Priest surprise Montreal fans

On August 29th in Montreal, Judas Priest fans got something no other fans had heard in over 38 years. Using an ever-rotating song list throughout their world tour in support of their new album, ‘Firepower,’ the band played “Delivering the Goods” – which was performed for the first time in 38 years. Needless to say, the song’s injection into the set list took many by surprise.

Priest’s catalog is rich and deep, but this is somewhat of an albatross. Even with playing a three hour set, there isn’t room to cover everything fans want to hear, especially the rarities. The decision to rotate songs in an out of the set list has helped keep things interesting and vital for the band while at the same time, providing fans with musical highlights. The move has resulted in the band unearthing rarities that haven’t been played live in decades. Such was the case in Montreal withDelivering the Goods.”

The ‘Killing Machine’ track was played early in the evening, the second song in the set played after the ‘Firepower’ title track opened the show.

When Priest kicked off their first North American tour this year, they acknowledged the 40th anniversary of their ‘Stained Class’ record and played “Saints in Hell” for the first time ever. Meanwhile, “Bloodstone” and “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll” made their first live appearances since 1990 and 1991, respectively, and “Running Wild,” which was last performed in 2002 with Ripper Owens, hadn’t been played with Rob Halford since 1980. At the end of that leg, Priest also dusted off “Tyrant” for the first time since 1983.

The co-headlining trek with Deep Purple and openers The Temperance Movement, will run through Sept. 30.


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