Concert Memories Jun 26, 2014 18:33:01 GMT -6
Post by blackjack on Jun 26, 2014 18:33:01 GMT -6
I was lucky enough to see Priest, Great White on the Defenders of The Faith Tour at The Baltimore Arena - my first metal concert ever and I was 15 years old. Then they had a second leg of their tour so a few months later I saw Priest again at The Capital Center in Landover, Maryland - the arena where the Washington Capitals play and the Washington D.C basketball team plays. Iron Maiden with Twisted Sister opening. I saw Maiden on their Powerslave tour and on their next tour which I think was Somewhere In Time. Black Sabbath with Dio on the Dehumanizer tour. Dio on the Last In Line tour (Vivian Campbell on guitar) 4th row with Dokken opening, Ozzy with Jake E Lee on guitar and he had Metallica opening, Queensryche on the Empire tour with Suicidal Tendencies opening where QR played he whole Mindcrime album from beginning to end complete with video to enhance the storytelling, Metallica with Queensryche opening on the Empire tour so Metallica was on their And Justice For All tour which means it was their first tour with Jason on bass. When I saw Metallica open for Ozzy it was their Master Of Puppets tour and Cliff Burton was on bass. Megadeth on the So Far So Good So What tour with Doro of Warlock opening, Dio two more times - once on the Sacred Heart tour with Craig Goldie and the opening band was Accept, and also on the Lock Up the Wolves tour, Savatage at the Rock-It Club in Tampa, Florida twice and also Nitro at The Rock-It Club as well as Roxx Gang at the Rock-It. At The Baltimore Arena I saw Triumph on their Sport Of Kings tour and Yngwie Malmsteen opened! It was either his Marching Out or his Trilogy tour.
Pantera at Ozzfest 1997 was their Great Southern Trendkill tour so I got to see Dimebag Darrell play in his prime. Unfortunately I have to say the Pantera fans were the worst A-holes I've ever seen attend any concert. The ones who had tickets for the lawn behind the pavillion actually started tearing up huge pieces of sod and grass and started throwing them at the fans in the Pavillion seats in front of them, some of the chunks even got close to the stage and Phil Anselmo had to tell them to stop doing that because Ozzy didnt like it. 90% of the Pantera fans were total white trash. It was so annoying. I saw Slayer on their South of Heaven tour at The Fairgrounds in Tampa and the Slayer faans were better behaved. It was a great show - Overkill, then Motorhead, and then Slayer!!!! Anyway Pantera was playing on the Ozzfest where the Sabbath finally got Ozzy back on vocals for the first time since Ozzy initially left the band. Tony Iommi's guitar sound blew everyone else's away that night, from the time he hit his first power chord Iommi's tone was just massive and so SO HEAVY! They played their famous songs and a few surprises including Behind The Wall Of Sleep. I also saw Zakk Wylde on his very first tour with Ozzy - No Rest For The Wicked. He was wearing very tight spandex pants and halfway through the set Zakk's pants split open in back and everybody laughed. The opening band that night was Anthrax.