Judas Priest—the metal act behind “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law” (not to mention stars of the classic underground film, Heavy Metal Parking Lot)—just finished the U.S. leg of its final world tour last week in Biloxi, MS, and is set to hit the Far East early next year. Along for the ride are Martin Walker (production manager/front-of-house engineer) and monitor man Kevin McCarthy.
Also in tow is a massive audio production supplied by UK audio company Major Tom, and while the band is performing old-school metal, the sound gear is a mix of modern and classic technology. The a front-of-house package includes a DiGiCo SD7 console, TC Electronic D-Two delay, Avalon compressor for singer Rob Halford’s vocals, an Eventide Eclipse Harmonizer, and multiple Yamaha SPX990 multi-effects processors.
At monitors, McCarthy mixes on a Yamaha PM5D desk, aided by an Apogee Big Ben master clock and a SoundGrid package from Waves. The band uses Shure microphones and wireless personal monitor systems, along with JH Audio personal monitors.
And as you’ll see in the video, there’s a massive amount of Meyer Sound Milos and other boxes on-hand, both for house and monitors.
Is it really their last tour? Well, that’s what they’re saying—but then again, this is also the band whose biggest hit was “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.”