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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford is in charge during the band’s show at Warfield Theatre in San Francisco April 19.
Metal stalwarts Judas Priest announced a 2019 tour on Monday. The Firepower 2019 late spring jaunt will take the British band throughout North America, kicking off May 3 at Hollywood, Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and concluding at Las Vegas’ The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Other stops on the 32-date tour include Atlanta’s Fox Theatre (May 8), St. Louis’ Stifel Theatre (June 3) and two nights at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre (June 24 and 25).
“Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first-time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere,” the band said in a statement. “Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe — mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunited and reignite our maniacs… THE PRIEST IS BACK!”
Midway through this year, Judas Priest had grossed $5 million with 238,095 tickets sold — and that was before the band hit the road on a co-headlining North American tour with Deep Purple in August and September. Next year, Judas Priest will hit some the same venues they played in early 2018, like Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut (where the band sold 4,880 tickets for a gross of $261,240) and Accesso Showare Center (5,712, $343,301).
Earlier this year, Judas Priest released their 18th studio album Firepower — which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, the highest any of their albums has ever charted in the U.S.