Judas Priest Newcastle City Hall 1983

Judas Priest Newcastle City Hall 1983
priest83tix Judas Priest returned to Newcastle City Hall in December 1983, two years after their last appearance at the venue. Support this time came from Quiet Riot, an American heavy metal band, who had just released a great cover of Slade’s “Cum On Feel the Noize.” Priest were by now mega successful in the USA. Earlier in the year they had played for over 300,000 heavy rock fans at the “US Festival”, alongside Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions and Van Halen. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe said of the event: “It was the day new wave died and rock n’ roll took over” [from Wiki]. The event set the single-day concert attendance record for the US. preisr83prog
Setlist from the 1983 tour: Electric Eye; Riding on the Wind; Grinder; Metal Gods; Bloodstone; Breaking the Law; Sinner; Desert Plains; The Ripper; Freewheel Burning; Screaming for Vengeance; You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’; Victim of Changes; Living After Midnight; The Green Manalishi; Hell Bent for Leather.
This was once again a great performance by Judas Priest, and was in fact the last time that I saw them in concert for over 20 years. As their success in the USA grew, their visits to the UK were less frequent. They did play at the City Hall a couple of more times in the late 80s and early 90s, but I foolishly missed those gigs. I’ll write on the next time I saw Priest, which was in 2005, tomorrow.

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