Judas Priest Postpone European Tour To 2022

Judas Priest have postponed their 2021 European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in 2022.

The band commented:

“Unfortunately due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe we have been advised that our 2021 dates will not be able to take place as planned – all dates have been rescheduled to 2022 as detailed here – all tickets will remain valid for the new dates – further dates will be announced shortly….

However we are pleased to confirm our UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August where we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest and 20 years of Bloodstock.”

2022 Tour Dates:

05/27 Moscow, RUS – Megasport Arena
05/29 St. Petersburg, RUS – Yubileyny Sports Palace
06/01 Kiev, UKR – VDNG
06/03 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/05 Tallin, EST – Saku Arena
06/08 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
06/11 Rattvik, SWE – Dalhall
06/12 Linkoping, SWE – Saab Arena
06/14 Stavanger, NOR – DNB Arena
06/18 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/19 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/22 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
06/23 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
06/28 Munich, GER – Zenith
07/05 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
07/06 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
07/09 Vizovice, CZE – Masters Of Rock
07/11 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena
07/12 Ljubljana, SLO – Stozice Arena
07/15 Athens, GRE – Faliro Sports Pavillion Arena
07/17 Sofia, BUL – Midalidare Festival
07/18 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romaine
07/21 Bratislava, SLO – NTC Arena
07/26 Tilburg, NET – O13
07/30 Halle, GER – Pelssnitzinsel
07/31 Oberhausen, GER – Arena

Rob Halford On New Judas Priest Material: “I’m So Happy And So Proud Of What We’ve Got So Far”

During a recent appearance on the “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” podcast, Rob Halford discussed the writing sessions for the next Judas Priest album. The singer says he is “so happy and so proud” of the material that they have for the effort.

Halford said the following:

“I’m old school. We had one great big writing session last March for this new record that we’re still working on. And what I mean by that is Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and myself at Glenn’s beautiful studio. And that’s the way I personally write. I’m very spontaneous in my writing. Even before the lyrics and the melodies start, I’m there with Glenn and Richie, and I’m inspired and motivated by what they’re doing…. What I’m saying is as far as the place that all musicians enjoy — being creative, being in a room with your bandmates and making a song and going, ‘Oh, man. I can’t wait for the fans to hear this.’

‘Firepower’ was a beautiful achievement for us; I’m very, very proud of that record. And, of course, when you set a bar, you always kind of go, ‘Oh, now we’ve gotta try to knock one out of the park with the follow-up to ‘Firepower’.’ That can be a danger. I think you can get very easily misdirected by focusing too much on expectation. We’ve been making so long, we never second-guessed the final outcome; we’ve always played from the heart, from the gut.

These [new PRIEST] songs that I’ve got with me, they’re so good. I’m so happy and so proud of what we’ve got so far, and there’s so much more to come.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Sells 50% Interest In His Song Catalog To Reach Music

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has sold a 50% interest in his song catolog to Reach Music. The deal includes songwriting credits from nearly 200 songs with Judas Priest as well as his solo albums “Baptizm Of Fire” and “Edge of the World.”

Michael Closter, president and owner of Reach Music, said the following:

“I’m ecstatic to be in business with Glenn Tipton — a metal legend, guitar icon and elite songwriter who has written works that will always be known, relevant and rediscovered. I particularly want to thank Jayne Andrews, the manager for Judas Priest. She gave me this opportunity, and the deal would not have happened without her support.”

Reach’s Scott Rubin continued:

“I first saw Judas Priest perform live when I was 15 years old, and I saw them on their last tour at age 50, watching Glenn Tipton get on stage during the encore. It’s a true honor to get to work on a catalog that you know intimately and have been a fan of from 15 to 50… and beyond!”

Jayne Andrews added:

“When I first met Michael Closter around three years ago in Nashville, I really believed that he and his team at Reach Music would be the right fit for Glenn if he ever decided to sell any of his publishing. Glenn felt the same way when I introduced them last year and we look forward to a long and happy relationship with Reach Music.”

Tipton himself also commented:

“I deliberated for a long time on whether to relinquish 50% of my publishing to another company and realized as soon as I had a conversation with Michael Closter and Scott Rubin from Reach Music just how knowledgeable they are of both mine and Judas Priest’s catalog and that they would be really pro-active with the songs. I believe I now have a team who understand and are geared up to deal with metal and look forward to working together in the future!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest May Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of “Painkiller” With “Some Kind Of A Party”

During an appearance on the “Jeremy White Podcast,” Rob Halford was asked if Judas Priest are planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Painkiller” with a deluxe edition of the effort. The frontman responded with the following:

“We’re looking at all the opportunities. I’ll tell you, these kind of things [album anniversaries] creep up on you… But ‘Painkiller’ is a very special album to Priest and to the metal world for everything that it stands for and still gives to people. And we’re aware of that. So we as a band and management and the label, we’re always looking at opportunities to celebrate these milestones. And so we just direct everybody to the main Priest account on Instagram and Facebook and whatever, Twitter, and that’s where all the news is. But there’s definitely gonna be some kind of a party.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest Reschedule Their European/UK Tour For Early 2022

Ozzy Osbourne has officially announced the rescheduled dates for the European/UK leg of his “No More Tours 2” trek. The shows will now take place in early 2022 with Judas Priest set to open.

2022 Tour Dates:

01/26 Berlin, GER – Mercedes Benz Arena
01/28 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
01/31 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
02/02 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena (no Judas Priest)
02/05 Madrid, SPA – WiZint Center
02/08 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
02/11 Mannheim, GER – SAP Arena
02/14 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
02/17 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
02/19 Stockholm, SWE – Friends Arena
02/21 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
02/24 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
02/27 Nottingham, UK – Moorpoint Arena
03/01 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
03/04 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
03/07 London, UK – The O2
03/09 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
03/12 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
03/14 Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro

Osbourne commented:

“I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God Bless you All! Love Ozzy“

Super7 Release New Action Figures Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford & Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Super7 have released some new action figures of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as part of their “ReAction” line. You can get Halford HERE and Kilmister HERE.

Judas Priest Share Trailer For New Book “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”

As previously reported, Judas Priest are planning to release a new book focusing on their “extensive history over the last 50 years.” The effort, which is titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years,” can be pre-ordered HERE and a new trailer for it can be found below:

Rob Halford On New Judas Priest Songs: “Even In A Very Rough, Primitive Stage, They’re Great”

During a recent interview with Animal House Radio, Rob Halford talked a bit about the songs that the band have been working on for their next album. According to him, the tracks are great “even in a very rough, primitive stage.”

Halford said the following when asked if it is getting harder to top their past albums:

“It’s best not to think about it, because then you’re just gonna go around and around in circles and you get internal disputes and stuff. I think we’re confident enough. Look, we’ve been doing it for so long. That doesn’t mean to say it’s easy, or any easier, but I think we understand — each of us understand, especially the writing team of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] and myself — we understand where we need to go and what we need to do. And I tell you, some of these next ideas, they’re just — oh my God. I can’t begin to explain.

I think we carried the spirit and the great power that our fans gave us as we went around the world nearly three times with ‘Firepower’, I think we carried that with us back to the studio, back to the writing sessions. Because some of these songs that I’ve got here on my phone — believe it or not; everything’s on the phone — they’re monsters. Even in a very, very rough, primitive stage, they’re great — they’re really, really good.

But as we’ve always said, guys, PRIEST just don’t bang a few songs together, make a record and run it out. We are meticulous with absolutely everything that we do, and that’s probably why we’ve been around for so long — the fact that we do take such love and care and attention with the work that we create. ‘Cause we’ve got this long trail behind us as well that’s supporting us and giving us kind of feedback — even now. Listening to ‘Rocka Rolla’, there’s stuff in there that really inspires you all these decades later.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Motörhead And Judas Priest Coloring Books To Be Released In November

Rock N’ Roll Colouring will be releasing new Motörhead and Judas Priest coloring books on November 2. You can pre-order those HERE.

The following was said about the books:

“If you ever doodled the logo of your favourite band on the back of your exercise book at school, or you spent hours on end staring at every detail of your favourite vinyl album cover….then this is for you. Rock N’ Roll Colouring is proud to present for the first time officially endorsed colouring books from two of rock’s greatest bands – Motörhead and Judas Priest.

Featuring iconic artwork from classic albums and other instantly recognizable images, all printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licenced, these killer designs have the potential for hours of satisfying colouring in. Each book allow you to raise the horns in celebration of two of Heavy Metal’s most legendary and important bands, letting your imagination run riot as you create your own personalised versions of your favourite designs.

Each book contains painstakingly created renderings of each image, with beautifully detailed outlines ready for you to unleash your artistic skills using pens, pencils or paint. Let your imagination run wild and add your own interpretation of these classic images, or simply recreate them as closely as you can to the originals. Whatever you decide, the satisfaction of adding your personal touch to these classic designs is extremely rewarding.

Devised and created by two life long rock and heavy metal devotees and colouring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans, for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure these books do justice to the legacy of both Motörhead and Judas Priest, and give fans another reason to enjoy some of the most beautiful and creative artwork from these bands. And not only that Colouring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus, and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines a love of the music with a love of the art.”