[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.