The U.K. leg of JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming European tour is rumored to include the SCORPIONS as special guests. There has been no official confirmation on the matter, although the SCORPIONS' official web site has already posted the U.K. dates (with no mention of JUDAS PRIEST).
The following are believed to be all the currently known dates for JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming European tour (NOTE: The U.K. shows and the Den Bosch concert have not been confirmed by any official source):
Feb 25 - Karlstad, SWE @ Löfbergs Lila Arena
Feb 26 - Stockholm, SWE @ Globen
Mar. 05 - Göteborg, SWE @ Scandinavium
Mar. 10 - Essen, GER @ Grugahalle
Mar. 11 - Offenbach Am Main, GER @ Stadthalle Offenbach
Mar. 16 - London Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 17 - London Hammersmith, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 19 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC *
Mar. 21 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 22 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo *
Mar. 24 - Belfast, UK @ Kings Hall *
Mar. 26 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC *
Mar. 27 - Newcastle, UK @ Arena *
Mar. 30 - Cardiff, UK @ Arena *
Mar. 31 - Plymoth, UK @ Pavillions *
Apr. 02 - Den Bosch, HOL @ Brabanthal *
Apr. 06 - Katowice, POL @ Spodek
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.
The initial shipment of the CD will include a bonus DVD filmed during the band's June shows in Barcelona and Valencia, Spain.
(Thanks: Robert "Wicker Man")