Singer Rob Halford said, “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”
The tour — which was announced last month during a press conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles, California — will kick off on October 12 in San Antonio, Texas.
It will conclude in early December.
North American tour dates:
Oct. 27 – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
Nov. 08 – US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 09 – Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
Nov. 10 – The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
Nov. 15 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Nov. 16 – The Armory, Rochester, NY
Nov. 22 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Nov. 23 – Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
Nov. 24 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Nov. 26 – Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
Nov. 30 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
Dec. 01 – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
Dec. 03 – Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
For the full list of “Epitaph” tour dates, click here.
As for whether this is really the end of JUDAS PRIEST’s touring days, Tipton said, “We don’t plan on retiring. We’ve said that this is our last world tour. It takes a chunk out of your life — 18 months. We won’t be doing any more world tours as such and in many parts of the world, it will be the last time people will get a chance to see us. But we’re not gonna stop. We’ve got an album in the can now, we will start to write with Richie, there will be more albums, and who knows?! There might be a string of dates that we can manage to do. We’re just not gonna do another major world tour. We’ve been doing it for 40 years and it’s time to let the younger bands have the chance.”