If you like your rock and roll on the metallic side, there was no other place to be Wednesday night than the 1ST Bank Center in Broomfield for the big Judas Priest concert.
Steel Panther opened the show at 7:29pm sharp with their trademark mix of hard rock musical chops and wildly profane stage banter. You either get them or you don't, but I've been a Fanther from the moment I first heard their set closing anthem "Death To All But Metal." Michael "I'm not a fat Bret Michaels, I'm a skinny Vince Neil" Starr and the boys headlined The Ogden Theater back in May, so it's nice to have them back in Denver so soon.
Despite the loss of guitarist K.K. Downing to retirement, Judas Priest haven't skipped a beat with new axe man Richie Faulkner. Set opener "Dragonaut" off the new album Redeemer of Souls showed that 63-year-old "Metal God" Rob Halford still has the pipes. He prowls the stage like a man half his age and repeatedly slid back behind the curtain for a breather while Faulkner took the lion's share of the guitar solos throughout the evening. A bit shocking to see Glenn Tipton quietly riffing in the background most of the set.
"It's official now! Judas Priest has been making heavy metal music for 40 years," Halford screamed to an 80% full venue. Monster drummer Scott Travis kept the Priest machine chugging along - working perfectly in tandem with bassist Ian Hill.
The last Judas Priest tour saw the band performing their classic album British Steel in its entirety. This show featured a more balanced setlist including personal favorites like "Victim of Changes," "Devil's Child" and three tracks celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Defenders of the Faith album. The best songs of the night for my money were "Turbo Lover" and "Beyond the Realms of Death." Long live the Metal God.
OVERHEARD NEAR THE T-SHIRT STAND "Is it just Iron Maiden tonight or is there an opening act?"
JUDAS PRIEST SETLIST:
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
March of the Damned
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Living After Midnight
Defenders of the Faith
NOTE: I wasn't close enough to the stage to personally capture any video, but here's some Priest footage from a live show in Indiana a few weeks back.
Mr. Walsh recently made a guest appearance on the new Foo Fighters album Sonic Highways. Not only that, but Joe turned up for the Foos Los Angeles gig at the Roxy last Friday night (11/14) to perform that track "Outside". (Video below)
And while we're on the subject of Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl and the boys just announced a North American tour including a date at Fiddler's Green on August 17, 2015. That's exactly nine months away, but it will be worth the wait. TICKETS go on sale Friday, December 5th.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to U2's Bono who was recently injured in a "high energy bicycle accident."
While riding his bike through New York's Central Park on November 16th, the singer attempted to avoid another rider but took a major fall. Bono suffered numerous serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. Add this to the door of Bono's private jet falling off mid-flight and he seems to be having some major transportation issues these days. If only he were wealthy enough to hire a chauffuer.
Bono's injuries have forced U2 to postpone their planned weeklong residency on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" this week.
"It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time — we're one man down," the band wrote on their website.
Jon Bon Jovi has no hard feelings toward Richie Sambora, but the former guitarist likely won't be returning to Bon Jovi:
"He quit. He's gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn't a life sentence," Bon Jovi told Showbiz 411.
Sambora disappeared from the band last year fuelling rumors of a feud between him and the Bon Jovi vocalist.
When I first saw Bon Jovi in concert back on 1987's Slippery When Wet tour, I remember turning to my friends and saying, "THAT guy has all the talent in this band!" Of course I was referring to Richie Sambora.
With all due respect to Jon Bon Jovi and his great songs (and great hair), I always saw Jon and Richie as a package deal. I really enjoyed Bon Jovi's last studio album, What About Now, but I would be very unlikely to go see the band in concert again without Sambora on lead guitar. I just can't fathom Bon Jovi playing "Wanted Dead Or Alive" without hearing Richie sing "Waaann-Teeeed" in the chorus.
I am NOT a Black Friday fan, but shopper Derek Dearmond is already camped outside a Best Buy in Fort Myers, FL so he can nab a 50-inch TV for $199.
Some shoppers really love a good sale, but Dearmond says it's not actually about the savings. "It's the memories," Dearmond explained to WINK-TV, "It's the experience and just the excitement of being out here. It's party central."
Party central? The memories? I've said it before and I'll say it again. People are crazy!
If you are Paul McCartney fan, The Art of McCartney is a tribute album you'll want to add to your CD collection ASAP.
In stores today, the new 2-CD tribute album features the songs of Paul McCartney sung by the world's greatest artists. I'm a die-hard Def Leppard fan, so I'll be picking up this release for their cover of "Helen Wheels" alone. In addition to the likes of Brian Wilson, Paul Rodgers and Chrissie Hynde, check out who else is featured in this collection:
BILLY JOEL – "Maybe I'm Amazed"
BOB DYLAN – "Things We Said Today"
HEART – "Band On The Run"
KISS – "Venus And Mars / Rock Show"
DEF LEPPARD – "Helen Wheels" ALICE COOPER – "Eleanor Rigby"
STEVE MILLER – "Hey Jude"
ROGER DALTREY – "Helter Skelter"
SAMMY HAGAR – "Birthday" THE CURE – "Hello Goodbye"
Everyone's favorite bandana-wearing rocker Bret Michaels made a return to the stage last Thursday in Jacksonville, FL, just one week after a string of six hospital visits and kidney surgery.
Michaels addressed his recent medical issues from the stage during a concert with his solo band: "We honestly didn't know how long we would make it. Let me tell you, I'm feeling very little pain."
I'm beginning to think nothing will ever stop Michaels, despite his numerous physical issues through the years. He was diagnosed with diabetes as a child and was struck in the head by a set piece during the 2009 Tony Awards, an injury that led to a near-fatal brain hemorrhage. And how did Bret ever survive his VH1 "Rock of Love" reality show?
Michaels also recently announced Poison will tour in 2015 saying: "With Poison next year, if everything goes awesome, is gonna be the biggest reunion ever. It's gonna be great. C.C., Bobby, Rikki, myself – and ah, all original." (Video below)
Dave Davies recently discussed the possibility of reuniting The Kinks to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Davies said, "There has been big talk about the 50th anniversary of 'You Really Got Me' and people are thinking Ray and I should get together. We are not sure whether we can do that. We might try and do something, but I don't think it will be a tour. Ray and I have talked a few times about it, but nothing is definite."
Who doesn't love a good rock and roll reunion? If the pressure of a full Kinks tour is too much for Ray and Dave to consider, maybe the band can reunite for a one-off performance somewhere like The Grammy Awards? I would definitely tune in for that!
Ex-KISS drummer and male breast cancer survivor Peter Criss will be honored at the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall of Fame event this Tuesday, November 18 in New York City.
The 68-year-old Criss told CNN men shouldn't feel embarrassed because of "macho crap" and catching his male breast cancer early enough gave him an opportunity to raise awareness of the rare disease. I give major props to Criss for offering the following advice:
"Don't sit around playing Mr. Tough Guy. Don't say 'It's going to go away.' It might not and you might not see life anymore and how beautiful that is."
The four original members of KISS — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014. Criss recently appeared on VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" and once again addressed the importance of early detection of male breast cancer.