Judas Priest - Tallinn, Estonia 1.12.2005

Written by: destroyah
Published: 12.12.2005
Judas Priest, THE Judas Priest in Tallinn. How great is that? Pretty damn great. Despite this I actually almost did not go to this concert... After all I was kinda out of work and down. Luckily, on the last minute, Ivan of Retribution made a divine intervention and so, accompanied by him and Ivor we were all set to go.

Before the show people recommended me to see Priest live, saying that their shows are always awesome and pack a mighty punch. Now I must join their ranks - Judas Priest rocked the house, even despite the mild-to-warm reception by the audience. The lack of a true feeling was the only shortcoming of the gig for me. Alas, the people here aren't yet ready to give bands the feedback they deserve (unless of course it's giants like Metallica or Rammstein). I can't really blame the crowd as I was extremely laid back myself this time (which I really regretted later).

But enough of this, let us concentrate on the heroes of the day. The bandmembers may be in their fifties but that doesn't mean Priest no longer put the pedal to the metal. Rob Halford walked about the stage and relentlessly tormented the speakers with his flesh-cutting vocals - the man's live voice is truly exceptional. Then again you couldn't expect less from a legend. I believe praising the other musicians is redundant. I will only say that Priest has aged like wine.

The band treated the audience with heavy metal classics such as "Painkiller" and of course "Breaking the Law", but fans of lighter music were pleased to hear "Living After Midnight" and "Turbo Lover". "Beyond The Realms Of Death" lit the candles. The setlist also included three songs from Judas Priest's 2005 album "Angel of Retribution". It was quite uplifting to say the least to see Rob Halford wave a Priest flag on top of a tower, screaming "Revolution!" from the bottom of his lungs. Of course, just before the encores the heavenly sound of a Harley Davidson chopper greeted the fans as Halford rode the beautiful beast to the stage. As for the closing track: well, after playing repeat-after-me with the audience for several minutes Halford said: "You've got another thing coming, Tallinn!". Need I say more?

Well actually, I do. I can't help bringing up a comparison with the Alice Cooper gig in Haapsalu this summer. A concert that was in my eyes salvaged by the rather modest-by-comparison but yet very captivating performance by Uriah Heep. Compared to Cooper (who undoubtedly delivered a spectacular show), Judas Priest was superior. Also they were significantly more communicative towards the audience, bringing it what it craves for - attention.

Older Priest fans might just roll their eyes reading this and consider my text pretty obvious and full of pathos. But then again this review is more like a proclamation, a call to arms if you will. My point is: if you've even heard just one Priest song and liked it, do not hesitate to see them live. Otherwise you'll miss out on an awesome concert experience. Personal taste is the only thing that might stop you from enjoying the show - expect no remorse from Priest. Ladies and gentlemen, Judas is rising.

Setlist:
1. Hellion/Electric Eye Medley
2. Metal Gods
3. Riding on the Wind
4. A Touch of Evil
5. Judas Rising
6. Revolution
7. Breaking the Law
8. I'm a Rocker
9. Diamonds & Rust
10. Beyond the Realms of Death
11. Turbo Lover
12. Hellrider
13. Victim of Changes
14. The Green Manalishi
15. Painkiller

Encores:
1. Hell Bent for Leather
2. Living After Midnight
3. You've Got Another Thing Comin'


 




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Valentin B - 17.05.2007 at 21:41  
this tour sounds like it was so unbelievably awesome, but couldn't they just suck it all up and cut the crap and play some "screaming for vengeance", "the sentinel", "ram it down", "exciter", "grinder", "nightcrawler" or even "freewheel burning"?? though i understand that the last one is almost impossible to play live (especially the un-fucking-believably fast and high voice part, i can't even understand what he's saying!)

but just imagine this: everything pitch-black on stage, and then halford unleashes the most vicious, speaker-burning and eardrum-massacrating scream, with all the lights on him, and "ram it down" starts.. kick ass or what? well, better than the "hellrider" filler... :rolleyes:

hellrider, metal gods, riding on the wind and i'm a rocker have no place in a true priest concert, and are all easily beaten to pieces by the songs i've mentioned..
Mountain King - 10.06.2009 at 18:30  
Riding on the wind is not a good song! listen to it again mate, it's one of the best they have written and Hellrider is the best in AOR album!
Ozman - 10.06.2009 at 18:34  
Written by Valentin B on 17.05.2007 at 21:41

this tour sounds like it was so unbelievably awesome, but couldn't they just suck it all up and cut the crap and play some "screaming for vengeance", "the sentinel", "ram it down", "exciter", "grinder", "nightcrawler" or even "freewheel burning"?? though i understand that the last one is almost impossible to play live (especially the un-fucking-believably fast and high voice part, i can't even understand what he's saying!)

but just imagine this: everything pitch-black on stage, and then halford unleashes the most vicious, speaker-burning and eardrum-massacrating scream, with all the lights on him, and "ram it down" starts.. kick ass or what? well, better than the "hellrider" filler... :rolleyes:

hellrider, metal gods, riding on the wind and i'm a rocker have no place in a true priest concert, and are all easily beaten to pieces by the songs i've mentioned..


Riding on the Wind is a CLASSIC and Ram it Down should be buried as soon as possible it is as bad as anything on Turbo
Valentin B - 10.06.2009 at 20:30  
Written by Ozman on 10.06.2009 at 18:34

Written by Valentin B on 17.05.2007 at 21:41

this tour sounds like it was so unbelievably awesome, but couldn't they just suck it all up and cut the crap and play some "screaming for vengeance", "the sentinel", "ram it down", "exciter", "grinder", "nightcrawler" or even "freewheel burning"?? though i understand that the last one is almost impossible to play live (especially the un-fucking-believably fast and high voice part, i can't even understand what he's saying!)

but just imagine this: everything pitch-black on stage, and then halford unleashes the most vicious, speaker-burning and eardrum-massacrating scream, with all the lights on him, and "ram it down" starts.. kick ass or what? well, better than the "hellrider" filler... :rolleyes:

hellrider, metal gods, riding on the wind and i'm a rocker have no place in a true priest concert, and are all easily beaten to pieces by the songs i've mentioned..


Riding on the Wind is a CLASSIC and Ram it Down should be buried as soon as possible it is as bad as anything on Turbo

i see you like to express your opinions loud and clear, and you disregard the fact that the post was written more than 2 years ago.... i expected better of you

for the record, i recant my previous statements, and i have to say that with time i've begun to love almost all of Priest's discography(including hellrider, metal gods, riding on the wind and i'm a rocker) ya happy?
Ozman - 10.06.2009 at 20:44  
Written by Valentin B on 10.06.2009 at 20:30



for the record, i recant my previous statements, and i have to say that with time i've begun to love almost all of Priest's discography(including hellrider, metal gods, riding on the wind and i'm a rocker) ya happy?


Nope not happy with you now liking Hellrider and Metal Gods (which I find to be their most overrated song ever)
Baz Anderson - 11.06.2009 at 02:39  
"Metal Gods" on the CD is pretty lame. Live, it is just awesome though.
It is more of an anthem than a song live really.
Ozman - 11.06.2009 at 02:54  
@Barry even as an anthem I find it totally lame.

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