Richie Faulkner by Anne Erickson

Judas Priest have released a short clip from their video for “Lightning Strike” - a track taken from upcoming album Firepower The band posted the teaser on their Facebook page, with the track taken from the UK outfit’s upcoming 18th studio album, which is set to arrive in March.

Frontman Rob Halford has told about Firepower, saying: “It’s great. This is what Priest lives for. We’re a hard-working metal band still making the metal forty-odd years later, thanks to our glorious metal fans around the world.”

“So we make music now, obviously, still for our own pleasure and enjoyment, and the challenge of finding a new riff and a new melody is always very… It’s a great feeling.”

He’s particularly full of praise for Gibson Flying V-playing Richie Faulkner’s contribution on the record, saying: “Richie’s playing is ***ing unbelievable on this album. I think, as the writing team of Richie, Glenn Tipton and myself, this is some of our best work without a doubt.”

Judas Priest

The tracklisting for Firepower is reported as:


“Lightning Strikes”

“Evil Never Dies”


“Children of the Sun”


“Rising From Ruins”

“Flame Thrower”


“Traitor’s Gate”

“No Surrender”

“Lone Wolf”

“Sea of Red”

Richie Faulkner by Anne Erickson

Judas Priest will head out on tour in support of Firepower – released on March 9th and now available for pre-order – in the coming months, with extensive dates across North America and a selection of European shows confirmed. Judas Priest 2018 Firepower tour dates are:

Mar 13: Wilkes Barre Mohegan Sun Arena At Casey Plaza, PA

Mar 15: Youngstown Covelli Centre, OH

Mar 17: Uniondale Nassau Coliseum, NY

Mar 18: Washington The Anthem, DC

Mar 20: Newark Prudential Center, NJ

Mar 22: Uncasville Mogehan Sun Arena, CT

Mar 25: Ottawa The Arena At TD Place, ON

Mar 27: London Budweiser Gardens, ON

Mar 28: Oshawa Tribute Communities Centre, ON

Mar 30: Rama Casino Rama, ON

Mar 31: Detroit Masonic Temple, MI

Apr 03: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI

Apr 05: Green Bay Resch Center, WI

Apr 08: Bloomington Grossinger Motors Arena, IL

Apr 10: Casper Events Center, WY

Apr 11: Loveland Budweiser Events Center, CO

Apr 15: Kent ShoWare Center, WA

Apr 17: Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, OR

Apr 19: San Francisco The Warfield, CA

Apr 22: Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre, CA

Apr 24: Phoenix Comercia Theatre, AZ

Apr 26: Tulsa BOK Center, OK

Apr 28: Dallas Bomb Factory, TX

Apr 29: Sugarland Smart Financial Centre, TX

May 01: San Antonio Freeman Coliseum, TX

Jul 19: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece

Jul 21: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock Festival, Poland

Jul 31: Munich Zenith, Germany

Aug 08: Dortmund Westfallenhalle, Germany

Aug 10: Bloodstock Festival, UK

Photos: Anne Erickson