LIVE (Retro): Judas Priest @ RPI Fieldhouse, Troy on July 29, 1986

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Check out a classic review from a show that took place on this date in Nippertown concert history.

It was a raucous, sweaty show.

The opening band was once-mighty Swiss metallers KROKUS – then promoting the awful Change of Address record. Half of the set was covers (“Ballroom Blitz”, “American Woman”, a corny version of Dylan’s “Everybody Must Get Stoned” and their wretched version of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out”) mixed in with an older few classics like “Long Stick Goes Boom”, “Eat The Rich” and “Headhunter”. Not a band at their peak.

Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest, 7/29/86, RPI Fieldhouse
Photo by John Moore

Judas Priest were also promoting their own most compromised album, Turbo, which this writer thought then, and still thinks, is a metal-lite turd, ruined by guitar synths, vapid, “happy-metal” lyrics and a new blow-dried image. I know some love it.   Some of us disagree.

Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest, 7/29/86, RPI Fieldhouse
Photo by John Moore

Anyway, this was a great show – the new songs they played were heavier live, and the set was mostly meatier old songs, played as heavy as ever, and the band’s new, poncy hairstyles were soon melted into a sweat by the July heat. The place was PACKED, and I remember the crush during the first song “Out In the Cold” was lethal upfront, which let up a little as the show went on.  The set-list was pretty much as seen on this ancient cassette bootleg cover, plus “Hellbent For Leather” at the end. All hail the mighty PRIEST.

Fendando Von Arb from KROKUS, 7/29/86, RPI Fieldhouse
Photo by John Moore
Set-list, from ancient cassette bootleg of Judas Priest, 7/29/86, RPI Fieldhouse
Photo by John Moore
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  1. ToastWRPI says

    Awesome, thanks for sharing! I saw this show in June 1986 in Providence RI (with I think Dokken opening) just a year before I would arrive on campus in Troy. I would then proceed to work at the Fieldhouse for a few years while going to school. I saw many great shows there in the late 80’s.

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