May 24, 2011
Renaissance Hotel : Hollywood, CA
The Judas Priest saga continues…and luckily into my hometown. I was lucky enough to be invited to the official debut of Judas Priest 2011. The addition of new guitarist Richie Faulkner and exit of founding member K.K. Downing was the initial focus of the gathering, but discussions of the band’s upcoming farewell tour – The Epitaph Tour – and the future of Judas Priest soon took over.
The band blended very well with the K.K. Downing / Point Of Entry looking Faulkner, who seems to be bringing some well needed energy and youthfulness to the Metal Godfathers. It will be interesting to see what 2011 brings us – it has already brought Judas Priest into our living rooms last night via American Idol. Long live Metal! What’s next?