I guess that I can no longer quote that fabulous feline Heathcliff with his lament of “I Hate Mondays” when this particular one comes with the announcement of a late Winter early Spring tour by the legendary Judas Priest. I’ll let the official notes from the publicity team give you the full scoop but don’t worry you know that I will close this up with some extra editorial notes. Here we go.
The Press Release:
One of heavy metal’s most legendary acts will be hitting the road in 2018 in support of their new studio album, ‘Firepower.’ The ‘Judas Priest: Firepower 2018 Tour’ will kick off on March 13th in Pennsylvania, and wrap up on May 1st in Texas. The new album (which was produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) is due in early 2018 and the tour will feature the line-up of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.
All dates will be running a “Judas Priest Fan Presale” starting Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M local time with the password: FIREPOWER that fans can use to purchase tickets in advance. Check the local venue for additional information.
There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their 40 year career – originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is responsible for some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’ etc.) and for decades have been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre including an iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985 – they also brought metal to the masses by their appearance on American Idol in 2011 – plus Judas Priest were one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and was eventually embraced by metal fans throughout the world! And in 2017, the band was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
And come 2018, North American headbangers will get the opportunity to experience the mighty Priest on a nearby concert stage!
The Tour Dates:
3/13/2018: Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
3/15/2018: Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
3/17/2018: Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
3/18/2018: Washington, DC – The Anthem
3/20/2018: Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
3/22/2018: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
3/25/2018: Ottawa, ON – The Arena at TD Place
3/27/2018: London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
3/28/0208: Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
3/30/2018: Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
3/31/2018: Detroit, MI – Detroit Masonic Temple
4/3/2018: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
4/5/2018: Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
4/8/2018: Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena
4/10/2018: Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
4/11/2018: Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
4/15/2018: Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
4/17/2018: Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/19/2018: San Francisco – The Warfield
4/22/2018: Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
4/24/2018: Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
4/26/2018: Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
4/28/2018: Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
4/29/2018: Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
5/1/2018: San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I guess we can cross that whole “retirement” off the list for the foreseeable future? This is great news because I just love me a Judas Priest concert and had to say that the last tour they did was just fantastic. I also think that with this go-round that the support acts are more along the lines of what I like to see performing with the mighty Priest. Sure I love Mastodon and Steel Panther, but I think that both Saxon and Black Star Riders are more of a lock in sound that works for the fans that this tour will be bringing in. I am stoked to hear the new album and hope that we get some leaks or singles when the new year rolls around. It’s a bit of a bummer that they will not be hitting the proper NYC venues of the Barclays Center and I really never expected to see MSG on this list anyway but for my own interests it will be a Prudential Center show. I just love the place and the surrounding pregaming launch points. So what do you readers think about this tour? Will you be on point as well and arriving early to see all of the amazing support acts? Let me know down in the comments below. See you next time