The Mob Rules
Children Of The Sea
The Sign Of The Southern Cross
Falling Off The Edge Of The World
Heaven And Hell
Eat Me Alive
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
Breakin' The Law
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Rock Hard, Ride Free
Hell Bent For Leather
The Green Manalishi
You've Got Another Thing Coming
I don't feel I have much to report, so I'm gonna keep this short and sweet. I left the house around 5 o' clock thinking it was only gonna take 2 hours to get there. More like 3, and that does not include the complicated parking process of an Indian casino. As a result I missed Testament (who I actually wanted to give a chance to) and "The Mob Rules." I'm not so bummed about the latter considering Sabbath downtunes everything and that riff sounds like its being raped.
Rather than complain about how bands do that til the end of time, I've decided to half turn over a leaf and try and listen to what songs still sound listenable. "Heaven & Hell" and "Neon Knights" sounded the best. (I can imagine that we got Knights as a result of Motorhead being a no-show
) I also found it nifty that the droning effects during the verses of "Sign Of The Southern Cross" are done by Geezer's bass.
Priest. You know it didn't occur to me until last night, but this set checks out perfectly as a "rarities show." Pretty much everyone of the rare songs hasn't been played in either on their mother tour or in ten years. Not to mention that Glenn and KK nailed every memorable nuance of their solos.
Rob...sounded fine to me. By my standards anyway, which were ridiculously low. I'm sure some would complain that he isn't even trying to hit the notes anymore, or that his new falsetto is awful to listen to, but hey, I was cool with it. Then Scott. All I can say is ever since I first heard Painkiller, I'm very happy he's still in the band 18 (!) years later. The more times I hear him live, the more technical I realize he is. Especaily with rhythm. He turns the intro to "Painkiller" into a cocktease of sorts. If/when you've seen Priest on this tour, you'll know what I'm getting at.
Even though older folks made up the majority of the shows audience, I didn't consider this a nostalgia show at all, especially with all the rarities being played. It's one thing to see "Between The Hammer & the Anvil" written on a website, but to see it played live, Jesus butt-fucking christ!! Most of the audience were into the rare songs too, which is nice motivation for keeping the songs in as opposed to reverting back to "Victim Of Changes" for the 124,430th time. Not to mention that after Nostradamus, I don't think any open-minded folk are gonna question Priests ability to put out anything new.
Addendum: Thanks for the title fix, mods.