In what was probably one of the worst kept secrets of the day, Judas Priest performed on the season finale of FOX’s American Idol with James Durbin earlier tonight (May 25). Priest and the elimated contestant, who earlier in the season performed Priest’s “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” and Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal” with Zakk Wylde, performed “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law” together.
Making this performance even more interesting is that it was indeed Priest’s first time playing with new guitarist Richie Faulkner. Guess it was no coincidence that the band’s press conference “introducing” Faulkner and announcing their Fall North American tour was also in Hollywood the day before American Idol’s live airing.
So how was the performance? Did Halford kick Durbin’s ass by out singing him? Well…duh! Not that Durbin didn’t do his best (though he did over do it a bit by replicating Halford’s biker outfit), but there’s no out doing the Metal God! You can be the judge for yourself as to how Faulkner did. Video of the performance can be seen up top.