JUDAS PRIEST: Video Footage Of San Francisco Performance
October 22, 2015
Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's October 20 performance at The Warfield in San Francisco, California can be seen below.
In a recent interview with The Press-Enterprise, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band's current live show: "We decided to cut back a little bit because I think we made a huge statement on the 'Epitaph' tour, not only in the music, where we tried to play a track from every record. It was a two-and-a-half-hour-and-change show that did have all of the bells and whistles. I think what we're trying to do on this tour is basically condensing it somehow. So that means, like we always did, the focus should always be on the band. It should always be about your ability to walk out and play guitar or sing or play drums, bass, whatever. That's what it's about."
Halford also addressed the fact that JUDAS PRIEST's 2011 tour was supposed to be the band's "farewell," and credited the influence of PRIEST's new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, for changing their minds.
"We didn't really know if we were going to be able to continue at that point," Halford said. "But we were suddenly, we were up and running blind at a million miles an hour, and nobody (before the tour) said, 'Well, just hang on a minute. Now you've got Richie in the band. Maybe you should look at renaming this tour, just call it the 'Epitaph' tour because in essence, an epitaph conveys some kind of message.' I don't think epitaph conveys an end. I think an epitaph is a kind of pondering emotion. It's a statement. An epitaph is well, look at this and think about what it represents. However, we didn't do that. We went out as a farewell tour, and, of course, within the first two days, everybody was like, 'This isn't a farewell.'"
JUDAS PRIEST's latest album, "Redeemer Of Souls", was released in July 2014. The follow-up to 2008's double-disc concept album "Nostradamus" was billed as a return to JUDAS PRIEST's heavy-metal roots.
"Redeemer Of Souls" sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.
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