Few bands have the storied history that world-conquering heavy metal gods Judas Priest do. Over the last fifty years, the British guitar-wranglers have wowed the world with their bombastic sound. But now, the band intend to change things up for the first time in ages, choosing to tour as a four-piece for the first time since 1974.
The news, as reported by Louder, comes with the announcement that touring guitarist Andy Sneap, who co-produced the band’s 2018 release Firepower, will be sitting out on their upcoming trek so that he can focus more on his production work.
“Hello maniacs!” said the band in a public statement. “We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to world touring… celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest as an an even more powerful, relentless four piece heavy metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before. Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album… See you all soon headbangers!”
Catch Judas Priest as a quartet on their upcoming tour with Queensryche at one of the following dates. And to read more about Judas Priest and other metal mayhem, make sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.