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“Firepower” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Firepower” (Single)
Label: Columbia Music
Release Date: 2/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal

It was almost a month ago that Judas Priest gave us the first taste from the album “Firepower” with the debut single “Lightning Strike” and with more than a month to go before the release hits the streets, the second single and the title track have been delivered. It’s a nice present from the band who sadly didn’t manage to make the final group of inductees into the “vaunted” Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Let’s set our sights, take aim and see what the track “Firepower” is all about.
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“Lightning Strike” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Lightning Strike” (Single)
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 1/5/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

It’s been a couple of years since Judas Priest kicked our respective behinds with the molten Metal melodies on “Redeemer Of Souls” and after an international tour, a live video and audio release one almost expected them to begin to map out the final plans as a band. Fortunately for all the worldwide fans The Priest went back to the studio and completed a brand-new album which we shall see in March and in the hopes that it starts our own 2018 off better – the first single was just recently dished out. The album is called “Firepower” and the debut single from it is “Lightning Strike”. Here’s my thoughts about the tune.
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Bob Dylan Adds “5” Beacon Theatre, NYC Shows To Tour

Back in September I posted the “21” dates that Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples were going to be doing across the nation and in that post I mused how it was a tad disappointing to find no NYC dates in the run. You can check out that original posting care of THIS LINK.

The NYC Residency:
November 20 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 21 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
November 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Well then. There is nothing like a NYC residency and its probably going to be an amazing time inside this amazing theater. I’m going to have to do some digging around to see if I can snag a ticket and be one of the attending music scribes and do some photos. Having never worked this artist before means there is some homework. Of course I can just try and go and enjoy the show but that isn’t an easy thing for me to do after “13” years at the craft. I’m glad that he is doing a residency and keeping this sort of aspect of shows at The Beacon in play. What do you readers think about these additional dates? Will you be vying for tickets and planning on attending? You can let me know down in the comments section of course.

Official Website: http://www.bobdylan.com
Official Website: http://www.mavisstaples.com

Bob Dylan Plots Fall 2017 U.S. Tour

I didn’t have the full press release about this one, but when I learned that the legendary Bob Dylan (who is also now a Noble Prize winner) was heading out on a “21” date tour, I knew that I had to share the dates with you. He will be joined by Mavis Staples which is sure to make this a great night of songs. Check out the promotional poster and the run of dates. As usual I’ll, close out with some editorial notes.

The Tour Dates:
October 13 – Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
October 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre
October 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
October 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
October 21 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
October 23 – Omaha, Nebraska @ CenturyLink Center
October 24 – Ames, IA @ Stephens Auditorium
October 25 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
October 27 – Chicago, IL @ Wintrust Arena
October 28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
October 29 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
November 1 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
November 3 – Akron, OH @ E.J. Thomas Hall
November 5 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
November 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
November 8 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
November 10 – Richmond, VA @ Coliseum
November 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
November 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
November 14 – Washington D.C. @ The Anthem
November 16 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Dylan is one of the legendary names that I have never caught in concert despite wanting to see him at least once in my lifetime and since at the time of this writing there are no NYC dates I guess I will not be resolving that musical agenda item just yet. Now I know some of the more diehard Metal fans are wondering why even list this particular tour and well the answer is simply to be as supportive of the tours as we can be. Dylan still has a Rock founding edge to his work and over the years I’ve been in bands that jammed out a few of his songs but I digress. I think it keeps me in good writing shape and if you don’t like these different angles, just click another category for the time being. Closing up what do you readers think about this tour? Is it something that you will see at one of these locations? You can let me know down in the comments section below. If he comes back with NYC or other added dates I will either add them onto this grouping or do a new post. It depends on how long they take to come if they will at all. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.bobdylan.com
Official Website: http://www.mavisstaples.com

Judas Priest’s “Turbo” @ Thirty Years

Turn that guitar synthesizer up to “11” my friends because on this very day in music history, the great Judas Priest released their 10th studio album with “Turbo”. Now I know some of you younger fans might be wondering what the “synthesizer” reference is all about and well, the simple answer is when this album was first unveiled to the public many were surprised that there was a sleek synthesizer sound to the guitars. Some loved it and some hated it. Oh who am I kidding, when Priest followed up their monster “Defenders Of The Faith” with this one a lot of people were left scratching their heads. I am included in this number because it just felt so odd for them to have employed this after such a crushing release. When it was first released the fans were under the assumption that this was to be a double album but when the single LP release came out the larger discussion stopped about that. Remember these are the days before the means of Googling everything and unless you knew someone in the inner sanctum of the record industry you were not getting the full scoop about what was coming out or not. By 1986 I was very into The Priest and had been a diehard acolyte to their Metal ways since my full listening of “Unleashed In The East” a few years prior to “Turbo” coming out. Historically speaking I had actually only gotten into the band about seven years before. 1986 was a hot and heavy year for the MTV channel and many bands were focusing on their images and sound in order to better cater it to the network and Judas Priest would not be a band to let the chance to reach many more fans go by them. The black leather and chains had been replaced by more colorful stage garb and there might have been a little more hairspray in the dressing room than there had been in the past.
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