ANNIHILATOR has posted footage online of the band covering JUDAS PRIEST‘s ‘Hell Bent For Leather’ in Tokyo, when the band toured Japan in 1993.
Bassist Wayne Darley could not make it into Japan (and this ended his tenure in the band) so rhythm guitarist Dave Davis had to literally learn the bass parts in a day in a hotel room. Jeff Waters had to figure out how to play two-guitar songs with one guitar. Sloppy performance, but it is live and understandable considering the loss of the bass player.
This was a very successful short tour for the band and led to Annihilator’s biggest selling tour and CD in 1995, King Of The Kill.
Note that Waters gets crushed at the end. He quickly admitted after the show “that was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done; 3000 kids pushing towards me!”
Going back in time some more, the following video showcases Annihilator live in Japan in 1995. The band, consisting of Jeff Waters on guitar/vocals, Dave Davis on guitar, Cam Dixon on bass and Randy Black on the drums, perform ‘Set The World On Fire’, ‘Knight Jumps Queen’, and ‘Bad Child’.
The blast from the past continues with this rare footage from the King Of The Kill tour in Japan in 1995; Annihilator play ‘Snake In The Grass’, ‘Only Be Lonely’, and ‘Second To None’.