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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour For 2015

Rejoice you Metal Faithful because the legendary Judas Priest has decided to honor our region with a return visit that will find Mastodon supporting the run. Do you deserve such a great thing to happen, well of course not because so many of you have not been hitting the smaller shows that are happening everywhere and as result the up and coming acts are struggling to make a difference. That said you are still getting a solid dose of The Priest as they continue their “Redeemer Of Souls” tour. I’ve copied “The Official Press” release and dates for you below and then I will return with some thoughts.

Tour - Judas Priest - NA 2015

The Press Release:
Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest’s 17th studio effort overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal’s top bands, Mastodon.
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Judas Priest’s “Angel Of Retribution” Still Strong At A Decade (2005-2015)

When Rob Halford stepped down from the role of commander in mic for the great Judas Priest in 1992 the worlds Metal heads were beside themselves in what to do about it. He wanted to and did his own thing with bands like Fight, Two and the eponymous Halford, but the hard part was being supportive of what both he and the Ripper Owens fronted Priest were putting out there. Fight was a more aggressive, Groove Metal sort of thing while Two was a group that no one really seemed to understand in my humble opinion. When the eponymous Halford band started up and gave us such rousing, truer to the basics Metal the hopes was that his return to Priest was inevitable. We got two albums from Halford but the return would be the case in 2003 and the reunion led us to the 2005 release of “Angel Of Retribution”. That reunion album is celebrating its tenth anniversary today, March 1st 2015. Well, actually the album was released in Japan a few days prior to this but March 1st was the Worldwide Release Date back in 2005 and that is why we are raising a pair or horns in its direction.
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Judas Priest @ Barclays Center (10/9/2014)

Logo - Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Venue: The Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Opener: Steel Panther
Date: 10/9/2014
Label: Legacy Recordings

As excited as I was to be able to see Judas Priest this evening for what amounted to the very first time in Brooklyn, I was exhausted. You see today was the beginning of the 2014 NY Comic Con at the Javits Center and I’ve been attending that for the past few years bringing all its wild colors and diverse activity to the masses on the once side presence to my website “PiercingMetal Musings”. This year the event falls right into my main content based on all the changes I have put into place but that is a tale for another already posted narrative. After inhaling what I felt was the biggest soft pretzel I had ever seen I headed over to the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn and believe it or not this was going to be my first ever time at the arena. The Priest was on their “Redeemer Of Souls” tour and had only one support band with them on the run by way of the raucous rockers Steel Panther. Here is how the night went down for those who might have missed out.

CD - Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls

Steel Panther: So I’ve enjoyed the presentation that Steel Panther has been putting out there for I think about five or six years now and I always find their shows to be nothing less than a gut busting experience. They’ve headlined shows out here at either the Gramercy Theatre or Irving Plaza and the audience around them is generally another interesting part of the overall spectacle. That being said I was not too certain that the diehard Judas Priest fans would “get” that this is part parody and part high energy Metal band and I felt this way from the moment that they were announced as the direct support for the new Priest tour. Some personalities lambasted this in the public press online or via the radio and magazine outlets and since I enjoyed them already I felt let’s just see how it goes even though I would have preferred a truer to the Metal band like Kamelot or even Sonata Arctica if I could point out some worthy favorites. That being said the band was exactly what I expected them to be and that was not only musically proficient, but acting like something out of a sexually charged fraternity house with their antics. Now I am used to this having seen them a number of times but I think for the most part the Priest purists were in shock by some of the banter going on and being directed at them and their wives, girlfriends and even daughters. One comment by singer Starr found me noticing some people closer to the front with their jaws dropped based on what they had just heard. My thoughts were that many were not aware of the level of comedic shtick that this band brings to the table. Set wise they would deliver their fan favorites like “Asian Hooker” and “Community Property” along with a couple of numbers from their latest album “All You Can Eat”.
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Judas Priest Confirm “Redeemer Of Souls” Tour Dates 2014

You know the Metal weekend is off to a great start when you learn that the legendary Judas Priest will be embarking on a new tour to promote their latest album and it was only a few hours ago that the official press copy hit my mailbox and I could not wait to share some of this with you fine readers of the PiercingMetal.com site. Check it out:

Press Release:
“Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album overall, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ (on July 8, 2014), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding YES – Priest will be touring the US in the fall, with dates running throughout October and for most of November. Steel Panther will be “special guests” for all the dates.”
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Judas Priest Reveal “Reedemer Of Souls” As New Album Due July 2014

Those icons of Heavy Metal in Judas Priest have just released a sample track from their forthcoming album “Redeemer of Souls” that will hit the stores in July of 2014. Clicking the banner below will let you enjoy the albums title track.

Click To Hear "Reedemer Of Souls"
Click To Hear “Reedemer Of Souls”

My thoughts are that it’s a solid and straight forward enough track that I found enjoyable but I will admit that it did not blow my doors off at first listen. Perhaps I wanted a little heavier and that is to be expected after only a few days off of the experience that was the Metal Alliance Tour. Still I love me some Judas Priest and they remain one of my very favorite providers of the form. I hope to catch them on this tour having missed the one that gave us the “Epitaph” film and with that being the case I figure if I am not back on point that I risk my Metal paperwork being looked at with levels of scrutiny by the Elder Gods of the genre. No one needs that red tape after all 🙂 Start getting excited for some new Priest and “Go!”.  Oh yeah, please let me know what you think of this new tune in the comments below.  I’ve left them open for you to be able to do so.

Official Website: www.judaspriest.com