If you go
What: Judas Priest “Firepower 2018” When: 7 p. m. Tuesday Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes- Barre Details: Tickets start at $ 36.75, plus fees, and can be purchased at the arena’s box office, by calling 800- 745- 3000 or online at www. ticketmaster. com. There is a $ 10 fee to park in the arena’s lot. Online: www. judaspriest. com emphasized that each of the band’s albums are createdwith the intention of writing something newand different.
“We treat them completely separately as the belief is all our records from‘ Rocka Rolla’ up to ‘ Firepower’— they all have their own metal legs to stand on in terms of identity and sound,” he said.
The title song— andopening track — on“Firepower” resonatesmost with Halford, becausehebelieves it speaks to the rest of the record.
InFebruary, thebandannounced that longtime lead guitaristGlenn Tiptonwould not be touring with the bandafter being diagnosed with latestageParkinson’s disease. Although hewill not tour, he remainsanactive memberin the group. “Firepower” producerAndySneappicksupthe guitar in his stead.
“You’ll be seeing Priest as you want,” Halford said. “There will be a slight adjustment ... but ( Tipton) wants it to be a very successful ‘ Firepower’ tour.
“I think a lot of people are going to be drawn to the showfor the simple fact that they love Priest and they want to hear the songs again and again,” Halford said.
In order to prepare for the show eachnight, Halfordsaid helimits his speaking to aminimumsohecan preserve hisvoice, andalso tries to remainhealthysohe can utilize his “instrument” to its fullest potential. Atthis point in his life, hesaid his voice is“moreprecious than ever.”
And although it’s been nearly five decades since the beginning of Judas Priest, Halford does not see an end in sight.
“Youcan’t reallyturnitoff,” he said. “If you’reluckyenoughtobea creativepersonthat is stillhungry andcuriousandhasasenseof adventure... That’sthedrivingforceinme, andthat’sthesameinGlennandScott andRichieandIan. It’ssomethingyou can’t reallyswitchoff.”