Yeah it’s Sad..Farewell to Heavy Metal’s Dad


Thin Lizzy..Black Label Society and Judas Priest.

I had purchased tickets for this trifecta almost four months prior to this show. It’s supposedly Judas Priest’s last tour so I wasn’t going to miss it. As my friend Drew and I entered 1st Bank Center Thin Lizzy was finishing up their opening set with “The Boys are Back in Town”, they sounded good.

Here’s Zakk Wylde and his band the “Black Label Society”. I’m not familiar with Zakk’s new stuff I just remember him as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne for many years.

Gotta admit, that headdress is pimp’n.

Here’s video of Zakk Wylde and his Band Black Label Society

Tight band, worth seeing if you get the chance.

I did a blog entry about Judas Priest the last time they visited Colorado. They played Red Rocks Ampitheater with Whitesnake and another band I had never heard of called “Pop Evil”. I called that entry..”Heavy Metal is still alive as Rob does the Job”.

I was going to link that blog entry to this one however when MLBlogs converted to the WordPress format apparently that blog entry was lost. I had no idea until I started looking for it. I knew they had lost a bunch of my blog entries but I was quite fond of that particular one. Thanks again MLBlogs, another memory wiped out.

This tour was called the Epitaph tour and it seemed Priest tried to play a song from every album. That’s not that easy when you’ve been cranking out Heavy Metal music for over 40 years.

I had no idea that they were attending this show but I ran into my friends Marc, Donna, Jack and Kim. They attended the last Judas Priest show at Red Rocks 2 1/2 years ago with me…How cool is that?

Unfortunately K.K Downing will not be on the Epitaph tour. Rob Halford released this letter explaining the situation.

Props to Richie Faulkner for doing an amazing job for K.K.

Here are a couple of videos I shot of Rob Halford and Judas Priest.

This was the last concert I’ll ever attend without earplugs. There was no way I was going to sit in the seats on the side of the stage.  This was my last chance to see Judas Priest and our seats were General Admission on the floor in front of the stage baby.

My ears paid the price for that. I’m “D” The Ranter and you better hurry up if you want to witness the original pioneers of Heavy Metal in action.

Everything is better live…“D”


  1. Ken

    D – Awesome pictures. Although I am not a Judas Priest fan, I’m sure that they apprecieate the love you are giving them on your blog. Earplugs are standard accessories for me at any concert. I have already lost enough of my hearing ability.
    Looking forward to Spring Training this year. Maybe I will make a trip down the there to the see the “Salt Shaker”. Hope things are well with you and the family up in Nederland. I just got me a 4-pack pass to the Eldora. Maybe one of the trips I could stop by your place for an after ski beverage?


  2. Rays Renegade

    D- Knew there was still some Rockstar mentality running through those Purple Rockies veins. Fantastic photos. Still waiting for the Rays to bring in a heavy metal band for a concert series……But then again it might just blow the roof off the Trop.
    Seriously, great to see you back in the Top tier of bloggers and doing your thing again and getting the recognition you deserve.
    I can almost smell Spring time already……or is that becuase Florida has Winter only 5 days a year?……Stay warm and do a “Tebow” somewhere for me.


    RAYS RENEGADE-Thanks Cliff, I like that, blow the top off the Trop…Sounds like a great blog entry. Thanks for the kind words brotha, to me you sir are the Father of MLBlogs. You’ve always have a kind word to say, or a relevant story to share. For sure, one Tebowing picture coming your way next Thursday against the Jets.

    KEN-For sure with the earplugs going forward. My spring training dates are from March 16-25th, let’s hook up if possible. I’ll be there with Mike and probably Robert? If you’re going to be skiing in Ned call me the day before and make sure i’ll be home. Then for sure stop by for a beverage brotha. Tha would be cool :)…D

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