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    Judas Priest’s “Invincible Shield Tour” With Sabaton. May 7th, 2024, at Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL (US)

    Photography and review by Kim Cilluffo

    Sabaton is not your typical heavy metal band. Formed in 1999, this Swedish band from Falun has a unique form of metal that draws you into the storyline to tell you a story about the past. Sabaton’s music is based on war, acts of heroism, and significant battles in history, and it even derives its name from a form of medieval foot armor called “the Sabaton.” The albums such as “The Great War’ and their latest from 2022, “The War to End All Wars,” are based on the heroic deeds of individuals and armies. One such honored individual is Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä with the song “White Death.” You can also check out their YouTube channel called “Sabaton History” to see the history of the events behind their songs. Click here for the Link!

    Over the years, Sabaton has created 10 Albums, with “The War to End All Wars” in 2022 being their latest. These albums have won numerous awards throughout their career, such as Metal Hammer Golden God Awards for “Best Breakthrough Band,” “Metal as F#*k,” and ”Best Live Band.” They also won awards for Metal Hammer and Bandit Rock Awards. Sabaton’s earlier album “Heros” ranked #1 on the Swedish Album Charts

    In addition to industry awards, Sabaton has also won very distinctive and prestigious awards from the community. Sabaton was awarded an authentic Polish Saber in 2008 by the archbishop of GdanskSławoj Leszek Głódź, for the highlighted Polish soldiers in some of their songs. Then, in 2016, Sabaton was invited to Curitiba to visit the Expeditionary Museum, where they were awarded the “Tenente Max Wolff Filho” medal. They were awarded this for bringing the story of these heroes to life in the song “Smoking Snakes.” This award has only been awarded to two foreigners, both ex-combatants.

    Members

    • Joakim Brodén– lead vocals, additional guitars, keyboards, metal machine
    • Pär Sundström– bass, backing vocals
    • Chris Rörland– guitars, backing vocals
    • Hannes Van Dahl– drums, backing vocals
    • Thobbe Englund – guitars, backing vocals

    SABATON

    Links

    https://www.sabaton.net/

    https://www.facebook.com/sabaton/

    https://twitter.com/sabaton

    https://www.youtube.com/user/Sabaton?sub_confirmation=1

    https://www.instagram.com/sabatonofficial/

    For over 50 years, Judas Priest, the English heavy metal band from Birmingham, England, has been an iconic part of the music industry and one of the greatest metal bands ever. It is only ranked second by MTV to Black Sabbath, respectively. It’s funny to think the band’s name was derived from an old Bob Dylan Song, “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest,” on the album John Wesley Harding. Even the symbol of Judas Priest has an incredible story to it. The band’s album cover for “Sad Wings of Destiny” shows a struggling, grounded angel surrounded by flames and wearing a devil’s three-pronged cross. I never actually knew what the symbol was till now. After this cover, the symbol became the band’s image.

    I have never seen such diverse fans as I experienced in this crowd tonight. People dressed in the typical attire you have been known to see, such as leather and chains, but the newer generations went for more T-shirts and hoodies. It was interesting to see such a difference in styles. I believe a few people got lost coming to this show because they looked ready for a country show, and their hats may have been passed around the crowds. I wonder if they ever got it back.  But it didn’t matter what someone wore. Everyone was excited and got along in the true metal family fashion. Kids as young as four were on their father’s shoulders with his hearing protection, which had flames painted on the sides, enjoying his time. The oldest I saw was a 73-year-old man from Montana who was having the time of his life. He said he had seen Judas Priest 7 times. Talk about dedication. They don’t come here to the US that often!

    The entire night was filled with Judas Priest’s best of the best songs that we have all come to know and love. Halford’s signature metal operatic vocals with his deep throaty growls to high piercing screams filled the stage along with entertaining the crowd with his signature act we all expect of him and his Harley Davidson riding onto the stage in leather for the song “Hell Bent for Leather.” The Complexity of the guitar passages and the heavier, raw-sounding drums of Scott Travis with his use of “Double Kick” gave us the hard-hitting, heavy, fast tempo sounds we crave.

    In 2006, Halford created his own record company, Metal God Entertainment, where he would release all his solo material. He also remastered his back catalog and released it exclusively through the Apple iTunes Store.

    It’s no surprise that Judas Priest has sold well over 50 million albums in their career, and there is no slowing down in sight. Their 19th album is out now, “Invisible Shield” (Released March 8, 2024), and you can check it out on all the streaming sites and their site. Some of the singles on the album to check out are “Panic Attack,” “Trial by Fire,” and “Crown of Horns”. Judas Priest has had 11 consecutive albums that have become gold, platinum, or higher by the RIAA.

     

    Judas Priest is one of just a handful of metal bands inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Judas Priest was inducted via the Award for Musical Excellence in 2022. The band performed three songs on stage with former members and fellow inductees K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Dave Holland. Judas Priest has also been offered a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won numerous other awards, such as:

    Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best Album

    VH1 Rock Honors

    Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance

    Hall of Heavy Metal History at the Wacken Open Air Festival

     

    Current Member

    • Ian Hill– bass, occasional backing vocals
    • Rob Halford– lead vocals
    • Glenn Tipton– guitars, backing vocals, keyboards (No longer touring but still considered a as current member)
    • Scott Travis– drums, occasional backing vocals
    • Richie Faulkner– guitars, backing vocals

    Touring member

    • Andy Sneap– Studio Producer, guitars, backing vocals

     

    Setlist

     

    War Pigs @Tape @Cover[5182c1d9-c7d2-4dad-afa0-ccfeada921a8]

    Invincible Shield Tour Anthem @Tape

    Panic Attack

    You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

    Rapid Fire

    Breaking the Law

    Lightning Strike

    Love Bites

    Devil’s Child

    Saints in Hell

    Crown of Horns

    Sinner

    Turbo Lover

    Invincible Shield

    Victim of Changes

    The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)

    Painkiller

    The Hellion

    Electric Eye

    Hell Bent for Leather

    Living After Midnight

    We Are the Champions

    JUDAS PRIEST

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    Tour dates:

    12TH MAY 2024, MOBILE CIVIC CENTER ARENA, MOBILE, AL, USA

    14TH MAY 2024, PNC MUSIC PAVILION, CHARLOTTE, NC, USA

    16TH MAY 2024, HISTORIC CREW STADIUM, COLUMBUS, OHIO

    17TH MAY 2024, FORD CENTER, EVANSVILLE, IN, USA

    19TH MAY 2024, THE THEATER AT MGM NATIONAL HARBOR, WASHINGTON, DC, USA

    21ST MAY 2024, MVP ARENA, ALBANY, NY, USA

    22ND MAY 2024, EMPOWER FCU AMPHITHEATER AT LAKEVIEW, SYRACUSE, NY, USA

    5TH JUNE 2024, NOKIA ARENA, TAMPERE, FINLAND

    7TH JUNE 2024, SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL, SOLVESBORG, SWEDEN

    10TH JUNE 2024, AFAS LIVE, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

    13TH JUNE 2024, SANTI JORDI CLUB, BARCELONA, SPAIN

    15TH JUNE 2024,NAFARROA ARENA,PAMPLONA, SPAIN

    17TH JUNE 2024,PALACIO VISTALEGRE,MADRID, SPAIN

    19TH JUN 2024 – 22ND JUN 2024,PARQUE EL BATEL,CARTAGENA, SPAIN

    21ST JUNE 2024,PLEIN AIR,DESSEL, BELGIUM

    23RD JUNE 2024, ZENITH OPEN AIR, NANCY, FRANCE

    26TH JUNE 2024, ROYAL ARENA, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

    27TH JUN 2024 – 29TH JUN 2024, TONS OF ROCK, OSLO, NORWAY

    1ST JULY 2024, BARCLAYS ARENA, HAMBURG, GERMANY

    2ND JULY 2024,MAX-SCHMELING-HALLE,BERLIN, GERMANY

    4TH JULY 2024,ARENA NURNBERGER VERSICHERUNG,NURNBERG, GERMANY

    6TH JULY 2024, GERMANY ROCKHARZ FESTIVAL, BALLENSTEDT, GERMANY

    8TH JULY 2024, SAP ARENA, MANNHEIM, GERMANY

    10TH JULY 2024,MESSEHALLE,DRESDEN, GERMANY

    12TH JULY 2024, MASTERS OF ROCK, VIZOVICE, CZECH REPUBLIC

    13TH JULY 2024,ROCKMARATON,DUNAÚJVÁROS, HUNGARY

    17TH JULY 2024, METALHEAD MEETING, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

    19TH JULY 2024, ARENA SOFIA HALL, SOFIA, BULGARIA

    21ST JULY 2024, RELEASE FESTIVAL, ATHENS, GREECE

    24TH JULY 2024, PARKORMAN, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

    29TH SEPTEMBER 2024, LOUDER THAN LIFE FESTIVAL, LOUISVILLE, KY, USA

    10TH OCT 2024 – 13TH OCT 2024, AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL, SACRAMENTO, CA, USA

     

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