Tuesday night, Pop Evil, Whitesnake and Judas Priest played the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati. I've been to many shows at Riverbend, but this was my first time at the smaller PNC Pavilion and I really liked the venue.
Much to my chagrin I missed Pop Evil because my husband got us lost (I mean, we've only lived in southern Ohio for...our entire lives!) but I digress.
Whitesnake played all the songs you would expect - but it's all good because this was my first time seeing them live. I thought the sound sucked for the first two songs, but after that the issues got worked out and the show was much better. I laughed my way through the set, cracking up at the amount of hair flipping. Bassist Uriah Duffy flips his hair more than any other person I've ever seen on stage. Each time Uriah flipped his hair, Reb Beach and Dough Aldrich followed suit. I kept wishing I was in the pit because all three of them were very generous with their picks. Toward the end of the set, Doug, Reb and Uriah were just handing picks to fans that asked for them - I've never seen artists do that as much as those three!
David Coverdale seemed happy. He said "Cincinnati" a lot and jumped around to the best of his abilities. He sang fairly well, too. No, he can't hit all the high notes like the glory days - but he didn't sound rough or fake, either. I am glad the band ended their set with "Still of the Night" - my favorite Whitesnake song. It's especially heavy live! I also really enjoyed the Reb/Doug dueling guitar solos.
I've never seen Judas Priest live either. I probably would have enjoyed their set a little more if I wasn't fighting a massive migraine by the time the band walked on stage. To make matters worse, Priest has some crazy strobe lights that forced me to look at my feet the entire first song off British Steel. After that, things got a little better for me except the sound was brutally loud. It all just sounded so distorted and there were lots of timesI couldn't understand any of Rob Halford's words. I did enjoy hearing British Steel in full and it was cool seeing Halford ride out on his motorcycle. I also liked that the band changed their backdrop to match the song/album. I left right after Halford drove out on his hog. My head was pounding pretty hard by that point. Truth be told, the sound was awesome just outside the venue so I listened there a bit. It was less distorted and actually sounded as clear as a CD.
I wore my new Whitesnake "Slide It In" shirt to work under my blazer. I mean, why not? Another show on my list and yes, life is good.