CONCERT REVIEW: @judaspriest at Peoria, Illinois’ Civic Center

Metal God Rob Halford and his legendary band Judas Priest brought their “Redeemer of Souls” tour to Peoria’s Civic Center with opening band Mastodon.

The iconic front man, whose career has spanned 40 years (most of them with Priest as he took a hiatus from the band), has seen it all over the course of his musical history. From being sued by parents of suicided young men in regard to subliminal messages on their 1978 album, “Stained Class,” to Halford coming out of the closet on MTV in 1998, Halford and company have remained consistent throughout their musical life.

During the hour and a half long performance, Halford mentioned how difficult it was to put together set lists that included songs from Priest’s discography from inception. This night, however, didn’t seem as difficult as whatever tune the band dished out, the crowd was going to sing along.

Behind the set, images of album covers displayed visually giving the audience a preamble of what tunes Priest would play. “British Steel,” “Screaming for Vengeance,” “Painkiller,” and of course “Redeemer of Souls,” just to name a few highlighted the night, with the band closing out the show with hits that included “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin,’” “Screaming for Vengeance,” and “Living After Midnight.” 

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Judas Priest show without Halford riding out on stage on a motorcycle, with the operatic vocalist donning leather from head to toe. He also made it a point to showcase his many styles of leather jackets that have been prevalent throughout the years.  

This is the first time I’ve ever seen Judas Priest. Although I was never a huge fan of the band, I can respect what they’ve accomplished. And the fact that Halford is 64-years-old belting out vocals for over an hour, the show was definitely worth seeing. Metal Gods like Halford don’t come along very often. I’m guessing about every 40 years.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He also is the author of the novels, Drama Dolls, Hello Lesbian!, Hello Fabulous!, and Anonymous. Visit him at Email him at
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