The wait has been long and excruciating, but after being overlooked on Judas Priest's farewell world tour, Boise will finally get its dose of the metal gods. The band announced the Treasure Valley addition to its post-retirement encore tour yesterday. The event will be Friday, November 21st at Century Link Arena. Ticket prices or on-sale date have not yet been announced, but Los Angeles based glam metal parody band, Steel Panther will open the show.
Among the pantheon of heavy metal, Judas Priest cast a shadow of influence so vast that it touches souls of nearly every band that enters such hallowed halls in its wake. Frontman Rob Halford is the Metal God, and remains one of the preeminent voices of extreme heavy music. This month Judas Priest released its 17th studio album, Redeemer of Souls; the first since 2008’s Nostradamus, and also the first with new guitarist, Richie Faulkner. Redeemer of Souls is Judas Priest's most fully realized effort since 1990's Painkiller, and is the natural progression of that hallowed record.
Halford joined band founders KK Downing (guitar) and Ian Hill (bass) in 1973, with guitarist Glenn Tipton joining in 1974, just in time to record their debut album, Rocka Rolla. This signaled the beginning of legendary dual guitar attack the band is renowned for, which Tipton and Faulkner keep alive today. The band’s second effort, 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny is seen by most fans as the first true Judas Priest album, and this is where the metal roots took seed. Many of the heavier tracks dismissed by Rocka Rolla producer Rodger Bain (Black Sabbath, Budgie) formed the foundation for the second record. The next several albums would continue to see Judas Priest’s evolution both sonically and visually. Halford began dressing in leather and studs which would become the uniform of the early metal movement. By 1980’s seminal British Steel album, the band had eliminated all trace of its early blues roots for a straight-forward, riff-driven signature, which arguably makes Judas Priest the first true heavy metal band.
Songs like “Breaking the Law” and “Living after Midnight” became genre classics, and with each subsequent album, Judas Priest found its influence and fan-base growing. A string of metal anthems would follow; “Heading Out to The Highway”, “Screaming for Vengeance”, “Freewheel Burning”, “Some Heads are Gonna Roll”, “Painkiller”, and of course, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”. The band survived the new wave and glam-metal 80s, and began pushing its sound in an even heavier more extreme direction. That sound comes full circle with Redeemer of Souls, which blends the band's historic catalog with the hard-earned wisdom of contemporary metal.
There is little doubt this concert will likely be Judas Priest's farewell performance in Boise, so this is a show not to be missed!
A special fan pre-sale for tickets, exclusive merchandise bundles and more is available today, Tuesday July 15th at 10:00 A.M. local time. Visit http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ and sign up now for further information!