Oh my goodness I am just in awe of what a fantastic time you guys had HRMG! So awesome your boys got drum sticks from Scott! And awesome that your daughter got pics with some of the boys Spa! Wow how I wish I could have been there too.
We just came back from the Hammond and Detroit shows. What an incredible weekend!!!
It was an absolute honor to meet up with so many members of this board and rock out with all of you!! I finally had the opportunity to meet Spa - you are one ROCKIN' lady ! Spa, her daughter, Bev, Ron and Mark and I all met up Friday night for dinner and later some drinks and GREAT stories. The day of the show, Mark, Guido and I did the BLS meet and greet. The BLS guys are really great guys. Mark was on the side of the stage during BLS and got Zakk's vest after the set. We then met up with Doll, Mara, Healer, Jeanine and Rocked the house!
Thin Lizzy was great! They played a great set. Then BLS came on and rocked the stage. I really like BLS and it was great to watch my hubby on the side of the stage having the time of his life! The vocals at The Venue were perfect. You could hear Zakk really well. The Venue was sold out (3000 capacity) and no one was really being an ass and if they were, the crowd quickly took care of them.
PRIEST: All I have to say is, if you decided not to go to see the farewell tour, you are really missing out!!! This is the best I've heard Rob sing since the 1990 Painkiller tour! He was absolutely INCREDIBLE. The vocals were PERFECT. And yes, Rob can still hit those notes - he hit every one of them and Spa and I just looked at each other in awe several times.
We took both of our sons (ages 9 and 12) to the show and had front row center seats. We wanted them to have the chance to see one of the greatest metal shows of their lives and Priest did not disappoint! We had a JP banner that we made hanging on the rail in front of us and Glenn and Ian were looking at it all night long. Our little metal heads were singing along, banging their heads and throwing horns and Richie, Glenn and Ian absolutely loved it. One of my favorite moments was during the acoustic part of Diamonds and Rust when Richie looked over at me and we were singing the song together and he smiled. I love KK and I miss him dearly. But if he had to be replaced, Richie is the man! He really is incredible. His energy is infectious and he just lights up the stage with his smile. You can tell how much he loves what he is doing. Rob was on fire in Detroit as well. I wasn't sure if he would be able to sing as well as he did in Hammond the night before, but he did!!! Holy shit - absolutely incredible vocals. The vocal mike wasn't as loud where we were standing as it was in Hammond, but WOW!!! The highlight for me was Beyond The Realms Of Death, one of my all time favorite Priest songs, and Rob sang it so beautifully that it brought me to tears. VOC, Blood Red Skies and Painkiller were incredible as well and also highlights in the show. Glenn was jumping up and down many times and moving around the stage getting everyone into it. He was very happy to see so many people singing along to the songs. Scott killed it as well and our sons loved watching him twirl his sticks and then throw them up in the air. The lights, fog, fire and laser show were amazing and something we will never forget. At the end, Scott came over and threw both both our sons a drumstick. Our oldest caught his and our youngest missed and it hit him in the head. Scott was very concerned and asked if he was OK. When he got the drumstick, he grinned from ear to ear and I gave Scott a thumbs up and said he was fine. Scott smiled and gave us a thumbs up back. Rob showered us with Metal God picks which was really cool!! Then Glenn came down and handed each of us a pick. When he handed me mine, I pulled him to me, gave him a hug and a kiss on the cheek and thanked him. Ian tossed us picks and so did Richie! Someone offered our sons $300 for one of the drumsticks and they both looked at the man like he was crazy and told him NO WAY!! We raised our little metal heads right Both our sons said that this was THE BEST show they will ever see and that this was even better than meeting Drowning Pool and going on their tour bus! Before they left the stage, I threw Glenn the Detroit Red Wings flag that we brought to commemorate their show in Hockeytown at Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Red Wings! He took it and smiled.
See you in Cleveland tomorrow for our last show of the tour!!