Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family. A time to help mom prep the turkey for the big feast. A time to see family you haven’t seen in a year. A time to reflect and be thankful for all the blessings you have. Sounds nice, right? There’s that option, or you could celebrate the way I did by being pressed against the front of the stage, horns in the air, and screaming like a madman as you give yourself whiplash while 3 metal legends come together to put on one of the best shows you’ve seen this year!
In case you missed it, The TRINITY tour brings together OPERATION: MINDCRIME’s Geoff Tate (ex- QUEENSRYCHE), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex- JUDAS PRIEST, ex- ICED EARTH, ex- YNGWIE MALMSTEEN’s RISING FORCE frontman) and Blaze Bayley (ex- IRON MAIDEN, ex- WOLFSBANE) for an incredible show that shines all three legend’s respective careers. When I first heard of the tour, I about lost my mind. You see, I’m a fan of Geoff’s. I’m a fan of Ripper. I am a huge fan of Blaze! To top it off, they were performing literally ten minutes away from where I was spending my Thanksgiving Day. Naturally, I wanted to be the first one at the venue and the last to leave.
The show had two openers. First up was a local band by the name of BLOATED TOAD. They were a pretty good cover band who got the crowd warmed up pretty quickly. Their singer, who resembled Wilson Fisk from Marvel’s Daredevil show on Netflix easily belted out so many 70’s and 80’s classics ranging from LED ZEPPELIN to DIO era BLACK SABBATH. BLOATED TOAD were followed by a group called PARALLEL UNIVERSE, another batch of locals. These guys were originals with a sound I’d compare to KING’s X and later FATES WARNING.
And now for the main event…
Full Recap BELOW.