While not packing them in like they did in their heyday, Judas Priest still has a pretty good following. Saturday night, October 18, 2014 in Pittsburgh PA, it may have been a bit hard to tell who came to see whom when Steel Panther opened for the metal gods.
Steel Panther packed Stage AE earlier this year with their brand of comedic, yet wildly entertaining metal show. Since their early days on the Sunset Strip as Metal Skool they have steadily built a following that has come to understand their shtick and have become just as loyal as any metal maniacs. Thus, they kept the crowd very warmed up and ready to go for Rob Halford and the boys to project some serious metal history.
Halford certainly delivered, moving more than he has in previous years due to his recent knee surgery and blaring that voice that is so distinctive and a golden instrument all it’s own. Opening with “Dragonaut,” the band kicked it into high gear. Priest mainstays like “Metal Gods”, “Hell Bent For Leather”, “Breaking The Law”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and “Livin After Midnight” were of course tremendous highlights accentuated by Glenn Tipton’s accelerated axe work along with K.K.’s replacement Richie Faulkner. Other highlights included, “Turbo Lover” and “Defenders of the Faith”.
While not packing them in like they did in their heyday, Judas Priest still has a pretty good following.