Youngstown , Ohio – The mighty Judas Priest returned to the Buckeye state this past week as we were lucky enough to catch the second date of a world tour. The Covelli Centre and with JAC Live played to host and the fans could not be more grateful. I met people from all the state , driving from an hour away to four hours away and a capacity crowd of almost 6000 ( I was told 5900 ) the place just screamed with metal !
The band is celebrating the chart topping success of ” Firepower ” all while dealing with the challenge of long time member and guitarist Glenn Tipton having had to step down from touring due to his recent reveal of Parkinson’s disease. Tipton and band anointed ( pun intended ) producer Andy Sneap to fill on tour and Andy to a great job. Many people will argue that unless a band is complete from the original line up you are not seeing the true band , well that doesn’t add up. Have you had the same job at the same company for the last four decades , I think not so give the bands a break and let them be artists and a company at the same time. Even Rob Halford is not the original singer but if Al Atkins stepped on stage most people would say who is that , so get over it people.
The current line up is Ian Hill on bass guitar , Rob Halford on vocals ,Glenn Tipton on guitars ( non touring ) Scott Travis on drums and Richie Faulkner on guitars .
The set was a dream list for any metal fan and a musical buffet for a Judas Priest fan and it included ” Firepower, Running Wild ,Grinder, Saints in Hell, Angel, Turbo Lover, Painkiller ” and many many more. As a note this is only the second time they ever played ” Saints in Hell ” live and wow what a great job .This had to be one of my top ten favorite concerts I have seen so as the tour is just getting started make sure you reserve a date to see it .
This is one re-release I have truly hoped for. This was the album that introduced me to Judas Priest ( yes I was late coming on board but I was only 14 at the time) and my older brother was a huge fan already .Lets get a little back story here, every kid brother wanted to emulate his older brother and that included music so when my brother brought home ” Turbo “back in 1986 I was hooked , the look, the sound the anthems , what teenager could not be affected . Well I am happy to say I have been a Judas Priest fan since and was finally able to see them a few times as an adult during The Angel of Retribution tour and the Chosen Ones tour.Besides my friend Tim ‘Ripper ” Owens briefly being in the band for a while so I have always felt a connection to the band .Now on to the review of this three disk release.
The sound quality of the remastered Turbo studio release is without parallel as the bass , drums , guitars and keyboards weave a deep coil into your auditory senses with the first deep notes of record . The entire album is very well done with not any filler material. My favorites being Turbo Lover , Parental Guidance, Private Property and Rock You All Around The World. The remained two disks contain a full concert from Kemper Arena in Kansas City with all the classic Judas Priest back catalog .The only complaint I have is not having a live version of Parental Guidance but as powerful as Rob Halford is he is not a timelord and cannot use the Tardis to travel back in time to add a song to the set-list that was not there . You get 29 songs in this release and more then enough nostalgia to get to put your horns in the air . I have to get this release 5 out of 5 stars as its nearly flawless . The liner notes talk about the band members at the time ( with many changes since then ) and the story behind the original thought process as the time . The band consisted of Rob Halford on vocals , Glenn Tipton-guitars,KK Downing-Guitars ,Ian Hill -bass and Dave Holland on Drums .
The release comes out February 3, 2017 on Legacy Recordings and for further information please check out http://judaspriest.com
The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3rd, 2017 on 3 CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.
Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”.
Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased, ‘Live in Kansas City’, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.
The band add “The 80’s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with ‘Turbo’. Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward. The combined songs show another side of Priest’s range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era. The ‘Fuel For Life’ tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! ‘Turbo’ remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level.”
This is one of our favorite era’s in music and we at NEO are excited about this February release , look for a in-depth review .