Legendary metal group Judas Priest is known for having one of the greatest guitar duos of all time. On their Firepower Tour, Judas Priest is joined by the legendary Uriah Heep.
Uriah Heep is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The bands stopped at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 27, 2019. Uriah Heep opened up the show. Since 1986, keyboardist Phil Lanzon and lead vocalist Bernie Shaw have been members. In 2007, drummer Russell Gilbrook joined and in 2013 bassist Davey Rimmer joined. Since the release of their first album in 1970, Uriah Heep has released 25 albums. Twelve of their albums made the U.K. Albums chart and fifteen made the Billboard Top 200 chart. Uriah Heep played an hour-long set including hits like “Gypsy,” “Stealin’” and “Easy Livin’.”
Last year in 2018, Judas Priest celebrated their 50th anniversary. Interestingly, Judas Priest and Uriah Heep only have one founding member left in their lineups. Founder Mick Box is the only original member remaining in Uriah Heep. In the last decade, Judas Priest had a few major changes with the departure of guitarist K.K. Downing in 2011 and guitarist Glenn Tipton retiring from touring last year after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Downing’s replacement has been Richie Faulkner and Andy Sneap took over Tipton’s guitar duties. After a decade away from Judas Priest, Metal God Rob Halford rejoined in 2003 and remains as the front-man of the band. For the last thirty years, Scott Travis has held the drum throne.
Judas Priest played a high energy set of 19 songs. Before the legendary metal group took the stage, Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” served as their intro song while Queen’s “We Are The Champions” was their outro. Judas Priest saved their biggest hits for a three-song encore of “Hell Bent For Leather,” “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight.” Judas Priest is a must-see for metalheads of all ages!
Judas Priest and Uriah Heep concluded their tour just two nights after at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, NV.