Judas Priest, dressed in dark leather clothes and metal chains and blaring out blistering riffs and raucous solos, set the look and tone for the late 1970’s heavy metal scene. They were part of a second British invasion that brought new wave punk and speed metal to America’s shores, but Judas Priest’s gloom-and-doom lyrics pinned to a heart-thumping beat gave the band a commercial appeal other bands lacked. Formed in 1971 in the blue-collar city of Birmingham, England, Judas Priest’s fourth album, Stained Class, and its follow-up, Hell Bent for Leather, made them a dominant player in the revived metal scene, but it took capturing their live show in 1979 with the million-seller Unleashed in the East to make them a commercial success. This opened the door to Billboard’s rock charts, and Judas Priest barged through with hit singles Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight. Keeping its anger but softening its musical edge led to the band’s biggest hit, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ in 1982, which peaked at number four on the chats.
Soon, the teens influenced by Judas Priest’s inventive sound formed bands of their own, bringing increased competition to metal’s top group. Judas Priest countered these efforts by returning to its hardcore roots and bringing old fans back to the fold and buying records, keeping them as one of the most identifiable metal bands in the world. Their 2010 live re-release of Dissident Aggressor earned the group the 2010 Grammy for Best Metal Performance. Ranked by MTV as the second greatest metal band of all time, Judas Priest has stayed on the road and in the studio, recreating the sound that launched the modern metal revolution. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Judas Priest Tickets.
Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls Tour
Judas Priest’s Redeemer of Souls Tour, its first set of stage shows in three years, finds them with plenty of souls to redeem as they travel through the United States, Canada, and Europe, with several stops in their native Great Britain. Tour dates find them in such standard cities as San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Toronto, as well as smaller cities serving bigger markets like Peoria, Illinois, and Huntington, New York. The band brings their dark and at times bombastic music to plenty of classy theaters, as well as concert arenas and a few big clubs able to handle sizable crowds. Expect Judas Priest to rock hard through their best-known tunes, but add a few, lesser-known songs from its critically acclaimed and old-school Redeemer of Souls album, particularly the title track and Dragonaut. The band has added a few younger musicians to its now legendary line-up, like guitarist Richie Faulkner, who adds to the classic Judas Priest vibe and brings exciting new riffs to older songs. One of the greatest metal bands of all time has recaptured its once mesmerizing live sound, making the Redeemer of Souls Tour a must-see for longtime Judas Priest fans.