Review: ‘Fight’

You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Or perhaps a more descriptive cliche would be “old whine in a new bottle.”

The old dog in question is former Judas Priest singer/screamer Rob Halford, now fronting Fight, which features former Priest drummer Scott Travis. The Epic Records act sold out the Palace and is touring in support of its debut recording , “Fight.”

Fight opened with a pair of thrashoid anthems, “Into Darkness,” and “War of Words,” speedy metal with Halford’s piercing wail atop it. Fight is the standard issue ’90s hard rock band: goatees, body piercings and a bassist who in a “666” T-shirt.

The music was a more rapid, less macho version of the original too. Halford was clad in a simple T-shirt and shorts and didn’t strike a single silly pose during the set. He strutted around like a gleeful punk, stopping only to caterwaul. Until “Immortal Sin,” there wasn’t a hint of posey metal orthodoxy, but from that song and its subsequent audience-milking sing-along, it was all downhill. Fight returned to the stage for a pair of Black Sabbath songs, then a pair of Priest covers, and was gone.

No matter how by-the-book Fight was, it’s what the band’s fans want: flashy solos and chanted choruses about how life sucks (and how death rules, of course) , and plenty of hair-shaking, too. Who says country music is the only genre that’s tradition-bound, anyway?

Fight

(Palace Theatre, Hollywood; 1,200 seats; $ 16 top)

Production

Promoted by GoldenVoice. Reviewed Dec. 9, 1993.

Cast

Band: Rob Halford, J.J., Scott Travis, Brian Tilch, Russ Parish.
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