Judas Priest - Sheffield, England, 13th February 2009

Event: Judas Priest: Priest Feast Tour
Written by: Baz Anderson
Published: 15.02.2009

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Judas Priest - Sheffield, England, 13th February 2009 by Baz Anderson (46)
Sheffield, the steel city of Britain and inspiration for the title of a certain album that goes by the name of "British Steel". The third date of the Priest Feast tour of the heavy metal gods Judas Priest accompanied by thrash legends Megadeth and Testament, finds itself raiding the south Yorkshire city and its suitably sized arena. If there is one word to describe this tour of these three bands together it is "metal", and so what better place to deliver the goods than the home of real British steel.

Sheffield Arena, many entrances and many people waiting before the doors open to get inside from the cold wintry chill and setting sun. It took a while for the floor to fill up and quite a sum of people had decided to get seating places around the outside to watch from a more leisurely environment. By the time Testament were due on, the floor was holding a vast number of people all seeming eager to get the show going.

Testament

The stage was set up with humongous backdrop of "The Formation Of Damnation" cover, and finally it was time to get things under way. Testament blasted onto stage with their usual thrash metal bounce and gave great performances of songs old and new, mostly of the songs usually played; "Over The Wall", "The Haunting", "The New Order", "Into The Pit" but also a little surprise with the title track of the new album that was not featured on the band's appearances last year. From where these ears were, the bass was overpowering to the point where the guitar and vocals were slightly more difficult to pick out, especially with their double bass drumming thundering over everything else. Testament are an amazing band and in a perfect world wouldn't be opening any show and would be the headliner, but with a tour of such quality someone needed to take the opening spot. With any band it is harder to open the show with a less enthusiastic, or drunk audience, but Testament did it well and seemed hugely grateful to be on such a bill. It still seems that especially with the younger members of the audience, Testament just aren't getting the credit they deserve, but for the people who did venture into the pit and the people who do appreciate the band, they enjoyed a bassy but thrashing forty minutes of metal of the highest order.



Megadeth

By number of shirts people were wearing it seemed strangely although Megadeth may have been the most anticipated band of the night. Dave and company took the stage and completely owned it. The setlist was quite similar to others used in recent years since the release of the new album, and due to the style of Megadeth not being all about thunderous double bass the sound was much better as the bass didn't swallow up the rest of the performances. As mentioned, Megadeth totally owned the large stage with just four people; in between songs there was not much, if any communication with the audience as it was as if it were expected that everyone there already were worshipping the band, and needed no more encouragement, which was the opposite for Testament where although a good number of people were into the show, Chuck would be constantly trying to rev the audience up.



The Megadeth set started steadily with some usuals, and some unusuals such as "She-Wolf", and seemed to increase in momentum until an enormous eruption from the audience could be heard and seen with the opening of "Hangar 18". Entering the venue with a hint of scepticism towards Megadeth, not particularly being a big fan of the band myself, from here on it has to be said that Megadeth produced pure magic with the constant riffing and soloing and absolute epic ending of "Hangar 18" followed by "Symphony of Destruction" and then entering straight into a medley seemingly of all the best bits of their other songs including the classic ending of "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying" and even a good chunk of Metalli... Dave Mustaine's "The Four Horsemen". What Megadeth did was produce an entertaining and at times mesmeric and awe inspiring solid ball of metallic quality that no one could argue against.



Judas Priest

This was their tour and with a stage setup fit for kings it was time once more to hear those heartbeats through the speaker system as the introduction of the "Nostradamus" album filled the arena to be followed by a huge cheer at the sight of Scott Travis walking to his elevated drum kit and then as the other members of the band take the stage with Rob making his uprising entrance through the floor of the left tower at the back of the stage. "Prophecy" kicked of the show and gave time for the audience to come to terms with the fact that they actually were standing in front of the metal gods themselves. The real excitement kicked in however with the timeless and classic opening riff of "Metal Gods" that just doesn't sound the same anywhere else but live. Slightly disappointingly the setlist was pretty much the same as the one used last year at the summer festivals, but not overly surprising as this event was part of the huge world tour for the new album. After visits back in time to 1984, '82 and 1990 we were at another one of those seemingly timeless songs that just completely comes alive in the live environment in "breaking that what?!!... breaking the what?!!...", "Breaking The Law"! The second of only two visits to the new album was found with the lackluster "Death", one of the most un-live-worthy songs on those CDs, and gave us the only moments of the show that lacked energy, as Halford sat in his throne for the song. Such contrast was found with the next song however with probably back in its time the scariest and heaviest song ever, "Dissident Aggressor".



In between most songs there was strangely an almost eerie quietness after the audience had cheered for the preceding song. This did not seem to bother the band, after all they are experienced enough to know an audience will enjoy a show however they like. Even though these men on stage are living legends, they did not appear disinterested in the audience as to just play and not really communicate, far the opposite really, in between songs Rob would occasionally thank the audience telling us that we are the people they make their music for, and that without us they are nothing. Guitarists K.K. Downing and especially Glenn Tipton also constantly kept coming to the front and making eye contact with the ravenous fans there. When you are young and impressionable and go to see your first bands, and when watching them think "oh my god, he looked at me", or "oh my god, I touched him", and then grow up and realise how stupid you must have seemed. Well having the metal god Rob Halford stand in front of you and make eye contact, trust me, it feels just the same as that.



"Angel" seems to have knocked "Diamonds And Rust" out of the setlist as the ballad of the night, but "Electric Eye" will never be knocked from the setlist, as the timeless guitar of "The Hellion" to open for it will never cease to make the hair on the back of people's necks stand up. A journey back to 1977 and the "Sinner" once again just reinforces the thought that this band have recorded so many memorable riffs in their history than fathomable, and hold that thought as the vastly popular, hugely influential and aggressive drumming and riffing of "Painkiller" thundered through the vastness of the Sheffield Arena next. An encore and a motorbike later we find ourselves "Hell Bent For Leather" and then in front of probably the only actual surprise from the setlist as it was omitted for the festivals last summer, with Fleetwood Mac song "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)". Rob Halford may be drawing towards 60 years of age, and even though his vocals are perhaps not as clean live as they once were, he can still deliver the goods with a few minor, and actually good sounding alterations where need be, and as always can command the audience like the puppet master. The audience may have seemed quiet in between some songs, but the arena echoed and shook as the vast audience followed Halford's vocal lead for a sing along before the last song "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and a fond farewell leaving the audience with memories of a spectacular show from all three bands, but of course Judas Priest stole the show and shone as bright as ever.



Setlist

Intro: Dawn Of Creation
Prophecy
Metal Gods
Eat Me Alive
Between the Hammer And The Anvil
Devil's Child
Breaking the Law
Hell Patrol
Death
Dissident Aggressor
Angel
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Rock Hard, Ride Free
Sinner
Painkiller
--
Hell Bent For Leather
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
You've Got Another Thing Coming

Written, and photos by Barry Anderson


 



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Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2009 at 18:22  
It's Metallica's "The Four Horsemen" and Mustaine's "The Mechanix"
Stuart - 15.02.2009 at 18:31  
Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2009 at 18:40  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it
Stuart - 15.02.2009 at 18:48  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 18:40

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it

I think hefield and ulrich re-arranged it and wrote the extended pieces for the four horsemen, but mustaine conceptualised it and wrote the main riffs. the version megadeth play doesn't have any ulrich or hetfield pieces i think...

anyways thats off topic I'm really looking forward to this gig in London now...
destroyah - 15.02.2009 at 18:52  
Baz, you lucky sonofabitch! I would have loved the gig.

Thankfully I saw Priest before Nostradamus so instead of that I got some Angel of Retribution stuff. But I must say "Prophecy" is not a bad song to hear live.
Kingface - 15.02.2009 at 19:08  
Great article to read, having been at the gig and well near the front myself. I mainly went to see Testament and Judas Priest, having seen Megadeth twice already, but couldn't complain about that bonus! All 3 bands were awesome. Only couple of disappointments from a personal point of view were Testament not playing Disciples of the Watch and Priest not playing Living After Midnight, but those are extremely minor things overall.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2009 at 19:21  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 18:40

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it

I think hefield and ulrich re-arranged it and wrote the extended pieces for the four horsemen, but mustaine conceptualised it and wrote the main riffs. the version megadeth play doesn't have any ulrich or hetfield pieces i think...

anyways thats off topic I'm really looking forward to this gig in London now...


A bit more off-topicness I was talking about Metallica's version of The Mechanix (as featured on No Life Till Lether demo) and of course not The Four Horsemen.
Stuart - 15.02.2009 at 19:26  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 19:21

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 18:40

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it

I think hefield and ulrich re-arranged it and wrote the extended pieces for the four horsemen, but mustaine conceptualised it and wrote the main riffs. the version megadeth play doesn't have any ulrich or hetfield pieces i think...

anyways thats off topic I'm really looking forward to this gig in London now...


A bit more off-topicness I was talking about Metallica's version of The Mechanix (as featured on No Life Till Lether demo) and of course not The Four Horsemen.

last bit of off-topicness then, i'm pretty sure i read somewhere that mustaine claims even that version was totally his, but then again mustaine claims alot.
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2009 at 19:31  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 19:26


last bit of off-topicness then, i'm pretty sure i read somewhere that mustaine claims even that version was totally his, but then again mustaine claims alot.



Exactly, he even claims that Kerry King learned how to play guitar from him
Stuart - 15.02.2009 at 19:32  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 19:31

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 19:26


last bit of off-topicness then, i'm pretty sure i read somewhere that mustaine claims even that version was totally his, but then again mustaine claims alot.



Exactly, he even claims that Kerry King learned how to play guitar from him

i'm going to start a topic on what a twit dave mustaine is
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.02.2009 at 19:33  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 19:32

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 19:31

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 19:26


last bit of off-topicness then, i'm pretty sure i read somewhere that mustaine claims even that version was totally his, but then again mustaine claims alot.


Great idea... I really admire the guy for his musical genius but not as a person

Exactly, he even claims that Kerry King learned how to play guitar from him

i'm going to start a topic on what a twit dave mustaine is
Spyroid - 15.02.2009 at 20:17  
Priest's setlist is far from perfect, and it's exactly the same as when I saw them in July... but well, I'm going to the Fiest in a couple of weeks anyway Mostly for the two other bands though
albatros - 15.02.2009 at 20:29  
I enjoyed the article and its photos.
Graveshift - 15.02.2009 at 21:20  
It was an amazing show, i also noted the eerie silence that settled in after the cheers had stopped following each judas priest song and myself considered it to be due to the anticipation of what song may follow.
Truly a great show.
The Shape 1973 - 15.02.2009 at 21:39  
Why did you cancel Nottingham? Damn it!
K†ulu - 16.02.2009 at 07:19  
Mustaine is as usually making faces
Daggon - 16.02.2009 at 09:10  
I attended a Judas Priest/Testament gig last year here in Mexico and it was awesome, yeah the metal gods are now far from young but they know how to give their fans a great show, making the old songs sound faster and heavier IMO and I like the form they play along with their public. Their bodies are maybe old, but inside they are as young as 30 years ago.
Valentin B - 16.02.2009 at 12:08  
I don't like Halford's huge beard tbh

but imo you made a very good review(i caught them last summer with the exact same setlist, why didn't they change it around a bit?), in the unmistakeable Priest fanboy style i should know since i am a HUGE Priest fanboy

ah, 11th July 2008.. 'twas a great show with 1/4th of the original Manowar and Primal Fear(which was my beer moment lol)
BloodTears - 16.02.2009 at 23:44  
I can't wait for this tour to hit Lisbon. And if Priest play "between the hammer and the anvil" here I'm sure I'll have a musical orgasm, that's my favourite JP song.
GT - 17.02.2009 at 11:08  
I'm now looking forward to March 3rd even more
Adam Harris - 17.02.2009 at 13:59  
This was the most significant gig i have ever been to it was awesome! Nice review barry and the pictures are great too.
Yossarian - 20.02.2009 at 12:04  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 18:40

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it

I think hefield and ulrich re-arranged it and wrote the extended pieces for the four horsemen, but mustaine conceptualised it and wrote the main riffs. the version megadeth play doesn't have any ulrich or hetfield pieces i think...

anyways thats off topic I'm really looking forward to this gig in London now...


Neither Hetfield, Mustaine or Ulrich. I wrote it and they stole it from me. hahaha.
Yossarian - 20.02.2009 at 12:07  
To Whom it May Concern:

I found this list navigating:

Testament

Over the wall |
? |
Into the Pit |
The Persecuted Won't Forget |
D.N.R. |
Practice What You Preach |
The Formation of Damnation |
Three Days in Darkness (in 2012)

Megadeth set list:
Sleepwalker |
Wake Up Dead |
Take No Prisoners |
A Tout La Monde |
? |
She Wolf |
In My Darkest Hour |
Hangar 18 |
Symphony Of Destruction |
Peace Sells |
Mechanix |
Peace Sells Ending
| --- | Holy Wars
chippy - 24.02.2009 at 11:38  
Good Review man and cool pics. We drove down to Sheffield from the North East as there was no Newcastle gig which I found surprising especially as Megadeth & Testament went out of there way to Co-Headline at the Newcastle Academey on the 18th Feb on a night off from The Priest Feast Tour. The Sheffield gig was awesome, I'd heard some rumblings of discontent about the line up etc but to me it was spot on. Nice also to see a diverse cross section of different age groups on the night.
Silent Jay - 24.02.2009 at 20:26  
Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 19:26

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 19:21

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.02.2009 at 18:40

Written by Stuart on 15.02.2009 at 18:31

Its a shame you didn't get the Megadeth setlist, actualy its Mustaine's mechanix full stop seeing he wrote it...


Ahum, Hetfield & Ulrich co-wrote it

I think hefield and ulrich re-arranged it and wrote the extended pieces for the four horsemen, but mustaine conceptualised it and wrote the main riffs. the version megadeth play doesn't have any ulrich or hetfield pieces i think...

anyways thats off topic I'm really looking forward to this gig in London now...


A bit more off-topicness I was talking about Metallica's version of The Mechanix (as featured on No Life Till Lether demo) and of course not The Four Horsemen.

last bit of off-topicness then, i'm pretty sure i read somewhere that mustaine claims even that version was totally his, but then again mustaine claims alot.
If I remember right, the original The Mechanix was written by Mustaine when he was in the band previous to Metallica called Panic. The version that appears on the No Life Till Leather demo is sill his just they modified it with different lyrics, added bits to the music and reduced the speed for Kill 'em All after they fired him.

Back on topic.....I attended the Cardiff show and it was immense! Missed the first bit of Testaments set because we were late but still awesome. Even though it was a different date and venue, I think I can pretty much completly agree with the review. Good stuff
Kingface - 25.02.2009 at 16:34  
Written by Yossarian on 20.02.2009 at 12:07

To Whom it May Concern:

I found this list navigating:

Testament

Over the wall |
? |
Into the Pit |
The Persecuted Won't Forget |
D.N.R. |
Practice What You Preach |
The Formation of Damnation |
Three Days in Darkness (in 2012)

Megadeth set list:
Sleepwalker |
Wake Up Dead |
Take No Prisoners |
A Tout La Monde |
? |
She Wolf |
In My Darkest Hour |
Hangar 18 |
Symphony Of Destruction |
Peace Sells |
Mechanix |
Peace Sells Ending
| --- | Holy Wars


The ? for Testament is The New Order and for Megadeth it's Washington Is Next. I thought the latter was played later than the list shows but I may be wrong on that.
Yossarian - 25.02.2009 at 17:56  
Written by Kingface on 25.02.2009 at 16:34

The ? for Testament is The New Order and for Megadeth it's Washington Is Next. I thought the latter was played later than the list shows but I may be wrong on that.


Thanks man. I will update my setlist. I am really looking forward for the 15th of March to watch them myself.

Thanks again.
alanNSBM - 03.03.2009 at 22:35  
On what time did the show ended?
Baz Anderson - 03.03.2009 at 22:44  
Written by alanNSBM on 03.03.2009 at 22:35

On what time did the show ended?

This one finished around 23:20-ish I think.
alanNSBM - 04.03.2009 at 20:08  
Written by Baz Anderson on 03.03.2009 at 22:44

Written by alanNSBM on 03.03.2009 at 22:35

On what time did the show ended?

This one finished around 23:20-ish I think.


Thank you:beer2::lol:
GT - 05.03.2009 at 16:26  
Their Danish show was awesome. Brilliant sound, not to many people and relatively cheap beers.
It only had one problem the earplugs were a fortune and I forgot to bring my own, so now I got myself a nice constant ringing for the ears Stupid me but 6,5 Euros is a bit much for two pieces of plastic...I regret not buying any though.
Derwood - 06.03.2009 at 09:35  
This is the same line up I saw about 18 years ago on the Painkiller tour. Unfortunately at that time, Alex Skolnick had left Testament. I got to see Judas Priest and Testament again when they came through my neck of the woods last August. It would have been great to have had Megadeth on the bill again, but at least Alex was with Testament this time. Too bad Testament had the same sound problems back in August.

It was a great show, though. Have to disagree about "Death." It's my favourite song from Nostradamus and I really liked it live.
ThunderAxe1989 - 07.03.2009 at 01:30  
Damn, and this was on my birthday too! I don't care for Megadeth, but other than that I would've loved this!
Yossarian - 18.03.2009 at 13:37  
Hi. It was getting late to take the last metro and I left at the middle of "You got another thing comin".
Then I waited for 20 long minutes for the train and was surprised that the attendants do not show up yet...
That's was why they play "Living after Midnite" as a bonus in Madrid.
It is the only change in Judas setlist during the whole tour.
All bands were awesome, as I knew they will.
BrightNight - 14.04.2009 at 13:46  
I completly agree with this review. I was there (from holland) visiting England. And ofcourse i could not miss this show! One of the best gigs ive seen. Only Testament was a bit to Bass-y and i to missed "disciples of the watch. Judas Priest was over the top as it should be . And Megadeth delivered everything you could expect from them.

Great Pics!
Iron Priest - 28.04.2009 at 20:18  
Fuck they played dissadent agressor!!! I'm never gonna live that down, missed it. from the review it sound like the audience wasnt impressed. Great now they'll probably never play it again!

Ohwell i'm sure halford couldn't of hit the first note like he use too. Probably the single greatest scream ever recorded. (Yes better than victim of changes)
Valentin B - 10.12.2010 at 05:20  
Written by Yossarian on 18.03.2009 at 13:37

Hi. It was getting late to take the last metro and I left at the middle of "You got another thing comin".
Then I waited for 20 long minutes for the train and was surprised that the attendants do not show up yet...
That's was why they play "Living after Midnite" as a bonus in Madrid.

that's why i mostly think twice about leaving early in a gig in Spain

damn, there are just these moments when you know the people really wanted more and if i had some kind of audience control i would just make everyone chant "we want more" and shit.

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