Calgary's MONSTERS OF ROCK Festival Attended By 16,500 Headbangers; Photos, Review Available

According to the Calgary Herald, 16,500 headbangers young and old flocked to McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Saturday, July 26 for the 11 metal bands that made up the Monsters of Rock festival, headed by OZZY OSBOURNE and JUDAS PRIEST.

In his review of the show, Rick Overwater of Sun Media wrote, "Clearly in top operatic form on [JUDAS PRIEST's] new album 'Nostradamus', frontman Rob Halford rose from the stage in a silver cloak and led the band through a cut from the new record. It ain't the best record, though, so thankfully they cut right to the classic material, playing 'Metal Gods' from 'British Steel' and moving on to everything expected, including Halford on his Harley.

"Beyond a doubt, JUDAS PRIEST is one of the greatest metal bands ever and few could ever follow them.

"That's where Ozzy Osbourne comes in. Striding on stage in the white cowboy hat bestowed upon arrival in the city, Ozzy may not have been up to the vocal histrionics of Halford.

"But there's only one guy who sings 'Mr. Crowley' and 'War Pigs'.

"Zakk Wylde, easily the guitar god of the da y (and metal is all about guitars and drums) took up any slack in the show and helped Ozzy end the day on a high point."

Check out photos of the Monsters of Rock festival in Calgary from the Calgary Herald.

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