British Heavy Metal titans Judas Priest returning on the road, and continue their 50 Heavy Metal Years tour; support for this tour was Queensrÿche. The stop on this tour was the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Even before doors opened, fans were lining up outside as they were excited to see heavy metal icons blast their ears with metal.
Queensrÿche was the first band up. They recently had a lineup change when their guitarist of twelve years Parker Lundgren left the band to pursue other ventures. His replacement was Mike Stone, who was previously with the band from 2003 to 2008. Lots of Queensrÿche fans were in attendance, and they were happy to see them again since they last came in 2016 at Anthem at Hard Rock Casino. It was great hearing Queensrÿche classic like Queen of the Reich, Operation: Mindcrime, Warning and Eyes of a Stranger. A great warm up to the show.
From the kids to the young adults to the obvious old school fans. All of them anxiously waited and cheered once ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath started playing over the speakers. After that, the intro track ‘The Hellion’ came on and the band’s signature trident rose from the stage and went up into the ceiling. The band members came out and started the show with ‘Electric Eye’. Everyone got on their feet and cheered now that the Metal Gods had taken their place on stage with their classic look with leather jackets.
Judas Priest is a powerful band live, and it was only proven as they blazed through a bunch of classic songs such as ‘Riding on the Wind’, ‘Jawbreaker’, ‘You Got Another Thing Coming’, and Victim of Changes. Lead singer Rob Halford is a living legend. The fact that, at the ripe age of 71, he still keeps his voice intact. He has done so much for the metal community, no wonder is he is the Metal God. Judas Priest brought such a fiery energy to their performance.
Their final three songs of the evening were ‘Hell Bent for Leather’, ‘Breaking the Law’, and ‘Living After Midnight’. Fans cheered super loud once the show ended. Judas Priest thanked the audience, bowed to their audience and left the stage. What a night of arena metal music and spectacle.
Judas Priest 50 Heavy Metal Years tour continues across the US through November 29th in Houston, Texas.