British heavy metallic legends JUDAS PRIEST kicked off their spring/summer time 2022 European tour with an intimate live performance this previous Tuesday night time (Might 31) in Berlin, Germany. For the gig, which was held on the 1,600-capacity Huxleys Neue Welt venue, Rob Halford and his bandmates ditched their conventional leather-and-studs look in favor of a extra stripped-down look.
Extra fan-filmed video of the Berlin live performance will be seen beneath.
After the present, PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner took to his social media to share a photograph of the efficiency, and he included the next message: “Final night time in #berlin was superb and one thing I’ve by no means completed with the band earlier than. No leather-based, no studs. No screens, no bike. No large mild present or inflatable Birmingham bull. Uncovered audio system, simply denims, t-shirts, a small membership and it was all purely concerning the music. All of us collectively and the uncooked energy of the music. It was actually an awesome expertise and one I would like to do once more someday.
“It is nice once you strip all of it again to what it is all about, the music and the folks of our nice heavy metallic neighborhood.
“Thanks all for making it such a particular night time.
“Onwards we roll to #gdansk #poland for the @festivalmystic”.
In a 2021 interview with Spain’s Mariskal Rock, Halford was requested who wore the “leather-based biker look” first — him or late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury. He responded: “I keep in mind seeing an image of Freddie along with his leather-based jacket and a cap and a motorbike, and I am, like, ‘What the fuck is happening, Freddie?’ [Laughs]
“I like him. Freddie is a god — he is a god,” Rob continued. “His music, his voice, his showmanship, his persona, his charisma. There’ll by no means, ever be one other Freddie Mercury.
“However so far as who wore it first, I believe I did in all probability — possibly by a 12 months or two,” Halford added. “Yeah, if that is essential. I do not know. Is it essential? I will let you know one thing: we each look good in leather-based. [Laughs]”
4 years in the past, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Okay.Okay. Downing was quoted as saying in Greg Prato‘s e-book “Lengthy Dwell Queen: Rock Royalty Talk about Freddie, Brian, John & Roger” that Halford “undoubtedly” pulled off the “leather-based biker look” higher than Mercury. “Truly, that is in all probability among the best questions I’ve ever been requested,” Downing mentioned. “As a result of each of the fellows, clearly being homosexual and each clearly having donned the leathers — which is par for the course — I believe the distinction was it turned Rob‘s final and everlasting picture. Whereas Freddie did it for a little bit of enjoyable, I believe. However [it is] a enjoyable query — I like that quite a bit. Undoubtedly Rob regarded just like the epitome — as I hope all of us did, collectively, after we all finally obtained into the leather-based gear — of an archetypal heavy metallic band.”
In his 2018 autobiography “Heavy Obligation: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, Downing claimed to have provide you with PRIEST black-leather look. Requested what impressed it within the first place, Okay.Okay. advised Rolling Stone: “I do not know. I had some fairly cool seems to be within the early days. I began off with a black, swashbuckling look. There was a spot known as the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre and beneath it had been large alcoves of all these theatrical garments. We came upon we might lease these garments, and that turned me and Rob‘s spot. We regarded by all this stuff, and that is why we wore a few of these coats and boots; they had been all rented from this theater. I believe we finally obtained advised off as a result of we did not return the garments in time. [Laughs] We simply held on to them. Finally, we obtained a little bit bit of cash and began having garments of our personal made and the look simply got here piece by piece. [Laughs]”
Requested if it was simple to get the remainder of the band on board, Downing mentioned: “Some members within the band prefer to suppose every thing’s their concept. I assumed, ‘I will get Rob on board to begin with.’ There have been a few homosexual guys on the leather-based store in London and Rob was in his aspect [laughs] with these guys becoming him out in all this leather-based gear. Gays had been already carrying leather-based in London so it was a simple promote for Rob. He was on board with that but in addition as a result of we weren’t making an attempt to do this; we had been doing the leather-and-studs factor in a metallic approach. Then he began to design all of his garments. ‘I am having the bullwhip. I am having this cover made.’ Rob was glad for them to know that he was a homosexual man, however at a sure level, it began to seem like a gladiator, which was fully completed in metallic. It opened up a large quantity of doorways for him to elaborate on all through our profession.”
In his 2020 autobiography “Confess”, Halford credited Downing with the thought of PRIEST dressing in black leather-based in 1978. He wrote: “The most important fable about this new stage gear is that I had one way or the other masterminded the picture as a canopy and a vent for my homosexuality — that I used to be getting a thrill from dressing on stage as I would like to decorate on the street, or the bed room. That is utter bollocks. I had no real interest in S&M, domination or the entire queer subcult of leather-based and chains. It simply did not do it for me. My sexual choice was for males, positive, however I used to be — and nonetheless am — fairly vanilla.”