I had high hopes for the Judas Priest show. I was expecting complete craziness, and I got a chill of thrill when I heard somebody behind me growl “Prrriest” on the walk toward the venue. However, it was soon clear that there was no Heavy Metal Parking Lot taking place. After all, doors opened at 7:00 on a Wednesday Night.
It seemed like the show started really early. I think starting it even a half hour later would have made a big difference.
The crowd wasn’t as rowdy as I wanted from the get go – but just looking around, I knew there was potential.
It was my first time at the Municipal Auditorium. The venue is like the Velveteen Rabbit of Nashville– abandoned, forgotten, replaced. The place must have had its glory days – it’s decorated by ticket stub signs of shows that came through there. Now it seems that Sesame Street Live and The Wiggles tours are their big money makers.
I couldn’t believe that this show didn’t pack the place. What the hell happened? The place didn’t even look half full. Isn’t this the same city that sold out AC/DC at the Sommet Center? I’m just confused.
Even for the small crowd, the lineup killed it. Pop Evil sounded great. I wish I had taken the time to settle in and watch more of their set. The guitar riff-off during Whitesnake went on a little too long for me – but it fits the genre. So I grinned, accepted it, and tried to sneak pictures of mullets while the guitarists rocked their spotlight. It was kind of depressing to see a band of younger dudes pretending to be 80s rock stars – and then seeing David Coverdale do it naturally. He was so wonderful.
Obviously, Judas Priest was kick ass. They didn’t move around a lot, but they played a good length set, sounded spot on, and everyone was pleased. There’s really nothing to complain about with this show. I just wish more people came out to see it. Oh well, their loss.
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