Last week we had a visit from The Metal Gods (Judas Priest), who did a gig at Hovet here in Stockholm. Even if the band has lost a classical guitarist (KK) but has been replaced by an equally good one (Faulkner), also he is a lot like its predecessor, both in appearance, looks and style of playing. Rob has reached the age where it is time to put the shoes on the shelf. Summa summarum did they manage to get an excellent evening at Hovet. The voice is old and hoarse, but still he gets a really good balance and with his fellow players it becomes actually quite okay. The support act during this evening was Hammerfall, who also did a good gig.
Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969. Known for the modernize twin lead guitar style,with the duo of K. K. Downing and Glenn Tipton. They combined this sound with Rob Halford's unique vocal style to create their own distinctive style of heavy-rock and for introducing the S&M leather and studs look into heavy metal, they have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
Their popularity and status as one of the exemplary and influential heavy metal bands has earned them the nickname "Metal Gods" from their song of the same name.
On April 20, 2011, it was announced that K. K. Downing had retired from the band and would not complete the Epitaph World Tour. Downing cited differences with the band and management and a breakdown in their relationship. Richie Faulkner, guitarist for Lauren Harris's band, was announced as his replacement for the Epitaph World Tour. Downing's retirement leaves bassist Ian Hill as the only remaining founding member of the band.
In an August 2011 interview with Billboard, Halford explained that he and Tipton "have about 12 or 14 tracks completely mapped out" for a new studio album. He went on to say that four of those were already recorded and mixed, and suggested a new album should be out in 2012.
American heavy metal band Anthrax named a track in honour of Judas Priest on their 2011 album Worship Music.
Ian Hill – bass (1970–present)
Rob Halford – lead vocals (1973–1992, 2003–present)
Glenn Tipton – lead guitars, rhythm guitars, keyboards, synthesizer (1974–present)
Scott Travis – drums, percussion (1989–present)
Richie Faulkner – lead guitars, rhythm guitars (2011–present)
Here are some photos from the gig in Stockholm.
|Richie Faulknes Guitar Tech watching a movie|
|Scott Travis drums|
|Thetania and the Crew is preparing Hammerfall's set|
Todays tune "Night Crawler" is taken from the twelfth studio album"Pain Killer", the album was Released 3 September 1990.
The Painkiller itself is one of a series of fictional messiahs created by Judas Priest. The Painkiller is described as a metal messiah sent to the world to destroy evil and rescue mankind from destruction. The Painkiller is believed to be inspired by the fallen angel from the Sad Wings of Destiny album cover that Judas Priest recorded early in their musical years. He also makes an appearance along with the Hellion (from Screaming for Vengeance), the goggled face from Killing Machine (Hell Bent for Leather in the US) and the Metallian (from Defenders of the Faith) on the cover of Metal Works '73-'93. A very similar character on the cover of Angel of Retribution, also a metal angel, but with a slightly less smooth appearance and with the Judas Priest cross on his chest rather than on his shoulders.
The most noticeable feature of the Painkiller, besides his metal body is that he 'rides the metal monster'; a motorcycle with a dragon for the chassis and two circular saw blades for wheels.
Judas Priest - Night Crawler, December 5, 1990 @ Auburn Hills, Michigan
"Heading Out to the Highway"
"Judas Rising" "Starbreaker"
"Victim of Changes"
"Diamonds and Rust" (acoustic to heavy version)
"Beyond the Realms of Death"
"Blood Red Skies"
"The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)"
"Breaking the Law"
"The Hellion"/"Electric Eye"
"Hell Bent for Leather"
"You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
"Living After Midnight"
Songs from each album
Rocka Rolla: "Never Satisfied"
Sad Wings of Destiny: "Victim of Changes"
Sin After Sin: "Starbreaker", "Diamonds & Rust"
Stained Class: "Beyond the Realms of Death"
Killing Machine: "Hell Bent for Leather", "The Green Manalishi"
British Steel: "Rapid Fire", "Metal Gods", "Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight"
Point of Entry: "Heading Out to the Highway"
Screaming for Vengeance: "The Hellion", "Electric Eye", "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" Defenders of the Faith: "The Sentinel"
Turbo: "Turbo Lover"
Ram It Down: "Blood Red Skies"
Painkiller: "Painkiller", "Night Crawler"
Angel of Retribution: "Judas Rising"
Epitaph World Tour dates:
1 May 2012, Düsseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Germany
3 May 2012, Stuttgart, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Germany
4 May 2012, Nuremberg, Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Germany
5 May 2012, Linz, TipsArena, Austria
8 May 2012, Pardubice, ČEZ Aréna, Czech Republic
9 May 2012, Bratislava, Incheba Hall, Slovakia
11 May 2012, Mantua, PalaBam, Italy
12 May 2012, Fribourg Switzerland Forum
15 May 2012, Madrid, Palacio Vistalegre, Spain
16 May 2012, Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi, Spain
18 May 2012, Seville Auditorio, Municipal Rocío Jurado, Spain
20 May 2012, San Sebastián, Velódromo de Anoeta, Spain
23 May 2012, Antwerp, Lotto Arena, Belgium
24 May 2012, Kerkrade, Rodahal, Netherlands
26 May 2012, London, Hammersmith Apollo, United Kingdom
More info @
Official Judas Priest Web
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