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Hammersmith Apollo, London 26 May 2012
metal evening and London's home of metal, and a very full and
enthusiastic crowd enjoyed every minute. Sadly I missed the opening
band, but I did meet Saxon guitarist Doug Scarratt before the show for a
Saxon kicked off at high speed with the early classic Heavy Metal
Thunder, followed by 'Hammer Of The Gods', the latter from the band's
latest opus 'Call To Arms'. Saxon, as ever, provided a solid and note
perfect set, the only problem was the short running time, something the
band were clearly frustrated by.
quality/mix was a little ropey to start but soon improved. The guitar
work was blistering, Nibbs Carter's bass work powerful and spot on.
Singer Biff Byford was energetic and talked to the crowd often. 'I've Got
To Rock' and '20,000 Ft' both went down well.
offered the choice of 'Crusader' and 'Dallas 1PM', based on the crowd's
cheer. 'Crusader' won, by far the better track, the minority who booed
this sounding childish and petty.
through some greatest hits continued with '747' (no time for a singalong),
'Denim And Leather' and 'Wheels Of Steel', the classic 'Princess Of The Night'
the perfect closer to a wonderful if short set.
Priest opened with 'Rapid Fire', a classic rouser, the band blistering
from the start. This band's sound really defines classic metal and it
was loved and lapped up this evening.
Falkner and Glenn Tipton traded riffs and solos with aplomb throughout
the evening, and with Rob Halford dropping the diving suit he was able
to move around the stage more. In fact the band were better and tighter
than when I last saw them.
album's artwork for each track was projected onto the backdrop,
interspersed with animated metal and mechanics, and flame bursts and
lasers added to the effects.
and old sat well next to each other, from the classic 'Metal Gods' and
'Heading Out On The Highway' to 'Prophecy' and 'Judas Rising'.
edge to the later tracks worked well, Halfords voice handling the deep
and the high well. Night Crawler was fast and solid and the more
polished Turbo Lover was a highlight, receiving a huge cheer.
sole original member) Ian Hill was really on form, swinging his bass
like a gunslinger and clearly enjoying the evening.
A couple of
covers the band have made their own, 'Diamonds And Rust' started off
acoustically, and 'Green Manalishi' always a fan favourite.
closed with 'Breaking The Law' (one of the most memorable and catchy metal
singles of all time) and the speed metal infused 'Painkiller'.
talked to the audience frequently and the encore included a solo vocal
slot, the crowd following suit.
opened with the normal set opener 'Hellion / Electric Eye', and 'Hell Bent
For Leather' saw the motorcycle roar onto stage. 'Living After Midnight'
finished the show and proved the Metal Gods are still going strong.
Thunder/ Hammer Of The Gods/ Power And The Glory/ I've Got To Rock (To
Stay Alive)/ 20,000 Feet
Crusader/ 747 (Strangers In The Night)/ Wheels Of Steel/ Princess Of The
Judas Priest Setlist
Metal Gods/ Heading Out On The Highway/ Judas Rising/ Starbreaker/
Victim Of Changes/ Never Satisfied/ Diamonds And Rust/ Prophecy/ Night
Crawler/ Turbo Lover/ Beyond The Realms Of Death/ Sentinel/ Blood Red
Skies/ Green Manalishi/ Breaking The Law/ Drum solo / Painkiller/
Encores: Hellion / Electric Eye/ Hell Bent For Leather/ You Got Another
Thing Coming/ Living After Midnight
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