It’s Judas Priest week here in New York City. They’ve been doing tons of promotion for their new album Redeemer of Souls (released today), but nothing tops what I saw today.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square gave fans the chance to meet Judas Priest and get their new CD signed.
There were certain rules to follow:
- Fans must buy the CD from the FYE makeshift store (a table essentially) on 43rd street at 4PM.
- Only the first 500 fans that buy a CD will get a wristband, which allows them to come back at 6:30PM to have the CD signed.
- Fans could not start waiting before, I think, 3PM.
- They will not sign anything else.
- They will be signing from 6:30-8PM.
- They will not pose for photographs.
When I got out there at 4PM, there were already 500 people lined up halfway down 43rd. When I came back at 5:30PM, it was an adrenalin packed party. The Unknown Bikers, a Brooklyn-based motorcycle club was there, as well as tons of Priest fans. In addition, there were a dozen radio contest winners who got to have their CDs signed first.
At around 5:40PM, The bikers vanished. Then at 6:10PM, I heard someone tell security that they were on their way. At 6:15PM, the Harley’s returned, barreling down 43rd, escorting Judas Priest in a classic Cadillac.
There was lots of press there, as well as onlookers who had no idea who they were photographing.