Judas Priest 1982=Metal!
Just watch the clip posted below and you will catch my drift…
So this is from the video release Live Vengeance which was released back in 1983 but then went out of print and was reissued with Priests Metalogy(2006) box set at which time the audio portion of this show ended up on iTunes (which I snapped up) but is now gone?
Folk’s the video posted above is how you start a Metal Show back in 1982/1983…
Cue intro song the musical Hellion as the stage fills of smoke and Lights are flashing at a rapid pace to give a seizure like vibe that reveals Metallic looking stage complete with a wall of Marshall Stacks and Ramps Galore!
Before too long theres Priest ripping into Electric Eye complete with lasers added as a bonus. Whoah Nelly this is just the first 4 minutes of the show! Cue Total Metal Rock Sync Moves by Tipton and Downing at the end of Electric Eye!
Judas Priest if you don’t know by consists of…
Rob Halford – vocals
K. K. Downing – guitar
Glenn Tipton – guitar
Ian Hill – bass guitar
Dave Holland – drums
Below is the track list for Live Vengeance! This is METAL!
“The Hellion/Electric Eye”
“Riding on the Wind”
“Heading Out to the Highway”
“Breaking the Law”
“Diamonds & Rust”
“Screaming for Vengeance”
“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”
“Victim of Changes”
“Living After Midnight”
“The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)”
“Hell Bent for Leather”
I was glad to score this off of iTunes as I think it’s the best Live Priest album out there. Sure 1979s Unleashed In The East is a bonafide classic but with Live Vengeance it’s a smidge ahead in the fav department as the album Priest was plugging on this tour Screaming For Vengeance is easily one of my all time great’s so this Live Meal Deal just resonate’s with me a bit more!
Halford and Company are on fire here! Priest lay down the Gauntlet and Shove it down our ear lobes! Halford nails the vocals on all the tracks and since this tour was Priests break through in North America Halford ever being the salesman tells the Memphis crowd( where this was recorded) that “The Next Track Comes Via Unleashed In The East The Way Of Sin After Sin..It’s The Sinner”
Way to push product Robert! Ha! KK and Glenn man are at the top of their game here as they just toss huge bombastic Riff After Riff our way. Even cemented in one spot on the stage Ian Hill just slams the 4 String bass into submission while trouble maker drummer Dave Holland is pretty solid!
Case in point watch Screaming For Vengeance Below…CRANK IT!
The title track just flat-out rocks! Sooooo Good! I recall watching this ways back around the mid 80s or so and KK’s guitar was mixed so low you could barely hear his solos whereas Tiptons guitar was cranked beyond relief. Fortunately with this updated version that’s not the case at all. You hear KK and his Flying V’s just fine!
I would have to say this is my all time Priest era it does not get better than this show/set list. A good few years before Priest found the Turbo synthesizer and starting writing some debatable material.