Judas Priest Bring Brooklyn Fans to ‘Valhalla’ With Godlike Performance
If anyone is even starting to believe that Rob Halford can’t belt out epic screams anymore, go see Judas Priest‘s ‘Redeemer of Souls’ tour and be sure to catch your jaw when it drops. At the band’s Oct. 9 gig in Brooklyn, N.Y., which we were lucky enough to attend, Judas Priest put on a phenomenal show, mixing in classics, fan favorites and new cuts.
Before Judas Priest took the Barclays Center stage, Steel Panther brought heavy metal back to Brooklyn as only they can. The crowd was seemingly split on Steel Panther, as some fans had absolutely no idea what was happening onstage, while others ate it all up. This only made the situation more hilarious as Steel Panther tore through awesome cuts such as ‘Asian Hooker,’ ’17 Girls in a Row’ and ‘Gloryhole.’
Shortly after Steel Panther exited the stage to receive the results of their weekly blood tests, Black Sabbath‘s ‘War Pigs’ hit the speakers as arena lights dimmed to black. After the masses of metalheads gathered for a powerful singalong, Judas Priest swarmed the stage with the new track ‘Dragonaut.’
Rob Halford’s voice sounded great from note one, roaring through shrieks like a true Metal God, but it was throughout ‘Victim of Changes’ that Halford proved he was more than just a man. With each scream, fans throughout the arena held their breath and clenched their fists, thanking Halford for each shriek with a roar of cheers.
As Judas Priest continued their set with gems like ‘Halls of Valhalla,’ ‘Beyond the Realms of Death’ and ‘Jawbreaker,’ guitarist Richie Faulkner emerged as another star in Priest’s powerhouse lineup, shredding through the majority of the band’s solos with ferocious intensity. Near the end of Priest’s set, Faulkner was even given a few minutes to show off his masterful skills with zero backup.
Judas Priest capped off the unforgettable night with ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,’ ‘Living After Midnight’ and ‘Defenders of the Faith.’ Priest followers were left stunned and smiling as they left Barclays. At age 63, Rob Halford’s voice is still one of metal’s finest.
There are still plenty of dates left on Judas Priest’s U.S. tour, so click here to see if Priest are stopping by your town.
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