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Judas Priest Live In Las Vegas

By Graham Slockbower , Pure Rock Patroller
Monday, January 28, 2002 @ 12:26 AM


Judas Priest Live At The House

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Demolition In Las Vegas....

This original show was cancelled at the House Of Blues due to the tragic events of 9/11 so the crowd was anxious and ready to mosh. This was my first show at a House of Blues and all I can say is, what a venue. Iíllll gladly return to see shows when I get a chance to make it back to Vegas. Opening act Anthrax was the warm up band and they didnít waste any precious moments, opening with "Among the Living" followed by "Time" and "Fear." After the second to last song, which was "Bring the Noise," John Bush told the crowd to listen to the music by anthrax not the disease. Anthrax did have a few minor technical problems but being the first show of the tour for them, Iím sure they will straighten them out. What a performance by the Brooklyn, NY metal rockers.....even though they didnít play their classic song "Indians."

Judas Priest took the stage about 9:02pm as the smoke was pouring around the venue. They quickly broke into "Metal Gods" followed by "Heading out to the Highway." The metal messiahs were tight and ended up playing 20 songs, which even included a two encore sets. All I could see as I looked back were excited metal fans raising their fists to the music. Three of my favorite songs they played happen to be on the new album Demolition, "Feed on Me," "Hell is Home" and "One on One." Yes, this Las Vegas casino was ringing form loud music not the slots tonight! The band was blessed by finding "RipperĒ Owens as their new frontman. I didnít know what to expect since I havenít seem in concert since 1991 when veteran Rob Halford was with the band but Ripper did a great job. His voice sounded incredible as he hit every note, flaring and screaming for vengeance as the sound was blaring and bouncing off the crowd and walls. The month long break was good for the band, who were tearing up this Vegas venue.



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