There aren’t many people that will argue with the statement that “Mondays Suck” but when the day includes the news about a Judas Priest tour they are so much more tolerable. We’ve been fans of the legendary band for a long time here at the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ and caught the first go round of their “Firepower Tour” (see that report HERE). Now let’s look at the scoop about their 2019 North American return.
The Press Release:
With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.
And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.
Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.
“Metal maniacs – Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower! Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe – mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs…THE PRIEST IS BACK!” -Judas Priest
There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 50-year career – responsible for issuing such all-time classic albums as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller, as well as the anthems “Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”
And Priest’s presence and influence remains strong, as evidenced by the chart performance of ‘Firepower’ and its glowing reviews, a Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, plus being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination. Also, Priest can be credited as being one of the first metal bands to pioneer wearing leather and studs – a look that would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world.
Undoubtedly, Judas Priest’s upcoming North American tour will only add to their ever-growing status of heavy metal legends. For more information, please visit the website linked below.
The Tour Dates:
5/03/19: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/06/19: Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
5/08/19: Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
5/09/19: Biloxi, MS @ Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
5/12/19: Washington, DC @ The Anthem
5/14/19: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
5/15/19: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
5/16/19: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
5/18/19: Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
5/19/19: Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
5/22/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
5/23/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
5/25/19: Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
5/28/19: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
5/29/19: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
5/31/19: Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
6/01/19: Little Rock, AR @ First Security Amphitheater
6/03/19: St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
6/05/19: Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmoor World Arena
6/08/19: Saskatoon, SK @ SaskTel Centre
6/10/19: Lethbridge, AB @ ENMAX Centre
6/11/19: Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
6/13/19: Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Centre
6/14/19: Prince George, BC @ CN Centre
6/16/19: Kelowna, BC @ Prospera Place
6/17/19: Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Centre
6/19/19: Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Resort and Casino
6/21/19: Kent, WA @ Accesso Showare Center
6/22/19: Portland, OR @ Moda Theatre of the Clouds
6/24/19: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
6/25/19: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
6/27/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
6/29/19: Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As a fan of Judas Priest for what I feel amounts to thirty years or so by now, I am always excited to find them returning to our shores. This is especially the case when so many bands are heading down the “Retirement Tour” path and so far – we are lucky that Priest has chosen to keep on rocking us whenever they see it possible to do so. Having caught the band during their first leg of the “Firepower” Tour I can say that you are in for a treat if you should purchase a ticket to one or more of these shows. The band is on point and Rob is sounded better than ever. Trust me on that. Now let’s look at the legendary Uriah Heep who is on the bill with them. I was such a latecomer to this great band and when I caught them at the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club I was blown away by the presentation. Since that time I’ve made it a practice of always trying to be on point when they pay us a visit. My hope is that they do a few side shows during this tour with one being in NYC in some fashion.