Grammy award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest will bring the ‘Redeemer of Souls Tour’ to the Austin area’s Cedar Park Center May 14, 2015 in support of their 17th studio album.
Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40-year career. Their presence and influence remains at an all-time high as evidenced by 2008’s ‘Nostradamus’ being the highest charting album of their career, a 2010 Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient, and playing to capacity crowds throughout 2011 and 2012 on their Epitaph Tour.
Judas Priest originally formed in the early ’70s in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing and Ian Hill would be the nucleus of musicians (along with several different drummers over the years) that would go on to change the face of heavy metal. After a ‘feeling out’ period of a couple of albums,1974’s ‘Rock Rolla’ and 1976’s ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ this lineup truly hit their stride the result was a quartet of albums that separated Priest from the rest of the hard rock pack 1977’s ‘Sin After Sin’, 1978’s ‘Stained Class’ and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ and 1979’s ‘Unleashed In The East’ which spawned such metal anthems as ‘Sinner’, ‘Diamonds and Rust’, ‘Hell Bent for Leather’, and ‘The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)’. Also, Priest was one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world.
It could be said that Priest simply owned the ’80s as they were second to none as far as pure metal goes, releasing such all-time classic albums as 1980’s ‘British Steel‘, 1981’s ‘Point of Entry’, 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance‘, and 1984’s ‘Defenders of the Faith’. Once more, these titles spawned countless enduring metal anthems including ‘Breaking the Law’, ‘Living After Midnight‘, ‘Heading Out to the Highway’, and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming‘. The ’80s were also a decade where Priest became a global arena headliner offering show-stopping sets at some of the world’s biggest festivals including the first ever ‘Monsters of Rock‘ festival at Donington Park (1980) in the United Kingdom, the US Festival (1983) in the United States and Live Aid (1985) in the United States.
The remainder of the ’80s saw Priest embrace more melodic hard rock sounds on 1986’s ‘Turbo‘ and 1988’s ‘Ram it Down’ (in addition to their second live set 1987’s ‘Priest…Live!’) before releasing arguably the heaviest release of their entire career 1990’s ‘Painkiller’ (which saw the arrival of Scott Travis on drums). Judas Priest were special guests on the 2004 Ozzfest appearing alongside Black Sabbath before issuing ‘Angel of Retribution’ a year later.
2008 saw the release of the double-disc concept album, ‘Nostradamus‘ which peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and a year later ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ was issued (which led to the group’s aforementioned Grammy Award win due to a killer rendition of the classic ‘Dissident Aggressor’).
In 2009, Priest began a celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the release of their classic ‘British Steel‘ album, which included a tour that saw the group perform the album in its entirety, and was followed up by an expanded double-disc version of ‘British Steel’ in 2010 plus a DVD of their live show. By 2011, Downing announced that he was exiting the band with a still burning desire to continue flying the flag of metal Judas Priest decided to continue on, by enlisting newcomer Richie Faulkner on guitar. The move seemed to have reinvigorated the band as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the ‘American Idol’ TV program that also served as Faulkner’s debut performance with the band (also in 2011, as was the release of a new compilation ‘The Chosen Few’ which included Priest classics selected by some of metal’s biggest names) and the ‘Epitaph’ concert DVD in 2013.
Tickets to the Austin-area show go on sale Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10 a.m. at www.Ticketmaster.com, the Cedar Park Center box office and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.
Redeemer of Souls 2015 Tour Dates:
1st AUSTRALIA – SYDNEY – SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL (DAY 2), OLYMPIC PARK
3rd NEW ZEALAND – AUCKLAND – WESTFEST, MOUNT SMART STADIUM
6th JAPAN – ROPPONGI – EX THEATER
7th JAPAN – OSAKA – ORIX THEATER
9th JAPAN – NAGOYA – KOKAIDO
11th JAPAN – TOKYO – BUDOKAN
13th JAPAN – SAPPORO – ZEPP SAPPORO
16th SOUTH KOREA – SEOUL AX HALL
23rd VIVA RIO – RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL
25th MONSTERS OF ROCK @ ARENA ANHEMBI, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL
26th MONSTERS OF ROCK @ ARENA ANHEMBI, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL
28th PEDREIRA, CURITIBA, BRAZIL
30th ZEQUINHA STADIUM, PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL
2nd CIUDAD DEL ROCK, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
5th MOVISTAR ARENA, SANTIAGO, CHILE
8th SPORTS PALACE – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
9th FORCE METAL FEST, CALLE 2 – GUADALAJARA , MEXICO
11th BANAMEX AUDITORIU, MONTERREY, MEXICO
14th US – TX, CEDAR PARK CENTER
16th US – COLUMBUS, OH – ROCK ON THE RANGE FESTIVAL
17th US – CINCINNATI, OH – HORSESHOE CINCINNATI, THE SHOE
19th USA – ST. CHARLES, MO – THE FAMILY ARENA
20th USA – COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – HARRAH’S CASINO | STIR COVE
21st USA – ROSEMONT, IL – ROSEMONT THEATRE
30th GERMANY – MUNICH – OLYMPIC PARK, ROCKAVARIA FESTIVAL
31st GERMANY – NURBURG – NURBURGRING, GRUNE HOLLE FESTIVAL
2nd NORWAY – OSLO – SPEKTRUM
4th FINLAND – HELSINKI – ICEHALL
6th SWEDEN – SOLVESBORG – ROCK FESTIVAL
8th GERMANY – HAMBURG – SPORTHALLE
9th GERMANY – BERLIN – ARENA TREPTOW
12th UK – DERBY – DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
14th HOLLAND – UTRECHT – TIVOLI VREDENBURG
16th LUXEMBOURG – LUXEMBOURG – ROCKHAL
17th FRANCE – PARIS – LE ZENITH
19th FRANCE – CLISSON – HELLFEST
20th BELGIUM – DESSEL – GRASPOP FESTIVAL
21st SWITZERLAND – HINWIL – ROCK THE RING FESTIVAL
23rd ITALY – MILAN – ASSAGO SUMMER ARENA
25th CZECH REPUBLIC – OSTRAVA – CEZ ARENA
26th CZECH REPUBLIC – PRAGUE – O2 ARENA
27th POLAND – LODZ – ARENA
29th BELGRADE – KALEMEGDAN PARK – BELGRADE CALLING FESTIVAL
30th ARENA ARMEEC – SOFIA – BULGARIA
1st ROMANIA – BUCHAREST – ROMEXPO
16th USA – OSHKOSH, WI – ROCK USA
18th USA – CADOTT, WI – ROCK FEST 2015
25th SPAIN – BARCELONA – ROCK FEST BARCELONA
30th AUSTRIA – GRAZ – SEE-ROCK FESTIVAL
1st GERMANY – WACKEN – WACKEN FESTIVAL