Could’ve done the annual Labor Day sketch. However on Thursday I received an email. Last month or so I had entered some contest online. Forgot about it. Then out of the blue I received an email informing me that I had won tickets to see Judas Priest and Deep Purple in concert.
Needless to say, I was floored. Such fantastic news! The only issue was traveling to the venue. The show was at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, which was in Long Island. In the past I’ve always gone to Jones Beach theater by car. Regardless I decided to take my chance taking the Long Island Railroad.
Getting to Jones Beach wasn’t too bad. Turns out there was taxis waiting to take concert goers there at ten bucks per passenger. This cab driver squeezed in five of us in one cab. Everyone seemed to be psyched for the show. During the ride, the other passengers broke out into vocalizing the guitar riff from the most well known Deep Purple song “Smoke On The Water.” You know that riff – “Ta-ta-taaaa/ta-ta da-dah! Ta-ta-ta da-dah!!!” It was something out of a television show or film. Two of the passengers were two men from Mexico, having the time of their lives. One was already living in the U.S., the other was his cousin. It was the cousin’s first American rock concert. Their vibes turned the cab ride into a celebration, as they were a bit tipsy. Yet despite me being the only female in the cab, everyone acted like gentlemen. Then out of the blue, one of the Mexican guys proclaimed “You know what? Everyone here is so beautiful, I’d like to thank everyone for being here – I’m paying for everybody’s cab ride!” Well hey!
I expected my tickets not to have great seating. When I picked the tickets up from the VIP booth, there was another pleasant surprise awaiting. I go to the gate, asking the usher where my seat was. Turns out my seat was in orchestra! In other words, they were floor seats to the left of the stage, near the water. These were not just any ‘cheap seats.’ Their was usher, a slim Asian teen. I had witnessed her the month before during the Slayer show at the same venue. She had been arguing with three loser dirtbags who were in the wrong section. This young (guessing Chinese) lady really held her own pretty well. This time, she not only led me to my seat with a smile, she graciously wiped down my seat. I nearly forgot to thank her due to shock over how good my seats were.
Missed most of the opening act, which was The Temperance Movement. Managed to catch the last three songs on their set. The concert itself was a double bill with Judas Priest and Deep Purple. To be honest, I was there more for Judas Priest. Perhaps it was a good thing Judas was up first. Had Deep Purple gone on stage first, Judas Priest would’ve wiped the stage with them. Not to say Deep Purple wasn’t good, but I’ll get to them later.
The Judas Priest set itself was mostly classics with tunes from their latest release Firepower. Again, the new album isn’t bad either. It was pretty awesome seeing Rob Halford come on stage on a motorcycle. So yes. Judas Priest ruled.
Towards the end of the set, original Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton joined them onstage. Tipon had bow out of touring earlier this year due to Parkinson’s disease.
The crowd’s age median was a mixture, but mostly older due to Deep Purple. Believe it or not, this was my second time seeing Deep Purple in concert. Saw them live back in 2000, also at Jones Beach. If you’re asking how or why, an ex-boyfriend dragged me to the concert. Again, to my pleasant surprise, I enjoyed Deep Purple more the second time. I suppose this was due to the company I kept then compared to now. Ritchie Blackmore had been long gone from the current Deep Purple line-up, but it made no difference. The band seemed more relaxed without him. If you’re curious, their set list is listed here. Oh, and yes. They did “Smoke On The Water.”
Which leads us to the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. So instead of doing the obligatory Labor Day sketch, did one with a Judas Priest theme instead. Without further ado, here’s classic Rob Halford in vintage Judas Priest form.
In late October, I will finally do a comic con in Upstate NY. It was about time. So come by, free admission for IncrediCon, Oct. 28th.
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Come back next week for a new Psycho Bunny sketch and finally get to post some commission work.
All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo, unless noted.