Judas Priest were joined by guitarist Glenn Tipton for the final three songs of their set at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in the UK on Sunday (August 15th). It marked the band’s first live performance in over two years.
While still an official member of Priest, Tipton retired from regular touring after revealing he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018. However, the guitarist has appeared at occasional concerts over the past few years. Producer Andy Sneap (also a member of thrash acts Hell and Sabbat [UK]) has stepped in as the band’s regular touring guitarist.
Tipton took the stage at Bloodstock for the final three songs — a trifecta from the legendary British Steel LP (“Metal Gods,” Breaking the Law,” and “Living After Midnight”).
The band’s 50th anniversary setlist was also filled with rarities, including two songs Priest had never played before live (“One Shot at Glory,” “Invader”) and deep cuts from their vast catalog, including “Rocka Rolla” (performed for the first time since 1976) and a handful of songs not played in more than 10 years: “Exciter,” “Hell Patrol,” “A Touch of Evil,” and “Dissident Aggressor.”
The rest of the set was peppered with signature songs and hits.
Judas Priest are slated to kick off their “50 Heavy Metal Years” North American tour on September 8th in Reading, Pennsylvania. The trek runs through a November 5th show in Hamilton, Ontario. You can get tickets via Ticketmaster and StubHub.
See highlights from Judas Priest’s Bloodstock performance, as well as the full setlist, below.
Judas Priest Bloodstock Open Air Setlist:
One Shot at Glory (live debut)
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Exciter (first time since 2005)
Hell Patrol (first time since 2009)
Halls of Valhalla
Rocka Rolla (first time since 1976)
Victim of Changes
A Touch of Evil (first time since 2005)
Dissident Aggressor (first time since 2009)
Blood Red Skies (first time since 2012)
Invader (live debut)
The Hellion / Electric Eye
Hell Bent For Leather
Metal Gods (with Glenn Tipton)
Breaking The Law (with Glenn Tipton)
Living After Midnight (with Glenn Tipton)