Judas Priest Reverse Decision To Tour As Quartet: “We Will Continue Our Live Shows Unchanged” As Five-Piece

Judas Priest recently made headlines after announcing that they would be moving forward as a quartet. However, it appears the band have since backtracked on that decision. The group issued the following statement to Blabbermouth:

“Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob [Halford, vocals], Ian [Hill, bass], Richie [Faulkner, guitar], Scott [Travis, drums], Andy [Sneap, guitar] and Glenn [Tipton, guitar] joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of JUDAS PRIEST together!”

Judas Priest Plan To Tour As A Quartet

Judas Priest are planning to start touring without guitarist Andy Sneap. Despite this, the quartet will still be joined onstage by Glenn Tipton “here and there.”

The band issued the following statement:

“Hello maniacs!

We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to world touring….celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest as an even more powerful, relentless four piece heavy metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before…..!! Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album….

see you all soon headbangers!”

Sneap also issued a statement to Blabbermouth:

“Rob called me last Monday and said they wanted to move on as a four-piece, which I find incredibly disappointing after this amount of time but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision how they want this to play out. This always was a temporary situation, and like I’ve said before, I’ll always help the band any way I can, and that applies going forward also.

I’ve been a huge fan of the band since the early ’80s and it was mind-blowing to play onstage with the guys and quite frankly terrifying in the beginning at such short notice. We are moving forward with the new album next month and look forward to making a killer follow-up to ‘Firepower‘.”

Tour Dates:

03/04 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Theatre
03/06 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
03/07 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
03/09 Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena
03/10 Portland, OR – Moda Center
03/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Zippos Theater at Planet Hollywood
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
03/16 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
03/18 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/20 Austin, TX – HEB Center
03/21 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
03/23 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
03/25 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
03/27 Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/30 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
03/31 Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor
04/02 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
04/04 Lowell, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
04/07 Halifax, NS – Halifax Scotiabank Center
04/10 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Center
04/11 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/13 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner To Guest On New Demon Hunter Album

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner recently recorded a guest solo for Demon Hunter’s upcoming album “Exile.” The band shared some footage of that on Instagram:

Bad Penny Premiere New Video For “Push Comes To Shove” Featuring Rob Halford & Militia Vox

Bad Penny (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Queen, etc.) have premiered a new video for their song “Push Comes To Shove.” That track features Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Militia Vox.

Rescheduled Dates Revealed For Judas Priest’s North American Tour, Queensrÿche To Open

Judas Priest have announced the rescheduled dates for their 50th anniversary North American tour. You can find those below. Notably, Queensrÿche will now be joining the band on the trek as well.

Tour Dates:

03/04 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Theatre
03/06 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
03/07 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
03/09 Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena
03/10 Portland, OR – Moda Center
03/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Zippos Theater at Planet Hollywood
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
03/16 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
03/18 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/20 Austin, TX – HEB Center
03/21 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
03/23 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
03/25 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
03/27 Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/30 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
03/31 Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor
04/02 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
04/04 Lowell, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
04/07 Halifax, NS – Halifax Scotiabank Center
04/10 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Center
04/11 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/13 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest Postpone European/UK Tour To 2023

Ozzy Osbourne’s European/UK tour with Judas Priest has been postponed once again. The trek is now set for 2023.

2023 Tour Dates:

05/03 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
05/05 Stockholm, SWE – Friends Arena
05/07 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
05/10 Madrid, SPA – WiZink Center
05/12 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
05/14 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
05/17 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena
05/19 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
05/21 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
05/24 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
05/26 Mannheim, GER – SAP Arena
05/28 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
05/31 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
06/02 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
06/04 Glasgow, UK – Ovo Hydro
06/07 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
06/10 Dublin, IRE – 3 Arena
06/12 London, UK – O2 Arena
06/14 Birmingham, UK- Resorts World Arena

Osbourne commented:

“Due to the ongoing uncertainty with full capacity events and travel logistics in much of Europe, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone my 2022 tour to 2023. Original tickets remain valid for the new dates. I want to thank all of you and Judas Priest for your continued patience and support.”

Judas Priest To Release “Screaming For Vengeance” Graphic Novel

Judas Priest have teamed up with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel based on their 1982 album “Screaming For Vengeance.” Pre-orders are available HERE.

Here’s an official press release:

“Z2 Comics proudly announces that one of the biggest acts in the history of heavy music will team with the rapidly growing entertainment brand for an original graphic novel to be released in 2022, in time for the anniversary of their highest selling album of all time, the indisputable classic: Screaming for Vengeance.

Teaming with writers Rantz Hoseley (Comic Book Tattoo, The Heroin Diaries) and Neil Kleid (Savor), and artist Christopher Mitten (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.), the multi-platinum selling Metal Gods bestow upon their generations of fans their first-ever graphic novel!

500 years from now, a ring of cities orbit high above the surface of a dead world, controlled by a ruling elite that maintains power through manipulation and brutality. When a naïve engineer inadvertently threatens the status quo with his vital scientific discovery… A BLOODSTONE… he is betrayed by those he trusted and cast out to the broken planet below. In the wreckage and desolation of a broken world where every day is a battle for survival, he must choose between accepting his new life in exile… or SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE.

“I cannot overstate what an inspiration Judas Priest has been to me, personally.” said Hoseley. “I was already a fan of the band when Screaming for Vengeance was released, but no one was ready for the impact it had. That incredible cover art? Those songs? That album became my daily soundtrack and creative fuel, to the point where I wore the cassette out in my car. To be able to contribute to a project inspired by these songs that mean so much to me? Well, that is an honor and a responsibility I take very seriously.”

To further celebrate the creative legacy of this monumental album and landmark anniversary, the graphic novel includes an extensive interview with original cover artist Doug Johnson in which he discusses the process of creating the award-winning album cover design, and the origin of the metallic bird of prey, now known as “The Hellion.” Additionally, as part of the expansion of Z2’s product offerings, newly appointed Z2 Vice President of Collectibles and Aggronautix founder Clint Weiler has designed a detailed Hellion statue, with working “electric eyes” in celebration of both the original album design, and the dramatic conclusion of the story in the Screaming for Vengeance graphic novel.”

Certified double platinum in the United States, Screaming for Vengeance was released in July of 1982, and marked the beginning of the band’s success in North America, transcending the “new wave of British heavy metal” sound they had come to define, and moving them into the mainstream despite a heavier-than-ever sound. The album’s first single “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” would prove to be one of the biggest hard rock hits in history and continues to inspire fists in the air around the world to this day. The album was ranked #3 on Rolling Stone’s 2017 list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time,” and is celebrated throughout the world as one of the genre’s most defining moments, ushering in the success of heavy music in the 1980s up through today.

Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance will be released in both softcover and hardcover formats in finer bookstores, comic shops and record stores everywhere in July 2022, with special limited deluxe and super deluxe versions featuring an exclusive anniversary vinyl LP, prints and more available to preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Reveals He Received One Of The Bullets Containing The Ashes Of The Late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)

As previously reported, the ashes of the late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) were placed inside bullets and given out to his closest friends. Now, it has been confirmed that Rob Halford (Judas Priest) was one of those recipients.

Halford told “SpeedFreaks” the following:

“When Lemmy passed away, I had this beautiful opportunity to speak at his memorial. We had a great get-together; all of us musicians from all over the world, we met in Hollywood and we talked about Lemmy and his great life and the things that he’s left us. And then, not too far back, I get something in the mail from the Lemmy people; Lemmy’s office, his manager and everybody still work tirelessly to keep his name with us, as he always will be. They sent me — it’s a bullet [laughs], it’s a bullet with some of Lemmy’s ashes inside of it.”

“This is nuts. This is the kind of thing that Lemmy would have loved to have done. However you choose to interpret what I’ve just said, that’s entirely up to you. But to be thought of, to be brought into this small circle of friends where you actually own a little bit of Lemmy’s ashes and you wear it around your neck on a pendant and he’s close to your heart in the truest sense in terms of his mortal remains, that’s just mind-blowingly powerful. To use an object like that to carry his remains is just so Lemmy — it’s provocative, it makes you think, it makes you talk. But as far as having a beautiful part of Lemmy physically with me right now in my house, that’s just magical.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Shares Health Update Following Recent Open Heart Surgery

As previously reported, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner recently underwent emergency heart surgery after suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. Now, the guitarist has shared a new health update, saying that he is “feeling very strong and positive.”

Faulkner said the following:

“⛓🦅🙏🏼Hello there maniacs!

I just wanted to post, and I’ve had many of you asking for an update on how my recovery is going.

I was able to return home from hospital 10 days after my surgery to continue recovery at home.

It has now been 7 weeks since the night it all happened and I’m feeling very strong and positive. My incisions have healed very well and I can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m walking well and moving freely, I’m pretty active and I’m starting cardiac therapy very soon. I’m playing guitar everyday and with the love and support of my family, the continued support from you guys and the inspiration that i get from the guitar, I’ll be back on stage in no time! My surgeons are very pleased with my progress and have all reserved front row tickets for the next Priest show haha

It’s Thanksgiving this month, and whether you celebrate it or not, I have a lot to give thanks for this year; Including all of you for your patience, your love and your support. Lots of love and I’ll see you down the front soon, horns held high.

–Richie“

“Judas Priest: A Visual Biography” To Be Released In February

Martin Popoff will be releasing his new book, “Judas Priest: A Visual Biography,” on February 25 via Wymer Publishing. The effort can be pre-ordered HERE and a description of it can be found below:

“A grinding celebration of the metal gods Judas Priest in all their sumptuous glory and written by Martin Popoff with his usual style. This hardback A4 224 page coffee table book is stuffed with the entire fifty plus year history in meticulous timeline order — a rock-hard reference book, with the facts presented mostly soberly and efficiently. This book contains all manner of facts that also takes a detailed look at offshoot bands and side projects throughout the visually stunning pages. A glorious pictorial celebration of the band’s full career in one mighty tome, crammed full of stunning visuals including many previously unpublished photos.”