We closed out the season on Friday night at Stir Cove. And it went out with a bang! It was certainly a chilly evening and we snuggled up and settled in for what turned out to be quite the spectacle. We kicked off the show with a band from the UK, The Temperance Movement. These guys were really a great way to warm us up for what was to come. High energy, easy to listen to and lead singer Phil Campbell has got moves that may just challenge Jagger’s. They formed in 2011 and released their first album in 2012. They’ve come a long way in a short period of time to be touring with legends like Judas Priest and Deep Purple. With their style and drive, they might have what it takes to follow right in their footsteps.
And then the Priest arrived. I gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a louder show at Stir. We like to park ourselves closer to stage right. I love the view and the sound over there. But I was absolutely not prepared for my ears to be ringing halfway through the show. Not that I’m complaining, of course! Judas Priest has not lost any sense of who they are. From the set of the stage to Rob Halford’s 7 different and equally amazing jackets. I mean, what’s a heavy metal show without the wardrobe changes, right? Halford’s operatic voice sounds as if the man hasn’t aged since their formation in 1969. And the many, many, many guitar solos kicked ass. The current musicians may not be all original members, but they absolutely do them justice. In the end, they made a vow that the Priest will return. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss it!
Just as we felt that we’d been to a full concert, here comes Deep Purple. Known as one of the pioneers of heavy metal, Deep Purple got their start in 1968. In 1972, they were even deemed one of the globe’s loudest bands by the Guiness Book of World Records. It’s no joke when I tell you that my ears are still ringing. This is a band that has seen success despite the revolving door of band members. The only original member still touring is drummer Ian Paice. No matter the members, the sound is still there. Those unmistakable tunes of the keyboard still ring true with touring member David Airey tickling. I love seeing those closeups on the screen behind the band, it’s mesmerizing. Singer Ian Gillan, much like Priest, has pipes that would keep you in disbelief that the man is 73 years old. It’s incredible to see these living legends still pushing on and rocking hard at their advanced stage of life.
The crowd was of course filled with your expected middle aged metal heads. Speckled with some of us younger kids who appreciate what was put forth and who laid the path for the future generations of heavy metal. All of whom, by the way could not help but play air guitar at some point during the show. It really was a great way to end Stir Cove’s 15th season. I’m already anxious for next year’s lineup! Thank you for another amazing year, Stir, staff, and security. See you in the Spring! Cheers!