After about two months of anticipation and previews of their new album, Judas Priest have finally announced their U.S. tour dates to support the record. The fall trek kicks off on October 1 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY and wraps up on November 18 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The band will be joined by very special guests Steel Panther who recently released their latest effort All You Can Eat. Judas Priest will also be co-headlining Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on October 4 alongside Korn, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, Limp Bizkit, and many more.
The band’s new disc is set to drop on July 14 in the UK via Columbia Records and July 15 in the US via Epic Records. “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically, so we have listened,” said guitarist Glenn Tipton. “From start to finish, Redeemer of Souls is 18 songs of pure classic-Priest metal.” The record is the much-anticipated follow-up to the band’s 2008 double concept album Nostradamus which debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200. The band proceeded to tour the world in support of the record from 2008-2009, which included a Metal Masters run with Heaven & Hell, Motörhead, and Testament.
After touring in support of Nostradamus, founding guitarist K.K. Downing retired from the band in 2011. This new album will be the band’s first studio effort to feature new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who toured with the band on their Epitaph Tour from 2011-2012. Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Judas Priest are widely considered godfathers of traditional heavy metal music. To date, the band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. In 2010, the band garnered the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Steel Panther’s last effort, 2011’s Balls Out, hit #40 on the Billboard Top 200, #12 on Billboard Rock Albums, and #1 on Billboard Comedy Albums. The band’s fourth studio LP All You Can Eat has already produced three hit singles –“Party Like Tomorrow Is The End of The World”, “The Burden of Being Wonderful”, and “Gloryhole” – with accompanying music videos that are over-the-top outrageous in typical Steel Panther fashion. The disc is the band’s first release on the independent label Open E Music.
Throughout their career, Steel Panther have embodied all the excess and decadence that rock ‘n’ roll has to offer. They’ve graced the stage of some of the world’s largest festivals, including Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Download Festival, and more. Before their upcoming tour begins, Steel Panther played a special three-show residency at The House of Blues in Hollywood, CA on April 7, April 14, and April 21. The first trek of their All You Can Eat Tour wrapped up up on June 1 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX.- by Matt Bishop
Oct-01 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Oct-03 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct-04 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
Oct-09 Brooklyn, NY Barclays
Oct-10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s
Oct-11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
Oct-14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct-15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct-17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct-19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct-24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct-28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct-30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov-06 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov-07 Austin FunFunFun Fest
Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia
Nov-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
Nov-13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
Nov-14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov-16 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Nov-18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center