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Judas Priest have announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour which will kick off on October 12 in San Antonio, Texas and conclude on November 18 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Priest camp announced this year that legendary guitarist K.K. Downing had retired from the band. They announced that he would be replaced by 31 year old British guitarist Richie Faulkner. This news was met with a lot less backlash than I expected to be honest as he was a crucial and original member. I’m totally supportive of Priest carrying on and moving forward though. As for the tour, I’m still trying to figure out if this is actually a “farewell tour” or if they are just riding it out. Joining Priest on this tour will be Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society. First off, unless Phil Lynott has returned from the dead, I can’t even believe these clowns are prancing around calling themselves Thin Lizzy. Sorry, off my soapbox and as for Black Label Society, I could do without them as well. I’d really love to see Judas Priest again as it’s been forever. I see that there’s no Atlanta date so a big ass raspberry to those guys. Hopefully they’ll add some more dates.

Judas Priest/Black Label Society/Thin Lizzy US Tour
Oct. 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Oct. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Ampitheater
Oct. 15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 16 – Dallas, TX – Allen Event Center
Oct. 18 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Ampitheater
Oct. 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
Oct. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair
Oct. 22 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Ampitheater
Oct. 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct. 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Ampitheater
Oct. 26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Oct. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 01 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
Nov. 02 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Nov. 05 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
Nov. 12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
Nov. 13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Nov. 18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

Don

About Don de Leaumont

Don (aka. The Brainfart) has been a heavy metal fan since hearing it for the first time in 1983. Don is also repsonsible for all of the typos, shitty grammar, and kick ass content on this site. Don likes cheap beer, whiskey, Coca Cola Icees, going to shows, and hanging with his kick ass wife, two cats and dog. He originally wanted to name his dog Shandi but his wife said, "No fucking way."

Art says:

And of course that should read “Don’s review,” not “don’t.”

thegreatsouthernbrainfart thegreatsouthernbrainfart says:

Art, my thoughts on Priest on Idol are that they were lack luster and totally phoning it in. The band sounded great but Rob Halford just doesn’t can’t “deliver the goods” like he used to. I feel that in moments like this, its easy to get caught up in the excitement and the novelty of seeing a metal band like Priest on American Idol but once the excitement wears off and you go back and really listen, you’ll hear a really disappointing performance by a singer that sounded like he was barely going through the motions. Its really sad to hear singers like Halford lose that power and gusto that he once had as young singer. I also have mixed feelings about metal crossing over into things like American Idol because it begins to look somewhat like a joke and not the rebellious, anti-establishment type of music it was meant to be. I’m sure Eddie Trunk was very excited about it though and texted Halford all during his performance!

Art says:

We need Don’t review of Judas Priest on American Idol, that’s what we need.

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