Judas Priest celebrated 45 years of success in style as they performed a set of songs that touched on almost every album from their iconic career.
With an immense lighted backdrop that played animations tied to each song, Judas Priest delivered the goods in perfect form. The new guitarist Richie Faulkner fit seamlessly in to the lineup alongside long time guitarist Glenn Tipton. Founding member and bassist Ian Hill, along with drummer Scott Travis, built a solid foundation upon which the ageless front-man Rob Halford delivered his signature multi-octave notes.
The sold out venue was packed to the rafters with fans of all ages. Many of them were proudly wearing battle worn Judas Priest shirts that spanned decades of the band’s history. The reception of the crowd to the songs old and new was deafening. The tracks played from their latest album, Redeemer Of Souls, were well-known to the crowd as they sang along word-for-word with Halford.
Steel Panther warmed up the night with their bawdy and lascivious tinged take on everything we love about 80’s hair metal. This band is just absolutely brilliant in their presentation. The songs might be tongue in cheek, but the delivery is as top-notch as any metal act they poke fun at. Their interactive banter between songs with fans in the front row had the entire venue roaring with laughter. They are definitely one of the hottest bands to see on tour this past year. Look for them in a city near you this winter as they kick off a headlining tour.