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JUDAS PRIEST INVADES ALPHARETTA

Judas Priest and Pop Evil played to a nearly full crowd Thursday night, August 20 at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. Whitesnake was scheduled as the support act but dropped off the tour due to an injury to singer David Coverdale’s vocal chords.

Heavy metal icons Judas Priest formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. Judas Priest’s core line-up consists of bassist Ian Hill, vocalist Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing, and drummer Scott Travis. Their popularity and status as one of the definitive heavy metal bands has earned them the nickname “Metal Gods” from their song of the same name. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Judas Priest have influenced all metal music since the late-mid 70s either directly or indirectly, and their influence was so important that MTV named them the second most important band in heavy metal, just behind Black Sabbath. Along with Kiss, Queen, and Def Leppard, Judas Priest were the inaugural inductees into the “VH1 Rock Honors.” on May 25, 2006 in Las Vegas.

In addition to the sound, Judas Priest are also known for being revolutionaries in heavy metal fashion. Rob Halford, who admitted being gay in a 1998 interview, began incorporating a macho/biker/S&M style into his look as early as 1978 (to coincide with the release of their album Killing Machine), and the rest of the band followed. It became a mainstay in heavy metal.

What did you think of tonight’s concert?

(Photo Credit: Matt Alexandre/ www.robbsphotos.com)

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7 comments Add your comment

jen

August 21st, 2009
9:49 am

Im sad to say that I couldnt make the show. How was it for those of you that went? These pictures Rock!

Matt

August 21st, 2009
9:53 am

It was fantastic. I’ve seen Priest, Fight, and Halford many times and I have never been disappointed. Fantastic show!

Ron

August 21st, 2009
12:57 pm

Other younger bands could watch and learn. This is how to put on a show!

Bill

August 21st, 2009
3:27 pm

I drove 2 1/2 hrs from calera Al,to see them.Unreal to Hear Rob Halford in person!

Patrick

August 21st, 2009
9:55 pm

This was the third or fourth time I’ve seen them. Man, they rocked! Playing British Steel in its entirity, plus The Ripper, Victim of Changes, Diamonds and Rust, plus the classics we all expect. And, unlike Bob Dylan, Halford talked to us. he was GENUINELY moved that we were there to see them. All this with absolutely no support from radio or any other media who would prefer to fawn at the feet of crappy new bands than to acknowledge a legend. If you don’t know Priest, you don’t know metal.

LIsa

August 21st, 2009
10:05 pm

Judas Priest in Alpharetta so wrong yet SO RIGHT!!!All time metal legends dont dissapoint! Love the pics hard to decide on a fave but i gotta say Love the mid stick spin drummer shot:)!!!

Patrick

August 22nd, 2009
12:51 pm

Hi

Did the people on the lawn got rain soaked for that concert? I live in Alpharetta and that evening we got some strong showers. Just wondering.

Thanks

Patrick