I agree with you and Budred, but in my opinion a singer like Rob Halford after 40 years singing heavy metal at maximum level demonstrates something incredible on having still this powerful voice. Then, of course, is clear that being over 60 is something different form being 25, but thinking to other great singers, more famous worlwide that Rob Halford, such as Robert Plant, Ian Gillan and many more (David Coverdale ????), no one was at this high level after 50, Halford has gone over them.
On last june 22nd, before Priest played Whitesnake. All of us know how is powerful the voice of Coverdale, but at last, after three songs he was completely out and thanks to long guitar solo and then drum solo he was able to finish after one hour.
Halford was on the stage for about two hour singing songs from Rocka Rolla to Nostardamus and always at the top, for a 60 years old fuckin' metal god. [Show/Hide Quoted Message](Quoting Message by Deep Freeze from Friday, June 24, 2011 9:50:33 AM)
Deep Freeze wrote:
Well said, Bud. You know, Rob is still THE Metal God. Always will be. He is also very human. He has put that wonderful instrument of his through hell for over 30 years. There is just NO way that ANYONE could come out of that unscathed.
Watching Rob and the Priest live is an awesome experience. They are icons. Veterans. They bring it every night. They are the best. There are some songs that Rob sings that still make the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up! He knows what he is doing. I figure they keep Painkiller in the set because it is just so darn popular. They play it and people go nuts. Always.
I have seen him do the song live twice since he returned to Priest and his vocal is as you said, all over the place. He makes the song come alive no matter what but, vocally, it is a far cry from 1991. That is a fact. Of course, I feel the same way about the end of Victim of Changes, too. They do that one MUCH better than PK but it is still far from the way he did it in the 70's and 80's... just as one would expect. A 60+ year old man is going to have a different voice than he did at 25. Especially after decades of HEAVY use! One "Aging Rocker's" opinion, of course.
I'm keeping my criticism to a minimum because all I'm seeing is youtube videos and I know it will sound
much better live but I agree with Freeze. If you just focus on the vocals you'll hear that Rob's all over the place
on this one and some parts just sound bad. He can still sing. I saw him twice last year and he sounded pretty good..
Maybe they should just put this one to bed. (It's overdone anyway.)