JUDAS PRIEST: Official European Tour Dates Announced

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have officially announced the following European dates as part of their 2005 world tour:

Feb. 23 - Copenhagen, DEN @ Valbyhallen
Feb. 25 - Karstad, SWE @ Lofbergs Lila Arena
Feb. 26 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globe
Feb. 28 - Oulu, FIN @ Ice Hall
Mar. 02 - Tampere, FIN @ Icehall
Mar. 03 - Helsinki, FIN @ Hartwell Arena
Mar. 05 - Gothenburg, SWE @ Scandinavium
Mar. 08 - Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Mar. 10 - Essen, GER @ Grughalle
Mar. 11 - Offenbach, GER @ Stadthalle
Mar. 13 - Munich, GER @ Zenith
Mar. 14 - Stuttgart, GER @ Boblingen Sporthalle
Mar. 16 - Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 17 - Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 19 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC *
Mar. 21 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 24 - Belfast, UK @ Odyssey *
Mar. 26 - Glasgow, UK @ Secc *
Mar. 27 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena *
Mar. 28 - Sheffield, UK @ Arena *
Mar. 30 - Cardiff, UK @ Arena *
Mar. 31 - Plymouth, UK @ Pavillions *
Apr. 02 - Den Bosh, NETH @ Arena *
Apr. 04 - Leipzig, GER @ Arena
Apr. 06 - Katowice, POL @ Spodek
Apr. 07 - Brno, CZR @ Sports Arena

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As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST's new studio album has had its release date pushed back to February 1, 2005 (January 31, 2005 internationally) from the previously announced January 4, 2005. The release date was moved at the request of the band's record label, Sony/Epic Records in order "to make sure that we can get everything in place for the release of the new record i.e. marketing plans, interviews, video etc., etc." according to a posting on the group's web site.

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The initial shipment of the CD will include a bonus DVD filmed during the band's June shows in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain.

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