JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the rescheduled “50 Heavy Metal Years” North American tour dates last night (Friday, March 4) at Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. One Shot At Glory
02. Lightning Strike
03. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
04. Freewheel Burning
05. Turbo Lover
06. Hell Patrol
07. The Sentinel
08. A Touch Of Evil
09. Rocka Rolla
10. Victim Of Changes
11. Desert Plains
12. Blood Red Skies
15. The Hellion / Electric Eye
16. Hell Bent For Leather
17. Breaking The Law
18. Living After Midnight
Fan-filmed video and photos are available below.
The tour will conclude on April 13 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Support on the trek is coming from QUEENSRŸCHE.
JUDAS PRIEST was forced to postpone around two dozen North American shows on its rescheduled 50th-anniversary tour in late September after the band’s guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during a performance at the Louder Than Life festival. He ended up undergoing a 10-hour life-saving surgery a short distance away at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
QUEENSRŸCHE was originally set to support SCORPIONS on their rescheduled “Sin City Nights” Las Vegas residency in March-April 2022 but pulled out of the dates in order to take part in the JUDAS PRIEST tour. SCORPIONS have since tapped SKID ROW as the new opening act for the Vegas residency.
Faulkner‘s medical episode happened while he was performing the closing song of PRIEST‘s set on the final day of Louder Than Life. Faulkner later said in a statement: “As I watch footage from the Louder Than Life Festival in Kentucky, I can see in my face the confusion and anguish I was feeling whilst playing ‘Painkiller’ as my aorta ruptured and started to spill blood into my chest cavity.”
Two weeks after his surgery, Faulkner told reporters that he experienced a sharp pain as he was stepping off the stage. “That’s when it exploded,” he said.
“The more I read about it, the more astonishing it is to me to think that I even made it to the hospital,” he added. “The amount of time when I actually go the pain and when I turned up in the hospital and when we were actually operating, it was quite a lot of time. The more I read about it, the more unbelievable — that amount of time — I don’t know how I’m still around today.”
Faulkner said he had no history of heart complications and that the aliment came completely “out of the blue.”
“My point is I don’t even have high cholesterol and this could’ve been the end for me,” he said. “If you can get yourselves checked — do it for me, please.”
Aortic aneurysms are “balloon-like bulges in the aorta, the large artery that carries blood from the heart through the chest and torso,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Dissections happen when the “force of blood pumping can split the layers of the artery wall, allowing blood to leak in between them.”
Doctors said Faulkner will continue to be monitored and will receive a CT scan every six months for the first year.
Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 as the replacement for original guitarist K.K. Downing.
Judas Priest Peoria 2022
Posted by Matt Verden on Friday, March 4, 2022
Last night in Peoria two great friends who have sung with my band Bad Penny—Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Todd LaTorre…
Posted by Mike Holtzman on Saturday, March 5, 2022
Thanks to Judas Priest for an incredible show! They kicked off their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour right here in Peoria!
Posted by Peoria Civic Center on Friday, March 4, 2022
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