Like any show at Saint Vitus, we started the night next door having some delicious and cheap Mexican and some cold cervezas (I highly recommend the chicken burrito!). By the time we went to the club, the last of the opening bands was on as we checked out the merchandise. Very cool shirts and tour poster!
The place was packed, but this was expected. Last time they started the tour with two nights here and this single show definitely appeared to be sold out. We thought we might have trouble getting a good spot but luckily when the opening band ended, everyone went for pee and beer breaks and we got up right next to the stage where guitarist Richie Yeates would shred away mere inches from my face (and camera) all night long (see the videos below).
Speaking of videos, I only brought my new iPhone to this show as the lights which line the back wall of the Saint Vitus stage and shine out towards the audience always make it a bitch to get good photos here, so instead I took a few still shots and mainly got some killer super up close videos to tell the story.
That story is titled "Heavy Metal Fucking Done Right!" (Yeah...it's a bit of a wordy title and probably wouldn't be featured on Oprah's book club, but most definitely rings true.)
Along with Richie on guitar (on his first visit/tour of America - hope it's going great Richie!), we have Chaz Grimaldi back on bass (M3 a mere month away Chaz...our beer will be cold and plentiful) and the skin bashing monster Paul White holding down the beat. Then there's the metal legend himself, the voice, Steve Grimmett.
No first show of tour issues at all. The band was tight and the vocals were killer!
The set was book ended by their two "hits" opening with "Rock You To Hell" and closing ninety minutes later with a massive audience sing-a-long of "See You In Hell". In between we had an even mix of tracks off of both of those albums as well as "Fear No Evil" (including the title track).
Based on my memory and others on setlist.fm (I guess none of us took notes that night) I believe this was the setlist in order (it's at least 90% correct) along with the videos I took:
Rock You to Hell (video below)
Night of the Vampire
Lust For Freedom
Wrath of the Ripper
Now or Never
Fear No Evil (video below)
Let The Thunder Roar
Matter of Time
Rock Me 'Til I Die
Don't Talk To Strangers (Dio cover - video below)
Final Scream (video below)
See You In Hell (video below)
After the set we headed out to the bar area and got to meet and chat with all the member's of the band. Great guys one and all.
This 30th Anniversary of "Fear No Evil" tour is still running for a few weeks and if it's coming anywhere near you and you don't go, well shit, then you can't be helped.
If you got tickets already or plan on picking them up, you're in for a night of metal done right.
I look forward to the next tour ("Rock You To Hell" 30th anniversary tour?) and I'll be back up against the stage once again at Saint Vitus helping them kick it off. Everyone who was at this show I'm sure will be too.
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