Martini Mike's Hangover Report - Journal Pavilion Edition


“There's many who've tried to prove that they’re faster
But they didn't last and they died as they tried” – Judas Priest, “Hell Bent For Leather”.

Last night I attended the long awaited “Metal Masters Tour” show at Journal Pavilion in the desert wasteland ( why doesn't anyone ever get lost in a dessert wasteland? You know, leftover Creme Brule and such!) south of Albuquerque. I remember checking the weather channel before the show. It said “chance of thunderstorms possible throughout the evening”. Boy were they right! The thunderstorms took the form of Metal Gods from days gone by. The awe, inspiration, memories, just put me over the top. You see, I was weaned on Priest. Judas Priest. I worshipped them as a boy. I worship them now. They headlined. Leather, motorcycle, flash and dazzle. Black Sabbath, err “Heaven and Hell; Sabbath the Dio Years” was also there to put aged metalurgy to the test. And for a third genre we had Motorhead cranking out grumblings of thunder. I walked in as they began. They rocked. Sorry to have missed the fourth, yes fourth, band called Testament. I do not know any of their songs. We were running late. Had to finish that second martini.


As my ticket states “No Cameras or Recording Devices” I did not take my fancy camera. After watching common people use regular cameras from their seats with no backlash I whipped out my cell phone. This is as good as it gets folks. I went to sleep at 1 and was up by 6 am writing this in my head. I am displaying certain symptoms of what may be a form of PTSD. For the first time I recall I am deaf from a concert. I can hear a little in my right ear & about ½ with my left. I had disrupted sleep patterns. My stomach is not right. But I can state with certainty that I do not have a hangover at $8 a drink!

We saw some old friends and made some new friends too of course. Everyone was there to have fun, and most everything was mellow with people of all ages enjoying the show. It was funny to see the vast difference in the fans of various ages. But they all came together for this, the greatest of nights.

The show really began as we watched the head of security drag a man up the sidewalk. The man’s pants started falling down and eventually came off. He yelled to the man to pull up his pants repeatedly as he held both arms tight! So there he was with his junk all exposed for the crowd as they finished his drag. One word. Belt.

Motorhead just trolled and plowed across that stage. I later relayed to my buddy Tom G. that I had drank with Lemmy. In L.A. at The Rainbow. Well, actually I drank next to him. He was a regular there in the day and so was I. He was usually just standing in the middle of the upstairs bar and I would walk up to get a refill from time to time. He looks exactly the same that pale white old rock and roll vampire!



Sabbath. Dark. Evil. Unphotographable. Dio also looks and sounds the same as 20 years ago. I want to have him over for pasta and my homemade marinara. I have met Dio several times, also in L.A. back in the day. He is the most down to earth normal guy. He does not carry a crystal ball around, but I did.

(Me - circa 1991)

And the Priest. Judas Priest. Rob Halford needed to put on a shirt but wanted to show off all his ink and exposed breasts. Sorry. I love this man and this band. They shred. They are the kings, the Gods of Metal. They destroyed my hearing. When I was young I would pull the Priest out of my secret arsenal at cover band auditions and I was in every time. Later I of course would only perform my own music and try to sing like myself. Priest is in my car. Priest is in our stereo in the old “Martini World! Private Ultra Lounge”. Right next to Dean Martin. I once stood by Rob Halford to meet him at a pro metal musicians convention called “Concrete Foundations”. He seemed too busy at the time for me to try to meet him. I want to drink some beers with Judas Priest. I want to do a photo shoot of them on tour. I want to write their stories. I want to work for Judas Priest. If you can hear me God, please relay this message to the band.


We came, we saw, we conquered. We treemed the hedges of many a small Paveelion. Did you say something? Thank you ticket master for my gazillion $ 2nd row tickets. Thank you Albuquerque for Journal Pavilion. Rock on.


(You are not allowed to lean on this fence when eating chicken tenders?)

(You are also not allowed to dance drunk while touching this light pole)

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Tags: ABQ, Albuquerque, DCF, Duke city fix, Journal Pavilion, Judas Priest, Sabbath, dukecityfix, martini mike, metal Masters

Comment by Gemini Goddess on August 28, 2008 at 10:10am
How freakin' fun!!!!!!! Thanks for the review and the pictures!
Comment by Dr Dan on August 28, 2008 at 11:05am

hey I was in the 2nt row and went for the vip tour, but Ive learned to always take a camera nd if they say no, they walk back but at least you are covered Lemmy was awesome, straight forward rock n roll
H and H about the same as I always remember and I got a Toni I pick
JP-what can you say, I met them back stage and they are short believe it or not, Halford has the pipes, but you are right he really needs to wear a shirt
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 28, 2008 at 11:10am
You were probably right by me Dr. Dan! I was in the second row too. Skipped the VIP tour. Who would have thought "F" meant 2?
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 28, 2008 at 11:18am
Lord yes. Ticketmaster... the biggest gangsta ticket scalpers around! An "auction" for good seats that no one ever bid against me on! Strange.
Comment by misterhinkydink on August 28, 2008 at 11:24am
I was there with my daughter in row y, section 3. You missed a fantastic guitar player, Alex Skolnick, in Testament. Motorhead played rock and roll. I love Lemmy. I hadn't seen Geezer and Tony in 34 years and this was my first time seeing Ronnie. I never accepted BS with him but they were excellent. Yeah, unless you find shaved-head, puffy, doughy white guys attractive, Rob needs to show less skin.
Comment by Dr Dan on August 28, 2008 at 7:30pm
I was in section 2 row b seat 5
paid 4 bills worth every penny, vip room had FREE BEER
I shamelessly shor 2 G oF film and what I call crappy Vid's
REMEMBER
call Journal Pavillion and ask even if they say no invest in a flat digital camera, easy to sneak in. if you score first 10 row seats you get great pics.
it was expensive but I met the AARP version of Judas Priest,
30 years ago Super cool
now, pdg or (pretty dame cool)
I met the metal gods
Comment by misterhinkydink on August 28, 2008 at 7:37pm
There were people all around us with digital cameras.
Comment by Joe S Sausage on August 28, 2008 at 8:34pm
i missed this show, however, i saw judas many years ago, i was 14 or 15, got into a place in milwaukee wi, i think it's the riviera, don't even know if it's there anymore, awesome, burned into my memory, shows like that ruin it for other bands...
Comment by mombat on August 29, 2008 at 10:47am
I saw Judas Priest about 20 years ago at Tingley and I remember it being good show. I also remember has very furry Rob Halford was, shirt good.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 29, 2008 at 11:58am
Mombat - I was at that show too!

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