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Judas Priest / Mastodon @ The Paramount - 11/5/15
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The massive Judas Priest and Mastodon tour just made its way through the NYC-area for two smaller shows at The Paramount on November 5 and 6 and then a much bigger show at the Prudential Center on November 7. BV was on hand for the first Paramount show, and there are pictures of that in this post.

The Paramount is a small place to see either Priest or Mastodon, so seeing them there together was an all-too-rare treat. Priest played the same setlist at all three shows, a nicely curated mix of classic ("Breaking the Law," "Painkiller," "Hell Bent for Leather," and the like) and songs from their still-pretty-great 2014 release Redeemer of Souls. Mastodon, on the other hand, changed it up each night. On the 5th (the show we caught) they focused pretty heavily on material from 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun, though they still hit live standards "Crystal Skull" and "Aqua Dementia," and they managed to find time for "Bladecatcher," which is always a plus.

NJ.com caught the Prudential Center show, which was obviously a way different environment than the Paramount. Here's what they wrote about the arena show:

Though Halford's vocal range has always been front-and-center in Judas Priest's songwriting, the band's studio work doesn't quite represent the sheer power he's possessed, and continues to hone into his 60s. As the frontman stomped and paced with an unwavering grimace, every growl and shriek seemed to be a furious beast battling to escape its host. The result was tremendous -- Halford's chops showed no wear, even on show No. 109 of his group's world tour. His soaring high notes and rich vibrato defined "Victim of Changes" and new track "Halls Of Valhalla."

You can check out some good fan-shot videos (by John Erigo) of Priest's set a that one, below.

In other news, Mastodon have released Once More 'Round the Sun track "Asleep In the Deep" as a gnarly-looking picture-disc single, which you can order now.

More pictures of the Paramount show, and those Prudential Center videos, below...

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Judas Priest @ The Paramount - 11/5/15 Setlist (via)
Dragonaut
Metal Gods
Desert Plains
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
The Rage
Turbo Lover
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Screaming for Vengeance
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather

Encore:
Electric Eye
You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Encore 2:
Painkiller
Living After Midnight

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Mastodon @ The Paramount - 11/5/15 Setlist (via
Tread Lightly
Once More 'Round the Sun
Blasteroid
The Motherload
Chimes at Midnight
High Road
Aqua Dementia
Halloween
Bladecatcher
Black Tongue
Ember City
Crystal Skull
Blood and Thunder