Judas Priest | 05.18.15

live judas-priestLike a secret pleasure, the Priest keeps the juggernaut rolling. They are the true defenders of the metal faith.



Family Arena, St. Charles, Mo.

It was a great night for rock when the legendary metal group Judas Priest took the stage at the Family Arena. Touring behind their latest opus, Redeemer of Souls, the band rocked the half-full house.

When fans heard that the last tour, dubbed the “Epitaph Tour,” was to be the band’s last, they rallied for more. The band was convinced that they had not yet made their best work, so to continue on only made sense. If the fans want it, you give it to them.

The finished product brought on this tour, and the boys in leather killed with skill and proficiency. The band brought material from as far back as Sad Wings of Destiny and Stained Class, to as recent as “Halls of Vahalla” from the new album. Still, there were plenty of metal classics to go around. Opening their set with “Dragonaut,” vocalist Rob Halford was on point and screeching in his finest voice. For a 63-year-old, his pipes have held up nicely. Original bassist Ian Hill kept time on his signature bass.

Keeping the audience on their feet, the band played most of their major hits, tracks like “Breakin’ the Law,” “Devil’s Child,” and “Hell Bent for Leather,” during which vocalist Halford took the stage on a shiny Harley-Davidson motor bike.

Closing with three classics—“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” “Painkiller,” and “Living After Midnight”—Judas Priest showed us just what makes them so hard to give up. Like a secret pleasure, the Priest keeps the juggernaut rolling. They are the true defenders of the metal faith.

Opening the show were longtime veterans of the road, the U.K.’s own Saxon. Having toured constantly since the late ’70s, the classic metal band played a quality set, including their controversial song, “Crusader,” which has been banned in many countries. | Marc Farr

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