@ Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC September 14, 2021
Tonight was my first show having to bring my “papers”. Live Nation’s “rona” protocols with no masks needed outdoors (except photographers). If you did not have proof of vaccine or negative test papers less than a week old, they would gladly charge you $39.95 for a test at the ticket gate. It was also the first show I was allowed into the photo pit (because of rona).
I and I am sure a few others were a little worried about this show because lead vocalist, Rob Halford, has not been at his healthiest. It is their “Judas Priest 50 Heavy Metal Years” tour and Rob (tied for oldest touring member) is now 70. When Rob came out to the intro music “Battle Hymn” with four escorts, two in front guiding him and two in back supporting him, I said, ah $h1t. This is not good…
Ends up that Rob was messing with us a little. Okay, maybe messing with us a LOT on the health aspect. He moved around quite a bit during the full show and vocally started out with only a few off notes in the beginning songs. However as he warmed up, his voice remained powerful.
As for the rest of the current members, guitarist, Richie Faulkner, is the baby at 41 and was on his game looking to be having a good time.
Scott Travis (60) can still handle the demanding job on drums, keeping the band tied together and tight.
Andy Sneap (52), the tour guitarist sense 2018, has been filling in for long time guitarist, Glenn Tipton (74), whom is battling Parkinson’s Disease.
Bassist, Ian Hill (70), seemed content just standing in the back corner doing his thing all night.
I can’t say the stage set was the greatest with the painted backdrops on the sides, but the band was tight. Sounded great and Rob and Richie put on a good show. The set list was a mix of known and rarely played on tour songs like “One Shot at Glory”.