British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will embark on a U.S. in the fall. Support on the trek will come from Los Angeles glam-metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER.
The dates are as follows:
Oct. 01 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory
Oct. 03 - Hammond, IN - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct. 04 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
Oct. 09 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays
Oct. 10 - Atlantic City, NJ - Harrah's
Oct. 11 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood's
Oct. 14 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct. 15 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center
Oct. 17 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
Oct. 19 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
Oct. 24 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
Oct. 28 - Duluth, GA - The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct. 30 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov. 06 - Allen, TX - Allen Event Center
Nov. 07 - Austin, TX - FunFunFun Fest
Nov. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
Nov. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Jobing Arena
Nov. 13 - Highland, CA - San Manuel Casino
Nov. 14 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
Nov. 16 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic
Nov. 18 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
News about a special fan presale for tickets, merchandise bundles and more will be announced soon.
In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was asked what changed the band's minds about playing live more than three years after they announced their "farewell" tour. "It's gotta be the fans," he said. "We went out there, in all genuine honesty, saying that this was a farewell tour, but if we could have picked a better word than 'farewell,' I wish we could have found one. That should have been my job, being the lyricist. But I suppose 'farewell' isn't really goodbye, it's like, 'See you next time.'
"What we were trying to explain as we moved along was, we will be going out again, but it won't be these two-year treks around the world that naturally become a little bit more challenging when you get to a certain stage in your life. And we never want to compromise ourselves. We wanna be able to go out onstage, wherever it might be on the planet, and give you everything we've got. So if there's a way of, kind of, readjusting the touring scheduling where we can still do that, and go in the ring and give you everything, then that's what we intend to do. And we've just been discussing, while we've been together in New York, the first time we've been together as a band in three years, ironically enough. 'Cause we saw each other in and out of the studio, but we were never all there at the same time. So, for the first time we were together recently, and we discussed about the touring side of it. And we've actually started to put down setlist ideas. So it looks like we'll be going out in the fall, in America. So you'll be getting us towards that time of the year. And we'll be kicking the tires, as they say, and getting the engine revved up and ready to go out and play live to our fans again."
JUDAS PRIEST's new studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", will be released in North America on July 8 (pushed up a week from the originally announced July 15) via Epic Records. The CD's title track was made available for purchase via iTunes and other digital service providers on April 29.
Speaking to the "Trunk Nation" show, which airs on SiriusXM's Hair Nation, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about "Redeemer Of Souls": "When we finished [the] 'Epitaph' [tour], we just got so buzzed from the fans and the reaction wherever we went. Just to put the 'Epitaph' tour together, which was we tried to put a song from every record into the show, and we were living in the life of JUDAS PRIEST, all those decades, in one show, night after night on the world trek, and I think that really did something to us internally; as musicians, it should do when you tour. So we realized that this next record really had to be really strong, full of energy, because it's relentless, the tracks are relentless. The energy that you feel off 'Redeemer Of Souls' is replicated in that direction time and time and time again."