Saturday, July 30, 2011

Judas Priest, Newport Centre, 15/07/11

For the final time in Wales, the mighty Judas Priest.

Although I've seen Judas Priest many times over the years, this was the first time since 1988 that they'd played Newport. Then, as a 19 year old student I had a real buzz of excitement about seeing the band and 23 (!!) years later it was no different.

They really are masters of the stage and have performed their brand of heavy metal successfully since 1969 (a vintage year).

On this, their final tour, appropriately called 'Epitaph', they played a vast array of material for well over 2 hours right across the back catalogue, some oddments but plenty of crowd favourites.

If it is the end, then what a way to finish.

The stalwarts: Glenn and Ian

The new guy: Richie Faulkner

The frontman and master: Rob Halford

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