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The ‘Metal Gods’ Judas Priest Rock The Izod Center

On Friday night November 18th Judas Priest brought their ‘Epitaph Tour‘ to the Izod Center in East Rutherford with special guests the legendary Thin Lizzy and New Jersey’s own Zakk Wylde & his band Black Label Society. The 2 & 1/2 hour set took Priest fans on a journey through the bands’ album library, playing at least 1 song off every album and adding plenty of fire, lasers and smoke to enhance the metal experience. The setlist covered their hits and some surprise deeper cuts as well: The setlist was as follows:

Rapid Fire

Metal Gods

Heading Out to the Highway

Judas Rising

Starbreaker

Victim of Changes

Never Satisfied

Diamonds & Rust (Joan Baez cover)

Dawn Of Creation

Prophecy

Night Crawler

Turbo Lover

Beyond the Realms of Death

The Sentinel

Blood Red Skies

The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)

Breaking the Law

Painkiller

Encore:

The Hellion

Electric Eye

Hell Bent for Leather

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Encore 2:

Living After Midnight

Judas Priest With Special Guests Black Label Society & Thin Lizzy In Concert
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Frontman Rob Halford did a phenomenal job on vocals, whether it was on the high pitched hits such as ‘Victim of Changes’ or ‘Painkiller’ to the softer ‘Diamonds & Rust,’ Halford still has the range to make every song sound like you were still sitting in your room listening to the original album.

‘Epitaph’ also marks the first tour for Judas Priest with new guitar player Richie Faulkner, who has done a tremendous job replacing long time guitarist K.K. Downing.

Richie Faulkner
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From the the opening notes of ‘Rapid Fire’ to the final chords of ‘Living After Midnight’ the band had everyone on their feet and put on nothing short of an amazing performance. What is your favorite Judas Priest song? You can comment below.

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