Judas Priest’s ‘Firepower’

Deep Purple and Judas Priest will embark on a co-headlining North American tour this year kicking off on August 21 in Cincinnati and wrapping up September 30 in Wheatland, CA.

On March 8, 2018, Judas Priest released its 18th studio album, Firepower. The 14-track album was co-produced by Tom Allom (Def Leppard, Black Sabbath) and producer, and former Sabbat guitarist, Andy Sneap. Working with Allom for the first time since 1988’s Ram It Down, Firepower debuted 5th on the Billboard 200. The band’s current lineup features Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Scott Travis and Richie Faulkner and Sneap, who also replaced Glenn Tipton on tour.

Tipton, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008 said that he would not be touring with Judas Priest this year but hasn’t ruled out occasionally joining the band on-stage, which he did on March 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for their encore of “Metal Gods,” “Breaking the Law” and “Living After Midnight.”

Deep Purple, l to r: Steve Morse, Don Airey, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice

Deep Purple‘s 20th studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017 and produced by the Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss). Often called one of the hardest touring (and loudest) bands, Deep Purple’s The Long Goodbye Tour, which kicked off in 2017, was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the band. In 2016, drummer Ian Paice suffered a minor stroke, which impacted use of his hands and led to the cancellation of several shows. Paice said these were the first shows he ever missed with the band since 1968.

The band has admitted that age has taken its toll, but there are no plans to end Deep Purple any time soon. Deep Purple’s current lineup includes singer Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice (all three from the band’s 1968 lineup), along with guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey, who also has a solo album, One of a Kind, set for release May 25.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 27 at 10a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi card members can access special pre-sale tickets, Tuesday, April 24, 10a.m. through April 26, 10p.m.

Judas Priest/Deep Purple Tour Dates

8/21 — Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/22 — Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/24 — Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
8/27 — Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre
8/29 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
8/30 — Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
9/1 — Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/2 — Bethel Woods, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/5 — Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
9/6 — Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
9/8 — Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/9 — Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
9/11 — Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
9/12 — Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
9/14 — Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
9/16 — Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
9/18 — Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
9/20 — Welch, MN @ Treasure Island Casino
9/21 — Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs
9/23 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
9/26 — San Diego, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/27 — Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/29 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/30 — Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre

Tina Benitez-Eves

A Royal Flush vet, Tina started writing for the magazine in 2003. Her work has appeared in Men’s Journal, Wine Spectator, and more.