Judas Priest: Massive ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ Box, Anniversary Tour Resumes

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Judas Priest are continuing the celebration of their 50th anniversary with the announcement of a massive box set, Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years. The limited edition collection will include every official live and studio album to date plus 13 unreleased discs, totaling a whopping 42 CDs. It arrives October 15, 2021, via Sony Music.

Full details on the numbered, limited edition box set are available here.

Reflections edition, on a single CD and 2-LPs, is also being released. The band is preparing to resume their world tour which resumes with a performance at Bloodstock Open Air in August and then comes to the U.S. and Canada this fall. (The leg was postponed a year due to the pandemic.) 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.

On July 15, the day of the announcement of the box set, the band shared a previously unreleased live performance of “Hellion/Electric Eye” from 1986.

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

The 50 Heavy Metal Years Box Set

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)

Rob Halford (Photo: Sony Music; used with permission)

Aug 15 – Burton Upon Trent, U.K. – Bloodstock Open Air
Sep 08 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena
Sep 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater+
Sep 11 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds^#
Sep 13 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
Sep 16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Sep 17 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre^
Sep 19 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Sep 20 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre*
Sep 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre^
Sep 23 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Sep 25 – Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
Sep 26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival^#
Sep 29 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom^
Sep 30 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
Oct 02 – Everett, WA – Angel of the Winds Arena
Oct 03 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Oct 05 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater^
Oct 06 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater^
Oct 08 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre – Planet Hollywood
Oct 09 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Oct 12 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum^
Oct 13 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center^
Oct 15 – Irving, TX at Pavilion – Toyota Music Factory
Oct 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre^
Oct 19 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena
Oct 21 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Oct 22 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Oct 24 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
Oct 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
Oct 27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Oct 28 – Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
Oct 30 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^
Oct 31 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
Nov 02 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre
Nov 04 – Laval, QC – Place Bell
Nov 05 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ Sabaton not support on this date; support is TBD

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