Judas Priest 08/15/09
St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
Words by theronman714
Photos (used by permission) by Mattdaddy @ www.FLmetal.com
The Whitesnake/Judas Priest show in St. Augustine August 15, 2009, was probably a disappointment for a handful of fans that were there to see Whitesnake. Lead singer David Coverdale developed vocal cord problems and Whitesnake was forced to cancel the remainder of their U.S. tour, including their stop in St. Aug. Fortunately, I wasn’t one of those disappointed fans. I was there to see and hear Judas Priest.
A band called Pop Evil opened the show. I must admit, I had little or no interest in seeing them. I arrived near the end of their set.
Judas Priest is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album “British Steel”. To commemerate this milestone, JP played live the “British Steel” album in it’s entirety. They ripped through that set and then blew the audience away with one classic right after another. Priest favorites including Ripper, Victim Of Changes, and the infamous Joan Baez classic, Diamonds And Rust. They ended the show with You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.
The show was unrelenting and the audience showed their appreciation by never letting up. Fists and horns were up and pounding to the beat throughout the entire Amphitheatre. Everyone was standing and yelling, from the front row pit section all the way to the lawn section. No one was sitting. It was a spectacle. The live sound was awesome and the kick drum was vibrating the hair on my arms and legs. Another reviewer likened it to being pelted by apples with every kick. I have to agree.
If there were any disappointed Whitesnake fans, you wouldn’t know it. It was standing room only and every fan got their moneys worth leaving the Amphitheatre sweaty and exhausted, just like a metal show should leave you.
Photo Credit: Mattdaddy @ www.FLmetal.com
- Judas Priest St. Augustine Amphitheatre 08/15/09
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