Just got home from one of the better shows I've seen in ages. It was the last show of the tour, so we got some on stage pranks (I'd love to know why Testament was gifted with a horse ridden by a blue-haired young lady - there's a story there) and all the bands seemed determined to go out with a bang.
We started with Testament
, Bay Area Thrash Metal pioneers, who, after reforming a couple of years back, have a new album out (I bought it at the show.) Very tight set, and the presence of close to 100 members of the Henchmen MC
was explained by one of the tracks off the new album called Henchmen Ride
. Very nice, and if I can find a good video I'll post it to Heavy Metal Sunday.
Between sets, I was amazed by the rant behind me. A fellow was going off on what metal fans weren't supposed to be. I swear, I wish I had a recorder going, since this was rage poetry of an awesome level. We started talking, and it came up that we were all veterans, so I made a few friends in the stands.
After a really fast set change, Lemmy came on stage and announced "We're Motörhead
. We play rock and roll." They proceeded to do so for a good 45 minutes. Honestly, most of Lemmy's stuff tends to blur after a while, but he had energy and kept giving us good licks, so no complaints. The expected Ace of Spades
ending was made more interesting by roadies draping inflatable sex toys (one plastic woman, three plastic sheep) over the Marshall stacks as three very nubile dancers came on stage. It was obvious that nobody in the band had a clue this was going to happen.
During Motörhead's set, I picked the perfect time to hit the restroom. Just as the drum solo began. Made it back just as the solo ended. Timing is everything.
Another very quick set change (these roadies had it down to an art) and Black Sabbath
hit the stage. Yes, I know "Heaven & Hell". Feh. To me, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice are
Black Sabbath. Started off with The Mob Rules
, Children of the Sea
, and Under the Southern Cross
. Excellent set, crowned by one of the better performances of Heaven & Hell
I've seen (with a lot of audience participation, we traded verses with Dio for the first half of the song) and Neon Knights
as the encore.
Then came the Priest
. They opened with a track off Nostradamus
, and from there straight into Metal Gods
. Old favorites and rarities were present, and even though the band sounded a little off, they put on the usual amazing show. Priest gave me one jaw dropping moment.. after Halford rode out onto the stage on his Harley, they began the all-too-familiar beats for Living After Midnight
. Rob sat on the bike, wearing the old leather cap, and said (roughly) "If you think you know what this song is, you're wrong." And the band slides in The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)
. I screamed. Like a squealing fan girl. They finished off with Painkiller
and played You've Got Another Thing Coming
as the encore.
Along with the new CD, I picked up a British Steel
t-shirt. This one has "Keep The Faith" in lettering reminiscent of the Judas Priest logo on the back. Note sure if any of my photos turned out, I'll check in the morning.
Now, off to bed.