photos by Kurt Christensen
Judas Priest @ Izod Center
"Pop "retirements" prove to be about as reliable as political promises.Judas Priest played their not-final NYC area show as part of the Epitaph tour on Friday, 11/18 at Izod Center in NJ with Black Label Society, Thin Lizzy and DJ Lady Starlight. Here are some pictures from that show.
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So fans might be forgiven for rolling their eyes over Judas Priest's announcement some months back that their current road show... would be their "final" one.
"I wish we had a better word than final," says Priest singer Rob Halford. "It's not the end of the band but it is a farewell to these gigantic world tours."
In fact, Halford says they'll be back in the States for limited runs, and will record again. And so, it seems, they'll do nearly everything they ever did, just somewhat less of it.
"We've been reflecting on what's left to do and how best to do it," the singer says. "We're all cognizant of the fact that, while metal forges on, the one thing you can't hold back is the physical."-[NY Daily News]
Officially retired or not, Priest was sans founding guitarist K. K. Downing (who has retired, officially and was replaced by Richie Faulkner), so unfortunately the last chance to catch KK/Tipton/Halford/Hill passed with their last tour.
More pictures of Priest, Thin Lizzy and Lady Starlight (none of BLS), with Judas Priest's Izod Center setlist, below...
JUDAS PRIEST 11/18/11 at Izod Center setlist (via)
Heading Out to the Highway
Victim of Changes
Diamonds & Rust
(Joan Baez cover)
Dawn Of Creation
Beyond the Realms of Death
Blood Red Skies
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)(Fleetwood Mac cover)
Breaking the Law
Hell Bent for Leather
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Living After Midnight
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 TOUR DATES
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park, Miami, FL
3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
4th February Olympic Hall, Seoul, Korea
7th February Sunpalace/ Fukuoka, Japan
9th February Pacifico/Yokohama, Japan
11th February Kokusai Hall/Kobe, Japan
13th February Alsok Hall/Hiroshima, Japan
14th February Prefectural Arts Theater /Aichi, Japan
17th February Budokan/Tokyo, Japan
20th February Fort Canning Park, Singapore