JUDAS PRIEST: FIREPOWER 2018

Din Productions Presents

JUDAS PRIEST: FIREPOWER 2018

Saxon, Black Star Riders

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Freeman Coliseum

San Antonio, TX

$72.25 - $99.75

This event is all ages

Judas Priest
Judas Priest
Judas Priest is a pioneering British Heavy Metal band and was a forerunner in the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ movement, laying the groundwork for the speed and thrash metal of the ’80s and ’90s with numerous classic albums.

The band was formed in Birmingham, England in 1969 by guitarist John Perry (who died shortly after and was replaced by Earnest Chataway), bassist Bruno Stapenhill, drummer John Partridge, and singer Alan Atkins, who created a band name from Bob Dylan's song 'The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest'. In 1970, guitarist Kenneth K. K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill (2) joined, replacing Chataway and Stapenhill. Later, in 1972, Rob Halford and drummer John Hinch joined to replace Atkins and Partridge, respectively. A second guitarist, Glenn Tipton, was also added to the line-up in 1974 as compensation for its record company’s (Gull Records) suggestion to add a horn section to the first album, Rocka Rolla.

The band featuring Halford, Downing, Tipton and Hill would go on to record 14 albums from 1974 through to 1990. Priest went through a considerable amount of drummers between its formation and 1980 when Trapeze drummer Dave Holland joined and stayed until 1988’s Ram It Down. In early 1990 Racer X drummer Scott Travis joined the band and recording began on its Painkiller album. In mid 1990 the band was taken to court over the attempted suicide of two young boys in Reno, allegedly driven by subliminal messages on its Stained Class album. The case was eventually thrown out of court and in September 1990, Painkiller was released.

Halford left the group in 1993 to pursue a solo career but the band was determined to find a suitable replacement vocalist. Tim "Ripper" Owens, an Ohioan tribute band singer was chosen after a lengthy auditioning process and the band recorded 4 albums (2 studio, 2 live) with Owens.

In 2003, Judas Priest’s 1990 line-up was restored when Rob Halford returned to the group after rekindling the relationship during work on Judas Priest’s 4-CD career retrospective “Metalogy.” In 2004 the band played Ozzfest and released a CD of new studio material entitled Angel of Retribution and an accompanying live DVD in 2005, enjoying a successful world tour that year. This was followed by the 2CD concept album Nostradamus in 2008 and the release of its fifth live album in 2009.
Saxon
Saxon
With a storming new stomp in their boots & a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, SAXON released "SACRIFICE" in February, 2013 through UDR Records. Taking a sharper, reinvigorated approach to the production on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs in many a year, a more than worthy follow up to the last album, "Call to Arms".

"Less tricks, more power" roared frontman Biff Byford. "My brief to the band was to be raw, be real & not be afraid to look back at the classic material for inspiration."

Recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire, produced by Byford, engineered by Jacky Lehmann and mixed by Andy Sneap, the album bristles with muscular metal intent. The songwriting harkens back to a classic era, with the likes of "Warriors of the Road", "Wheels of Terror", "Stand up & Fight" and the crunching tital track "Sacrifice" evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist.

Biff says: "It's certainly been done from a more early 80's thrashier perspective, and it's not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly - they've got fresh drive, purpose & perspective. From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place."

Biff concludes: "Living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon songwriting has, in my opinion, made Saxon fresher than ever."

SAXON IS:

BIFF BYFORD
NIBBS CARTER
NIGEL GLOCKLER
PAUL QUINN
DOUG SCARRATT
Black Star Riders
Black Star Riders
Black Star Riders is a hard rock band formed in December 2012, when members of the most recent line-up of Thin Lizzy decided to record new material, but chose not to release it under the Thin Lizzy name. While Thin Lizzy will continue on an occasional basis, Black Star Riders is a full-time band, described as "the next step in the evolution of the Thin Lizzy story"
Venue Information:
Freeman Coliseum
3201 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, TX, 78219