LIVE (Retro): Judas Priest @ SPAC, 8/5/1988

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32 years ago tonight, Aug. 5, 1988: Judas Priest on the ‘Ram It Down’ tour at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY. The weather was great and the place was packed for the only show Judas Priest ever played at this venue.  The only downer was the opening band – 80s hair-rockers Cinderella, who didn’t bring the metal required to warm up a Priest show.  The west coast got Slayer as support for this tour – we got Cinderella.  You can’t win ‘em all.

Photo Credit – Mark Kurtzner

‘Ram It Down’ wasn’t JP’s best record by a long shot, but it was a whole lot better than the odiously commercial ‘Turbo’, which had preceded it.  For this show in 1988, the emphasis was on heavy, and this was an amazing gig – you can’t go wrong with an opening “Electric Eye”/ ”Metal Gods”/ ”Sinner”/ ”Breaking The Law” 1-2-3-4, and they brought the ‘Stained Class’-era epic “Beyond The Realms of Death” back into the set for the first time since 1981. Hail PRIEST!

Setlist

  1. The Hellion/Electric Eye
  2. Metal Gods
  3. Sinner
  4. Breaking the Law
  5. Come & Get It
  6. I’m a Rocker
  7. The Sentinel
  8. The Ripper
  9. Beyond the Realms of Death
  10. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  11. Turbo Lover
  12. Ram It Down
  13. Heavy Metal
  14. Victim of Changes
  15. The Green Manalishi
  16. Living After Midnight
  17. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  18. Hell Bent for Leather.

Photos by Mark Kurtzner

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