Judas Priest: 7/1/1984

Judas Priest was one of those bands that I needed to acquire a taste for. A lot of my metal-head friends were die-hard Priest fanatics, but I was lukewarm towards them for a long time. I didn’t hate them, and I didn’t love them. I’d rock out when they came on the radio, but never bothered to buy any of their records. Anyway, when I saw they were coming to the Hollywood Sportatorium, I figured I might as well go and check them out, because there’s nothing quite like a good thrashing metal show, right?

The concert totally kicked ass. While there were a lot of songs I didn’t know, I knew enough to enjoy it, and the stage show was truly impressive. They were totally high-energy live, which is important. There is nothing worse than going to a concert where the band sounds like they would rather be watching TV in a hotel room. These guys wanted to be on stage, and it showed in ever scream and every shredding guitar solo. I left drenched in sweat after having completely rocked myself out.

Over the years, since this show, I’ve listened to more Judas Priest and definitely gained a deeper appreciation for their talent. I even downloaded some of their stuff on Apple Music. I have some fun memories now of driving with my kids and rocking out to “Breaking the Law.”

Here’s the setlist from the show. Rock on!

Setlist:

  • Love Bites
  • Jawbreaker
  • Grinder
  • Metal Gods
  • Breaking the Law
  • Sinner
  • Desert Plains
  • Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  • The Sentinel
  • Rock Hard, Ride Free
  • Night Comes Down
  • Electric Eye
  • Heavy Duty
  • Defenders of the Faith
  • Victim of Changes
  • Freewheel Burning
  • The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)

Encore:

  • Living After Midnight
  • Hell Bent for Leather

Encore 2:

  • You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

11 thoughts on “Judas Priest: 7/1/1984

  1. Don’t really know their music off by hand but I remember the name… brings a smile to my face. I’m going thru a major reliving the 70s thing now with Stingray digital. Oh, I just checked Wiki… looks like they peaked in the 80s? Well, they’ve been around. That says it all. 🙂

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      • Yeah it’s amazing how that music affects me. I was born in 62 so was just coming to musical maturity then… I mean, I could really groove to that music because I liked it… not because my elder brothers and sisters liked it… Same thing with 70s films. It’s a whole world that by and large has disappeared. Big American cars… clunky phones… tapes… movies in movie theatres… TVs with dials… turntables… 🙂

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