Judas Priest Announce 50th Anniversary U.S Tour

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on a U.S. tour later this year. Sabaton will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

09/09 Oxon Hill, MD – MGM National Harbor
09/11 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
09/12 Ledyard, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
09/14 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
09/15 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
09/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/18 Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fair (Rebel Rock Fest)
09/21 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
09/23 Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
09/24 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
09/26 Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
09/27 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
09/29 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre
09/30 St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
10/02 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
10/03 Dallas, TX – Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/05 Austin, TX – HEB Center
10/06 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/08 Albuquerque, NM – Sandia Resort and Casino
10/09 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
10/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
10/13 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
10/17 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood

Judas Priest Writing New Music

It looks like Judas Priest have started writing material for their next album. Richie Faulkner confirmed the news on Twitter:

Tim “Ripper” Owens Says He Would Like To Record A Cover Of Queen’s “Under Pressure” With Rob Halford

During a recent appearance on the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast, ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens said he would like to collaborate with the band’s longstanding frontman Rob Halford. Specifically, Owens said he would “love to” record a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” with Halford.

Owens said the following when asked about a possible collaboration:

“We’ve never talked about it, which would be pretty awesome. Rob and I are friends, and it’s great… I would love to do something with Rob, and I’ve always thought about it, and I think the fans would love it. Even if we do a song or two.

Somebody laughed when I said this, but for the last 15 years, I’ve always said, man, I would love to do the song ‘Under Pressure’ with Rob. It would be a great over. And it’s funny, ’cause [that song features] two of my favorite singers, Freddie [Mercury] and especially David Bowie — I absolutely love David Bowie — and for Rob and I to do it, I think it would be an amazing thing.

I think it would be awesome to work with Rob. And I’m still great friends with the Priest camp and great friends with Rob. So it would be pretty awesome.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford On The Possibility Of Judas Priest Releasing New Music In 2020: “Probably Not, No”

Rob Halford recently revealed that Judas Priest are planning to write new material in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the band will be releasing new music anytime soon. During an interview with WRIF, the frontman was asked if fans will get to hear new music next year and he responded by saying “probably not, no.”

Halford continued:

“We’re starting work [on new material]. And like I’ve always said, it’ll be ready when it’s ready. But we’re probably moving faster than we ever did, because the clock is ticking. Thank you, ROLLING STONES. When I watch Mick [Jagger] and the boys, man, it makes my heart swell. And [the way] those guys are doing it at that point in their life — man. I said year ago, I wanna be screaming out ‘Painkiller’ when I turn 80; I wanna be on a stage somewhere.”

“It’s a beautiful life in rock and roll, and I never wanna switch it off, man; I wanna keep that electricity buzzing. It’s so important, as a musician, to have that connectivity, and that connectivity is stronger than ever now with our beautiful fans and supporters.”

On another note, Halford also offered a health update on guitarist Glenn Tipton, who is battling Parkinson’s disease:

“Glenn’s doing well. In fact, we stay in touch, and he’s got his guitar on and he’s putting down riffs and ideas for new PRIEST music. He’s a hero. We have a song on ‘Firepower’ called ‘No Surrender’. Glenn’s with us in spirit wherever we play. Andy’s doing a great job in Glenn’s part of the stage.

“Just say hi to Glenn on social media on the PRIEST site. He looks at it. It means the world to him. He loves his fans passionately. And so anything like that thrown in Glenn’s way is a real thrill for him.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest To Write New Material In Early 2020

Judas Priest are planning to start writing new material in early 2020. Frontman Rob Halford confirmed the news while talking about the band’s upcoming plans during an interview with WAAF.

Halford said the following:

“I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower‘ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing.

So we’ve got that in planning. And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary, which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Planning To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In October 2020

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that his autobiography “Confess” will be released on October 20, 2020 via Headline Publishing Group/Hachette Book Group. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling, heartfelt and honest look at the struggles Rob has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy.

Written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of the New York Times bestseller, The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, this autobiography will celebrate the guts and glory of rock-n-roll from the late eighties up to the staggering 50th anniversary of Judas Priest in 2020, and is sure to be a bestseller across the globe.”

Halford commented:

“‘Confess‘ is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to expose every facet of myself. Digging deep with nothing to hide and nothing to fear was in many ways exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic. I’ve held nothing back. It’s time for me to Confess…”

Judas Priest Release Limited Edition Rum

Judas Priest have joined forces with Brands For Fans to create their own spiced rum. The 37.5% ABV spirit is limited to 5,000 bottles and it “packs a flavourful punch with spicy notes of arrack, vanilla, burnt sugar and raisins.” Judas Priest commented:

“We are thrilled to announce the release of a new rum produced together with Brands For Fans. The complex nature of this new blend and the general versatility of rum goes hand in hand with the music produced by us over the last 50 years. It’s rum with a touch of evil.”