The latest edition of Classic Rock magazine, which is not in the stores yet but is out to subscribers, is carrying an advert for the upcoming Judas Priest July UK Tour with Queensryche as support.
Neither Priest nor Queensryche have confirmed this yet but it is extremely unlikely that a promoter would pay for an ad in the magazine if there was any doubt that the event would go ahead.
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The dates are as follows:
July 15 - Newport, UK @ Centre
July 16 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
July 17 - Doncaster, UK @ The Dome
July 19 - Glasgow, UK @ SECC
July 20 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Arena
July 21 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
July 23 - London, UK @ High Voltage Festival
July 24 - Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
Priest announced in December that their lastest 'Epitaph' world tour will be their farewell world tour and that they were intending to hit all major cities across the globe. More dates are yet to be confirmed.
However, the band seem to have slightly backtracked on this and are now currently working on new material, according to a post on the official Preist site.
K.K. Downing recently answered a number of new fan questions via his official web site and when questioned about his plans for the future, he replied;
"To be perfectly honest I have not given any thought as to possible case scenarios after the final tour. At the moment though I feel that Priest has played its part in music history and feel very proud to have achieved what we have.
"So there is a good positive feeling inside me and of course I feel very indebted to the fans all over the world. As for the future, we probably need the help of Nostradamus."
Glenn Tipton also made a post on his official web site which reads, "As you may already be aware, Priest have announced a fair well world tour beginning this summer.
"We are all excited about the tour and are currently having meetings to discuss the stage production, but above all the set list. We intend to include some classic Priest songs that we haven't played before and of course the old favorites that everybody will want to hear.
"To put everyone's mind at rest, this is by no means the end of the band. In fact, we are presently writing new material, but we do intend this to be the last major world tour."
Judas Priest's 'Epitaph' world tour includes many dates, amongst them the Metal Hammer festival in Katowice, Poland on August 10th with Tank in support.