Priest ready to surprise fans

For fans lucky enough to catch Judas Priest on the next leg of its ‘Firepower’ tour, lead vocalist Rob Halford has a surprise for you: Halford has revealed that the band intends to “mix up” its set list.

Halford and his bandmates will continue their tour, a 32-date run with fellow classic heavy rockers Uriah Heep, on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL and wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Halford spoke with St. Louis radio station Real Rock 99.3: “When Priest first came over to America in the late ’70s, we played every place. So now when we do these big Priest tours, it takes about three legs to see all our metal maniacs,” he continued, “this will be the final leg of Priest in America for this year and we’re mixing it up. We’re bringing a different show, a different stage set, costumes, lights, and, most importantly, the music. We’re bringing out some real beautiful old classics that we haven’t played before or we haven’t in a long time. So it’s gonna be a real treat.”

Halford elaborated about what songs fans might hear. “We’ve probably got close to 12 or 15 songs that we’re knocking around in the jam room. Something like ‘Killing Machine’ [the title track of Priest’s 1978 album], which I’m sure we’ll put that on the setlist when we come back to St. Louis.”

Halford also mentioned “Out In The Cold” (from 1986’s ‘Turbo’), “Rapid Fire” (from 1980’s ‘British Steel’), “The Sentinel” (from 1984’s ‘Defenders Of The Faith’) and “(Take These) Chains” (from 1982’s ‘Screaming For Vengeance’).

In an interview this past February, guitarist Richie Faulkner told Atlanta radio station Rock 100.5 that “we will have a few surprises” in the setlist on the upcoming tour, adding that they will be “songs that maybe people haven’t heard for a long time, or ever from the band.”

Judas Priest’s latest album, ‘Firepower’ was released in March 2018, and was its highest-charting album ever. For more information on the latest tour, go here.


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