Great metal gristle when Phil Lynott fisted a page of its history in 1983 on final Lizzy studio LP Thunder and Lightning
, Judas Priest’s double-disc Nostradamus
continues these Brits’ decades-long rampage with the “Revelations” and dire “Prophecy” of the French doomsayer’s predictions for the “Future of Mankind.” At nearly 40, the Priest smote its most ambitious album in Nostradamus
, overlong by a platter
, but “Conquest” nonetheless. The hot breath of Nostradamus
fans August flames in Selma this Sunday alongside Black Sabbath alias Heaven and Hell, Motorhead, and the Bay Area’s early-1980s metal paradigm trendsetters, Testament, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Both Judas Priest founders, bassist Ian Hill and guitarist K.K. Downing, still lead the group’s classic line-up, rounded out by Downing foil Glenn Tipton, Mr. Hell Bent For Leather himself, screamer Rob Halford, and Painkiller
Scott Travis on warp-drive kick drums. Downing called from a festival in Romania, the Priest’s first touch-down there, roundly accented in the tradition of John, George, and Ringo, thoughtful and measured, genial as Charlie Watts.
“A couple of night ago we actually had the pleasure of playing the same night as Neil Young, which was great – Judas Priest and Neil Young, 72,000 people. The audience loved
it, which was great for me, because I’m a secret admirer of Neil. We go back to the Sixties you know.” Read More | 1 Comment »