Judas Priest March 23, 2018



The Metal Gods are at it once again and they made a stop at the

Palladium for a sold out show on Friday, March 23.

Judas Priest is out touring in support of their 18th album, “

Firepower,” which was released March 9. The new album debuted

as the highest charting album in their storied run, coming in at

No. 5 on the Billboard 200. It surpassed the group’s previous

chart high, when 2014’s “Redeemer of Souls” debuted and

peaked at No. 6.

   When Judas Priest took the stage the sold out crowd was more

than ready. They opened the show with the Metal God Rob

Halford sporting a leather jacket that had the name of the song

and album “Firepower” emblazoned on the back They were

completely on fire right from the start and all the way through

the show. Much to the crowd’s delight, Judas Priest played a 19-

song setlist that included “Saints in Hell,” a track from the 1978

album “Stained Class” that had never been played live prior to

their current tour. They also played a number of songs that

haven’t been played live in many years, including “Some Heads

Are Gonna Roll,” “Bloodstone,” and “Grinder.” In each case, the

performances were met with total satisfaction from the crowd

of metal maniacs.

The highlight of the night may have been the appearance of

guitarist Glenn Tipton for the final three songs of the night while

Halford amped up the crowd by bellowing out, “The Priest is back!”

Tipton revealed last month that he had been diagnosed with

Parkinson’s Disease. While the diagnosis was made public on

February 12, Tipton was first diagnosed in 2008. He has since

ceased his touring duties with Judas Priest, but has stated he

was still a member of the band and would not rule out future

on-stage appearances.

For Judas Priest, their career has spanned nearly five decades

and has featured numerous lineups over the years. Ian Hill is the

lone original member still with the band since it’s start across

the pond in England in 1969. The current lineup also features

longtime member Rob Halford on vocals, Scott Travis on drums,

and guitarists Richie Faulkner and Andy Sneap. Travis has been

banging on the drums for Judas Priest since 1989, Faulkner

joined the band in 2011, and Sneap stepped in for Tipton earlier this year.

The setlist included Firepower, Running Wild, Grinder, Sinner,

The Ripper, Lightning Strike, Bloodstone, Saints in Hell, Turbo

Lover, The Green Manalishi, Evil Never Dies, Some Heads Are

Gonna Roll, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’, Hell Bent For

Leather, Electric Eye, Painkiller, Metal Gods, Breaking the Law,

and Living After Midnight.


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