PHOTOS: Judas Priest Rock the Shrine in Los Angeles on ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ Tour

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English heavy metal icons Judas Priest are out on the road right now on the rescheduled version of their 50 Heavy Metal Years tour, a celebration of five decades of aggressive and iconic power metal from the esteemed (and, finally, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated) group.

On March 15, the tour rolled through The Shrine in Los Angeles, and music photographer Jérôme Brunet was on hand to snap some crisp photos for Rock Cellar.

Below, enjoy a gallery of his shots from the show:

In our recent feature interview, Priest bassist Ian Hill spoke at length about the band’s early days, tracing their success all the way through to where they stand now as bona fide legends of the scene:

“The thing is, people ask me all the time, ‘What’s the secret to Judas Priest’s longevity?’ and I think it’s perseverance and patience. If you’ve got some sort of talent and you keep at it, sooner or later somebody will recognize that and you’ll start to get your just desserts. But if you’re constantly chopping and changing, nobody can get a hold of you. If you’re only going to stick together three, four, five months or whatever, and then split up, you’re fragmenting your fan base as well.”

As for why the rise of hard rock and heavy metal took such a hold in the 1970s and remains a force today:

“It was something different from pop music. You always had your mainstream pop, even if it’s Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. There’s always been poppy, Top 40-type of acts — and there are some great ones there — but it’s all very commercial. All those years ago when I started listening to music, it’s when I started to listen to bands like John Mayall and Cream and Hendrix, because there was more going on musically.

“There was more going on musically, rather than lyrically. I think that’s a big difference, not just with heavy metal, but heavy rock or anything other than than pop music, it’s more involved. You’ve got to think a little bit more about it.

“It’s something where you can’t put it on at work and just have it in the background. You’ve got to listen to it and get more involved. I think it’s more music-based than vocal-based and I think that’s the difference. You know, people wanted something other than pop music.

“People ask, ‘Is heavy metal dead?’ and of course it’s not dead. If you take heavy metal away, what are you going to replace it with? You’re still going to need that other type of music, which is why it will stay around forever.”

Here are the remaining dates on the tour:

March 18 – Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
March 20 – Cedar Park, TX H–E–B Center at Cedar Park
March 21 – San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum
March 23 – Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
March 25 – Alpharetta, GA Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
March 27 – Charleston, WV Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
March 29 – Philadelphia, PA The Met Philadelphia
March 30 – Newark, NJ Prudential Center
March 31 – National Harbor, MD The Theater at MGM National Harbor
April 2 – Mashantucket, CT Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
April 4 – Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
April 7 – Halifax, NS, Canada Scotiabank Centre
April 10 – Quebec City, QC Centre Videotron
April 11 – Laval, QC Place Bell
April 13 – Hamilton, ON FirstOntario Centre

Judas Priest also recently rescheduled a planned European tour with Ozzy Osbourne from 2022 to 2023, with Osbourne quoted as saying:

“Due to the ongoing uncertainty with full capacity events and travel logistics in much of Europe, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone my 2022 tour to 2023. Original tickets remain valid for the new dates. I want to thank all of you and Judas Priest for your continued patience and support.” OZZY

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