A classic two full of music was dished out at Darien Lake Amphitheater last week as both Deep Purple and Judas Priest gave the fans a good retrospect of rock and metal music over for the last 50 years. Both bands played an hour and 15-minute set and gave the sparse but hearty crowd one of the most consistent rock shows this summer.

First up was Judas Priest. We reviewed one of the first Priest shows earlier this year (Prudential Center review 3-20-18) and will only talk about the differences in their set this time around. Unlike the show at the Prudential Center, guitarist Glenn Tipton didn’t make an appearance for the encore at this show.  The band added “Delivering the Goods” and it’s been the first time the band has played it live since 1980’s “British Steel” tour. Personally, it was the highlight of the set for me. It was a nice addition to keep the longtime fans happy. Also new guitarist Andy Sneap seems a lot more comfortable and animated on stage. He is starting to mold into becoming a fixture within the bands live set. It also should be noted that one of the top vocalists (in any genre of music) in Rob Halford, still brings it every night and sounds just as good as he ever has.  Amazing at 67 years young, he still sounds better than most at any age!

Closing the set was Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Deep Purple. Even though they released new music last year with their 20th studio effort in “Infinite,” Deep Purple focused on primary playing their hits and cuts that people are more familiar with.  Led by longtime vocalist Ian Gillan, they played a very solid set with each member showing their musical proficiency. Gillan dedicated Uncommon Man” to his former bandmate in Jon Lord. Guitarist Steve Morse is a highly underrated guitarist. He never gets the accolades of a Joe Satriani or Yngvie Malmsteen but can hold his own with just about anyone. His sublime playing on tracks like “Bloodsucker” or “Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming” are really just tips of the iceberg on his playing abilities. Keyboardist Don Airey enjoyed a nice solo playing the band into one of the band biggest hits in “Perfect Strangers.” Of course, the band ended their set with one of the biggest songs ever recorded in rock history in “Smoke on the Water.” Even though the band has played it thousands of times, they seemed the band played it with the same vigor from 50 years ago when they first recorded it.

Many have discussed this to be the last go around for the band. Will it be? Who knows but if it is the last show in the Western New York area, they can be proud they went out on a high note!



Deep Purple setlist:


Highway Star

Pictures of Home


Strange Kind of Woman

Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming

Uncommon Man


Knocking on Your Back Door

Keyboard solo

Perfect Strangers

Space Truckin’

Smoke on the Water




Hush (Joe South cover)



Judas Priest setlist:



Delivering the Goods


Lightning Strike

Turbo Lover

Rising the Ruins

Freewheel Burning

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Hell bent for Leather





Metal Gods

Breaking the Law

Living After Midnight


Photo Gallery


We would like to thank Chip Ruggieri from Chipster Entertainment and Amy Sciaretto from Atom Splitter PR for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.