The UK screening of JUDAS PRIEST‘s Epitaph concert film has been delayed. The band have issued the following update:
“Due to technical issues arising from putting on this special one-off screening of Epitaph at The Forum, the show has now been moved to Friday, May 24. This will ensure that we are able to put on the biggest show possible! We are sorry for the inconvenience and all tickets for the original date will be honoured or refunded.”
When the metal giants wrapped their 2012 world tour at London’s Hammersmith Apollo last May, they filmed the historic gig – possibly their last – as a souvenir for their massive, loyal following. Epitaph, that career-spanning concert-turned-long-form video, is due May 27th on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.
In advance of the release, the band have released a clip for their enduring 1981 road anthem, ‘Heading Out To The Highway’. The video can be seen at RollingStone.com.
Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis. Heavy metal historians will regard Epitaph as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week Epitaph World Tour, captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26th, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever.
Epitaph’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s Rocka Rolla (‘Never Satisfied’) to 2008’s Nostradamus (‘Prophecy’). In the special case of British Steel, four songs are featured: ‘Rapid Fire’, ‘Metal Gods’, ‘Breaking The Law’, and perennial set closer, ‘Living After Midnight’. Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after British Steel. The first of these is 1979’s Hell Bent For Leather (UK title: Killing Machine) which lends the title song as well as ‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)’. The other LP is 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, source of ‘The Hellion’, ‘Electric Eye’, and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’.
“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004’s leather-bound, metal-spiked Metalogy box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”
“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”
‘Heading Out To The Highway’
‘Victim Of Changes’
‘Diamonds And Rust’
‘Beyond The Realms Of Death’
‘Blood Red Skies’
‘The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)’
‘Breaking The Law’
‘Hell Bent For Leather’
‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming’
‘Living After Midnight’