English heavy metal band Judas Priest is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic album “British Steel” with a lengthy summer tour. Since first...

English heavy metal band Judas Priest is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its classic album “British Steel” with a lengthy summer tour. Since first announcing their plans in early spring, the self-proclaimed Metal Gods have added dozens of concerts to their itinerary, which now stands at roughly 40 dates.

Eight weeks of the summer will be dedicated to the trek, from Judas Priest’s solo opening show on June 29 at Murat Center in Indianapolis, IN, through the tour closing concert on August 23 at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford, NH.

Highlights of the summer trek include a July 7 concert at Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA, a July 9 performance at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, ON, a July 31 show at Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord, CA, an August 11 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, and August 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

Whitesnake will appear on most dates of the tour as a special guest. The lineup will also feature Pop Evil as an opener for both bands on 26 dates. Details about the tour’s nightly lineup can be found at the official Judas Priest Web site.

On tour, Judas Priest will be performing their 1980 album “British Steel” from cover to cover, in addition to playing a set of other material from the band’s catalogue. The group’s most recent studio album is the June 2008 release “Nostradamus.”

A new live album, “Judas Priest: A Touch of Evil,” is also scheduled to hit store shelves in July. According to a statement, the record was recorded from 2005 to 2008 during Judas Priest’s world tour dates.

Judas Priest & Whitesnake itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 29Indianapolis, INMurat Center *
July 1St. Charles, MOFamily Arena
July 2Milwaukee, WISummerfest
July 3St. Paul, MNTaste of Minnesota
July 5Wallingford, CTChevrolet Theatre
July 7Mansfield, MAComcast Center
July 8Canandaigua, NYCMAC
July 9Toronto, ONMolson Amphitheatre
July 11Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Pavilion
July 12Wantaugh, NYNikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 14Cleveland, OHTime Warner Cable Amphitheater
July 15Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theater
July 17Walker, MNMoondance Jam
July 18Chippewa Falls, WIRock Festival *
July 19Chicago, ILCharter One Pavilion
July 21Cincinnati, OHPNC Pavilion
July 22Nashville, TNNashville Municipal Auditorium
July 24Houston, TXVerizon Wireless Theater
July 25San Antonio, TXAT&T Center
July 26Corpus Christi, TXConcrete Street Amphitheater
July 29Paso Robles, CACalifornia Mid-State Fair
July 31Concord, CASleep Train Pavilion
August 1Marysville, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
August 2Universal City, CAGibson Amphitheatre
August 4San Diego, CASDSU Open Air Theatre
August 5Costa Mesa, CAOC Fair
August 7Phoenix, AZDodge Theatre
August 8Las Vegas, NVThomas & Mack Center
August 10Albuquerque, NMSandia Resort & Casino *
August 11Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre
August 13Grand Prairie, TXNokia Theatre
August 15St. Augustine, FLSt. Augustine Amphitheatre
August 16Tampa, FLSt. Pete Times Forum
August 17Hollywood, FLSeminole Hard Rock Live
August 19Estero, FLGermain Arena
August 20Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 22Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
August 23Gilford, NHMeadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

* only Judas Priest

Last Updated on May 20, 2009 by By Allison Reitz