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50 Heavy Metal Years tour announced by Judas Priest

24 February 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the U.S. in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will conclude in Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Saturday, 17 October at 8 p.m. The tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest ­charting album of Priest’s career, “Firepower,” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal, we can't wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event,” said Judas Priest.

An artist fan club pre-sale is scheduled for Tuesday, 25 February at 10 a.m. PST. Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, as well as Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a pre-sale running from Wednesday, 26 February at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, 27 February at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets ranging in price from $49.95 to $199.95, plus applicable tax and fees, go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, 28 February at 10 a.m. PST at

Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians - Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing and Ian Hill (along with several different drummers over the years) would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Throughout the ‘70s, Priest were responsible for helping trail blaze metal with such classic offerings as “Sad Wings of Destiny” (1976), “Sin After Sin” (1977), and “Hell Bent for Leather” (1978), as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings, “Unleashed in the East” (1979), among others.

But it was during the ‘80s that Priest conquered the world, becoming a global arena headliner on the strength of such all-time classics as “British Steel” (1980) and “Screaming for Vengeance” (1982), as well as being one of the first metal bands to be embraced by the then-burgeoning MTV, plus performing at some of the decade’s biggest concerts (1980’s Monsters of Rock, 1983’s US Festival, and 1985’s Live Aid) and being the first to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world. Priest’s success continued throughout the ‘90s and beyond with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, as evidenced by such additional stellar offerings as “Painkiller” (1990), “Angel of Retribution” (2005), and “A Touch of Evil: Live” (2009), the latter of which saw Priest win a GRAMMY Award for a killer rendition of the classic “Dissident Aggressor.”

In 2011, new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in to replace the previous guitarist who had left in 2010. The move seemed to have reinvigorated the band, as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on “American Idol” that also served as Faulkner's debut performance with the band. Also in 2011 was the release of a new compilation “The Chosen Few,” which included Priest classics selected by some of metal's biggest names, and the “Epitaph” concert DVD in 2013.

Priest’s next studio effort would arrive in 2014, “Redeemer of Souls,” which was supported by another strong tour.

In 2017 (and again in 2019) Judas Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and got ready to unleash their latest studio album “Firepower” (produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom), which received global success and critical acclaim.

Few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest. And the forthcoming 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will undoubtedly drive this point home.

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