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Judas Priest Offer Sneak Peek at Expanded ‘Defenders of the Faith’


Finding it hard to wait for the March 10 release date of Judas Priest‘s expanded ‘Defenders of the Faith’ reissue? The band is here to help.

Priest are offering an advance look at the bigger and better ‘Defenders’ on their Facebook page, where you can stream a live version of ‘Freewheel Burning,’ recorded during their May 5, 1984, stop in Long Beach, Calif. There’s a catch — you’ll need to sign up for their e-mail newsletter first — but it’s all free, and it pulls back the curtain on the reissue’s bonus material months ahead of time, so for fans, it’s undoubtedly worth it.

As previously reported, the 30th anniversary edition of ‘Defenders of the Faith’ boasts remastered sound and adds a pair of discs to the original LP’s running time. The extra tracks all come from the Long Beach concert, which found the band delivering a 21-song set that included ‘Love Bites,’ ‘Metal Gods,’ ‘Breaking the Law’ and ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,’ among others. The liner notes acclaim it as “a classic that’s beloved by Priest fans throughout the world.”

The rest of the band’s plans for 2015 include a gig at Rock on the Range, and as frontman Rob Halford recently made clear, there’s no end in sight for the once-retiring metal legends. “That fat metal lady hasn’t sung yet,” laughed Halford. “We’ve got her taped up somewhere in a place that she can’t get out of. So we’ve got a lot of stuff that we still wanna do, and as long as you guys are looking out for Priest, and the fans are there for Priest, there’s no end in sight.”

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