Wednesday, August 25, 2004 @ 11:50 AM
Slayer & Judas Priest Off-fest
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REVIEW BY: Bryan Weber
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I am in line to go into the venue at 7:30. It starts to rain and I can hear
inside the venue some one with a microphone scream “GOD HATES US ALL!” I
think to myself, no way! This has to be footage from a past show. Slayer
can’t be playing this early, right? Wrong! They started playing and I could
hear them play “Disciple” while I was still in line.
So I politely pushed my way to the front of the line and finally got in. My
seat was in section 301 but that just wouldn’t do for me. So as Slayer was
belting out “War Ensemble,” Mandatory Suicide” and “Hallowed Point,” I
slowly made my way to the 100/200 section of the venue. I find a good spot
that I didn’t pay for but earned nonetheless and watch the rest of the show
The audience still looked half asleep and that was totally
unacceptable for me. So I start going crazy! Head banging like a mental
patient and getting people to join me. Finally we get some people going wild
while Slayer plays “Stain Of Mind,” “Bloodline” and “Dead Skin Mask.” Myself
and the people around me scare the hell out of the Judas Priest fans as we
go completely insane for the rest of Slayer’s set which included “Seasons
in the Abyss,” “Postmortem,” “Jesus Saves,” “Raining Blood,” “South of
Heaven” and then they ended with “Angel Of Death.” Slayer put on a good set as
always and Lombardo threw his sticks into the crowd.
There was a short break till Judas Priest hit the stage so I made my way
back up to the 300/400 section. When I got up there I was surprised to find
some people still half dead. It felt like a morgue but that was soon about
I heard the music, I saw Halford coming down from the sky and I saw
something that I thought I would never see! JUDAS PRIEST WITH HALFORD! Now
the crowd wakes! I go crazy! I can’t keep still! I run all around the
400/300 section getting everyone to scream and let loose. Now people are
alive and get into the show. I was surprised to find that the best head
bangers seemed to be females. Right on!
The guitar work was amazing and Halford’s screams where absolutely fantastic
to hear. They played for about an hour and a half and some of the songs that
they played where “The Ripper,” “Victim of Changes,” “Painkiller,” “Turbo
Lover” and “Breaking The LAAAWWWW!”
This was a spectacular concert! I had a lot of fun at this show!
The last time Judas Priest played Toronto, they broke up right after. I hope
they are doing okay.