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Judas Priest

May 23 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

$59.50
Judas Priest at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI on May 22 & 23, 2019

Judas Priest Firepower 2019!

  • Judas Priest
  • Uriah Heep

@Riverside Theater
Thursday, May 23
Doors = 6:30pm
Show = 7:30 pm
Tickets’ starting price = $59.50

Judas Priest

Judas PriestJudas Priest were one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the ’70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the ’80s.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970, the group’s core members were guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. Joined by Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis, the band played their first concert in 1971. Atkins’ previous band was called Judas Priest, yet the members decided it was the best name for the new group. The band played numerous shows throughout 1971; during the year, Ellis was replaced by Alan Moore; by the end of the year, Chris Campbell replaced Moore. After a solid year of touring the U.K., Atkins and Campbell left the band in 1973 and were replaced by vocalist Rob Halfordand drummer John Hinch. They continued touring, including a visit to Germany and the Netherlands in 1974. By the time the tour was completed, they had secured a record contract with Gull, an independent U.K. label. Before recording their debut album, Judas Priest added guitarist Glenn Tipton.

Judas Priest began loosely demoing ideas for a studio album in 2016, but didn’t enter the studio as a band until a year later. It wasn’t until January of 2018 that they announced to the press and social media that they’d completed Firepower, their 18th studio album. They revisited their original, organic way of recording, with the entire band playing together at the same time in the studio. They underscored this by enlisting producers Tom Allom — who worked on all of the band’s records from 1979 through 1988 — and Grammy-winning veteran Andy Sneap. In a press release, Halford explained, “Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing, and Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’,” adding, “I think to get this balance between that classic old-school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.”

In January of 2018, the band announced the March release of Firepower with a teaser video for the single “Lightning Strikes” and news of a forthcoming world tour. In February, guitarist Tipton — diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a decade earlier — announced that it had progressed to the point where he had to retire from touring. Sneap would fill his slot on the road. Former guitarist K.K. Downing, who claimed he was shocked that he wasn’t asked to replace Tipton on tour, asserted in public that “Sneap’s role was actually much more than as a producer on Firepower” — i.e., he actually played Tipton’s parts on the album. Halford took to the media to respond, saying that “everything that you hear from Glenn on Firepower is the amazing Glenn Tipton.” He called Downing’s accusation “completely superfluous” and “a thousand percent false.” On March 2, Judas Priest released the lyric video for second single “Never the Heroes.” Firepower was issued on March 9. (Source)

Uriah Heep

Uriah HeepUriah Heep thrive on drama! That was what one particular scribe said of Heep some time back when reflecting on the history of a band who’ve not just survived twenty years of rock and roll history but have been instrumental in writing part of that very history. Since the band’s inception back in 1970, through the blizzardous, hazy but not so lazy Seventies, and on throughout the adventurous, globe-trotting Eighties Uriah Heep have played their part, climbing new mountains, scaling new peaks and exploring unknown territories, not just literally (though they’ve done that as well) but metaphorically, as every successive year has opened up another chapter of events that makes the group’s biography more than just a story of a rock ‘n’ roll band; ultimately it’s a tale of triumph and tragedy, success and failure, challenge and achievement (not to mention a few laughs) over the course of twenty years. (Source)