Live Review: Judas Priest and Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock (24/11/15)

Posted: December 5, 2015 in Live Reviews
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A shame upon my metal character is the fact that until Tuesday night, I’d never seen Judas Priest live. There, I said it. But FUCK did I make up for it!?

First up though was Michael Schenker and his Temple of Rock. Now, being more of an extreme music fan, I wasn’t overly familiar with a lot of his material. Until the Temple cranked out ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane’ (written 8 years after Schenker left the Scorpions) and UFO classic ‘Rock Bottom’, to which I was then sold completely on the stunning fretwork the man is capable. Stalking that stage, guitar in hand and fingers moving faster than the bedsprings on a rabbit’s honeymoon, this was my first real taste of the Schenk, and it won’t be my last.

But fuck it, I was here for Priest and Priest only. Striding onto the stage, the Metal Gods were on staggering form. Metal classic after metal classic flowed from the speakers, from ‘Metal Gods’, through ‘Breaking the Law’ and lost gem ‘Desert Plains’. They played a few new ones from ‘Redeemer of Souls’, which fit in well with Priest classics. Sadly, nothing from ‘Angel of Retribution’, and they missed out ‘The Ripper’ which is my own favourite Priest song, but you can’t really argue with a setlist this strong. ‘Hellbent for Leather’, You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’, ‘Electric Eye’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’, ‘Turbo Lover’ and even ‘The Rage’ make an appearance, and Rob Halford had a different outfit for every song. From heavy metal silver dressing gown, to classic leathers on his motorbike, we were treated to the full greatest hits performance

Closing with the devastating ‘Painkiller’ (dedicated to the late Philthy Phil Taylor) and singalong classic ‘Living After Midnight’, Judas Priest show that, even without half of the greatest guitar duo in metal, they are a stunning live prospect. Halford can still hit every high note, and his voice seems to have improved with age. If you don’t see them on this tour, you’ll be missing one of metal’s most important bands do it better than everyone else.

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