Judas Priest: A Loud Fiftieth

Heavy metal, for it to work, it takes sound, a strong singer, unifying anthems, leather and very sharp guitars. That’s what was on the menu tonight when the 50 tour cameand Judas Priest’s birthday at the Videotron Center.

A great mass of metal successful and directed by the hand of the chief priest Rob Halford, soul of the formation originating from Birmingham. A Halford who is still in voice and form at 70.

It is in a reduced configuration and with around 6000 screaming metal fans that Judas Priest has drawn on all the eras of his great career. Of Rocka Rolla, launched in 1974, to the most recent Firepower.

After an intro where a luminous cross rose from the ground to light up the floor, Priest launched his golden wedding anniversary with A shot at glory. A few pieces later with You got another thing coming, Freewheel engraving and Turbocharged, tripled of the great years, the concert was on track.

A look at the past

Shaved head, goatee, Halford moves left and right. The guitars of Andy Sneap and the miraculous Richie Faulkner, who revive each other, are sharp. Drummer Scott Travis and bassist Ian Hill, alone in his corner, keep up the pace.

Bassist Andy Sneap points in the direction of the Journal's photographer, who made sure to capture the moment.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Bassist Andy Sneap points in the direction of the Journal’s photographer, who made sure to capture the moment.

Sound, there was. It was shrill and very loud. A fiftieth, we celebrate it or we do not celebrate it. Some fans’ ears are sure to ring a little bit this morning.

Interesting moment when Judas Priest stepped back in his debut with a Rock Rolla electrified that the band brought back to life for this tour. A great nod to the past.

Immediately afterwards, the training embarked on victim of change, mythical piece of their repertoire and where the priest Robert did more than well with the shrill cry, signature of this title. He may have, here and there, a helping hand from technology, but we certainly won’t hold it against him. Not at 70.

The efficient desert plains set the tone for a final stretch with The Green Manalishi (With the bifold crown), Diamond & Rust and the fast Pain killer.

electric eyethe Harley, with the cap and the sunglasses, for Hell Bent for Leather. The 50and ended with the effectives Break the law and live for midnightsung by the crowd and with the presence of a strange and huge bull on the stage.

Richie Faulkner's hair and powerful guitar riffs delighted the crowd.

Photo Didier Debusschere

Richie Faulkner’s hair and powerful guitar riffs delighted the crowd.

Deafening first part

In the first part, Queensrÿche opened the ears of metal lovers with a particularly strident performance of almost an hour.

The quintet from Bellevue, Washington, with guitarist Michael Wilton and bassist Eddie Jackson, the only members of the original group, dipped into their old material.

From their first EP, dating back to the time of their very first visit to the Old Capital, in a bar in Limoilou, in November 1983, as the opening act for Twisted Sister, to albums The warning, Rage for order, Operation: Mindcrime and Empire. None of their new material.

From the first strokes of cymbals and guitars of Queen of the Reich, the sound is deafening and sharp. We have rarely seen a first-party show with so many decibels at the Videotron Centre.

The start of the performance is solid with Warning, En Force, NM 156 and a powerful Empire which had the effect of a bomb. Walk in the shadows and Take hold of the flame were also on the program.

Shortened benefit

Queensrÿche has significantly shortened her performance since the April 7 show in Halifax. Todd La Torre and his band did 14 songs and three encores.

It’s now 12 in total, no encore and without their megahit Silent lucidity. Odd. We would like to see them again one day.

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