For over 40 years of metal, there have been some absences and major changes in the existence of Judas Priest. However, it may be time to call the band Judas God. People may follow “priests,” but they worship Gods. Somewhere along the line, singer Rob Halford got the title Metal God, but the rest of the band—including the “new guy,” Richie Faulkner—have some God status going on. Priest returned to West Valley City, Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 18 with a setlist packed with tunes that they haven’t played in a long time. Our small gathering of Priest/God worshipers and spandex-wig wearing Steel Panther fans were beyond excited and enthusiastic.
It was an interesting evening, dampened by playing photographer and having camera malfunctions early on. I’m more than certain there were more folks than seats in my row because I felt stuffed in like a sardine. Then there was the mouth-breather in my area with the mouth odor of rotten ass. But as they say, those would be First World problems. I have to admit that it’s an interesting night when I wake up with vocal choruses from both supporting act Steel Panther and Judas Priest stuck in my head. Lyrics like, “I’m gonna blow my load at the glory hole,” or “Asian hooker, hot little motherfucker—Asian hooker, you’re a dirty little cocksucker” from Steel Panther joined the mighty Priest vocal choruses from their new song, “Dragonaut”: “Fire in the sky, paralyzed with fear, you know you’re gonna die, Dragonaut is near” and the classic “Breaking the law, breaking the law!” and… well, the list for Priest goes on and on.