English hard rock / heavy metal legends Deep Purple and Judas Priest recently set out on a lengthy co-headlining tour of North America, which featured opening support from British blues rockers The Temperance Movement.
We caught the run at Wantagh’s Jones Beach Theater on September 1st, and experienced an amazing closing set from Deep Purple, who hit the stage to Gustav Holst‘s “Mars, the Bringer of War,” and went on to perform classic favorites like “Highway Star,” “Strange Kind of Woman,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Space Truckin’,” “Smoke on the Water,” and more, including closing song, their cover of Joe South‘s “Hush.” Led by OG members: drummer Ian Paice, vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, plus guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey, the band definitely blew away a pretty packed and delighted Long Island amphitheater, leaving fans wanting more.
Headbanging heroes Judas Priest delivered a ground shacking set of their own, kicking off with the well received “Firepower” and leading into “Delivering the Goods” and “Sinner” before erupting with another fresh track, the demonic “Lightning Strike.” As usual, the forceful Halford was in full form, delivering all the spine-tingling high pitched notes to gems like “Desert Plains,” “Turbo Lover,” “Freewheel Burning,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” and “Painkiller,” to name a few. A huge highlight from the band’s set was their encore, which saw them welcome guitar ripper Glenn Tipton for songs “Metal Gods,” “No Surrender,” “Breaking the Law,” and “Living After Midnight.”
Modern band The Temperance Movement provided the opening soundtrack to the evening, delivering southern rock jams in the form of songs “Caught In The Middle,” “Only Friend,” “Be Lucky,” “Take It Back,” “Love And Devotion,” and more from their albums A Deeper Cut and The Temperance Movement.
Check out our full gallery from the show below.
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