WORCESTER MA. — 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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