Thursday, May 31, 2012

Victims of Changes

I saw this for the first time a few months ago and didn't post it for some reason: Heavy Metal Parking Lot, that HEE-LARIOUS indictment of hesher stupidity at an 80's Judas Priest concert, was released on DVD a while back with all kinds of extra footage. Included was a "Where Are They Now?" feature, where the film makers caught up with a number of the original's "stars", including the legendary "Zebra Man." That Defender of the Faith and pathfinder of Mars claimed to have never seen the original before he was tracked down (doubtful) and now listens exclusively to country. Which I guess makes sense, in a "getting shitfaced in the parking lot" kind of way. 

Personally, I would have liked to hear from the girl who wanted to jump Rob Halford's bones.  [Whiskey woman don't you know that you are drivin' me insane?] In her defense, she was drunk, hindsight is 20/20, and in the 80's most things were gayer than the Metal God.

As an aging hesher myself, this hits uncomfortably close to home. And since earlier this year I was a firsthand witness to a time-ravaged Judas Priest struggling to deliver the goods, Sad Wings of Destiny's majestic opener has never been more apt: