LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — UK heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest announced that they will be returning to North America in the spring and summer of 2019 for an extensive series of shows.
“Metal maniacs, Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower!” the band said in a press statement. “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!”
The tour kicks off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wraps on June 29th at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Judas Priest will be supporting their Firepower, their 18th studio album, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 in March 2018. The album was their first studio release since 2014’s Redeemer of Souls.
The tour will also be the first for the band since guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed that he was stepping back from performing full time with the band after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“I decided that it was really going to be too much for me,” Tipton told Guitar World in March. “With the medication and the time zone changes and everything else, I realized it was time to retire—from touring at least. I don’t ever want to compromise Judas Priest. It’s too big a part of my life.”
British guitarist and record producer Andy Sneap is filling in for Tipton for the tour.
The full list of announced Judas Priest tour dates
May 3 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 6 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
May 8 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
May 9 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
May 12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
May 14 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
May 15 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
May 16 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
May 18 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
May 19 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
May 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 23 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 25 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
May 28 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 29 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 31 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
June 1 – Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater
June 3 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
June 5 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
June 8 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
June 10 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
June 11 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
June 13 – Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
June 14 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
June 16 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
June 17 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
June 19 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort and Casino
June 21 – Kent, WA – Accesso Showare Center
June 22 – Portland, OR – Moda Theatre of the Clouds
June 24 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
June 25 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
June 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
June 29 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel