Well this is certainly shocking. Judas Priest appears to be ready to call it quits. The band has announced they will be spending 2011 on the Epitaph tour, which will be their last after 40 years of churning out classics like "Breaking The Law" and "Painkiller". The band promises to hit "all the major cities throughout the world" so fans everywhere can get one final taste of Priest live.
You have to respect a band who have pretty much accomplished everything they are going to accomplish and instead of dragging it out until they can barely move anymore (see: Motley Crue) they are calling it quits their way, going out on top.
While I look forward to catching the band one final time, no American dates have been announced yet. So far, there are just European festival dates. Here is the full press release with all the info:
After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!
However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!
With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!
JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their world tour in Europe – we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011 –
9th June Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June Sauna Festival, Finland
17th June Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June Hellfest, Nantes, France
22nd June Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
25th June Graspop Festival, Belgium
23rd July HIgh Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August Wacken Festival, Germany
Stay tuned as we announce more dates – information will be forthcoming soon – so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!