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Judas Priest (UK) - Firepower (March 9, 2018)

Quote:JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill says that he found it surprising to hear that Kenneth "K.K." Downing was "shocked" that he wasn't asked to rejoin the band following Glenn Tipton's decision to retire from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.

Tipton, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST album since the group's 1974's debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the outfit, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. Joining PRIEST for its upcoming dates will be the band's co-producer and HELL/ex-SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap.

In a statement released last week, Downing said that was "shocked and stunned" that he "wasn't approached to step into [his] original role as guitarist for JUDAS PRIEST." He added that he now knows "more clearly than ever" that he did the right thing by leaving the band when he did because he believes that his contributions to PRIEST's legacy are "unappreciated by more than one member."

During a brand new interview with Metal Wani, Hill was asked for his thoughts on Downing's comments and whether PRIEST considered approaching K.K. to return to the band following Tipton's decision to step aside from the stage.

"Well, I don't know where Ken is coming from, to be honest," Ian replied (hear audio below). "He retired seven years ago and he made it clear at the time that he didn't wanna come back. So I'm surprised that he's saying that he was surprised that he wasn't asked. I think we all thought he probably would have been surprised if we had asked him. So I don't know. It's a bit like your quarterback retiring, you replace the guy, and then two or three years down the line, [when the new guy] gets injured, you're not gonna come back to the guy that just retired. You'll find somebody else. And it's pretty much the same thing."
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(02-16-2018, 07:06 PM)Painkiller Wrote: It'd be nice to have something like that for Tony Martin, since he's still alive and can probably still belt it out.

I think the plan w/ Tony, last I saw anything on it, was remastering his era of the catalog and doing a comp w/ a few new songs ala 'The Dio Years'. But that was before the '13' tour...
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So apparently this is the setlist for the tour. Kinda surprising to see Saints In Hell on there.

Sorry for the double post.

But here is the first footage. Not very good quality.

Probably be a ton in the morning and tomorrow. Kinda interested to see better footage. See how Andy Sneap did, etc.
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HOLY SHIT!. after all these years, they finally are playing the most requested tracks ever. man, i'd wish they were playing again in Fresno or even in Reno, i'd love to see 'em NOT only just play "Saints in Hell" but also, "Running Wild" and "Sinner"! (one of my all time favorite Judas Priest songs).
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Getting ready to head to work. So I will drop this link here, but there are multiple videos from last night's show, great footage actually.

Personally I think Halford sounds great, and I think Andy Sneap did well. Of course that comments section....I mean I get it to a point, but who knows the future after this tour right? Anyways, looks like it was a great show. Saints In Hell and Sinner sound so fucking good.
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More from Glenn Tipton:
Quote:JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton has thanked fans for their messages of support in the four weeks since he announced that he was retiring from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.

Said Tipton: "By now, many of you will know I won't be doing the forthcoming JUDAS PRIEST tour because of health issues. I'm so sorry, but four years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years. I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing, but I worked around it and battled on. I have good days and bad days, but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world. It was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in. He's a great guy and I'm sure he'll do a great job. I'm sure the band will be as strong than ever.

"I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I've had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there. It's not the end for me — I'll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs. With new medication and advances being made, who knows what the future holds, but one thing's for sure: it will certainly involve PRIEST!

"Finally, the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything."
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The album is doing really well.
Quote:According to Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST's "Firepower" has entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it the band's highest-charting album ever. 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008's "Nostradamus" landed at No. 11 and 2005's "Angel Of Retribution" came in at No. 13.

"Firepower" moved 49,000 equivalent album units in first week of release. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by "Angel Of Retribution" in that album's first week. The "Firepower" chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band's current North American tour.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

As previously reported, "Firepower" landed at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart. It marks the band's highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since "British Steel" reached No. 4 in 1980. Elsewhere, "Firepower" has also become PRIEST's first-ever No. 1 in Sweden.
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Wow, that's pretty impressive especially in this day and age.

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(03-20-2018, 10:52 PM)Painkiller Wrote: Wink

Alright now this is fucking cool. This is awesome to see.

Looks like he did 3 songs with him.

You can clearly see the toll Parkinson's has taken, but at the same time, this is good to see.
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Quote:Richie Faulkner says that Glenn Tipton's first performance with JUDAS PRIEST since he stepped down from the band due to his battle with Parkinson's disease was a "goosebump moment."

Last night, during PRIEST's show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the band welcomed Tipton for its three-song encore, playing blistering versions of "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight", much to the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance.

During an interview earlier today with Jonathan Clarke of Q104.3's "Out Of The Box", Faulkner praised his bandmate as a "hero" and described the experience of playing with Glenn again as "phenomenal."

The guitarist said (see video below): "We always said that, obviously, due to Glenn's situation, he will be stepping down slightly from touring, but he will be back at some stage. And in true Glenn Tipton hero form, there he was at the Prudential in front of all the metal maniacs, and they went absolutely ballistic. I mean, you can imagine — it was like a goosebump moment; it was phenomenal. And we went straight into 'Metal Gods', which is pretty fitting. It was a 'metal god' right there, and it's just a testament to how much of a hero Glenn Tipton is."
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I was quite impressed with Firepower. Their best album since Painkiller, IMO! Others agree with me on that. It is their best since Painkiller!
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Still haven't heard more than one song, but I want to buy it and that hasn't happened to me with JP in along time, sometimes though rarely a little hype isn't bad.
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I've listened to the whole album already. Definitely trumps the last two albums, although I'd consider it more of an "enhanced" Angel of Retribution. There are some hints of the vintage Judas Priest that we all know and love, but I feel that the production job eschews that charm to begin with. Had the album been mixed to sound more like Defenders of the Faith, I wonder...
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(03-21-2018, 09:37 PM)Painkiller Wrote: I've listened to the whole album already. Definitely trumps the last two albums, although I'd consider it more of an "enhanced" Angel of Retribution. There are some hints of the vintage Judas Priest that we all know and love, but I feel that the production job eschews that charm to begin with. Had the album been mixed to sound more like Defenders of the Faith, I wonder...

Yeah a better mix and shorter seams to be the consensus, in terms of improvements needed.
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It definitely reminds me a mixture of Painkiller, Screaming for Vengeance, Angel of Retribution, and maybe some late 70's stuff, also with a little Jugulator thrown in there. Definitely a badass album, and if this is the final album, it's a great way to go out.
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I've probably heard the album 5-10 since it came out. It's solid. I still think Angel of Retribution is more of a Judas Priest album, but this is a vast improvement over Redeemer (not sure what that is actually worth). Rob sounds OK, but the band seems to have a little fire behind them this time around. Traitors Gate is the top track for me, but in the context of the full-record the 1/2 of Firepower/Lightning Strike is very good.

I've know two separate groups of friends who have seen East Coast shows and I've heard nothing but HIGH praise. Will likely check them out here next month.
Let me know how they and Saxon fare. Biff Byford is pretty outgoing, I heard.
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Having heard the album in question; its a good one but to me, Painkiller would always be the best. Still, an awesome release. New Priest are 2 good releases into the 2010s (IMO)
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One month is up since the album's release. Continue the discussion in the band's thread until another major announcement.
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