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Legends Judas Priest and Deep Purple Rock the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado

On Sunday September 23rd, at 7pm, Judas Priest took to a brightly lit stage before a cheering crowd at the Pepsi Center and began the night with “Firepower” from their recent album of the same name. Moments later, Rob Halford walked onto the stage to the roar of the crowd, the Metal God delivering his vocals with the power his fans have come to love over the decades. As the band moved thru their setlist of songs, guitarist Richie Faulkner’s shredding electrified the crowd. Moving back and forth thru time, they went through their set which such greats as,  “Lightning Strike”, “Turbo Lover”, and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin”. 

At the beginning of their encore, a familiar sound came from back of the stage as Rob Halford rode out on his motorcycle to the sound of,  “The Hellion” to the cheers of the crowd. To finish their set, they broke into, “Living After Midnight” where again, Richie Faulkner’s guitar skills took the spotlight with his solo, bringing to an end a great performance by Judas Priest.

Judas Priest are:
Rob Halford
Glenn Tipton
Richie Faulkner
Ian Hill
Scott Travis

set list:
War Pigs
Firepower Intro 
Delivering the Goods
Lightning Strike
Desert Plains
No Surrender
Turbo Lover
Rising From Ruins
Freewheel Burning
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Hell Bent for Leather

The Hellion
Electric Eye
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight


About 9pm, the members of Deep Purple entered onto the stage, to the sound of “Mars, the Bringer of War”, and the roar of their fans. Moments later as Ian Gillan made is way out on to the stage, the band broke into, “Highway Star” from their 1972 album, Machine Head to an energizing start of their show that had their fans on their feet and cheering. Staying back in time, the moved right into “Pictures of Home”  and “Blood Sucker”. Bassist Roger Glover looked right at home as he moved about the stage interacting with the other members and the fans. As they moved through their list of songs, Ian Gillan poured out his vocals as he has done for many years and when they broke into “Space Truckin”, even with the higher notes in the song, Ian Gillan sounded great. Finishing their set was “Smoke on the Water” to the delight of their fans. Their encore took us back to the beginning with, “Hush” from the 1968 album, Shades of Deep Purple. With the crowd singing to the song, the smiles from the band showed their appreciation for their fans. It was 50 years ago when Shades of Deep Purple hit the air waves; I was a sophomore in high school. This was my very first time seeing Deep Purple Live, and I was not disappointed!

Deep Purple are:
Ian Gillan,
Roger Glover
Ian Paice
Steve Morse
Don Airey

set list:
Mars, the Bringer of War
Highway Star
Pictures of Home
Strange Kind of Woman
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming
Uncommon Man
Knocking at Your Back Door
Keyboard Solo
Perfect Strangers
Space Truckin’
Smoke on the Water


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