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TOPIC: At last, my first Priest concert
[RoosterDude] Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:52:27 AM 
Last night I purchased tickets to see the Epitaph tour.  Seems like a long time coming.

When I was 14, a friend put a vinyl on his dad's hi-fi turntable.  I had never heard of the artist or heard their music.  Then this quiet music of two guitars picking fast, high, intricate notes began to build into the crash of classic metal that began my journey.  Victim of Changes was that song.  I never heard before such power and beauty.  I connected with it immediately and had to hear more.  I have never stopped listening to Priest.  No other music or artist has had my devotion.

Well, that was a long time ago.  I'm nearly 42 years old now.  I have every Priest album/cd.  I have every song, lick, and lyric memorized in my mind.  I listen to nothing else but Priest.  I like other types of music but it has always been Judas Priest that has truly nourished me musically.  They are all I listen to anymore.  The only ones that provide more would be my wife and family and Christ.

To see me, one would think, "no way does that guy like heavy metal."  I can see how one would think that.  I'm clean cut, church going, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs.  Don't use foul language.  Conservative views.  But I've never been ashamed to say I listen to Priest's music.  I wish I would have see them perform in my younger days, but circumstances just never allowed it.

I'm sure there are many who would call themselves "the biggest Priest fan ever."  But does one have to see them to perform to be such?  I don't think so.  My devotion is one that is personal and intimate.  I know their message - I hear their words.

I'm not sure why I had to post this.  I've just felt the urge to do so.

Thanks for reading.
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