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Scorpions as well as Judas Priest can be considered as pioneers of their genre, respectively classic hard rock and heavy metal. Both ‘giants’ recently treated us to excellent new albums and surprisingly they joined hands for a short European tour. Luckily enough a last-minute date was added in Holland, more specific at the freshly rebuilt Brabanthallen venue, which has a capacity of 5,000 people. The Scorpions/Judas Priest gig didn’t sell out, but thanks to many Belgian fans who made to trip to Den Bosch, things went nice and cosy.

At precisely 7:30 p.m. Scorpions kicked off with “Bad Boys Running Wild”. From the beginning the volume was very loud, but nevertheless every instrument could clearly be heard. This concert was part of the band’s Unbreakable World Tour which started last year and it didn’t differ much from the previous shows I attended. So, what new can I say? Scorpions still play with a lot of energy and it’s almost unbelievable to see how Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker (both 50+) are running up and down the stage. If have ever seen Scorpions play with drummer Herman Rarebell, then you will agree with me that James Kottak (ex-Kingdom Come) is a major improvement. Not only does he rock big time, he’s also ‘visually’ dancing on his drum stool. Although billed as a double headliner concert, Scorpions were only given 75 minutes and so it was obvious that they mainly played older songs, among which “Wind Of Change”, “Big City Nights”, “Rock You Like A Hurricane”, “Dynamite” and “Blackout”.

Half an hour later it was time for Judas Priest to hit the stage. Just like last year they opened with “The Hellion/Electric Eye”, followed by “Metal Gods”. Once again the stage looked quite impressive wit a huge backdrop that was frequently changed and catwalks left and right of the stage. Last year I wasn’t that overwhelmed by their routine show, but this time they seemed to have found back the joy of playing live again. That resulted in playing the songs just a little bit tightly, let’s say the way they should be played. Some critics have problems with the way Rob Halford moves onstage these days, or better … the lack of it. And indeed, he reminded me more than once of the pope who coincidentally died that same evening. But wearing a leather jacket full of metal studs that weighs up to 25 kg speaks in his defence. Anyway, if you closed your eyes, the music was perfect and I really enjoyed listening to anthems such as “Beyond The Realms Of Death”, “Hot Rockin’”, “Victim Of Changes” and “Painkiller”. The acoustic version of “Diamonds And Rust” was both brilliant and refreshing at the same time, giving the fans value for their money. Even new songs from the “Angel Of Retribution” album were greeted with much enthusiasm and fitted easily in the set. One could say that all the show elements of the past look a bit ridiculous for ‘guys’ in their fifties, but like the leather and studs I guess it will always be part of a Judas Priest show. Just prior to the show I heard someone from the crowd say: “Now it’s time for some real music.” After all those years, I guess that this is exactly what Priest are (still) bringing to the masses and that’s the only thing that counts.

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rockit (on 6/05/05)
It was the first time for me to see both the Scorpions and Judas Priest. I must say my main interest before the gig was going out to the first band, I was little afraid that Judas Priest would be too hard. But I must admit I liked both. They surely got my respect! Wonderful show, good music and singing and lots of energy. I'm looking forward to seeing both again in the future!
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Scorpions & Judas Priest
April 2, 2005
Brabanthallen, Den Bosch

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