JUDAS PRIEST and WHITESNAKE kicked off their joint summer tour last night (Wednesday, July 1) at The Family Arena in St Charles, Missouri.A BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor who goes by the name "KISSOFF 2004" has submitted the following report:
"The Metal Gods are just that. A fact that was reinforced in spades last night. Huge response from the crowd. "The 'British Steel' songs were tight and sounded perfect. [Rob] Halford [vocals] was in amazing form all night, hitting the expected high notes in 'Victim of Changes' and 'The Ripper', and stalking the stage throughout the show. "As much as I loved last year's set and performance, I think last night's show was better. 'Steeler', in particular, was just a beast live, and my personal highlight. Lasers, smoke, and a loud, clear mix added to the spectacle. Do not miss this show!
"WHITESNAKE were warmly received, although 'Is This Love' was met with indifference from the crowd who were clearly there to see PRIEST. 'Slow an' Easy' and 'Still of the Night' had the biggest reception. I could have done without the (what seemed like) 10-minute guitar duel and the drum solo. Still, for fans of the band, they delivered what you would expect from the veteran act."
WHITESNAKE setlist: 01. Bad Boys
02. Fool For Your Lovin'
03. Love Ain't No Stranger
04. Slow An' Easy
05. Lay Down Your Love
*Guitar spotlight with Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich trading off solos*
06. Cryin' In The Rain (with extended Drum solo in the middle)
07. Is This Love
08. Give Me All Your Love
09. Here I Go Again
10. Still Of The Night
JUDAS PRIEST setlist: 01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Breaking The Law
06. You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise
07. Living After Midnight
08. The Rage
10. The Ripper
12. Rock Hard Ride Free
13. Victim Of Changes Encore: 14. Freewheel Burning
15. Diamonds And Rust
16. You've Got Another Thing Comin' Video footage of JUDAS PRIEST and WHITESNAKE's July 1, 2009 performances at The Family Arena in St Charles, Missouri can be viewed below.