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Judas Priest with Queensrÿche at Theater of the Clouds on 03/10/22 / Photos


Judas Priest are currently on tour celebrating their 50th anniversary tour and in support of their “50 Heavy Metal Years”.

The Limited-Edition version of the boxset includes a staggering 42 cd set of career spanning music featuring every official studio and live album to date plus thirteen unreleased discs. The Covid-19 Pandemic sadly delayed previous anniversary tour plans along with guitarist’s Richie Faulkner’s health scare. Thankfully, now in better times, Judas Priest are back on the road and just made a stop here at the Rose Quarter’s Theater of the Clouds.

Judas Priest are considered one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. Along with its dedicated, loyal fanbase, Judas Priest is still a beloved concert draw. This is not a band of has beens either. Judas Priest remains a force on record and in concert especially lead vocalist, Rob Halford. The Theater of the Clouds show proved that, and they touched on decades of rock fan favorite songs. “You Got Another Thing Comin’”, “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight” are rock radio staples. While Judas Priest have not always been critically acclaimed, fans worldwide have always fought for the band and its music.

Most recently, fans have been rallying for Judas Priest to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, which they are way overdue for. For now, Portland fans raised the horns high and celebrated seeing one of rock’s hardest rocking live bands.

Openers Queensrÿche made for a strong double bill. Queensrÿche, who first formed right here in the Pacific Northwest specifically Bellevue, Washington have been hailed as one of the leading progressive metal bands.

Their 1988 Operation: Mindcrime concept album gave the band critical and commercial success in the 80s. That popularity was heightened with their release of 1990’s Empire. After the departure of its lead singer, Geoff Tate, Todd La Torre would join the band and help continues band’s evolution. Queensrÿche’s most recent 2019 album, The Verdict is a testament to that. For their recent Theater of the Clouds show, the band however would dig deep into their music catalog with a set that showcased songs from band’s very beginning. “Queen of the Reich” for example from 1983’s self-titled, Queensrÿche would kick off their set. Queensrÿche may have opened, but truthfully this was a concert that gave rock fans in attendance two headliners for one.

Judas Priest Setlist
Portland, OR (03-10-22)
One Shot at Glory
Lightning Strike
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Freewheel Burning
Turbo Lover
Hell Patrol
The Sentinel
A Touch of Evil
Rocka Rolla
Victim of Changes
Desert Plains
Blood Red Skies
The Hellion
Electric Eye
Hell Bent for Leather
Breaking the Law
Living After Midnight

Queensrÿche Setlist
Queen of the Reich
En Force
NM 156
Walk in the Shadows
The Whisper
Operation: Mindcrime
The Needle Lies
Take Hold of the Flame
Screaming in Digital
Eyes of a Stranger

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