a venue that is a quarter of the size of Newcastle Arena. If JP had played a similar sized venue in Newcastle, it would have been just over half full.

Maybe the promoter should be asked a few questions as Newcastle has a long history of supporting rock bands. I saw Rush at the arena in May and it was full, despite no new album.

Maiden played on Saturday and again, it was full, so tickets can be sold.

I also heard that the attendance for Glasgow was poor...perhaps they were booked into the wrong venues.
[guidogodoy] Monday, July 25, 2011 12:30:30 PM 

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[John Murphy32445] Monday, July 25, 2011 10:36:50 AM 
This review says it all.

The Wolves Civic was rammed full!
[supernaut1968] Monday, July 25, 2011 8:45:06 AM 
 Check out the Youtube footage of both the Maiden and Priest gigs. I'm not trying to rile anyone, Maiden are actually a band that I've never liked. I still amazed that they are still selling out shows while Priest are struggling.
Edited at: Monday, July 25, 2011 8:47:55 AM
[Budred] Monday, July 25, 2011 7:24:49 AM 
I wonder if the attendance figures were really that bad. I'm not saying I don't believe it
but he does follow it up with a boast of a Maiden sellout so it could be an attempt to rile the
Priest faithful a bit. It wouldn't surprise me to see Maiden sell more I'm just concerned that
if these figures are true this tour may not survive. Can anyone here that has seen one of
these shows (other than festivals) give insight on attendance figures. If they can only sell
1700 out of 12,000 that's not very promising. I hope they make it to the states. It may explain
why some of the dates (like Cleveland) have not went on sale yet or even mentioned by the
venue as a scheduled event.  I want to see them but Supernaut's post has me a little concerned.

Oh' and Supernaut, great song.(LOL)
[dawnflint] Monday, July 25, 2011 1:37:34 AM 
You would have loved it Guido

Priest, Slash, Thin Lizzy and Queensryche on the main stage!!!
  [Show/Hide Quoted Message] (Quoting Message by guidogodoy from Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:35:51 PM)
[guidogodoy] Sunday, July 24, 2011 1:35:51 PM 
Hurrah for you, Dawn!
Wish I could have been there.
[Brian_Evans] Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:25:52 AM 
 I'm not surprised the mighty Maiden show was a sell out Those guys got it going on.  
Edited at: Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:38:54 AM
[supernaut1968] Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:11:03 AM 
 I managed to win some tickets for the Newcastle show and they were good, but what was really embarrassing was the low turn out. I've been told that 1700 tickets were sold for venue that holds around 12,000.

The row I sat on was empty apart from myself and my brother and the floor area, despite moving the stage forward as far as possible wasn't full either. The band went down well, but they must be asking why the attedance was so low.

A friend of mine attended the Maiden show last night and he said it was a sell out, perhaps Priest should question the decision to book them into a tour, the same week as Maiden.

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