Thursday, August 13, 2009


Judas Priest & Whitesnake
@The Thomas & Mack 8-08-09
by Don Brown Sr.
Photos by Leah Burlington

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Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake.

David Coverdale give Las Vegas his best shot.

It has been almost three decades since I first caught Judas Priest and Whitesnake in concert. Whitesnake was opening for Jethro Tull and I don't recall who Judas Priest was with. I do remember that I came away impressed with the vocal abilities of both David Coverdale and Rob Halford. These two men helped their bands reach the top. Halford's scream has never been much of a problem but Coverdale has had his share of troubles. David had to cancel the previous show in Phoenix because of laryngitis. How will he handle tonights show at The Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas?

Coverdale and his band Whitesnake sounded good on the first two numbers "BEST YEARS" and "BAD BOYS". Whitesnake still sounded good but David was more miss then hit. The down slide started on "LOVE AIN'T NO STRANGER" his voice just wasn't strong enough to handle the notes.

"SLOW AN' EASY" was the victim of the same unevenness. "LAY DOWN YOUR LOVE" featured some white hot fretwork by guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach. This gave David a few minutes to rest as this guitar duo let it loose. Coverdale returned and did a respectable job on "IS THIS LOVE".

K. K. & Glen at their best.

Rob Halford Still sounds great.

Bassist Uriah Duffy and drummer Chris Frazier added a fat bottom on "GIVE ME ALL YOUR LOVE". One of the bands biggest hits "HERE I GO AGAIN" kept these fans happy". Whitesnake put the show to bed with "IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT" as their loyal fans cheered them on. Hopefully Coverdale will be back up to par soon.

Judas Priest was next to take the stage with the hard hitting "RAPID FIRE" as their fans roared the arrival of their heroes. Guitarist K. K. Downing & Glen Tipton traded wild leads on "METAL GODS". Singer Rob Halford's voice was stronger as ever on the classic "BREAKING THE LAW".

Priest kept flying high with "GRINDER" as the crowd went nuts. Drummer Scott Travis and bassist Ian Hill put the heavy in heavy metal on "UNITED". The band steamrolled the crowd with "YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE OLD TO BE WISE" as we all went crazy. Fan favorite "LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT" always has the fans singing along.

Ian Hill helps drive Priest.

Halford is the man.

The band upped the intensity on "THE RAGE". ON "STEELER" the group sounded like it was 1979 all over again. The guys finished up their classic BRITISH STEEL album with "THE RIPPER" with Downing and Tipton at it again with their great team work.

"PROPHECY" from their under appreciated CD NOSTRADAMUS was received warmly by the crowd. "HELL PATROL" showed that these metal masters are still on top of their game. They finished up their set with a killer version of "VICTIM OF CHANGES" much to the fans delight.

Judas Priest returned quickly as Halford rode his Harley on stage for "FREEWHEEL BURNING". Joan Baez' "DIAMONDS & RUST" got the heavy metal treatment only Priest could do. They followed that with one of their biggest hits "YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMING" as we all cheered our heroes one last time.

We would like to thank Jen for all her help.

Photography by Leah Burlington. See more great photos at Leah Burlington Photos copyright 2009 Brown Ink

( Review courtesy of and Don Brown)

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