Judas Priest & Steel Panther ripped up the Allen Events Center Thursday night and emphasized old school metal!
Priest rocked with 4 new songs and a bunch of their classics. Panther, well they kicked it hair metal style with a combination of raunchy comedy and 80s glam.
Honestly, I can’t tell whether Steel Panther is a joke or not. Their musicianship is commendable but their over the top personae and silly song titles make me wonder. Panther exudes all that was corny, offensive, misogynistic and brash about the era. They made many jokes at their own expense and performed songs with titles like “Asian Hooker” “17 Girls In A Row” and “P****whipped” Entertaining and funny? Yes. A serious band? Not so sure. Fun show though.
Judas Priest hit the stage with a bang. They began with a new cut off their latest album Redeemer Of Souls called “Dragonaut.” They sell this as a back to form album and it totally is. It sounds like material from their classic “Painkiller” album.
Priest then went into some classics and crowd favorites with “Metal Gods” Devil’s Child” and one of my all time favorites and lead singer Rob Halford’s as well, “Victim Of Changes.” Next was another new cut called “Halls Of Valhalla” then onto another classic “Love Bites.”
Priest recently replaced one of their founding guitarists with a new guy named Richie Faulkner. You can hear my interview with the band and Richie about it right HERE.
They made a good choice. He seems to bring an extra spark to the band. Faulkner handled the majority of the leads and tore it up all night. As he shredded the guitar, he sang along to just about every word and played to the crowd. The other founding guitarist and songwriter, Glenn Tipton was reliable as ever along with bassist Ian Hill who epitomizes the “bass players should stay in the background and not move” notion. Drummer extraordinaire Scott Travis completely owned his instrument. I would’ve loved to see a solo from Travis. He’s a monster and not only handles sticks for Priest but also the shredtastic band Racer X.
Back to the show! Priest cranked out more new songs and mixed in favorites like “Turbo Lover” “Breaking The Law” “Jawbreaker” and a stunning version of “Beyond The Realms Of Death.” Halford then went back stage, cranked up his motorcycle, drove out and performed the classic “Hell Bent For Leather!”
Priest could’ve rocked all night but the show had to come to an end and the guys knew how to send off the crowd. The audience sang along with their last two songs “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'” And “Living After Midnight” They did a little bit of the short song “Defenders Of The Faith” to officially end the show.
After a concert like that you want to get in your car and drive fast! Unfortunately I was stuck in the parking garage for 30 minutes so my “Hell Bent For Leather” drive home would have to wait.