Judas Priest Sets U.S. Dates For ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ Tour

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Judas Priest are continuing the celebration of their 50th anniversary as their world tour is coming to the U.S. in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour is being fueled by the highest charting album of their career, Firepower, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Album Sales chart.

Swedish heavy metal band, Sabaton, is the opening act. See the itinerary below. (Tickets are available here and here.)

From the Feb. 24 announcement: Judas Priest originally formed in 1969-70 in Birmingham, England. The original nucleus of musicians – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing and Ian Hill (along with several different drummers over the years) – 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.

But it was during the 80’s that Priest became 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. They performed at some of the decade’s 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, with such albums as Painkiller (1990), Angel of Retribution (2005) and A Touch of Evil: Live (2009) which earned the band a Grammy Award for their rendition of the classic “Dissident Aggressor.”

In 2011, guitarist Richie Faulkner joined and reinvigorated the band.

Despite their influence on a genre, Judas Priest continue to be ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Related: Halford talks about the band’s 2018 Rock Hall snub

Judas Priest 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 09 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
Sep 11 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Sep 12 – Ledyard, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
Sep 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
Sep 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sep 17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 18 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fair – Rebel Rock Fest
Sep 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Sep 23 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Sep 24 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Sep 26 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
Sep 27 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Sep 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre
Sep 30 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
Oct 02 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
Oct 03 – Dallas, TX at Pavilion – Toyota Music Factory
Oct 05 – Austin, TX – HEB Center
Oct 06 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
Oct 08 – Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort and Casino
Oct 09 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
Oct 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Oct 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Oct 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Oct 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre – Planet Hollywood

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