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Judas Priest “Farewell Tour” Does not Mean Goodbye!

June 14th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour – we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest – nothing has changed – we didn’t say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up……….. Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show – if it is something special or for a great cause – but no more world tours.

 

Tour Dates include:

 

October

12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Ampitheater

15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center

18 – Tuscon, AZ – Ava Ampitheater

19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Ampitheater

21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair

22 – San Bernadino, CA – SAn Mauel Ampitheater

23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock

25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Ampitheater

26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

29 – Seattle, WA – WaMy Theater

30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

 

November

1 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center

2 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center

5 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center

12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino

13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena

18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

22 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

 

Judas Priest recently outlined the following upcoming releases:

 

Single Cuts – CD Singles box set:

- The complete UK CBS/Columbia singles from 1977-2008 – featuring all 7″ and 12″ tracks from 1987-2008

- All singles will carry original artwork.

- This will box will only be available online and sold through the official Judas Priest website.

- Fans can pre-order the box starting in June; the product will ship later in the summer.

 

The Classic Albums Collection:

- Timed for the start of the US tour, Judas Priest will be releasing the Classic Albums Collection

- Box set – featuring all the albums from the classic line up years, including first two Gull records

- Includes 17 albums – 19 discs in total

- All remastered albums with original album artwork

 

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THIN LIZZY SET TO ROCK NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL OPENING FOR JUDAS PRIEST

June 13th, 2011

It’s almost impossible to find a modern day hard rock/heavy metal band that doesn’t list Thin Lizzy as an influence.
So the band couldn’t have picked a better time to launch an arena tour, opening for Judas Priest on their farewell “Epitaph Tour.”

Comprised of a kick ass line-up featuring such Phil Lynott-era Lizzies as guitarist Scott Gorham, drummer Brian Downey, and keyboardist Darren Wharton, as well as Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, former Almighty singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, and bassist Marco Mendoza, Lizzy is aiming to bring the house down each night.

Understandably Lizzy is looking forward to teaming up with metal legends Priest and Black Label Society this fall.
“One of the big perks of being a member of Thin Lizzy is that sometimes we get to share the stage with other bands that have helped to shape the music we hear today,” explains Warwick. “Judas Priest helped define a genre and I am really looking forward to seeing them on tour.”

Thin Lizzy became one of rock’s top bands during the 1970′s, on the strength of the hits “Jailbreak,” “The Boys Are Back In Town,” “Dancing in the Moonlight,” and “Waiting for an Alibi,” Lynott’s poetic-yet-tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986.

However, Lizzy’s stature has continued to grow over the years, as their songs have been covered by a wide variety of artists, including Metallica (“Whiskey in the Jar”), Smashing Pumpkins (“Dancing in the Moonlight”), Bon Jovi (“The Boys Are Back In Town”), Sade (“Still in Love with You”), the Foo Fighters (“Bad Reputation”), and Mastodon (“Emerald”), among other rock bands.

Gorham especially is looking forward to Lizzy’s triumphant return to the States. “We love playing in the USA and it will be great to show the rest of the States what we are made of. We are all fired and ready to kick some ass!”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

www.thinlizzyband.com

Confirmed Thin Lizzy/Judas Priest Tour Dates:

12 October AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.
14 October Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX.
15 October The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX.
16 October Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX.
18 October Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ.
19 October Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA.
21 October AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ.
22 October San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA.
23 October Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV.
25 October Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA.
26 October Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.
29 October WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.
30 October Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.
1  November Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB.
2  November Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB.
4  November Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT.
5  November 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO.
12 November The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL.
13 November Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI.
18 November Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ.
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto ONT

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Sauna Open Air festival 2011, Tampere, Finland (June 9-11)

June 12th, 2011

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 Sauna Open Air Festival 2011, 9th-11th June Tampere, Finland

Review by Luxi Lahtinen, live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen & Terhi Pihlaja


The 8th Sauna Open Air festival was celebrated in a very sunny and warm weather, unlike in some other years – and this year the festival also broke their own record, welcoming as many as 26,000 people within the three days.

The SOA festival has truly found an important place among the other Finnish summer festivals, concentrating mostly on old-school Heavy/Thrash Metal and Hard Rock bands – and turning the festival around for the past 3-4 years or so, by booking many internationally big names for the three-day Metal feasts; from Kiss to Megadeth to Dio to Whitesnake to Scorpions to Type O Negatíve – and the list goes on.

This year, the festival organizers had very special grins – wider than ever before, spread all over their faces – and for some very good reasons. Two of the biggest headliners, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, arrived at SOA for the first time, with bands like Saxon, Accept, Doro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Joey Belladonna and many others proving to be good company to them.

Read on – the following article is based on the seven most interesting and musically satisfying bands of this year’s festival from your truly point of view.


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JUDAS PRIEST – Toronto Date Confirmed For Epitaph Tour

June 6th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis, and new guitarist Richie Faulkner (DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) – have announced a Toronto date on the first North American leg of their Epitaph Tour which feature support from THIN LIZZY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The show will take place on November 22nd at the Air Canada Centre. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 10th at noon EST. Tickets (incl. GST) $49.50, $59.50 & $69.50; Reserved Seating (plus FMF and service charges)

 

Dates include:

October

12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Ampitheater

15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center

18 – Tuscon, AZ – Ava Ampitheater

19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Ampitheater

21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair

22 – San Bernadino, CA – SAn Mauel Ampitheater

23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock

25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Ampitheater

26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

29 – Seattle, WA – WaMy Theater

30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

 

November

1 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center

2 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

4 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center

5 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center

12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino

13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena

18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

22 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

 

Judas Priest recently outlined the following upcoming releases:

 

Single Cuts – CD Singles box set:

- The complete UK CBS/Columbia singles from 1977-2008 – featuring all 7″ and 12″ tracks from 1987-2008

- All singles will carry original artwork.

- This will box will only be available online and sold through the official Judas Priest website.

- Fans can pre-order the box starting in June; the product will ship later in the summer.

 

The Classic Albums Collection:

- Timed for the start of the US tour, Judas Priest will be releasing the Classic Albums Collection

- Box set – featuring all the albums from the classic line up years, including first two Gull records

- Includes 17 albums – 19 discs in total

- All remastered albums with original album artwork

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JUDAS PRIEST ROCKED ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

May 26th, 2011

No, your eyes did not deceive you – the one and only Judas Priest just debuted their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, on ‘American Idol’! Ripping through a medley that included kick ass renditions of two ‘British Steel’ classics (“Living After Midnight” and “Breakin’ the Law”) with major Priest fan – and this season ‘American Idol’ hopeful – James Durbin joining in on vocals.

This is the second time that Durbin has professed his admiration for Priest on the show, as he wowed judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler a while back with a rendition of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” Although Durbin was recently voted off the show, he undoubtedly has a bright rocking future ahead, as evidenced by his multi-octave vocal range.

Judas Priest recently announced plans to launch their farewell Epitaph Tour, which will take them around the world, including a just-announced U.S. tour of arenas from October through December, which will also feature opening acts Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy.

Speaking on Wednesday to the Rolling Stone website, Priest singer Rob Halford had the following to say about what fans can expect on the group’s forthcoming trek. “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for – the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”

Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40 year career. Responsible for not only issuing some of metal’s all-time classic albums (‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ and ‘Painkiller’) and anthems (the aforementioned “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), the group has been one of the leading arena rock acts for decades, and single-handedly introduced the “leather look” to heavy metal.

And now Judas Priest are set to blast their way round the world one final time.

Confirmed Judas Priest U.S. Tour Dates (more dates to be announced shortly):

October:

12 – San Antonio, TX: AT&T Center
14 – Corpus Christi, TX: Concrete Street Amphitheater
15 – Houston, TX: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
16 – Dallas, TX: Allen Event Center
18 – Tucson, AZ: Ava Amphitheater
19 – San Diego, CA: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
21 – Phoenix, AZ: AZ State Fair
22 – San Bernardino, CA: San Manuel Amphitheater
23 – Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock
25 – Los Angeles, CA: Gibson Amphitheatre
26 – Oakland, CA: Oracle Arena
29 – Seattle, WA: WaMu Theater
30 – Vancouver, BC: Rogers Arena

November:

1 – Edmonton, AB: Shaw Conference Center
2 – Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome
4 – Salt Lake City, UT: Maverik Center
5 – Denver, CO: 1STBANK Center
12 – Chicago, IL: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
13 – Detroit, MI: Joe Louis Arena
18 – East Rutherford, NJ: Izod Center

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.judaspriest.com

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JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

May 25th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!! However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

The tour will feature new guitarist Richie Faulkner. The 31 year old British guitar player has blended into the band perfectly, due to his amazing six-string talents. Richie joins Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill and Scott Travis in the line-up. Together, JUDAS PRIEST will hit the road for the EPITAPH Tour.

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!

JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their North American tour on Wednesday, October 12th in San Antonio.

A confirmed itinerary of performances for the first leg of tour can be found below.

October:

12 – San Antonio, TX: AT&T Center
14 – Corpus Christi, TX: Concrete Street Amphitheater
15 – Houston, TX: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
16 – Dallas, TX: Allen Event Center
18 – Tucson, AZ: Ava Amphitheater
19 – San Diego, CA: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
21 – Phoenix, AZ: AZ State Fair
22 – San Bernardino, CA: San Manuel Amphitheater
23 – Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock
25 – Los Angeles, CA: Gibson Amphitheatre
26 – Oakland, CA: Oracle Arena
29 – Seattle, WA: WaMu Theater
30 – Vancouver, BC: Rogers Arena

November:

1 – Edmonton, AB: Shaw Conference Center
2 – Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome
4 – Salt Lake City, UT: Maverik Center
5 – Denver, CO: 1STBANK Center
12 – Chicago, IL: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
13 – Detroit, MI: Joe Louis Arena
18 – East Rutherford, NJ: Izod Center

Stay tuned as we announce more dates – information will be forthcoming soon – so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.JUDASPRIEST.COM

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Judas Priest – Short North American Tour Announced (more dates to be announced)

May 25th, 2011
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JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

As posted to RobHalford.com.

JUDAS PRIEST will embark on a North American tour in the fall with support from THIN LIZZY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The trek — which was just announced during a press conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California — will kick off on October 12 in San Antonio, Texas and conclude on November 18 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

 

Oct. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Ampitheater

Oct. 15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Oct. 16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center

Oct. 18 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Ampitheater

Oct. 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Ampitheater

Oct. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair

Oct. 22 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Ampitheater

Oct. 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock

Oct. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Ampitheater

Oct. 26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater

Oct. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Nov. 01 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center

Nov. 02 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

Nov. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center

Nov. 05 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center

Nov. 12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino

Nov. 13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena

Nov. 18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

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JUDAS PRIEST To Formally Introduce New Guitarist At Press Conference Next Week

May 20th, 2011
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JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

It is certainly a busy time within the JUDAS PRIEST world, and next week members of the media will finally get all their questions answered from five very reliable sources – Judas Priest’s very own Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis, and new guitarist, Richie Faulkner.

On Tuesday, May 24th at 1 PM (PST), all five members will be on hand at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles to answer questions about the upcoming Epitaph US Tour and to formally introduce Richie Faulkner.

It was recently announced that the upcoming Epitaph Tour will be the last one from these heavy metal greats, and next week the band will set the record straight as to what to expect from Judas Priest in the coming months.

Priest have been focusing on their forthcoming tour – doing press, photos, sorting out stage sets, special effects, and stage clothes etc – they have started music rehearsals this week so are now poised and getting ready to roll – everyone is looking forward to travelling round the world again with the Priest Machine!

Come along and join them in concert one last time as they fly the metal flag and keep the faith.

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

10 – Portuguesa Stadium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

11 – Citibank Hall – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13 – Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 – Nilson Nelson – Brasilia, Brazil

18 – Racing – Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, Chile

23 – Coliseo El Campin – Bogota, Columbia

25 – Terraza Ccct. – Caracas, Venezuela

27 – Rosabel Cordero – San José, Costa Rica

30 – Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

 

 

 

Judas Priest recently announced that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band, and according to a press release, “he will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.

 

Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (pictured below; DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) – he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.

 

The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites.

 

With a new album due to be released next year, the ‘metal gods’ are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy metal at it’s best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It’s a show not too be missed!”

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JUDAS PRIEST Gearing Up For Epitaph World Tour

May 10th, 2011
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JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have been focusing on their forthcoming tour – doing press, photos, sorting out stage sets, special effects, and stage clothes etc – they have started music rehearsals this week so are now poised and getting ready to roll – everyone is looking forward to travelling round the world again with the Priest Machine!

Come along and join them in concert one last time as they fly the metal flag and keep the faith.

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

10 – Portuguesa Stadium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

11 – Citibank Hall – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13 – Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 – Nilson Nelson – Brasilia, Brazil

18 – Racing – Buenos Aires, Argentina

20 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, Chile

23 – Coliseo El Campin – Bogota, Columbia

25 – Terraza Ccct. – Caracas, Venezuela

27 – Rosabel Cordero – San José, Costa Rica

30 – Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

 

 

Judas Priest recently announced that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band, and according to a press release, “he will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.

 

Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (pictured below; DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) – he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.

 

 

The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites.

 

With a new album due to be released next year, the ‘metal gods’ are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy metal at it’s best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It’s a show not too be missed!”

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JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Scott Travis – “We Have To Go On”

April 22nd, 2011
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Judas Priest

The Artisan News Service caught up with JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis and asked him about the news that shocked the metal world, the departure of guitarist K.K. Downing:

“You have to have that burning desire in your heart to play heavy metal music,” Travis stated. “We all start at a young age and it’s not because of money, fan or girls, you start because you love the music. So if he’s not feeling that anymore, I give him props for taking himself out of the game.”

Check out the entire chat below:

 

K.K. Downing issued the following press release earlier today:

 

“Dear friends,

 

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

 

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

 

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

 

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

 

All my love and respect.”

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. Downing – “There Has Been An Ongoing Breakdown In Working Relationship Between Myself, Elements Of The Band, And The Band’s Management For Some Time”

April 21st, 2011
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K.K. Downing

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has issued the following press release:

 

“Dear friends,

 

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

 

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time.

 

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

 

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

 

All my love and respect.”

 

Judas Priest announced yesterday that original guitarist K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band.

 

According to a press release, “he will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well. Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.

 

Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (pictured below; DIRTY DEEDS, VOODOO SIX, LAUREN HARRIS) – he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.

 

The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites.

 

With a new album due to be released next year, the ‘metal gods’ are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy metal at it’s best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It’s a show not too be missed!”

 

 

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

10 – Portuguesa Stadium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

11 – Citibank Hall – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13 – Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 – Nilson Nelson – Brasilia, Brazil

30 – Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

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KK Downing Retires From Judas Priest; Replacement Announced

April 20th, 2011

It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. DOWNING has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming EPITAPH Tour.

The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.

Download the full press release here for more information (a copy of it is below as well).

 

Judas Priest press release April 20, 2011

Judas Priest press release April 20, 2011

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

10 – Portuguesa Stadium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

11 – Citibank Hall – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13 – Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 – Nilson Nelson – Brasilia, Brazil

30 – Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

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JUDAS PRIEST Confirm Mexico Tour Dates – Canadian and USA Fans STILL WAITING!

April 7th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have added a string of dates in Mexico, in late September/early October, to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. See their complete tour schedule below.

 

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list. Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our career in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

 

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

 

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

“After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!”

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

30 – September Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

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JUDAS PRIEST – Berlin Date Added To Epitaph World Tour

March 15th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have added a date in Berlin, Germany to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. The band will play O2 World on August 9th. See their complete tour schedule below.

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list. Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our career in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

“After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!”

 

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July (with QUEENSRŸCHE and RIVAL SONS)

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

 

 

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JUDAS PRIEST – UK Dates With QUEENSRŸCHE Confirmed

February 28th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced the UK leg of their final Epitaph Tour. Confirmed shows with QUEENSRŸCHE and RIVAL SONS include:

 

July

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

Tickets For Judas Priest’s Manchester and Wolverhampton Shows are onsale from 9am on March 1st. Tickets for all other Judas Priest shows to be confirmed.

 

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list.

 

Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our careers in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

 

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

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