JUDAS PRIEST Announces 2019 North American Tour With URIAH HEEP

December 3, 2018

With JUDAS PRIEST's latest studio album, "Firepower", confirmed as one of the most successful of the band's entire career — landing in the Top 5 of 17 countries (including th eband's highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) — demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when PRIEST will tour throughout the continent — with the classic metal band URIAH HEEP as support.

Kicking off on May 3 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch PRIEST at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour's 32 dates.

Says JUDAS PRIEST in a statement: "Metal maniacs — JUDAS PRIEST is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of 'Firepower'! 'Firepower' 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of 'Firepower', as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the PRIEST world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe — mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can't wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs... THE PRIEST IS BACK!"

Tour dates:

May 03 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 06 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium
May 08 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
May 09 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
May 12 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
May 14 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
May 15 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount
May 16 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
May 18 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
May 19 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
May 22 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
May 23 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
May 25 - Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre
May 28 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 29 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
May 31 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Jun. 01 - Little Rock, AR - First Security Amphitheater
Jun. 03 - St. Louis, MO - Stifel Theatre
Jun. 05 - Colorado Springs, CO - Broadmoor World Arena
Jun. 08 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Centre
Jun. 10 - Lethbridge, AB - ENMAX Centre
Jun. 11 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place
Jun. 13 - Dawson Creek, BC - Encana Events Centre
Jun. 14 - Prince George, BC - CN Centre
Jun. 16 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place
Jun. 17 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Centre
Jun. 19 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Jun. 21 - Kent, WA - Accesso Showare Center
Jun. 22 - Portland, OR - Moda Theatre of the Clouds
Jun. 24 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
Jun. 25 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
Jun. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
Jun. 29 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

PRIEST recently completed a U.S. co-headlining tour with fellow classic heavy rockers DEEP PURPLE.

The "Firepower" trek is PRIEST's first since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was retiring from the road due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. He is being replaced on tour by "Firepower" album producer Andy Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.

Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of "Firepower". The guitarist, who is now 71 and has performed on every PRIEST album since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.

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