JUDAS PRIEST has been added to the Power Trip lineup joining AC/DC on the Saturday, October 7 bill. The British heavy metal legends will fill the slot originally reserved for Ozzy Osbourne at the world’s greatest live music destination the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The historic three-day event set for October 6, 7 and 8 will bring together six iconic bands that define loud and powerful music: GUNS N’ ROSES and IRON MAIDEN (Friday, October 6), AC/DC and JUDAS PRIEST (Saturday, October 7) and METALLICA and TOOL (Sunday, October 8).
JUDAS PRIEST said in a statement: “Power Trippers are you ready for some JUDAS PRIEST-style Heavy Metal…..!! JUDAS PRIEST are primed and proud to fly the flag for Heavy Metal at this prestigious festival…… We are ready to raise double horns way up high together keeping the metal faith at this ‘bostin’ one-of-a-kind Power Trip world event….!”
This past Monday, Ozzy canceled his appearance at Power Trip due to his ongoing health issues. In a statement announcing his cancelation, Osbourne said: “My original plan was to return to the stage in the summer of 2024, and when the offer to do this show came in, I optimistically moved forward. Unfortunately, my body is telling me that I’m just not ready yet and I am much too proud to have the first show that I do in nearly five years be half-assed.”
Power Trip will mark AC/DC‘s first concert since September 2016, when the band concluded a run of U.S. dates with GUNS N’ ROSES‘ Axl Rose on vocals while front-man Brian Johnson recovered from hearing loss.