If there was ever a time to put ear protection in, March 30th, 2018 was that night. As a huge red and black banner dropped and was literally sucked back into the rear of the stage, the legendary heavy metal rockers, Judas Priest, loudly blasted into their title track off their new albumFIREPOWER at the sold out Casino Rama venue.
Judas Priest had no supporting acts for this show, although they are currently on tour with Black Star Riders and Saxxon, so the audience focused all their energy on Priest. For nearly two hours, the audience rocked, fist pumped and screamed along to a set of anthem tracks including “Running Wild”, “Grinder”, “Sinner”, “The Ripper” and new material such as “Lightning Strike” and “Evil Never Dies”.
Frontman Rob Halford worked the crowd, belting out his stylized high pitch vocals on all the hits. Halford, a master of the quick change, switched up his leather gear and coats several times throughout the show. Bassist Ian Hill stood strong in his zone while he and drummer Scott Travis controlled the rhythm section. Lead guitarist Richie Faulkner paired nicely with newcomer, guitarist Andy Sneap, who joined the band in March after veteran guitarist Glenn Tipton announced his departure due to Parkinson’s Disease.
From heavy rock riffs, smoke machines on full, warm fire-like lighting, Halford on his chromed out Harley, and an excellent mix of new and old material – what more could you ask for from Judas Priest? I think it would be the chance to see the show again and again.
With a total of nineteen great songs that included two encores, Judas Priest had the right FIREPOWER to deliver the goods.