Judas Priest Announce New 50th Anniversary Tour Dates with Sabaton

2021-06-08

Judas Priest turns 50 as a band in 2020, but their 50th anniversary tour is slated for 2021.

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and guitarist Richie Faulkner – Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Judas Priest will celebrate their 50th anniversary with an extensive tour of North America this fall

Judas Priest were supposed to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band last year, but the outing was postponed, and some dates canceled, due to the worldwide pandemic. Now, the metal greats are back with a full roster of tour dates for 2021 to properly honor 50 years of heavy metal.

“Defending the heavy metal faith for fifty years, the Priest is back!” Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford said in a statement.

The tour will set off Sept. 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and run through a Nov. 5 date in Hamilton, Ontario. In total, the band will perform nearly 40 shows over the course of three months.

“Time to don the leather and studs and roll out the Priest Machine,” added guitarist Glenn Tipton. “Celebrating our 50 Heavy Metal Years!!”

Ian Hill continued, “After the horrific year of restrictions we’ve all had to endure, what better place to break free, than the land of the free – the USA!”

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale this Friday (June 11) at 10 a.m. local venue time via Ticketmaster. Tickets for the rescheduled shows will still be honored.

Also included in the itinerary is a music festival spearheaded by Judas Priest called Warlando, set for Sept. 11 in Orlando, Florida. That festival will feature Priest, Sabaton, Soulfly, Lacuna Coil, Mushroomhead and more. View the full tour roster below.

Last year, Halford released his debut memoir, “Confess,” and spoke with Audio Ink Radio about the venture. Find the full interview with Rob Halford here.

Judas Priest 2021 North American Tour Dates with Sabaton:

09/08 – Reading PA @ Santander Arena *
09/09 – Virginia Beach VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater *+
09/11 – Orlando FL @ Central Florida Fairgrounds (Warlando Festival) #
09/13 – Charlotte NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
09/14 – Raleigh NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater *
09/16 – Grand Rapids MI @ Van Andel Arena *
09/17 – Youngstown OH @ Covelli Centre ^
09/19 – Detroit MI @ Fox Theatre *
09/20 – Rosemont IL @ Rosemont Theatre *
09/22 – Milwaukee WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
09/23 – Minneapolis MN @ The Armory *
09/25 – Maryland Heights MO @ Saint Louis Music Park
09/26 – Louisville KY @ Louder Than Life Festival #
09/29 – Denver CO @ The Mission Ballroom
09/30 – West Valley City UT @ Maverik Center *
10/02 – Everett WA @ Angel Of The Winds Arena *
10/03 – Portland OR @ Moda Center *
10/05 – Oakland CA @ Fox Theater
10/06 – Los Angeles CA @ Microsoft Theater
10/08 – Las Vegas NV @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/09 – Phoenix AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12 – San Antonio TX @ Freeman Coliseum
10/13 – Cedar Park TX @ HEB Center Cedar Park
10/15 – Irving TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16 – Oklahoma City OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
10/19 – Independence MO @ Cable Dahmer Arena *
10/21 – Nashville TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium *
10/22 – Alpharetta GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre *
10/24 – Charleston WV @ Charleston Civic Center Coliseum *
10/25 – Philadelphia PA @ The Met *
10/27 – Newark NJ @ Prudential Center *
10/28 – Oxon Hill MD @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/30 – Mashantucket CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
10/31 – Lowell MA @ Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell *
11/02 – Halifax NS @ Scotiabank Centre *
11/04 – Laval , QC @ Place Bell *
11/05 – Hamilton ON @ First Ontario Centre *

* = newly added show (not on original 2020 schedule)
# = festival date
+ = no Sabaton; support TBD

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