Concert Review

Halford - Live At The Rave
Milwaukee, WI,  October 12, 2000
Reviewer and Picture Maker: Jesse

Halford Live: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Bad (always goes first)
The opening band was totally useless.  I didn't care to catch their name, but I can tell you that they were of your basic mallcore variety. C'mon Rob, you've "resurrected" yourself from the pits of industrial music hell and you're back to where you belong!!!  Why not get a REAL (Nevermore) METAL (Nevermore) band (Nevermore) to open (Nevermore) the freakin' show (Nevermore)???!!!

Next on the list. The mix was muddled and sort of sucked!!!  The guitars were buried somewhere in the back o' the mix and Rob's vocals weren't that far out front either!!!  Now if the mix is GOOD, I don't mind blowing my eardrums to kingdom freakin' come, but this mix wasn't really worth the damage to my hearing.  Maybe I'm getting old, but I'm seriously thinkin' about some custom ear plugs...

Oh, I almost forgot, Rob skipped the insane, vocal opening to the title track, RESURRECTION!!!  They just started from the guitar beginning of that particular song, which happened to be the first song of the night (surprise, surprise).  I guess that's okay, but I had imagined him singing that part from behind the stage (with the lights out) AND THEN the guitars come crashing in, along with the lights, band arrival, etc.  Rob, if you're reading this (one can wish, can't they?), take my advice and include the opening vocal part...PLEASE!!!

 

The Ugly
The ugly award goes to one very drunk asshole who almost ruined the night for me!!!  Why didn't I leave his space?  Well, for starters, I was right up front and wasn't about to give up MY SPACE!!!  And another thing, I wanted to be near the guy, 'cause I was seriously contemplating beating him senseless.  Why?  He spilled his beer over some poor girl's head and then continued on to grope her as he drunkenly apologized.  He also kept repeating these weird, spastic movements that were totally unnecessary.  Basically, his actions went far beyond what one might call "fan appreciation."  Why didn't I become involved?  Here are a few of the reasons why:

First and foremost, I DID NOT WANT TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE VENUE!!!  I HAD WAITED ALL MY LIFE TO SEE THIS MAN AND I WASN'T GONNA LET "DRUNK FUCK" RUIN IT FOR ME (although he tainted it...a little bit).

For awhile, I thought he might be mentally disabled and maybe he wasn't completely aware of the impact his actions had upon others.  Although this may have been the case, I discounted it after awhile.  Why?  'Cause, nut-job or not, he was out of fucking line!!!

The girl who was the recipient of the beer spill and repeated groping had a boyfriend right by her side.  I'm sorry, but anyone does that to my girlfriend and his ass is gonna be on the fucking floor (and my ass is gonna be escorted to the door!!!).  I'm not trying to be a hardass!!!  This is just a normal protective reaction I and many other males of the species have when their girlfriends are fucked with.  So here I was, waiting for the boyfriend to take some action and...NOTHING!!!  However, by not doing anything about it, he basically łallowed˛ the drunk guy to grope his girlfriend.  What a schmuck!!!

I wasn't about to run to authority and verbally tattle-tale on this fuck, but I and countless others motioned to security and pointed this guy out!!!  Security didn't do jack shit, except to give the guy warnings. What kind of security was this???  I'm afraid this seems to be the case all over the freakin' place.  And you know what?  When a guy like me decides to do something about it, he ends up getting tossed out along with the fucking loser who started the whole thing in the first place.  I wasn't gonna be that guy...not tonight, but it's ripping me apart thinking about it and what I might have done (and probably should have done).

Note: I like havin' a drink as much as the next guy, but I know my limits.  Out of control drunks REALLY get my blood boiling!!!  Sorry for the language.

 

The Good

I was about five feet from Rob all night and I took tons of pics!!! EvilG (THANKS MAN!!!) managed to get me a photo pass and two free tix!!!  Talk about the perks of the job!!! (Editor's comment: No problem Jesse, we should consider ourselves VERY lucky for this honor 'cause apparently a lot of people have been turned down for press privileges!) Most importantly, Rob and band played some CLASSIC Priest and that's a pretty AMAZING thing!!!  Here's the set list:

THE SHOW
Resurrection
Made in Hell
Locked and Loaded
Into the Pit
Nailed to the Gun
Stained Class (AWESOME!!!)
Jawbreaker
Running Wild
Slow Down
Savior
Hellion/Electric Eye
Riding on the Wind
Genocide

ENCORES
Metal Gods
Tyrant

Pretty KICK ASS set list, huh?  To pick the best from the PRIEST catalog is a pretty subjective task.  However, I think Rob did a pretty fantastic job of picking some timeless cuts!!!  I could have done without the FIGHT stuff, but it was alright.  They got a dwarf (a roadie) to get up and sing, INTO THE PIT and he sang the shit out of it!!!  As far as the RESURRECTION material goes, I think the new songs transferred really well into a live setting.  I mean the crowd REALLY got into 'em!!!  Sometimes you will notice a hush fall over a crowd when new material is brought out, but this was not the case here.  Rob, I think, has some fantastic new material to work with and one can only hope that he adds to it in the future!!!  One GLARING omission to the set list was SILENT SCREAMS.  Talk about side-stepping a freakin' HUGE song!!!  I mean, that was one of the cuts that blew my head off the first time I listened to the new album!!!  Oh well, Halford is off to Europe, then Japan and then right back to the good ol' U.S.A.  I shall be there and nothing can stop me!!!  Oh and one more thing, drunk guy, if you're out there, I'll be lookin' for you...

 

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Concert Review

Halford - Live At The Rave
Milwaukee, WI,  October 12, 2000
Reviewer and Picture Maker: Jesse

Halford Live: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Bad (always goes first)
The opening band was totally useless.  I didn't care to catch their name, but I can tell you that they were of your basic mallcore variety. C'mon Rob, you've "resurrected" yourself from the pits of industrial music hell and you're back to where you belong!!!  Why not get a REAL (Nevermore) METAL (Nevermore) band (Nevermore) to open (Nevermore) the freakin' show (Nevermore)???!!!

Next on the list. The mix was muddled and sort of sucked!!!  The guitars were buried somewhere in the back o' the mix and Rob's vocals weren't that far out front either!!!  Now if the mix is GOOD, I don't mind blowing my eardrums to kingdom freakin' come, but this mix wasn't really worth the damage to my hearing.  Maybe I'm getting old, but I'm seriously thinkin' about some custom ear plugs...

Oh, I almost forgot, Rob skipped the insane, vocal opening to the title track, RESURRECTION!!!  They just started from the guitar beginning of that particular song, which happened to be the first song of the night (surprise, surprise).  I guess that's okay, but I had imagined him singing that part from behind the stage (with the lights out) AND THEN the guitars come crashing in, along with the lights, band arrival, etc.  Rob, if you're reading this (one can wish, can't they?), take my advice and include the opening vocal part...PLEASE!!!

 

The Ugly
The ugly award goes to one very drunk asshole who almost ruined the night for me!!!  Why didn't I leave his space?  Well, for starters, I was right up front and wasn't about to give up MY SPACE!!!  And another thing, I wanted to be near the guy, 'cause I was seriously contemplating beating him senseless.  Why?  He spilled his beer over some poor girl's head and then continued on to grope her as he drunkenly apologized.  He also kept repeating these weird, spastic movements that were totally unnecessary.  Basically, his actions went far beyond what one might call "fan appreciation."  Why didn't I become involved?  Here are a few of the reasons why:

First and foremost, I DID NOT WANT TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE VENUE!!!  I HAD WAITED ALL MY LIFE TO SEE THIS MAN AND I WASN'T GONNA LET "DRUNK FUCK" RUIN IT FOR ME (although he tainted it...a little bit).

For awhile, I thought he might be mentally disabled and maybe he wasn't completely aware of the impact his actions had upon others.  Although this may have been the case, I discounted it after awhile.  Why?  'Cause, nut-job or not, he was out of fucking line!!!

The girl who was the recipient of the beer spill and repeated groping had a boyfriend right by her side.  I'm sorry, but anyone does that to my girlfriend and his ass is gonna be on the fucking floor (and my ass is gonna be escorted to the door!!!).  I'm not trying to be a hardass!!!  This is just a normal protective reaction I and many other males of the species have when their girlfriends are fucked with.  So here I was, waiting for the boyfriend to take some action and...NOTHING!!!  However, by not doing anything about it, he basically łallowed˛ the drunk guy to grope his girlfriend.  What a schmuck!!!

I wasn't about to run to authority and verbally tattle-tale on this fuck, but I and countless others motioned to security and pointed this guy out!!!  Security didn't do jack shit, except to give the guy warnings. What kind of security was this???  I'm afraid this seems to be the case all over the freakin' place.  And you know what?  When a guy like me decides to do something about it, he ends up getting tossed out along with the fucking loser who started the whole thing in the first place.  I wasn't gonna be that guy...not tonight, but it's ripping me apart thinking about it and what I might have done (and probably should have done).

Note: I like havin' a drink as much as the next guy, but I know my limits.  Out of control drunks REALLY get my blood boiling!!!  Sorry for the language.

 

The Good

I was about five feet from Rob all night and I took tons of pics!!! EvilG (THANKS MAN!!!) managed to get me a photo pass and two free tix!!!  Talk about the perks of the job!!! (Editor's comment: No problem Jesse, we should consider ourselves VERY lucky for this honor 'cause apparently a lot of people have been turned down for press privileges!) Most importantly, Rob and band played some CLASSIC Priest and that's a pretty AMAZING thing!!!  Here's the set list:

THE SHOW
Resurrection
Made in Hell
Locked and Loaded
Into the Pit
Nailed to the Gun
Stained Class (AWESOME!!!)
Jawbreaker
Running Wild
Slow Down
Savior
Hellion/Electric Eye
Riding on the Wind
Genocide

ENCORES
Metal Gods
Tyrant

Pretty KICK ASS set list, huh?  To pick the best from the PRIEST catalog is a pretty subjective task.  However, I think Rob did a pretty fantastic job of picking some timeless cuts!!!  I could have done without the FIGHT stuff, but it was alright.  They got a dwarf (a roadie) to get up and sing, INTO THE PIT and he sang the shit out of it!!!  As far as the RESURRECTION material goes, I think the new songs transferred really well into a live setting.  I mean the crowd REALLY got into 'em!!!  Sometimes you will notice a hush fall over a crowd when new material is brought out, but this was not the case here.  Rob, I think, has some fantastic new material to work with and one can only hope that he adds to it in the future!!!  One GLARING omission to the set list was SILENT SCREAMS.  Talk about side-stepping a freakin' HUGE song!!!  I mean, that was one of the cuts that blew my head off the first time I listened to the new album!!!  Oh well, Halford is off to Europe, then Japan and then right back to the good ol' U.S.A.  I shall be there and nothing can stop me!!!  Oh and one more thing, drunk guy, if you're out there, I'll be lookin' for you...

 

Halford Pics

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