Thursday, June 27, 2002 @ 11:33 AM
Halford Live at Gods of Metal,
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REVIEW BY: Blackblood (in Italy)
The man called "Metal God" entered the stage alone, walking from the right to the left side of the stage. The crowd really exploded. Rob's new (old) look with the hat and the glasses was great. I recorded all the show with a mini-tape recorder. Enjoy this transcription.
Rob walks from the right to left and vice-versa moving a hand near the ears to have a louder scream from a completely gone crazy crowd. Rob stops at the middle of the stage.
A pause of some seconds... then again...
Another little pause...
A little pause...
Rob: "THE PAINKILLERRRRRRRR"
Here the crowd was unbelievable. I was really near the stage in the middle and the crowd was spectacular, many didn't expect this song, many saw each others screaming like completely mad guys. Just some minutes ago the same guys were so calm and relaxed. “Painkiller” has been sung by everybody, the band they played great, and Rob... he was unbelievable. He put an incredible set, with all the hardest songs to sing at the beginning and he did an incredible job.
After Painkiller the band started to play “Jawbreaker,” another great rendition, with great screams at the end of the song (“Jawbreaker... jawbreaker…” -- you know what I mean guys!)
Crowd: "Halford, Halford, Halford, Halford..."
Rob: "Yeah, Milano, are you doing all right?"
Rob: "Glad that we're back once with the new once again! We had a killer fuckin’ show the last time in Milan, and we're looking forward to do the same for all of you again… heavy metal fucking maniacs! We' re about to release Crucible [soon], before that we're gonna take you back to the first one...
The title track from the first Halford album was played really well. The chorus was sung a little slower than in the studio version, but really well, and then band was in a great shape. Then it was time for “Made In Hell” played after the end of “Resurrection.”
Rob: "We were putting the set list together a few weeks ago, and I pulled out this record called Unleashed In The East, and I thought about doing this song, which hasn't been played for fucking years and years and years, and we decided to put it in the list – ‘Exciterrrr....’"
This song was the greatest surprise for me! I knew that probably he would have played “Painkiller” and some of the following JP songs, but I couldn't imagine this. He sang like a God, and I can just say this was one of the highlights of my entire life "on stage" (with “Painkiller” -- probably one of the highest emotions for everybody that was there.)
Pat and Mike did a great job at guitars, and the rhythm section was a fantastic for all the show. The crowd accompanied with chants the most part of the melodic solos, and also the sound was quite good, considering it was a festival.
Then came “Sinner” and all old JP fans went crazy again. Another good rendition of another classic, headbanging time guys!
Till this point of the show, Rob's voice was at his possible best, after was however great till the end of the show, but not so high and using falsetto, due to the selection of the hardest songs to sing all in the first half of the shows (apart a couple of ones).
Crowd: "Halford Halford Halford ...Metal God Metal God Metal God…"
Intro of “Into The Pit” then “Into The Pit.” The band played it greatly and Rob was angry at vocals, great answer of the audience. Another great number.
”Nailed To The Gun” was next and I could say the same things told for “Into The Pit” --the band was concentrated and gave its best, at this point I really missed something from the Crucible album, and Rob gave me what I wanted. End of “Nailed To The Gun.”
Rob: "OK ...great sleepless night... ahh, it's great! Hahaha! OK... blablablablablabla blablablabla… (reading the track list) Yes, we have this new record coming out called Crucible, yes we have a second release on the way from the Halford band called Crucible, and I was in Milan a few weeks ago and I jammed the discothèque a song to the radio stations, I hope you listened to it, if not you gotta check it out now it's called “Betrayaaalll”!!!
”Betrayal” was not sung as high as in the disk, and Rob used the "normal" voice instead of the falsetto in the most part of it -- no scream after the second chorus, after all the previous songs and considering it's not a known song (not by me) he didn't put the song at the beginning of the list like he'll probably do when the new record will be known like Resurrection. After “Betrayal,” the band started to play a new riff (known by us… not by the most part of the audience…)
Rob: "And now this is another new one from Crucible, it's called ‘Golgotha’!"
In this part of the show Rob used very well the voice, he hadn't the same voice of the beginning, but you couldn't sing because the man perfectly knows how to use his great gift. The break in the middle that reminds me of the one in “Silent Scream” was played perfectly (I can't wait to listen the whole Crucible).
The crowd applauded a lot
Rob: "Thanks a lot!"
Then the band played three fast tunes without breaks between the songs: “Freewheel Burning,” “Cyberworld” (personally I would have preferred “Silent Scream” or “Slow Down”) and “Electric Eye,” with the intro “The Hellion” that made everybody crazy once again.
In “Freewheel Burning,” Rob came back with his falsetto high pitched vocals and the crowd screamed – “Freewheel Burning” being a fundamental part of the show ,like in the following two songs. “Electric Eye” has been the most appreciated song together with “Painkiller” (and “Exciter” by the old crazy JP fans). Once again, the band showed its qualities and I can't avoid to spend a couple of words for Bob -- he's been phenomenal at drums.
After “Electric Eye,” the band went right into the last song (due to time schedules): “Riding On The Wind.”
All in all it has been an event to be remembered forever -- an incredible performance from a great band with a man that confirmed in a festival called Gods Of Metal who is the one and only "Metal God."
Rob's final words: "Grazie, Milano, see you later..." (Maybe the encore wasn't made for the delay in the scheduled times… Slayer were the headliners and Halford played just before them.)
Crowd: "Halford Halford Halford Halford Halford Halford..."
Made In Hell
Into The Pit
Nailed To The Gun
Riding On The Wind
I hope you enjoyed this long report! Keep high the metal flag! STAY HEAVY!!!!!!!!