Judas Priest and a darn good time in St. Augustine

Wow!!!!! What a show! As with every show I - along with any other Judas Priest fan - has been to over the years, it never disappoints. It was very much the usual Priest performance - high energy and hard driving from start to finish.

The band started out by playing the entire British Steel album, and then threw in some other cuts from across their career:

Hell Patrol
Victims of Changes

... and then Rob Halford drove the Harley on stage, followed by:

Freewheel Burning
Diamonds and Rust
You've Got Another Thing Comin'

While the crowd clearly loved the entire show, the high point of the show was when Halford drove the Harley on stage and kicked into Freewheel Burning, the crowd went wild. Even though a lot of them expected Hell Bent for Leather, you could see the crowd go wild with the fast-paced Freewheel.

The use of laser lights in the lighting set-up added a special effects element not seen since lasers were set in the eyes of the Metallion stage prop in the Defenders of the Faith tour, including an animation at the opening of a steel worker driving rivets - an homage to their roots in Birmingham, England - a city famous for being the heartland of ... British Steel.

Before the band kicked off the closing song, Halford praised the American and British flags in the backdrop as representing the two greatest countries on earth, "united in war and united in peace" - and paid tribute to the men and women who fight for freedom ... and then added "and against the fucking Taliban!"

It's always nice to see someone who gets it and isn't afraid to call it like he sees it.

Sure, it was unfortunate that Whitesnake had to cancel, but you could talk with the fans and they were cool about it. Nobody wanted him to push himself and all thought it better for him to recover to "live to fight another day".

This was the first concert I'd taken my 11 year old to, not counting when I took her to see Fallout Boy a couple of years back, which was one of her bands. A lot of people there thought it was great to see her along for the show.

If you're reading this, it's yet another reason why if you can catch these guys on the road.

The before-show scene was really cool. This guy from Wilmington, NC (shown above) has the album cover artwork from the band's Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith on his chest (for those of you who don't know what real rock and roll is, these are arguably the best Priest albums ever released) has to be one of the most hard-core Priest fans I've ever met. The dude with the British flag cape was clearly paying tribute to the band's album.

Before the show, we did some sight-seeing in St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in North America, dating back to the 1500s. We visited the old Spanish fort overlooking the inlet from the ocean, as well as the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum.

After that, we stopped at the waterfront in Jacksonville. The way they've coordinated the lighting along the waterfront creates a really good lighting effect. There's a really good waterfront scene on the downtown side of the St. Johns River - waterfront park, hotels, and restaurants. It's worth checking out if you're passing through.

3 Response to "Judas Priest and a darn good time in St. Augustine"

  1. Mount Hood Oregon mg 19/8/09 10:04
    Jacksonville is nice at night no doubt.
  2. Anonymous 20/8/09 12:18
    Charleston seems to have a bit of Jacksonville envy...
  3. Earl Capps 20/8/09 12:32
    Anon, I don't get that. Please explain.

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