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'People Loved It Loud': Rockers Recall Academy of Music and Palladium

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rob Halford, Judas Priest

For most UK bands, playing New York City was just a massive thrill. A very important venue to play in rock and roll. I’ve got memories hanging out with Linda Blair in the dressing room. That was crazy. The Ramones always showed up, which was just really, really cool.

We used to do a song called “Genocide” and at the end of the show, for whatever reason, it was probably one of my wacky ideas, I said wouldn’t it be great if at the end of the breakdown, we kind of set off some explosions or whatever. And that idea manifested itself into me walking out on stage with a fully automatic Thompson submachine gun full of blanks.

I’m standing there looking all Rambo, holding this machine gun. And you can actually see the blanks, the blank cartridges flying all over the place.

I think one of the final shows that we played there was also memorable because our management at the time had arranged for limos to pick us up to take us to a sold-out Palladium show. And we waited and waited and waited in the lobby of the hotel by the UN building. It didn’t show up and we couldn’t get a cab because it was Friday night, it was insane so we actually took the bus. We got on this city bus together and the band is stuck in there, furious, rock stars taking the bus to a sold-out show at the Palladium.

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