[HOT ROCKIN' METAL GODDESS] Friday, July 03, 2009 5:40:49 PM
I know EXACTLY what you are saying. I have to agree with you about the distance thing, but not the reason for it. I have said it many times to people that I really MISS the happy Rob of old, where he smiled and joked with the audience. During the Painkiller tour, he seemed really pissed off.... I wasn't surprised when he left the band. Then when he came back, he seemed to have adopted this stage persona that I don't care for. I never had the feeling that he didn't care, I have the feeling that he was ACTING some sort of role. When we saw Priest in a small venue in Mount Pleasant, Michigan (September 2005), there were times where he completely dropped the act and was the Rob of old. I have to tell you, those moments were AWESOME! He shook hands with people in the audience (there were no barriers), someone came up on stage because you could just walk right up on to it, Rob turned around and smiled at the guy and shook his hand before he was taken back to his seat. He made jokes and smiled a lot. So I think it has all been an act on stage rather than disinterest.
I know that Rob LOVES his fans and keeps everything they give him. Maybe he had something he had to do and couldn't talk after the show? He is probably one of the busiest guys in the business. I'm not making excuses, just my opinion. [Show/Hide Quoted Message](Quoting Message by Deep Freeze from Friday, July 03, 2009 4:39:31 PM)
Deep Freeze wrote:
Interesting. You know, I do not mean to start any kind of rumors or whatever but, I have been saying privately for sometime now that I do not think Rob looks as happy as he used to when they perform. Those of you here that have chatted with me in private will recall me mentioning this more than once. It is as though he is reaching that point where he has done as much as he feels he can with the Band and has interests or desires elsewhere.
Of course, he may have just not been feeling well in Indy but I truly have noticed a "distance' in his eyes and demeanor the last couple times I have seen a show. Most recently, I noticed it in Vegas but no one seemed to agree with me. I acknowledge that I could very well be wrong on this but he sure seems to be disinterested..or at least not as enthsiastic as he was in years gone by. Just my humble opinion.
Bluddy Hell wrote:
Glenn was having some technical difficulties in Indy as well. He seemed quite peeved and his tech was scurrying back and forth trying to get his guitars lined out.
The Rage: I noticed that all members of the band seemed to really enjoy performing "The Rage". There were alot of smiles up on stage and they were throwing shapes with extra enthusiasm. They really looked like they were having a blast! I think it was the best song of the set.
Rob: A disapointment after the show. Rob went straight to the bus and left without acknowledging anyone waiting to see him. The rest of the band spent quite a bit of time mingling and autographing and posing for pics. Scott was the standout to the faithful waiting for a glimpse, he came and went several times before and after the show taking a few minutes each time to hang out with his fans. He was showing off his female companions to the small crowd outside, enjoying the attention! He later said they were just friends and family.