Just five days after Judas Priest announced that they would be moving ahead as a four-piece, parting ways with touring guitarist Andy Sneap, the Metal Gods have just announced that he is back.
“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!”
Andy Sneap, who co-produced the band’s 2018 album “Firepower” alongside Tom Allom, will also refocus on studio work, including upcoming Judas Priest material.
Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, who was forced to step back from intensive touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2018, will be “coming out on stage with us here and there as before.”
JUDAS PRIEST was forced to postpone around two dozen North American shows on its rescheduled 50th-anniversary tour in late September after the band’s guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during a performance at the Louder Than Life festival. He ended up undergoing a 10-hour life-saving surgery a short distance away at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Such tour, with special guest Queensrÿche, is scheduled to launch on March 4 in Peoria, IL, and wrap up on April 13 in Hamilton, ON (Canada). A complete list of shows can be found below. Tickets here.
JUDAS PRIEST North American 2022 Tour Dates:
4 – Peoria Civic Theatre – Peoria, IL
6 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
7 – Maverik Center – Salt Lake City, UT
9 – Angel Of The Winds Arena – Everett, WA
10 – Moda Center – Portland, OR (with Sabaton, no Queensrÿche)
12 – Fox Theater – Oakland – Oakland, CA
13 – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood – Las Vegas, NV
15 – The Shrine – Los Angeles, CA
16 – Arizona Federal Theater – Phoenix, AZ
18 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX
20 – HEB Center – Austin, TX
21 – Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, TX (with Sabaton, no Queensrÿche)
23 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
25 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
27 – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum – Charleston, WV
29 – The Met – Philadelphia, PA
30 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
31 – MGM National Harbor – Washington, DC
2 – Foxwoods Casino Arena – Mashantucket, CT
4 – Paul E. Tsongas Arena – Lowell, MA
7 – Halifax Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, Nova Scotia
10 – Videotron Center – Quebec City, Quebec
11 – Place Bell – Montreal, Quebec
13 – First Ontario Centre – Hamilton, Ontario