Tomorrow's (Wednesday, June 5) JUDAS PRIEST's concert at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been canceled. Singer Rob Halford has been fighting bronchitis for over a week and now doctors have told him he needs full rest so his voice can recover.
PRIEST said in a statement: "The band did not want to cancel but Rob's health must come first. THE PRIEST WILL BE BACK to Colorado Springs, but until then refunds for all tickets will be available at point of purchase."
JUDAS PRIEST's North American tour, with special guests URIAH HEEP, is scheduled to resume on Saturday, June 8 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
This past March, Halford was asked by Australia's May The Rock Be how he keeps his voice in shape. He responded: "If I knew, I would be, like, 'It's a dollar! Take a sip each night.' I don't know what it is; I really don't know what it is. I think one of the big life-changing moments is when I quit my drinking and my drugs 33 years ago because vocals is a physical performance. You have to get your rest and have all the right components in place to be able to give the performance you can give either in the studio, but primarily, on the road. And the roadwork is grueling, as far as the travel. You notice when you go on a holiday, you take one flight and you're away from a week and you come home and you go, 'I can't do that again. I need a year to recover.' Imagine doing that pretty much every other day for your life in 50-odd years. You do have to acclimatize and make the right adjustments for your physical performance in the voice. It's technique more than anything else."
PRIEST's current touring lineup consists of Halford, guitarists Andy Sneap and Richie Faulkner, drummer Scott Travis and bassist Ian Hill.
The band's 32-date tour with URIAH HEEP will wrap on June 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.