Judas Priest fans received a major thrill during the band's Firepower Tour stop on March 20 in Newark, N.J., at Prudential Center. The British heavy metal legends were joined by ailing guitarist Glenn Tipton, who made a surprise guest appearance after announcing his retirement from the road last month due to Parkinson's disease.
Blabbermouth reports on March 21 that the Grammy winners delivered an explosive 19-song setlist, which culminated with Tipton reuniting with his bandmates for the show's encore. Tipton shared the stage with his replacement on the current tour, guitarist Andy Sneap, along with longtime JP guitarist Richie Faulkner to shred through three songs from their classic 1980 studio album British Steel, including: “Metal Gods,” “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight.”
Fans can catch the performance via fan-shot footage posted Tuesday on YouTube. In the 5:09 minute clip, the Prudential Center erupts as Tipton touches his heart in gratitude before slamming into the opening riffs of “Metal Gods” with frontman Rob Halford singing, “We've taken too much for granted/And all the time it had grown/From techno seeds we first planted/Evolved a mind of its own.”
Anticipation of a possible stage guest appearance by Tipton was sparked when the veteran rocker appeared with the band during a promo event held on March 19 in New York at Sony Square NYC. The signing session was in support of the “You Got Another Thing Comin'” hitmaker's brand new studio effort Firepower, which was Tipton's last album contribution prior to his retirement announcement.
Firepower debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and has become Judas Priest's highest charting album in the U.S. It is available here in CD, digital and vinyl in a variety of bundles.
The Firepower Tour launched March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and will continue on March 22 in Uncasville, Conn., at Mohegan Sun Arena. Get your Judas Priest tickets now at AXS. For more details on Judas Priest, click here.