Judas Priest at Dalhalla

5/10

Rob Halford

Rob Halford @Dalhalla

After two years of the pandemic the postponed tours are going back on, one after the other. Judas Priests 50 Heavy Metal Years was originally scheduled for 2020 but was first pushed forward to 2021 and then again for 2022. Last night it finally reached Dalhalla, outside Rättvik, Sweden.

The only remaining members from the glory years are singer Rob Halford and bass player Ian Hill (who is the only remaining founding member). Half of one of metal’s most iconic guitar duos – Glenn Tipton, is still officially a member of the band but has retired from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, even though he still does an occasional appearance for a couple of songs at some gigs. Sadly the absence of Tipton and long-time partner KK Downing is very much noticeable event though the replacements are not bad musicians.

Judas Priest opens with One Shot at Glory from the Painkiller album and then goes on mixing slightly newer material with old classics. The show really catches on during the third song – You’ve got another Thing Comin’. The set is also spiced up with a couple of covers, such as the classic Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez) and The Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac) which has been with Judas since 1978 but is still perhaps lesser known by some.

On the topic of setlist Judas’ current one has remained exactly the same for 40 consecutive shows (starting August 15 2021) which quite frankly gives a somewhat sloppy impression. I can’t rid myself of the feeling that each gig is seen as just another day on the job and I think the fans deserve a bit more effort.

Rob Halford

The Metal God in prayer.

Don’t get me wrong – this was by no means a bad show, but that little extra is missing. The band puts on a decent show, but time has started to take its toll on 70 year old Rob Halford. In some songs his voice is as crisp and strong as ever but in more demanding numbers, like The Sentinel it is neither 100 percent in tune or strong enough.

After the 15th song – Painkiller Judas Priest leaves the stage, but of course returns for some encores with Rob Halford making his iconic entrance riding a Harley Davidson on stage. They end the show in style with a very strong quartet of songs – Electric Eye, Hell Bent for Leather, Breaking the Law and Living after Midnight and even if the show is uneven Judas Priest ends the night on top.

Judas Priest

Judas Priest @Dalhalla

If this is Judas Priest’s last tour or not remains to be seen – 11 years after their first final tour, but maybe it is about time? Would I still see them again if I had the chance? Hell yeah! Judas Priest 2022 are an uneven band, but in their best moments still very good.

Set length: 1h 50 mins
Number of songs: 19
Best songs: Diamonds and Rust and Electric Eye

Full setlist:

War Pigs (Tape)
(Black Sabbath song)
Battle Hymn (Tape)
One Shot at Glory
Lightning Strike
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Freewheel Burning
Turbo Lover
Hell Patrol
The Sentinel
A Touch of Evil
Rocka Rolla
Victim of Changes
Desert Plains
Blood Red Skies
The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)
(Fleetwood Mac cover)
Diamonds & Rust
(Joan Baez cover)
Painkiller

Encore:
The Hellion (tape)
Electric Eye
Hell Bent for Leather
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight
We Are the Champions (Tape)
(Queen song)

 

Rob Halford

Judas Priest finishes in style.

 

Halford on a Harley

Halford on a Harley

 

Ian Hill

Founding member Ian Hill.

Judas Priest at Dalhalla

June 12, 2022

After two years of the pandemic the postponed tours are going back on, one after the other. Judas Priests 50 Heavy Metal Years was originally scheduled for 2020 but was first pushed forward to 2021 and then again for 2022. Last night it finally reached Dalhalla, outside Rättvik, Sweden. The only remaining members from the glory years are singer Rob Halford and bass player Ian Hill (who is the only remaining founding member). Half of one of metal’s most iconic guitar duos – Glenn Tipton, is still officially a member of the band but has retired from touring due to Parkinson’s disease, even though he still does an occasional appearance for a couple of songs at some gigs. Sadly the absence of Tipton and long-time partner KK Downing is very much noticeable event though the replacements are not bad musicians. Judas Priest opens with One Shot at Glory from the Painkiller album and then goes on mixing slightly newer material with old classics. The show really catches on during the third song – You’ve got another Thing Comin’. The set is also spiced up with a couple of covers, such as the classic Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez) and The Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac) which…

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