ANVIL Added To JUDAS PRIEST, WHITESNAKE Tour?

Canadian metal legends ANVIL are strongly rumored to have landed the opening slot on at least some of the shows on the upcoming JUDAS PRIEST / WHITESNAKE North American tour.

So far the following JUDAS PRIEST dates have been announced (all featuring WHITESNAKE except where otherwise noted):

Jul. 01 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI *
Jul. 03 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
Jul. 07 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Jul. 08 - CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
Jul. 09 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT
Jul. 11 - PNC Banks Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Jul. 12 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Jul. 14 - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
Jul. 15 - DTE Eneryg Music Theater - Clarkston, MI
Jul. 17 - Moondance Jam 18 - Walker, MN
Jul. 18 - Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music - Cadott, WI *
Jul. 21 - PNC Pavilion (Riverbend Music) - Cincinnati, OH
Jul. 29 - California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA
Jul. 31 - Sleep Train Pavilion - Concord, CA
Aug. 01 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
Aug. 02 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
Aug. 04 - SDSU OPen Air Theatre - San Diego, CA
Aug. 07 - Dodge Theater - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 08 - Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 10 - Sandia Casino - Albuquerque, NM *
Aug. 11 - Red Rock Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

* No WHITESNAKE

VH1 has acquired the exclusive rights for the critically acclaimed documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil". VH1 will handle the television and DVD release and distribute the film theatrically in association with Abramorama. The world television premiere on VH1 this summer and the subsequent DVD release of the film follow a network-wide, multi-platform promotional campaign supporting the theatrical film release April 10, 2009 in New York and Los Angeles followed by a national roll-out.

"Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal") and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham ("The Kite Runner" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"). The film follows Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their band, ANVIL, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's "Metal on Metal". The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including METALLICA, SLAYER, and ANTHRAX, who all went on to sell millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. The film is both entertaining and touching as it follows their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them. "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.

Ironically, life is now looking up for the band. After years of playing to empty bars and working dead end jobs, the band is beginning to find the success that evaded them for decades. They have recently been signed by manager Rick Sales (SLAYER), U.S. agent Scott Sokol (MEGADETH, HEAVEN AND HELL), and U.K. agent Steve Strange (COLDPLAY). The band is being welcomed with open arms everywhere they go. Their latest fan, Sarah Brown (wife of the Prime Minister), attended the red carpet premiere of the film in the UK. Now with a U.S. tour, the support of VH1 and VH1 Classic, a feature documentary, and an immeasurable amount of will and determination, the band is picking up where they left off twenty five years ago.

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