After weeks of speculation, Live Nation has put together The Metal Masters Tour with Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead and testament. The limited 15-date U.S. trek kicks off Aug.16 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and winds down Aug. 31 in Mountain View, CA.
Judas Priest (Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K K Downing, Ian Hill, Scott Travis) will be supporting their epic concept album, ”Nostradamus”, arriving June 17, which tells the tale of the renowned 16th century prophet. A few tracks from “Nostradamus” will make their in-concert debut on The Metal Masters Tour, but the majority of Priest’s set list will include some of metal’s all-time classics as well as fan favorites that span the quintet’s entire career.
Heaven & Hell (Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Vinnie Appice) will be supporting the release of “The Rules Of Hell,” a five-CD boxed set available July 22, which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era Black Sabbath albums (“Heaven and Hell,” “Mob Rules,” “Live Evil” and “Dehumanizer”) in a deluxe package with new liner notes.
Perennial road rats Motorhead will be offering a blistering barnstormer of a set spanning more than three decades of biker metal. A new studio album – the 20th of their storied career – is currently being recorded at Dave Grohl’s studio with an August release date targeted.
testament’s new album, “The Formation of Damnation,” due April 29, displays testament as the quintessential modern heavy metal band and more powerful than ever.
The Metal Masters Tour itinerary:
Aug 6 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Aug 7 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA –
Aug 9 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 10 Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
Aug 13 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON
Aug 16 Post Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 18 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug 19 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
Aug 22 Superpages.com Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX
Aug 23 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
Aug 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
Aug 27 Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Aug 28 Cricket Wireless Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 30 Glen Helen Pavilion, San Bernardino, CA
Aug 31 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Last Updated on April 26, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen