Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Stephen Pearcy (RATT), Mark Slaughter (SLAUGHTER) and Taime Downe (FASTER PUSSYCAT) performed with HAIRBALL at Badlands Motor Speedway at "The Hair Ball" on Wednesday, July 20. The event, which was originally scheduled for June 17 but postponed due to severe weather, was one of the first rock concerts to be held at the newly renovated Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota, all in support of a massive fundraiser for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.
HAIRBALL — billed as "A Bombastic Celebration of Arena Rock" — has firmly established its status as the top-drawing rock tribute show in the nation, featuring stunning recreations of rock's biggest superstars backed by world class musicians and enhanced by a massive stage show, huge pyrotechnics, video and special effects.
Prior to the event, HAIRBALL creator Mike "Chainsaw Caine" Findling said: "This concert at Badlands Motor Speedway is going to be the biggest and best of everything that HAIRBALL is all about. We've been building up to this for 16 years, and to have the voice of JUDAS PRIEST, Rob Halford, join us for this event is a rock and roll dream come true."
Chuck Brennan, founder of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, echoed that enthusiasm. "We're in the business of making history in racing and entertainment," Brennan said. "Adding Rob Halford to this lineup makes this a truly historic occasion in every way. His support of the kids is incredible!"
JUDAS PRIEST's latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008's double-disc concept album "Nostradamus" was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST's heavy-metal roots.
Last night-Badlands Motor Speedway, South Dakota— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) July 22, 2016
Rob Halford & Stephen Pearcy "Livin' After Midnight" Judas Priest! pic.twitter.com/zGPgld8ttk