Time to get that leather suit out of storage: Judas Priest are back!
The legendary NWOBHM outfit entered the studio to make their new album this past March; they have now announced that they’ll release the results early next year. The record will be called Firepower, a name so obvious I can’t believe it hasn’t been used for a previous Priest release.
And while we don’t know exactly when Firepower will come out, we can guess it will be somewhere in the vicinity of mid-March, when the band launches their next headlining tour. Support will come from Saxon and Black Star Riders.
It’s been almost ten years since I last saw Judas Priest live; they shared that bill with Heaven & Hell and Motörhead. That was also, incidentally, the last time I saw Dio or Lemmy. So for the general safety of Saxon’s Biff Byford and BSR’s Ricky Warwick, I will not be attending any of these shows. Everyone else can dates below (via Metal Insider). Obviously we’ll let you know when there’s a Firepower single to hear.
3/13 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena @ Casey Plaza
3/15 Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Centre
3/17 Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
3/18 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
3/20 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
3/22 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
3/25 Ottawa, ON @ The Arena at TD Place
3/27 London, ON @ Budweiser Gardens
3/28 Oshawa, ON @ Tribute Communities Centre
3/30 Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama
3/31 Detroit, MI @ Detroit Masonic Temple
4/03 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
4/05 Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center
4/08 Bloomington, IL @ Grossinger Motors Arena
4/10 Casper, WY @ Casper Events Center
4/11 Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
4/15 Kent, WA @ ShoWare Center
4/17 Portland, OR@ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
4/19 San Francisco @ The Warfield
4/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
4/24 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
4/26 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
4/28 Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
4/29 Sugarland, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
05/01 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum