GLENN TIPTON Rejoins JUDAS PRIEST On Stage In Los Angeles

It was a Special Night in Los Angeles when Guitarist Glenn Tipton rejoined his JUDAS PRIEST band mates on stage Sunday night (April 22) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California to perform the concert’s three-song encore: “Metal Gods”“Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight.”

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Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton

The night began with BLACK STAR RIDERS, made up of vocalist Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY), guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY), guitarist Damon Johnson (BROTHER CANEALICE COOPERTHIN LIZZY), bassist Robert Crane (RATT) and drummer Chad Szeliga (BREAKING BENJAMINBLACK LABEL SOCIETY). The band is currently on tour in support of its third studio album, “Heavy Fire”, which was released earlier this year via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

Next up, a blazing set by English Metal Masters, SAXON with a set that consisted of 12 songs, mixing classics such as Denim and Leather, Wheels of Steel and This Town Rocks with songs off the new album, Thunderbolt.  Biff Byford commanded the stage, while the band, driven by drummer Nigel Glockler unleashed their brand of heavy metal mayhem on Los Angeles. Saxon put on a stellar show of classics and great new material indicating to the fans that this band with a 40 plus year history has no plans of slowing down any time soon!!!

The Set List Was:

Thunderbolt

Power and the Glory

The Secret Flight

Motorcycle Man

Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)

Dallas 1 PM

They Played Rock and Roll

Denim and Leather

Princess of the Night

Wheels of Steel

Sons of Odin

This Town Rocks

 

 

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Rob Halford

Then the backdrop changed and Black Sabbath’s Warpigs came over the loudspeakers, igniting the entire Microsoft Theater crowd into a collective Warpigs sing along in anticipation for the band to take the stage; There was no question that the night belonged to Judas Priest.

In support of their new Album Firepower, the band opened the show with the title track from that LP, setting the Los Angeles crowd on fire. Halford’s voice was in top form while the entire band emanated a relentless energy that seized the entire audience with the power of a strangle hold from the first moment they landed on stage to the very last note of the night. The band set the Microsoft Theater ablaze with songs from Firepower like Firepower, Lightning Strike and Evil Never Dies along with Priest classics like Freewheel Burning, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ and and Hell Bent for Leather.

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Richie Faulkner

The Amazing guitar prowess of Richie Faulkner continues to push the band to new heights without limits. The intense energy of drummer Scott Travis combined with the heavy driving bass of Ian Hill continued to drive the band with a thunderous force throughout their set. Guitarist Andy Sneap also known as the co-producer for the Firepower LP was in top form as he faithfully reproduced Tipton’s great guitar parts.

The real magic happened when Tipton himself walked out onstage to join his band mates in the 3-song encore of Metal Gods, Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight; a perfect end to an incredible night.

 

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Richie Faulkner, Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton

After weeks of anticipation for the arrival of Judas Priest, the band’s performance exceeded all expectations while simultaneously shredding any and all reservations that some may have had about the band’s ability for this lineup to carry on.  The new songs seemed to light up the band and breathe new life into the already relentless and classically heavy set list. In addition to bringing so much Firepower to the stage, the band really appeared to be enjoying what they do, and they have a genuine appreciation of their fans.  Like Halford said to the audience, “we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.” A sincere thank you from the Metal God himself.

The setlist was:

  1.  Firepower
  2.  Running Wild
  3.  Grinder
  4.  Sinner
  5.  The Ripper
  6.  Lightning Strike
  7.  Bloodstone
  8.  Saints in Hell
  9.  Turbo Lover
  10.  Freewheel Burning
  11.  Evil Never Dies
  12.  Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
  13. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
  14. The Hellion
  15. Electric Eye
  16. Hell Bent for Leather
  17. Painkiller

     Encore – with Glenn Tipton

  1. Metal Gods
  2. Breaking the Law
  3. Living After Midnight

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