Youngstown ,Ohio- The might priest have returned and with that I mean Judas Priest ,the leaders of NWOBHM aka New Wave of British Heavy Metal ( an all encompassing term of endearment from an old school metal head ) and they did not disappoint. The Youngstown area is almost perfectly midpoint between Cleveland and Pittsburgh and drew fans from both states to make the Covelli Centre the house of metal for the evening . The band is celebrating 50 years as a band which is much longer that most companies, relationships and buildings last nowadays . Bravo guys and well done .
The band had a whole back log of songs to pick from and they choose some of my favorites including , ” Painkiller”, “Turbo Lover” ( my brother was at that tour and caught half a drum stick ) ,” The Sentinal ” and many many more including from the start ” Rocka Rolla ” and ” Electric Eye ” and the near capacity crown was delighted with every note .
The performing line up that night was Ian Hill on bass guitar, Ron Halford on vocals, Scott Travis on drums, Richie Faulkner on guitar and touring musician Andy Sneap on guitar as well and all of them did a great job .
The highlight of the evening was when a 9 year old fan came up on stage twice once during opening support act Sabaton’s set and was treated like heavy metal royalty and not to be outdone Priest brought him back and showed him how the metal veterans treat the fans .On another note I must give Sabaton credit as they put on a killer performance and just knew that they are going to dominate the area circuit one day soon ( a full review of their set will posted at a later date .
I give Judas Priest and the evening in general a four star review and must be watched to be believed. Make sure you see them if they are coming to a city near year . To keep up with all thing Priest please see the official website at https://judaspriest.com/