JUDAS PRIEST Back On The Road

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST were forced to cancel two shows — July 1 in Belgrade, Serbia and July 2 in Zagreb, Croatia — due to guitarist Glenn Tipton "suffering from a very painful appendix inflammation." The group's management representative Jayne Andrews has since issued the following update:

"We are very pleased to tell everyone that Glenn Tipton will be flying back out to Europe today (Thursday, July 3) to rejoin the tour and the show in Liberec (Prague) will be going on as scheduled! Glenn has seen a specialist, and even though he is still not well and has to have more tests next week, he will be finishing off the rest of the European dates!"

JUDAS PRIEST's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units.

JUDAS PRIEST's last CD, "Angel of Retribution", premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. back in March 2005 to debut at No. 13.

Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST performing the song "Hell Patrol" on June 28, 2008 at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany can be viewed below.

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