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Judas Priest Announces “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour For 2020

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Though they’ve always been a highlight of my interest in Heavy Metal music, its safe to say that Judas Priest has been on a ride that finds new fans discovering them and offering up additional momentum that keeps them as one of the top of the legendary acts that the genre has delivered us. The news about an upcoming tour with Nuclear Blast’s Sabaton supporting is just fantastical. Check it out down below along with all the dates.

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The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest
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“Never The Heroes” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Never The Heroes” (Single)
Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: 3/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
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Though I’m not going to argue about the third single being released only days before the bands upcoming “Firepower” album I will admit that it took me a little by surprise. Perhaps I would have thought differently if it was released two weeks in advance as opposed to one but here we are with the track “Never The Heroes”. It follows “Lightning Strike” and “Firepower” so let’s get right down to business with what this one does for me as a few decades deep fan of Judas Priest.
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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
Rating:

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.

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