Judas Priest Will Tour as a 4-Piece for the First Time 48 Years

Rob Halford by Aaron Rubin, Andy Sneap by Stefan Bollman. Via Wikipedia.

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.

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