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.
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.
‘Redeemer of Souls’ also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band’s career, with Rolling Stone stating, “Above all, ‘Redeemer’ is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal’s defenders of the faith,” while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, “Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade.”
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic anthems (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ ‘Painkiller,’ etc.).
Ever since the release of ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!
Oct. 16 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Ampitheater
Oct. 17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
Oct. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theater
Oct. 21 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
Oct. 27 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, B.C., Canada @ Hard Rock
Oct. 31 – Regina, SK, Canada @ Brandt Center
Nov. 01 – Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ MTS Center
Nov. 03 – Peoria, IL @ Civc Center
Nov. 06 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theater
Nov. 07 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
Nov. 10 – Halifax, NS, Canada @ Scotiabank Center
Nov. 12 – Halifax, NS, Canada @ Air Canada Center
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Its great news for sure that Judas Priest is going to be returning to our neck of the woods because as they have noted in numerous press outlets, they will not be retiring from touring altogether just not going on this massive global jaunts as often as they used to. Let’s not forget that The Metal God Halford is a man in his sixties and well, so are the rest of them outside of Richie Faulkner. The “Redeemer Of Souls” album is a monster and so true to classic Judas Priest form that you must get out and buy a copy if for some reason you still have not done so. Now I know that I chided you about being unworthy in the opening thoughts and I don’t entirely mean that. What I am getting at is that many of you who will plan on seeing Priest on one of these dates never seem to give anytime to other outstanding up and coming acts. Last year when Steel Panther opened up far too many fans stayed out by the beers instead of seeing something fun and different and the other night at the Mayhemfest, fans remained out in the parking lot for hours before King Diamond and Slayer took to the stage. Give stuff a chance with this run because Mastodon is no joke and they will sufficiently oil your Metal gears for you to enjoy what will surely be a fantastic set by Judas Priest. When Nightwish came around earlier in the year, they brought both Sabaton and Delain as support and every fan at that show was in the venue for those bands. That is inspiring and THAT is the Metal Scene we need to foster. Be like those fans and offer up the lighters, applause and yells for the opener. I am going to do my damnedest to be a part of this one since I love “The Rock” as an arena to see shows in (that’s the Prudential Center to all you newbies) and I am hoping for a longer, slightly different set from 2014 as well.
Official Website: http://www.judaspriest.com