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Judas Priest / Michael Shenker's Temple Of Rock

Live Review

Venue: Brixton Academy, London

Birmingham’s metal legends prove ageless

Michael Schenker amply proves his guitar god status tonight, albeit leading his TEMPLE OF ROCK [6] through a rather uneven performance. The best moments are covers of Scorpions’ Rock You Like A Hurricane and Rock Bottom from UFO, but Schenker’s got a lineup that falls short of his standards.

No band understands metal better than JUDAS PRIEST [9]. As the vast curtain covering the front of the stage falls to the soundtrack of War Pigs piped through the PA, they blaze into Dragonaut. From here on in, it’s a glorious ride. Part theatre, part pomp and all power surges, this is 100 minutes’ worth of monumental peaks. The set slaps through the band’s career, taking in such iconic anthems as Metal Gods, Victim Of Changes, Beyond The Realms Of Death and Breaking The Law. They also pull out one or two surprises, such as Desert Plains and The Rage, and also visit more recent times with Redeemer Of Souls and Halls Of Valhalla.

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