After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, is going to do it once more.
The mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock on the massive EPITAPH tour.
They will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal! With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!
Worlds collide as we join our heroes on stage to bring an unforgettable night of heavy metal!!!!” So get prepared to rock with JUDAS PRIEST!
Since 1974, Judas Priest has been one of heavy metal’s most successful bands. Judas Priest rose from the gritty, working-class steel town of Birmingham, England, and became one of the biggest bands in the world.
From their debut release ‘Rocka Rolla’ through monumental albums such as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny,’ ”Sin After Sin,’ ‘Stained Class,’ ‘Hell Bent For Leather,’ ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Defenders of the Faith’ and ‘Painkiller,’ titanic songs like “Victim of Changes,” “Sinner,” “Exciter,” “Hell Bent for Leather,” “Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ ” were born.
Judas Priest defines and epitomizes both sonically and visually the Heavy Metal genre. However, Priest’s influence goes far beyond their music – they were the first metal band to embrace the ‘leather biker look,’ a fashion that has since become synonymous with the musical genre. Additionally, Halford’s powerful four-and-a-half octave vocal range and the twin guitar harmonies of Downing and Tipton have been ‘studied’ by countless metal bands in Priest’s wake.
The word retirement has lost almost all meaning in the rock ‘n’ roll lexicon. It gets trotted out for multiple KISS-style “last” tours, but it rarely sticks. No one really expects it to, either. Rock music has taught us to expect that big bands will constantly tour the world’s arenas, while smaller bands will drift from casino to casino in perpetuity.
A band crying “retirement” is going to receive slightly less attention than a boy crying wolf. Even so, when a massive heavy metal juggernaut like Judas Priest embarks on a farewell tour of sorts (the band will continue to make albums, and singer Rob Halford has suggested that they might attempt small-scale tours in the future), there are bound to be expectations.
While few are likely to expect that this is an end point of any sort, fans of the band’s elaborate live shows are probably going to want them to go out with some sort of bang.
Halford went through as many costume changes as usual and he still drove his trademark motorcycle on stage for the finale (and whipped it, just like he did on the Screaming For Vengeance tour roughly 30 years earlier), and it was just as nearly over the top as most Priest shows have been since the Metal God’s return to the band in 2003.
The set, aside from its liberal use of chains, is awesome with an awesome backdrop, psychedelic projections and more. The energy was also HIGH!
But Epitaph, as a show, wasn’t designed to be an enormous, all guns blazing visual assault. It’s more of an emotional spectacle. On that level, it delivered the goods brilliantly. Tackling 40 years’ worth of music and history in two hours and 20 minutes — with Halford telling the occasional story between songs — it’s a more intimate affair.
Despite the fact that there were thousands of us crammed into a cavernous arena, it felt more like we were just hanging out, reminiscing and singing along with the band. The setlist was almost perfectly cultivated for this vibe.
The mix of big ’80s hits and early favourites from Sin After Sin, Stained Class and their debut, Rock A Rolla, allowed for moments of pure horn-throwing delight, as well as geekier appreciation for the deeper cuts. And flashy numbers such as Victim of Changes and Painkiller gave Halford the chance to show off his searing and operatic banshee wail — which was note perfect — while also allowing him to step back and get the audience involved in extended sing-alongs without looking like he was saving his voice or hiding any shortcomings.
The music itself was more than hard enough to get everyone headbanging, but not so relentless that it would exhaust their older fans (of which there were many in the crowd — you could tell by the number of actual lighters as opposed to cell phones that were raised during a slowed-down take on Diamonds & Rust).
It was quite the mind-blowing concert that Judas Priest are capable of, and it was one that is bound to leave a huge impression of everyone that was there. For just more than two hours, a group of devoted metalheads got to feel like they really shared something special with one of the greatest bands in history.
Heading Out to the Highway
Victim of Changes
Diamonds & Rust
Dawn Of Creation
Beyond the Realms of Death
Blood Red Skies
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Living After Midnight
More pictures from the awesome concert!
Thank you for making this a dream come true!
It’s time for…
This is the Painkiller!
A saviour comes from out the skies, In answer to their pleas. – Painkiller
“They’ve been brought back from the grave,
With mankind ressurrected.
Forever to survive.
Returns from Armageddon to the skies!” – Painkiller lyrics
Thank you for coming!~