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Judas Priest performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

You’ve got to hand it to Jimmy Fallon, he sure has a way of getting some of the best musical guests around, especially when it comes to hard rock and heavy metal. This past Friday night, it was Judas Priest’s turn as they played through “Breakin’ the Law” and today’s video feature, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” from Screaming for Vengeance. Rob Halford turned in a solid vocal performance on a TV-friendly abbreviated version despite the obvious down-tuning, which I can only assume is to accommodate his voice (hey cut the guy some slack—he’s 60 years old, and he is the Metal God, after all). I wish I could say the same for Glen Tipton and Richie Faulkner, whose replacement of founding member and guitarist K. K. Downing upon his retirement has caused quite a ruckus among fans. Their guitar tones were absolutely atrocious, Glen sleepwalked his way through an uninspired—and uninspiring—guitar solo, and although I’m sure Richie has something to prove as the hot-shot whippersnapper, his solo at the end of the song added absolutely nothing of value. I wish Ian Hill’s bass had been a little higher in the mix as his playing was steady and dependable as always, and it sounded like his tone was great.

Don’t get me wrong. Judas Priest was one of my favorite bands as a teenager, and I spun Defenders of the Faith and Turbo more times than I would like to admit. I wish I could say this was an awesome performance, but honestly, it was only passable and not up to the standard that I would expect from the mighty Priest. Nonetheless, it’s great to see them getting TV airtime and the respect that they deserve.


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Roger Waters and Foo Fighters perform “In the Flesh?” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is currently in the middle of a week-long tribute to Pink Floyd, celebrating the band’s history with performances of Floyd tunes by artists like Pearl Jam and Dierks Bentley and appearances by Nick Mason and Roger Waters. Tuesday’s show featured a spot-on performance of “In the Flesh?,” the opening track of the landmark album The Wall, by the Foo Fighters and Waters himself.


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Anthrax plays “Caught in a Mosh” live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Anthrax appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night promoting their new album Worship Music, which will be released next Tuesday. The band unveiled their new song “The Devil You Know” as part of the regular broadcast, and while I have been unable to find official NBC footage of the performance, I have seen some bootleg videos, and it sounds really good. I’ll post it as soon as I find a source that I am confident that NBC won’t shut down.

Instead, here’s “Caught in a Mosh” from their classic album Among the Living. As you can see, the guys are sounding great, and father of the blast beat Charlie Benante is in fine form.