Exploring the Songs on Judas Priest's "Firepower Tour" Setlist

British heavy metal moguls Judas Priest are on the road in support of their 18th studio album, 2018's Firepower.
The trek kicked off May 3 in Hollywood, Florida and will visit various North American cities through June 29, featuring two-night stands in Long Island, Milwaukee, Austin and San Francisco.
Frontman Rob Halford described the album's title as "the fire and the power of heavy metal music," and it certainly lives up to that name: it's fast, abrasive and heavy. Upon its initial release, Firepower sold more than 50 thousand copies in the US alone and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The tours setlists have seen some Firepower live debuts and offer a chunk of rarities and obscure material from some of the band's earliest works. The Priest has been switching up the setlist each night, alternating between "Necromancer," "Firepower" and "Delivering the Goods" for openers and closing with "Living After Midnight," "Painkiller" or "All Guns Blazing."
Cue up our Setlist Playlist on Spotify and keep reading for a closer look at some of the songs Judas Priest pulls out for this tour!
"Hell Bent for Leather"
For those of you who are new to Judas Priest, you may recognize this song from Guitar Hero: Metallica or the "Surprise, Surprise" episode of "That 70s Show." For longtime Priest fans, this song off of 1978's Killing Machine is a classic fan-favorite.
"Hell Bent for Leather" serves as a rallying cry for heavy metal music, and a leather-clad Halford is known to ride on stage on a motorcycle during this song in live shows.
Check out this clip from a 1982 performance:
Judas Priest "Hell Bent for Leather" live
"Necromancer"
Judas Priest debuted this Firepower track on the Firepower Tour's opening night and has since performed it at every show.
In fantasy, a necromancer is someone who practices magic to summon the dead. The band plays into this with lyrics "Raising the dead up from the ground/Needs must be fed, sorceries abound."
The upbeat track features intricate guitar work and I can see it easily becoming a fan-favorite.
Judas Priest "Necromancer"
"Living After Midnight"
An ode to the hedonistic and rebellious spirit of the late '70s, this song off of 1980's British Steel came into fruition while the band was recording at Ringo Starr's mansion.
“The house was full of Lennon, as far as the white room he’d made ‘Imagine,’" Halford said in an interview.
"That’s the room where Glenn [Tipton] woke me up, because my bedroom was above that room, and Glenn was clanging out the chords to ‘Living After Midnight’ at 4 o’clock in the morning. He woke me up, I came downstairs, and said, ‘Glenn, it seems like you’re living after midnight down here.’ And he said, ‘That’s a great title for this song!'"
Judas Priest "Living After Midnight" Music Video
"Breaking the Law"
Known for its opening guitar riff and short run time, this barely two-minute song packs a punch.
Another British Steel classic, "Breaking the Law" was promoted with an iconic music video by producer Julien Temple. Live performances of this song usually include a sick K.K. Downing-esque guitar solo.
Judas Priest "Breaking the Law" Music Video
"Heading Out to the Highway"
This track from 1981's Point of Entry features dual guitar solos and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Tracks upon its release.
"Heading Out to the Highway" is an enduring road anthem embodying metal's traditional over-sexualized masculinity/biker image and has remained a fan-favorite over the years.
Judas Priest "Heading Out to the Highway" Music Video
Make sure to visit the Judas Priest website for ticket info, and check out a full list of North American tour dates below!
Judas Priest Firepower Tour dates:
May 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
May 25 – Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
May 28 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 29 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 31 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
June 1 – Little Rock, AR @ First Security Amphitheater
June 3 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
June 5 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmoor World Arena
June 8 – Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
June 10 – Lethbridge, AB @ ENMAX Centre
June 11 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
June 13 – Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Centre
June 14 – Prince George, BC @ CN Centre
June 16 – Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
June 17 – Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
June 19 – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Resort and Casino
June 21 – Kent, WA @ Accesso Showare Center
June 22 – Portland, OR @ Moda Theatre of the Clouds
June 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
June 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
June 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

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