Saturday, March 17, 2018

Judas Priest score first UK Top 10 album in 38 years with Firepower

Judas Priest have scored their first UK Top 10 album in 38 years as “Firepower” debuts at No. 5 on the Offical Charts.

The veteran metal band’s eighteenth studio album also marks only their second appearance ever in the UK Top 10 and first since 1980’s “British Steel” peaked at No. 4.

“Firepower” was co-produced by Tom Allom and Andy Sneap – a UK rocker known for his guitar work with Sabbat and Hell who is now touring with the band in place of Glenn Tipton following news of his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Sneap made his live debut with Judas Priest on March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA when they launched their 2018 world tour – watch videos of opening night here.

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band - it’s simply that my role has changed,” explains Tipton. “I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Judas Priest are currently playing dates on a 7-week North American tour – with guests Saxon and Black Star Riders – that will wrap up in San Antonio, TX on May 1.

See also:

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton updates battle with Parkinson’s Disease
VIDEO: Judas Priest launch Firepower world tour in Pennsylvania
Judas Priest release Spectre video
Judas Priest preview Firepower track Children Of The Sun
Search Judas Priest at hennemusic