Judas Priest aren’t ready to hang up the leather just yet. The rock band officially announced their 18th studio album on Monday with an upcoming LP to be titled Firepower, in addition to a promotional North American tour which will start out in the spring early next year.
The band did not reveal the official release date for the upcoming album to go with Monday’s announcement on Blabbermouth, but with their 25-date North American tour starting out on March 13, fans should expect the new album to arrive something shortly after the start of the new year in January or February. Firepower is only the older rock group’s second full-length studio album since 2008, and will have the task of following 2014’s successful Redeemer of Souls.
The band’s iconic singer Rob Halford gave fans a hint at the upcoming album on a SiriusXM radio show earlier this month.
"We're almost done. We're in that final hurdle before we get to the finishing line. It is sounding monumental,” Halford told famous hard rock DJ Eddie Trunk. “It's gonna blow your socks off. We're thrilled. We've got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide."
Judas Priest also found themselves on the short list of nominees for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, which was revealed earlier this fall. Other bands on the list include Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Dire Straits to name a few.
The springtime North American tour will take the band across the midwest and western U.S. in addition to a handful of shows across Canada. Highlight stops on the upcoming run include a show at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on March 31 and Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on April 22. Tickets to select shows on the band’s upcoming 2018 tour will be starting pre-sale this coming Thursday, Oct. 26, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Judas Priest 2018 North American Tour Dates:
March 13 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
March 15 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
March 17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
March 18 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
March 20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
March 22 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
March 25 - Ottawa, ON - The Arena at TD Place
March 27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
March 28 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre
March 30 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
March 31 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple (Click here for tickets)
April 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
April 5 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
April 8 - Bloomington, IL - Grossinger Motors Arena
April 10 - Casper, WY - Casper Events Center
April 11 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center (Click here for tickets)
April 15 - Kent, WA - ShoWare Center
April 17 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
April 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
April 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater (Click here for tickets)
April 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
April 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
April 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
April 29 - Sugarland, TX - Smart Financial Centre
May 1 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum