The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest, will get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary again this year with the launch of a new North American fall tour. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Queensryche as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career, ‘Firepower,’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.
Additionally in 2022, Priest band members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill and Scott Travis will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Defending the heavy metal faith for fifty years, the Priest is back!” – Rob Halford
“Time to don the leather and studs and roll out the Priest Machine – celebrating our 50 Heavy Metal Years!!” – Glenn Tipton
“After the horrific last few years of restrictions we’ve all had to endure, what better place to break free, than the land of the free – the USA!” – Ian Hill
Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Throughout the 70’s Priest were responsible for helping trail blaze metal with such classic offerings as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (1976) ‘Sin After Sin’ (1977) and ‘Hell Bent for Leather’ (1978) as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979) among others.
It was during the 80’s that Priest conquered the world, becoming a global arena headliner on the strength of such all-time classics as ‘British Steel’ (1980) and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), as well as being one of the first metal bands to be embraced by the then-burgeoning MTV, plus performing at some of the decades biggest concerts (1980’s Monsters of Rock, 1983’s US Festival, and 1985’s Live Aid) and being the first to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world. Priest’s success continued throughout the 90’s and beyond with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, as evidenced by such additional stellar offerings as ‘Painkiller’ (1990) ‘Angel of Retribution’ (2005) and ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ (2009) the latter of which saw Priest win a Grammy Award for a killer rendition of the classic ‘Dissident Aggressor’.
In 2011 new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in to replace the previous guitarist who had left in 2010 – the move seemed to have reinvigorated the band, as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the ‘American Idol’ TV program that also served as Faulkner’s debut performance with the band (also in 2011 was the release of a new compilation ‘The Chosen Few’ which included Priest classics selected by some of metal’s biggest names) and the ‘Epitaph’ concert DVD in 2013.
Priest’s next studio effort would arrive in 2014 ‘Redeemer of Souls’ which was supported by another strong tour. In 2018, Priest unleashed their latest studio album ‘Firepower’ (produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) which received global success and critical acclaim. In 2020, a fully official and authorized photographic book, ‘Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years,’ was issued, followed in 2021 by the 42-CD box set, ‘Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music.’
Few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest.
Fall 2022 U.S Tour Dates:
October 13: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale
October 15: Albany, NY @ MVP Arena
October 16: Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall Fenway
October 18: Uniondale, NY at Nassau Veterans
October 19: Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
October 21: Kalamazoo, MI at Wings Event Center
October 22: Detroit, MI at Masonic Temple Theatre
October 24: Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
October 25: Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
October 27: Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center Theater
October 29: Moline, IL @ TaxSlayer Center Moline
October 30: Mankato, MN @ Mayo Clinic Event Center
November 1: Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center
November 2: Rapid City, SD @ The Monument
November 7: Ontario, CA @ Toyota Center
November 8: Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
November 10: Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
November 12: Park City (Wichita), KS @Hartman Arena
November 13: St. Charles, MO @ The Family Arena
November 15: Corbin, KY @ The Corbin Arena
November 17: Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
November 18: Baton Rouge, LA @ Raising Canes River Center
November 20: Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center
November 22 & 23: San Antonio, TX @ Tech Port Center & Arena
November 25: Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
November 26: Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
November 28: Edinburg, TX @ Burt Ogden Arena
November 29: Houston, TX @ 713 Music Hall
PiercingMetal Thoughts: As a close to lifelong Heavy Metal fan, there is nothing better than some Judas Priest touring news. Okay I am lying because for me its KISS News first and then Judas Priest but I digress. What makes this news all the more exciting is that not only is it continuing a stellar touring run but it will find the band returning as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A title that has been long overdue if you ask me and like before the band is bringing Queensryche along for the ride. Initially, the band Sabaton was supposed to be supporting the run but the pandemic restrictions found the change to Queensryche happening and shortly before the bands regional appearance they announced a Headlining tour of their own. If you missed that post, just click HERE to see the news and all the dates. You’re going to want to be a part of both of them if you don’t mind my saying so. Let’s face it, we Metalheads missed a whole lot of live concert activity because of the pandemic and as things still move closer and closer to the normal, we remember it’s important to get back to the things that you feel you can do provided we don’t have any additional surges. So wrapping this news up I wonder what you think about it all. Will you be catching the legendary Judas Priest in action once again while you can? I know that I am going to do my best to be there as I don’t like to miss them whenever they come through town.