Priest & Michael Schenker
Venue: Manchester Apollo, ManchesterDate: 28 November 2015
On yet another night of miserable wet weather there was disgruntlement among the metalhead’s outside Manchester’s prestigious Apollo. The doors opened much later than expected and Michael Schenker had already taken to the stage by the time many, including myself were still queuing up to get into the venue. Missing the first few numbers including ‘Doctor Doctor’ left me less than happy and further disappointment ensued as their set was cut to a mere 7 songs (2 of which I had already missed)!!
However, even with this setback Michael Schenker and co. delivered a set of near perfection. Treating the metal faithful to a selection of songs from the ‘Temple of Rock’ back catalogue, as well as covers from the Scorpions and UFO, quickly banished the poor start to the evening.
Schenker gave an iconic performance prowling the stage,
effortlessly churning out great riffs and scorching solos,
further demonstrating why he is one of the most influential
guitarists to have ever graced the arena of hard rock.
Judas Priest on the other hand got off to a somewhat sluggish start and did not really hit their stride till they were five or six songs into their set. Nonetheless, the likes of ‘Beyond the Realms of Death’ and my personal favorite ‘Victim of Changes’ were as spine chillingly good as ever. New material from ‘Redeemer of Souls’ slotted in nicely amongst old relics such as ‘The Rage’ and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’.
Rob Halford and guitarist Richie Faulkner carried much of the bands momentum, although they were unnecessary breaks between every song so the ‘metal god’ could change into a variety of elaborate costumes.
The final third of the Priest’s set was all about reliving the golden 80's era with ‘Breaking the Law’, 'Hell Bent for Leather’, 'You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’ and the finale of ‘Living After Midnight’, fittingly ending the evening with 3,500 metal-heads singing their hearts out.
Review by: Rob Herald
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