The mighty Judas Priest took to their Official Instagram to share the news that based on a precarious medical condition with guitarist Richie Faulkner that the remaining dates on their “50 Heavy Metal Years” have been postponed in full. Refunds will be made available for those who request one I imagine. Their message is below.
The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest, will finally get the opportunity to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest ¬charting album of Priest’s career, ‘Firepower,’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.
Though they’ve always been a highlight of my interest in Heavy Metal music, its safe to say that Judas Priest has been on a ride that finds new fans discovering them and offering up additional momentum that keeps them as one of the top of the legendary acts that the genre has delivered us. The news about an upcoming tour with Nuclear Blast’s Sabaton supporting is just fantastical. Check it out down below along with all the dates.
The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.
It was an exciting time to be a Heavy Metal fan and a supporter of the absolutely legendary Judas Priest for you see not only has the band released an incendiary album with “Firepower”; but they’ve also landed on the Billboard Top 200 Charts which is pretty damned cool in this day and age. “Firepower” is the bands 18th album, and trust me it’s a molten one and worthy of addition to your music library. In honor of the release, the folks at Sony Square NYC have set up a small gallery of archival photos and some stage costumes along with other trinkets that you don’t generally get to see up close and personal. I did a walk-through video and photographic narrative of the gallery about a week ago and if you didn’t see that post just click HERE to be brought to that story, and then you can return to the topic at hand.
With the band on tour for the new album, it was decided that Judas Priest members would come to Sony Square NYC for an album signing. You had to purchase the album on CD, LP or cassette in order to get one of the wristbands but once you did you were golden to come in and say hello to the guys and get your shiny new album signed. I wasn’t going to miss being one of the media flies on the wall for such an appearance so over to the SSNYC space I went and after securing the credentials was told that around 5:45PM the band would be making a grand entrance. Who would show up for this I had to wonder but before I could think anything more about it I realized that I was right near the albums producer Andy Sneap. By now most of the Priest fans of the world know that Andy has stepped into Glenn Tipton’s shoes for touring purposes after the musician had to stop touring for health reasons. Sneap is also a member of the band Hell and has about 100 albums to his credit in terms of producing. Not too shabby right.
Before I begin this little bit of fun I have to tell you or remind you about if you are among those who might have forgotten this notion about me; I am a big fan of the legendary Judas Priest. So I always tell people that I have three favorite bands and they are KISS, Van Halen and Judas Priest and before you think the third spot is a slight it’s an even “2” for me as KISS always seems to be the top tier. Both Halen and Priest are the same level IMHO and that’s what makes this installment into the content library of PiercingMetal.com so much fun. Do you remember a couple of years ago when we posted about that Metallica Name Generator? Whichever your answer was doesn’t matter since I will link to that later on in the post. In honor of the bands brand-new album “Firepower” there is now a Name Generator to get your own letters or maybe even your bands name in the same font as Judas Priest. As expected I ran this for the PiercingMetal site and think that I like that one even more than I do the one for Metallica. Take a look down below.