Judas Priest at the Prudential Center

April 19
Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ, 07102 + Google Map

Check out Judas Priest at the Prudential Center on Friday, April 19th!

Judas Priest is an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham in 1969. Often ranked as one of the greatest metal bands to have existed, they have sold over 50 million albums since their inception that span their whopping catalog of 19 studio albums. The band went through a few members in their heyday, with Al Atkins being the founder and staple for some time. Their name was based off Bob Dylan’s 1967 song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest.”

Although their debut album was 1974’s Rocka Rolla, Judas Priest did not achieve mainstream success until their 1980 album, British Steel. Their sixth studio album featured hits such as “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “United.” With this release, they became a band with plenty of radio airplay. Screaming for Vengeance was released in 1982, went double Platinum, and featured another radio hit for the group, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”

Their stage presence and high energy performances became influence for writer-director Rob Reiner, who used a performance of theirs to form the basis for his 1984 cult-classic film, This is Spinal Tap. By the 90s, Judas Priest amplified their stage presence, with lead vocalist Rob Halford coming out on stage wearing leather clothes and sunglasses, riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Judas Priest brought new meaning to the heavy metal scene.

In 2020, Judas Priest celebrated their 50th anniversary, although their touring was pushed back to 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band was honored in 2022, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as receiving the Musical Excellence Award. Their newest album, Invincible Shield, is set to release in March of 2024. Current members include Ian Hill, Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Scott Travis, and Richie Faulkner.

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