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[guidogodoy] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:24:37 PM 
I am reviewing the pieces of video as I type and I am glad to say that the only person around me who wasn't going absolutely crazy in Detroit was some poor woman who was a bit "under the weather!" LOL! She sat with her head down on her lap through BLS and Priest. Good for us! I made my brother switch to the seat behind her for better filming! We just had to say "sorry" to all the people behind us as the camera was blocking their view. Hey, we promised them free copies! Even gave one guy a shot of Rob signing his stuff right after the show. Still, while the vid on the cellphone looks great, it can't hold a candle to a decent point-and-shoot.

Best shot was OF the guy in question! Hope you enjoyed this, nameless stranger! (check our Rob's flower! Almost as good as the fact that four of the six guys waiting all had on Detroit Tigers hats! Yeah, boy!)

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[spapad] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:15:04 PM 
I would have fell on my knees to worship had the DT people not crammed the seats so tight that my knees hit the seats in front of me while seated and the back of my knees took a beating when I stood. My knees were spent. lol They could have eased up a bit on the spacing. I had to stand on my seat to let anyone pass.
I did do alot of "all hail" arm bowing.  

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[guidogodoy] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:05:15 PM 
"Laughing at him?!?" In MY packed section in Detroit there were people practically falling to their knees to praise the Metal Gods! It was universal! Rob was simply outstanding in both shows. Hands down and I have a ton of vid to prove it! Vocals were just spot-on! 

Now if I could only get all my data organized...

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[spapad] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:03:56 PM 
It goes without saying for me that they put on an excellent show.

Never Satisfied..................perfect for the pseudo fans.

Ha, we had two guys move in on our row before the priest set which had me standing in my seat for a bit just to fix the problem that they were lacking one seat. I knew the fan they would be standing next to on their right was die hard, and I knew I was going to rock out on their left side. They apparently were not the diehard fans they thought they were because they up and moved four songs into the show.

You sure didn't hear me and Flora crying about it! We got to move down where shorter people stood and have a much better view! If they couldn't take it they must have been mild fans. lol   

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[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 9:53:18 PM 
The long time Priest fans around us in Cleveland/Detroit/Hammond were all in complete awe of Rob as well. No one was laughing at him around me. There was only praise and a lot of holy shit's that was AWESOME, the best I've heard him since the '80s, etc. I also didn't know if Rob could perform that well in Detroit after absolutely KILLING IT in Hammond the night before, but holy hell, he NAILED IT AGAIN!! The entire band KILLED IT both nights! In Cleveland, Glenn wasn't jumping around quite as much, but he was still giving an incredible performance. Ian was strong as always, Scott blew me away as he always does and Richie really did a fantastic job. And if you decided to not go see them, well, I THANK YOU because I was able to get closer seats! HA!

Personally, I think they are playing a certain song on this tour that sums up some fans: NEVER SATISFIED!


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[guidogodoy] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:03:02 PM 
My two cents here is that Priest absolutely SLAYED in Chicago. The energy to the sold-out crowd was fantastic and Rob was pitch-on fucking perfect!!! It was on par with the greatest concerts I have ever seen in my life. Here I thought "no way they could do it the following night in Detroit" but, again, BALLS OUT fantastic yet again!

Now, I know it isn't just me as I had one of the most judgemental of people at my side: my brother. That is why I named him the "official photographer / videographer" of the show. Hell, he was the first to admit that he had never seen such a thing. A live band who brings down the house with extremely demanding shows two nights in a row. He even had a hard time holding the camera steady as he, too, was caught up in the emotion of Rob and the boys tearing it up again in Detroit.

Final point is what others have said here before: anyone who chose to sit out on this concert had no idea what they were missing. Fucking AWESOME!!!!
[spapad] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:39:36 PM 
When I read Bud's review, I had to wonder what planet he saw them on. The two shows I saw were just musicianship wise off the FUCKIN' HOOK! Rob is still the most awesome metal singer in the world! I just don't know where he formed that negative opinion? I was completely blown away by the shows!
I heard a couple of old timers the next morning talking about the Turbo show and Defenders being the most visual stunning sets and they were only impressed by the Pyros. I had to speak up and remind them that times have changed and bands don't make as much from album/CD sales as they used to so expecting some metal monster was not in the cards for Priest, nor most bands these days. In the back of my mind I was only thinking, you ingratful bastards.    

I had the best nights in Chicago and Detroit, and I wouldn't trade that experience with Flora for the world. 
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[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:10:54 PM 
From where I was sitting in Cleveland, second row absolute center seat, Rob was INCREDIBLE!!! His performance and energy were absolutely amazing. He is pouring absolutely everything he has into each and every show and for that I am absolutely grateful! I don't consider him to be struggling at all - he had some jaw dropping unbelievable highs in all 3 shows that I saw. Can he hit every single note in every single show? No, but can ANY SINGER????? NOOOOOOOOO!!! I've never seen a perfect show and I doubt that anyone has by ANY band. If you have ever tried to sing, you know that it is not easy to do and sometimes you just don't hit it right. Give Rob a fucking break already and think about all the incredible notes he did hit before you moan about the ones that he didn't. Think about the fact that he has been doing this longer than some singers who can't sing half their catalog anymore - Joe Elliot or Geoff Tate come to mind. Geoff has his keyboard player sing the high notes for him in case you didn't know and Geoff can no longer sing Take Hold of the Flame (my fav. Queensryche song). I give Rob all the props in the world for saying Fuck It and going out there and giving it everything he has - because other singers younger than him are avoiding the harder songs.

Rob, once again you proved beyond a shadow of a doubt in this fans mind why you are THE METAL GOD!!!
[Budred] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 6:07:51 PM 

"Heading Out To The Highway"
[Budred] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:43:18 PM 

I got this to youtube quicker than I thought I would. You guys should like this. It doesn't
sound to bad.
"Rapid Fire"
[Budred] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:48:10 PM 
I would like to explain a few of my comments because my review may sound a little more critical than intended.
When I said it may me time to step away it's not because I thought they sucked. It's just so obvious the quality of
their live performance is starting to slip. They put on a decent show but nothing like what I've become accustomed
to over the years. I would rather see them go out while they do sound decent  rather than embarass themselve when
 they don't. Also, Rob didn't sound that bad, he justs seems to be struggling in areas that make his performance sound
a little less than top notch. I'll post some videos and you'll see they weren't too bad. I just had trouble getting excited
after hearing them sound so much better in the past. Richie is a fantastic guitar player and a good addition to Priest
but he makes them sound different and that's a little tough for me. My videos would have been awesome but they
caught me taping Zakk Wylde and told me cameras only. I moved further to the back for the first 6 songs of Priest
so I could tape. Then I went back to my seat. I stand by my least favorite show comment, it really was. Not bad, but
not Priest at their best. I'll post some videos in a day or two. Peace!
[Budred] Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:56:18 AM 
I went to the Cleveland show last night. I liked the concert but I think they are picking the right time
to quit touring. I've seen Priest many times and last night was probably my least favorite of them. The first
tour with Ripper I didn't care for because of the overall sound. I saw them in Cincinnatti on A.O.R. and the
volume was too low so that one wasn't great either but the show last night was just lacking in quality. I think
the band sounded OK, it was Rob I didn't care for. I thought he struggled too much. On his highs he did OK
but they would amplify his voice each time he screamed to make it sound like his highs were better than they
were. I saw people around me laughing when he tried some of those. I'm not here to rip these guys so I'll
keep this short and not too mean. They did OK and I have some videos that aren't too bad but I think this would
be my last time seeing them even if they didn't quit touring. Richie is a great guitar player but they definitely
miss KK. He's not even close to the same. Lastly, yes I bought one of those 35 dollar tees. That will be my last
of those also. Anyone that hasn't seen Priest may like the current show but to those that have seen the Priest,
you've already seen the best they have to offer. I wasn't even sad at the end. I think it's time they hang it up.
I would have been so much happier if British Steel would have been the last tour. It was great. Peace all.
[Becks] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:25:06 PM 
Great review! Glad you had a kick ass time!
Have fun metalman!

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[spapad] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 5:15:16 PM 
Have a great night MMJP!

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[METALMANJP] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:54:54 PM 
The final post before I head out to the final world tour. I'm leaving work and getting the leather on and going to Cleveland !
[lilmac] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:13:03 PM 
-The Judas Priest concert on Thursday in St. Louis (11/10/2011) was absolutely amazing!
-I went to this show with some reservations due to KK Downing abruptly retiring. I never thought that this younger gent (Ritchie) could have bested or replaced what KK had done on rhythm guitar since 1974.
-My was I surprised! Ritchie was unique on rhythm guitar because he did his thing and didn’t spend the evening copying KK’s signature solos and rhythms.
-Thin Lizzy opened and was quite good, came on at 5:45pm as billed. Shame Phil Lennot wasn’t there… Enjoyed Jailbreak, Boys are Back in Town and Cowboy Song! Timeless music…
-Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society played in the middle before PRIEST. BLS was mediocre at best. Great riffs at points, but we sat on stage left in the front lower part of the lower level which added to not being able to hear the full PA mix the best at points. Zakk is truly a egomaniac and spent the bulk of the night showing off and doing countless lead solos. We could only hear his lyrics/singing clearly on one song- Bow Down… That song rocked, but overall they badly need a SINGER!!!
-Judas Priest came out and played a lengthy 2 hour and 20 minute show… that I’ll never forget!!!
-Between some of the later songs in their set, the band members other than Halford would go get a quick drink while Halford explained to the crowd about the background of the upcoming song. Most of the latter songs had a backdrop/banner with the LP cover of the track to be played
-I cannot believe how intense Halford’s voice still is!!!
-The “new” drummer(1990 on) has exceeded all expectations
-Ritchie on rhythm guitar (the newest addition, for this tour) truly blew me away. His solos did not mimic KK Downing’s, but were his own take on these timeless riffs
-Glen Tipton again proved why he is one of the best guitarists ever in rock history
-Ian Hill on bass did things I’d never seen him do. He really threw his bass around and emphasized notes like never before
-All in all, Judas Priest has done more than I ever could believe. I got into this group in 1976-77 courtesy of an older friend of mine in Hays, KS, the rest is history!!!
-Being around since 1974 thru the present says it all, countless great LP’s which we now now as CD’s. My, have the times changed? Or have they??? Love that JUDAS PRIEST!!! The boys from Birmingam, England…

-Priest opened their show with- Battle Hymn (pre recorded) into Rapid Fire (classic track from 1980’s “British Steel” LP / Great opener! Show is off to a great start… Halford bellows “Pounding the World, like a BATTERING RAM!)
-Next was:
-Metal Gods (Another rocker from 1980’s “British Steel” LP / Halford’s voice was strong, crowd went nuts!)
-Heading Out to the Highway (from “Point of Entry” LP- 1981 / always a rousing number, very well done)
-Judas Rising (from 2005’s “Angel of Retribution” CD / intensely done, Ritchie is proving to be a player)
-Starbreaker (From “Sin After Sin” LP- 1977 / WOW! The band had stars flying across the large video screen as they performed, made me wanna take off to outer space! LOVED this track, never thought I’d see it live…)
-Victim of Changes (Taken from the 1976 classic LP- “Sad Wings of Destiny”. This is always an amazing track live. Ritchie did his rhythm parts very well. Tipton blew the crowd away with his amazing lead guitar solos and riffs)
-Never Satisfied (a gem from the 1st LP- “Rocka Rolla” from 1974. Great grind, riffs to never forget! Very well done…LOVED it!!!)
-Diamonds & Rust (Cover of the classic Joan Baez folk song from their 1st LP- “Rocka Rolla”- 1974 . Ritchie played acoustic at first, somewhat rough of a start on his part. Glen Tipton played electric all the way thru. As the band progressed away from acoustic back to the heavy part, Ritchie and crew absolutely floored the crowd with their amazing POWER and intensity!!! Superb version of this all time classic…)
-Dawn Of Creation (intro into) Prophecy (a couple of interesting tracks from the latest CD- “Nostradamus”- 2008, the 2 disc concept album. Halford was dressed up in a bizarre bright hooded outfit as he hollered out- “I am Nostradamus…”)
-Night Crawler (from 1990’s speed metal album “Painkiller”. Was somewhat surprised they played this again like they had in 2008, but as Halford says- “Beware the Beast in Black!”)
-Turbo Lover (Great, driving song from the unique “Turbo” album from 1986. Strong rendition, made me wanna strap on the seat belt and burn rubber!)
-Beyond the Realms of Death (Taken from the 1978 LP- “Stained Class”. Another of the classic “melodramatic” pieces by this group. Love the mellow to intense progression of this piece! Very powerful version, Halford blew the crowd away as always…).
-The Sentinel (taken from 1984’s “Defenders of the Faith” LP. This track is taken from the tour that was my 1st JP show at Sandstone Amp. in KC on 7/15/84 which was my 16th birthday. What a show THAT was! Still loving this group 30 years later!!! This song has such a memorable sound/riff, very good version, Tipton ROCKED!!!)
-Blood Red Skies (taken from “Ram It Down”- 1988 / Great mellow intro with a bright red laser beam that hovered over the crowd to emphasize the title. Then the “cybernetic heartbeat”….)
-The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) (Taken from the 1979 LP- “Hell Bent for Leather” / Great ROCKIN’ version. Another example of why Judas Priest live are one of the finest hard rocks groups ever!).
-Breaking the Law (from 1980’s “British Steel” LP / “Breakin’ the WHAT?” I would have preferred The SINNER in it’s place but this is one of their best known tracks. Well done, good crowd interaction)
-Drum solo (Scott Travis) into- Painkiller (from 1990’s “Painkiller” CD / Good drum solo by Travis, the drummer that took over in 199o. Solo sequed into Painkiller… Rob Halford simply punished the crowd at points with his amazing high octave screams. His final note about blew my eardrums out. Man, this guy is as good now, in most cases, as he was 20 years ago. GREAT version, this band is absolutely on fire!!!)
Encore 1:
-The Hellion(recorded intro) into - Electric Eye (taken from the 1982 LP- “Screaming for Vengeance” / This album was given to me along with the new Iron Maiden LP (# of the Beast) back in 1982, what a gift! Halford’s timeless lyrics say it all- “Up Here in Space, I’m Looking Down On YOU….!” Awesome version, usually done as a set opener, great rendition, timeless band!!!
-Hell Bent for Leather (Title track from the 1979 LP / Halford rides out in full leather on his Harley as he revs up the engine to the crowds delight. Drummer, guitars all join in the madness of the LOUD intro as the Harley roars, then the band screams out another Hell Bent ANTHEM…).
-You've Got Another Thing Comin' (from “Screaming for Vengeance” / Hard to believe that the eve is almost over. My neck is sore by this stage from headbanging like a teen! Girl behind me grabbed my bottom, thought I was in for an interesting eve being that her hubby was by her… My neighbors behind me were all high fivin’ throughout the eve, truly a remarkable performance)
-Encore 2: -Living After Midnight (from 1980’s “British Steel” LP / Scott Travis, the drummer comes back out first and prods the crowd to make some NOISE!!! For a final encore I will have to say that this band is truly going out in style. Truly a remarkable performance, not bad for a bunch of guys in there late 50’s/early 60’s!!!)
[spapad] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:09:07 AM 
Have a Great night HRMG! Get some more riding crop photos!

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[spapad] Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:07:53 AM 
HA! Can I take my girl to a show and not buy something? We did a little shopping. Prices were a bit steep, but hey you GOT to have it! lol

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