Judas Priest and Steel Panther to Prowl “The Pete”; Here Come The Mummies to Altar Bar (CPs Sat., 10/18/14)
1) Judas Priest—one of the original heavy metal bands—formed in Birmingham, England in 1969 and is still going strong. Having been early adopters of leather and studs as performance wear, the group now performs with a mix of original and newer members. Their power guitar attack has produced top hits like “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” and “Painkiller.” MTV ranked Judas Priest as the Second Greatest Metal Band of All Time, right behind Black Sabbath. The band is touring in support of its new album Redeemer of Souls. Also on the bill is a band whose name surely fits playing on Pitt’s campus and in Pittsburgh—Steel Panther. This is a glam rock band from L.A. that features a profane, yet funny onstage persona. Videos like “The Burden of Being Wonderful” showcase Panther’s musical and comedic talents. 7 p.m. Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh, 3719 Terrace St,. Oakland.
2) A band that dresses in a slightly different way—in bandages—is Here Come The Mummies. The group’s background is described on the web as follows: “It’s been a long and dusty road since 1922 when, at a dig in the desert south of Tunis, Professor Nigel Quentin Fontenelle Dumblucke IV (1895-1973) unearthed the ruins of an ancient discotheque to find a dozen undead Egyptian mummies inexplicably throwing down what he dubbed, ‘Terrifying Funk From Beyond the Grave.'” Individual Mummies have names like Mummy Rah, The Flu, Spaz, KW Tut, Mummy Cass, and Eddie Mummy. The band is actually a group of very talented musicians from Nashville who are said to hide their identities to avoid problems with the record companies they are under contract to. No word on whether they are sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. 8:30 p.m. The Altar Bar, 1620 Penn Ave., The Strip District.
3) The New York Islanders face off against the Pens tonight in a 7 p.m. game at the Consol Energy Center. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.
4) Dozens of marchers started out from Los Angeles on March 1st of this year heading across America to Washington D.C. to create awareness and action in order to stop the crisis facing our Earth’s climate. One of the marchers, John Abbe, told Entertainment Central that he and the other walkers have had fantastic support across the country. The Great March for Climate Action is now in Johnstown and holding a Fundraiser & Benefit Concert tonight at 7 p.m. called The Flood Johnstown Jam. This fun event will feature sets by Habitat, The Climate Justice Gypsy Band, and Annamarie Pihs. Concert event starts at 7 p.m.,is BYOB, and only $7. at VOMA, 305 Chestnut St., Johnstown.
5) Mid-autumn is a beautiful time for seeing college football live on a Saturday afternoon. And with the Pitt Panthers playing on Thursday night this week (against Virginia Tech), you don’t have to miss your Saturday football fix. Try a game at one of the area’s smaller universities, where you can experience college football as it was once meant to be watched—from seats right on top of the action, with affordable tickets. Today the Duquesne Dukes play Sacred Heart at Rooney Field on The Bluff at noon; the Robert Morris Colonials host Central Connecticut State at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, also at noon, and Carnegie Mellon hosts Grove City in the Tartans’ Gesling Stadium in Oakland at 1 p.m.
A little farther afield, Westminster welcomes Waynesburg to New Wilmington while California University of Pennsylvania hosts rival IUP, both at 1 p.m. Or, if you’re up for a road trip, Slippery Rock journeys to Ann Arbor to play Mercyhurst in the “Big House Battle” at Michigan’s famous 100,000-plus capacity stadium. Enjoy the autumnal gridiron action!