Judas Priest Cave to Fan Backlash and Change Touring Plans

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Earlier this week, metal legends Judas Priest turned a lot of heads when they announced that they planned to tour as a 4-piece for the first time in 48 years.

However, touring guitarist Andy Sneap did not respond well to the news. Soon after news of the 4-piece touring plans broke, Sneap released a statement to Blabbermouth.net, saying:

“Rob called me last Monday and said they wanted to move on as a four-piece, which I find incredibly disappointing after this amount of time but I respect his decision as they obviously have a vision how they want this to play out.”

In addition to Sneap, Judas Priest fans did not respond well to the news themselves:

Today, however, the band decided to reverse course on the decision:

“Hello metal maniacs… given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian, Richie, Scott, Andy, and Glenn joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

Now that the metal gods (and the fans) can breathe easy again, be sure to catch Judas Priest on their upcoming tour with Queensryche at one of the following dates below. Until then, here’s a taste of the band live with Mr. Sneap:

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3/4 – Peoria Civic Theatre – Peoria, IL
3/6 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
3/7 – Maverik Center – West Valley City, UT
3/9 – Angel Of The Winds Arena – Everett, WA
3/10 – Moda Center – Portland, OR
3/12 – Fox Theater – Oakland – Oakland, CA
3/13 – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood – Las Vegas, NV
3/15 – The Shrine – Los Angeles, CA
3/16 – Arizona Federal Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
3/18 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX
3/20 – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park – Cedar Park, TX
3/21 – Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, TX
3/23 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
3/25 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
3/27 – Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center – Charleston, WV
3/29 – The Met Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
3/30 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
3/31 – The Theater at MGM National Harbor – National Harbor, MD
4/2 – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, CT
4/4 – Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell – Lowell, MA
4/7 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
4/10 – Videotron Center – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
4/11 – Place Bell – Laval, Quebec, Canada
4/13 – FirstOntario Centre – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Written by The Pit staff