Judas Priest have confirmed that they will be joining Ozzy Osbourne on his rescheduled European tour in 2020. The band were set to open for Osbourne’s European tour earlier this year, but the trek was cancelled due to illness. This news comes after Osbourne postponed all of his 2019 dates due to injury.
Vader have revealed that their new EP “Thy Messenger” will feature a cover of Judas Priest’s “Steeler.” That effort will be released on May 31 and it will also come with four of five songs the band recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok, Poland early this year. Furthermore, Vader’s new album, which is tentatively titled “…And Then There Was Only Pain,” will be tracked this spring. A fall release is expected.
The group commented:
“We decided to record this EP because we knew that the full length new album won’t be released before the end of 2019. We’re back on the road in June and we plan to have some new tunes ready for our fans throughout the summer – before that we’re due to start the recording process for the new Vader LP in April in England.
For the time being we’ve named the album: ‘…And Then There Was Only Pain‘ and it should be completed by the end of May – when ‘Thy Messenger‘ EP is due to be released worldwide. The EP includes three new tracks – mostly really vicious and aggressive tracks, even for Vader. ‘Emptiness‘ is more groovy in the main riff but really heavy at the end.
All of the songs are fast and short, but pretty intense. We’ve also added a new version of our classic title track from ‘Litany‘. It is 20 years since we recorded that album at the Red Studio. ‘Litany‘ – as a song – and many more from that album have never been performed live. This album is still one of the fan favourites in the Vader discography and we will resurrect this whole record as part of our touring this autumn.
Another bonus is the absolute classic cover of ‘Steeler‘ which has always been one of my all time favorite Priest songs.”
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be guesting on tomorrow’s (March 3) episode of “Ride With Norman Reedus.” You can find a preview of the episode below:
Judas Priest have been forced to cancel their first-ever shows in South Africa. The band commented:
“Due to circumstances totally beyond our control we are extremely sorry to have to announce that because of logistical and technical reasons the South African shows have been cancelled – we are very disappointed that this has happened as we were looking forward to performing in South Africa for our fans there for the first time – we have been touring the world for nearly 50 years and have always honoured our commitments – we are all very upset about this situation.”
Ozzy Osbourne has now postponed his entire European/UK tour with Judas Priest due to “a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.” The shows are being rescheduled for September and tickets will be honored at the new dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.
“I’m completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour. It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to shit. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis. I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down.
However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It’s being rescheduled right now to start in September. Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy.”
The frontman is planning to resume touring on March 9 in Australia/New Zealand. You can also catch him on tour with Megadeth in North America this summer.
UPDATE: Osbourne’s full European/UK tour has now been postponed.
Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to cancel some of his UK/Ireland shows with Judas Priest due to “a very bad case of flu.” The following dates will be rescheduled:
01/30 Dublin, IRE – 3 Arena
02/01 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/03 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
02/05 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
Judas Priest confirmed the news with the following statement:
“It is with great regret we have to announce that the first four UK shows on the Ozzy Osbourne/Judas Priest tour have been postponed due to Ozzy having a very bad case of flu – therefore Dublin, Nottingham, Manchester and Newcastle will be rescheduled at a later date – details to follow once finalised – we are very sorry that this has happened and to disappoint so many fans – we wish Ozzy well and look forward to the Glasgow, Birmingham and London shows together – and to the rescheduled ones in the future.”
02/07 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
02/09 Birmingham, UK – Genting Arena
02/11 London, UK – O2 arena
02/13 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
02/15 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
02/17 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
02/19 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/22 Stockholm, SWE – Tele2
02/24 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
02/27 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
03/01 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
03/03 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi
This news comes after Osbourne recently said that he ended up bursting a blood vessel in his eye after coughing too hard.