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?