THE BRITISH heavy metal rock group, Judas Priest, announced they're going on tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
Judas Priest made their first tour across Europe in early 1974 and signed a record deal upon their return in April of that year.
When is the Judas Priest tour?
Judas Priest started their tour in Europe on May 31, 2022, and will be heading to the US in a nationwide tour on October 13.
The band first toured together in 1974 but didn't become a household name until January 1977 when they released their hit album, Sin After Sin.
The group formed in Birmingham, England at a time before heavy metal had become a musical genre and in an area where the eventual band members wanted to get out.
"When we were kids walking to school, we'd walk past these metal foundries and see the molten metal coming out of the big vats.
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"We were literally breathing in the fumes from these metal works, breathing in metal before heavy metal had even been invented.
"I'd be in school trying to do English literature and the classroom would be shaking because of the machinery," bandmate Rob Halford told The Guardian in 2010.
Fellow band member and guitarist Glenn Tipton added, "We really did grow up in a labyrinth of heavy metal. Huge foundries, big steam hammers. It also gave you a determination to get out."
As they gained in popularity and their fame grew, Judas Priest went on tour with opening acts including the Scorpions and Def Leppard, and special guests like Iron Maiden.
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Judas Priest continues to release albums and announced they are in the process of producing a new album by 2024 which will serve as the sequel to their 2018 album Firepower.
"It’s not Firepower Number Two, that’s all I can say," Halford told Metal Crypt.
"If you look at Judas Priest from Rocka Rolla to Firepower, everything in between has got its character and its identity. That's what we're working on with this one.
"I think adventurous is a word we've never used before in trying to explain the content. It’s adventurous."
He added, "And now people are going, 'What does he mean by that?
"… You’ll have to wait and see. It's great, man. It's good. It's solid. It's a very, very good, strong follow-up, as they call it, to the last one."
Where is the Judas Priest tour?
Judas Priest's 50 Heavy Metal Years tour will stop at the following locations:
- October 13 at Toyota Oakdale (Wallingford, Connecticut)
- October 15 at MVP Arena (Albany, New York)
- October 16 at MGM Music Hall Fenway (Boston, Massachusetts)
- October 18 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Uniondale, New York)
- October 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
- October 21 at Wings Event Center (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
- October 22 at Masonic Temple Theatre (Detroit, Michigan)
- October 24 at The Andrew J Brady Music Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
- October 25 at Genesee Theatre (Waukegan, Illinois)
- October 27 at Resch Center Theater (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
- October 29 at TaxSlayer Center Moline (Moline, Illinois)
- October 30 at Mayo Clinic Event Center (Mankato, Minnesota)
- November 1 at Tyson Events Center (Sioux City, Iowa)
- November 2 at The Monument (Rapid City, South Dakota)
- November 7 at Toyota Arena (Ontario, California)
- November 8 at TCC Arena (Tucson, Arizona)
- November 10 at Budweiser Events Center (Loveland, Colorado)
- November 12 at Hartman Arena (Wichita, Kansas)
- November 13 at The Family Arena (Charles, Missouri)
- November 15 at The Corbin Arena (Corbin, Kentucky)
- November 17 at Landers Center (Southaven, Mississippi)
- November 18 at Raising Cane's River Center (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
- November 20 at Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
- November 22 & 23 at Tech Port Center & Arena (San Antonio, Texas)
- November 25 at The Factory in Deep Ellum (Dallas, Texas)
- November 26 at Concrete Street Amphitheater (Corpus Christi, Texas)
- November 28 at Burt Ogden Arena (Edinburg, Texas)
- November 29 at 713 Music Hall (Houston, Texas)
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How can I buy tickets?
Those wishing to purchase tickets to the Judas Priest 2022 tour can do so directly on the band's website.
For alternate ticketing options, fans can buy tickets on Ticketmaster, VividSeats, SeatGeek, and StubHub.
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