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Judas Priest: FIREPOWER 2019
Fri, May 31, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)The Bomb Factory
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Priest have during their nearly 50-year career. Their presence and influence remains at
an all-time high as evidenced by 2018's 'Firepower' being the highest charting album of
their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for 'Best Metal Performance', plus being a 2006
VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
Judas Priest originally formed in 1969 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel
birthed heavy metal). Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing and Ian Hill would be
the nucleus of musicians (along with several different drummers over the years) that
would go on to change the face of heavy metal. After a 'feeling out' period of a couple of
albums, 1974's 'Rocka Rolla' and 1976's 'Sad Wings of Destiny' this line-up truly hit their
stride. The result was a quartet of albums that separated Priest from the rest of the hard
rock pack - 1977's 'Sin After Sin', 1978's 'Stained Class' and 'Hell Bent for Leather', and
1979's 'Unleashed in the East', which spawned such metal anthems as 'Sinner',
'Diamonds and Rust', 'Hell Bent for Leather', and 'The Green Manalishi (With the Two-
Pronged Crown)'. Also, Priest were one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear
leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced
by metal heads throughout the world.
It could be said that Priest simply owned the '80s as they were second to none as far as
pure metal goes, releasing such all-time classic albums as 1980's 'British Steel', 1981's
'Point of Entry', 1982's 'Screaming for Vengeance', and 1984's 'Defenders of the Faith'.
Once more, these titles spawned countless enduring metal anthems including 'Breaking
the Law', 'Living After Midnight', 'Heading Out to the Highway', and 'You've Got Another
Thing Coming'. The '80s were also a decade where Priest became a global arena
headliner, offering show-stopping sets at some of the world's biggest festivals, including
the first-ever Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Park (1980) in the United
Kingdom, the US Festival (1983) in the United States and Live Aid (1985) in the United
The remainder of the '80s saw Priest embrace more melodic hard rock sounds on
1986's 'Turbo' and 1988's 'Ram it Down' (in addition to their second live set, 1987's
'Priest...Live!') before releasing arguably the heaviest release of their entire career,
1990's 'Painkiller' (which saw the arrival of Scott Travis on drums). Judas Priest were
special guests on the 2004 Ozzfest, appearing alongside Black Sabbath, before issuing
'Angel of Retribution' a year later.
2008 saw the release of the double disc concept album, 'Nostradamus', which peaked
at #11 on the Billboard 200, and a year later 'A Touch of Evil: Live' was issued (which
led to the group's aforementioned Grammy Award win due to a killer rendition of the
classic, 'Dissident Aggressor').
In 2009, Priest began a celebration of the 30-year anniversary of the release of their
classic 'British Steel' album, which included a tour that saw the group perform the album
in its entirety, and was followed up by an expanded double disc version of 'British Steel'
in 2010, plus a DVD of their live show.
By 2011, Downing announced that he was exiting the band. With a still burning desire to
continue flying the flag of metal, Judas Priest decided to continue on, by enlisting
newcomer Richie Faulkner on guitar. The move seemed to have reinvigorated the band,
as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the 'American Idol' TV program, that
also served as Faulkner's debut performance with the band (also in 2011, as was the
release of a new compilation 'The Chosen Few', which included Priest classics selected
by some of metal's biggest names) and the 'Epitaph' concert DVD in 2013. Priest’s next
studio effort would arrive in 2014, ‘Redeemer of Souls’, which scaled the U.S. charts to
#6, and was supported by another strong tour.
In 2017, Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the
following year, issuing their latest studio album, Firepower. Co-produced by Tom Allom
and Andy Sneap, the 14-track album has become one of the most successful of the
band’s entire career - landing in the top-5 of 17 countries (including their highest chart
placement ever in the U.S., at #5), and scoring their highest charting commercial rock
radio single in decades with “Lightning Strike.” After wrapping up a highly successful
winter/spring tour of North America in 2018, Judas Priest then proceeded to rock across
North America with some true heavy metal Firepower in the summer and fall - on tour
with fellow rock legends Deep Purple. And Priest continues to go from strength to
strength, including tour dates throughout the world for the remainder of 2018 and well
into 2019, plus Euro dates with metal’s prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne.
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