Metal Gods at the Agora

Judas Priest might have been a veteran band by the late ’70s, but they were also becoming a key component of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band spent basically all of 1979 touring the world over in support of the Hell Bent For Leather album. When Priest reached Youngstown for a gig on September 9, 1979 at the Agora, the band was in its third leg of an American tour that year. By this time, Rob Halford and company were playing some arena gigs opening for Dynasty-era Kiss.

The Youngstown show was a side gig on the arena section of the tour. It would take another year before Priest broke through on the album charts with British Steel. They would essentially be arena headliners for the next decade in the USA.

Included on the bill were area hard rock legends Poobah.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: Here’s a clip of “Take on the World” from a BBC broadcast during 1979.

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