10/19: BACK FROM VEGAS, PRIEST, MORE
Just home from a great few days in Vegas. I saw Judas Priest Saturday night in Vegas. I’m out of town when they play NJ and didn’t want to miss one more show. The were GREAT! Truly truly sounded amazing! Halford was in top form, moving well now that has back issues have been resolved and looking great. Vocally he was amazing! Nailing Beyond The Realms Of Death, Victim Of Changes, and new additions to the set like Screaming For Vengeance, The Rage and Desert Plains! To me after Sabbath, Priest are the most important band in metal history. To see them still this good is very inspiring. Do not miss them if you have a chance. Also caught some of Mastodon live for the first time who played an hour set and were a great addition to the bill for some newer blood. Thanks to all the great fans I met in Vegas and it was great seeing all the Priest guys. Ian Hill is live on my SiriusXM show tonight 6:15PM ET on channel 39.
I also saw a new Rush tribute called “Hurry” that featured Brian Tichy, Brent Woods, James Lomenzo and Sebastian Bach at Vamp’d in Vegas Saturday night. Really fun band and a must see if you love Rush. Tichy is one of my favorite players and goes off on drums. J Lo and Woods nailed it, and Bach sang the hell out of his part of the set. This was their first official show and it will get better as they do more, but the packed house loved it. Thanks to Korie and both Danny’s at Vamp’d for the hospitality as always. Also was at their club Thursday night where I saw the new lineup of Sin City Sinners who were also really good and spent some time seeing my good friend Zach Throne and his band Metal Shop at Venetian. Great to see so much rock and metal around Vegas! Also huge thanks to Mandalay Bay where I had another great stay!
Live on the radio 6-10P ET tonight for TRUNK Nation on SiriusXM 39 to cover all of this and more. And don’t forget I’m in McKinney TX this Thursday and Ardmore OK this Friday and NJ this Saturday! Info on the home page. Go Mets, Go Giants!