Judas Priest‘s North American ‘Firepower’ tour, in support of their brand new and highly sucessfull full-length record of the same name, is currently in the midst of its 25-city assault. Featuring great support from NWOBHM legends Saxon and hard rockers Black Star Riders, the spring journey fired upon Uniondale, New York at NYCB Live aka the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 17th.
Moments before their huge curtain drop, Judas Priest gathered fans to their seats with Black Sabbath favorite “War Pigs” ringing through the venue’s monstrous PA system. Before you knew it, the iconic heavy metal masters were onstage, bursting into action with their hit single “Firepower.” The band’s current live incarnation consists of metal hero Rob Halford at the vocal helm, plus OG members: bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis, along with the incredible Richie Faulkner on guitars and Andy Sneap (filling in for Glenn Tipton), also on guitar.
Featuring a huge stage presence with a ton of moving lights and a huge LED screen in the back, Priest dominated Long Island, performing a ton of classic hits during the meat of their set, with incredible numbers such as “Running Wild,” “Grinder,” “The Ripper,” “Turbo Lover,” “Breaking the Law, “Hell Bent for Leather,” and “Painkiller” echoing through the recently renovated arena. Ending with a bang and with thousands of NY metal maniacs raging in their seats, the band closed out the night by ushering “The Hellion” and exploding into “Electric Eye,” which was followed by equally awesome tracks “Metal Gods,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” and “Living After Midnight.” Following a final bow, Queen‘s “We Are the Champions” signaled the end of the night and sent patrons back to their cars and back to their humble abodes.
Providing direct support, headbanging vets Saxon played a memorable set, consisting of a good amount of songs from their latest album on Silver Lining Music, Thunderbolt, dishing out fresh tracks like the LP’s title-track, plus “Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz),” “The Secret of Flight,” and “They Played Rock and Roll.” With horns in the air, fans also enjoyed heavy hitters such as “Power and the Glory,” “Wheels of Steel,” “Dallas 1 PM,” “Crusader,” “Princess of the Night,” and the old-school “Denim and Leather.”
While butts were finding their seats, Black Star Riders provided the opening soundtrack, playing anthems from their latest studio offering, Heavy Fire, like the title-track and “When the Night Comes.” 2013 – 2015 singles “All Hell Breaks Loose,” “Soldierstown,” “Kingdom of the Lost,” and “Bound for Glory” also made the set-list, creating simultaneous head bobbing throughout the crowd. Being as the band features members from Thin Lizzy, BSR did not hesitate to perform the 1976 classic “Jailbreak.” Celebrating guitarist Scott Gorham‘s 67th birthday, the gang closed out with the traditional “Whiskey in the Jar.”
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