Judas Priest Announce Tour

(press release) Judas Priest Announces U.S. Tour Dates For Summer 2005 To Promote The New, Critically Acclaimed Hit Album Angel Of Retribution

More Dates to Follow

The legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest have announced their U.S. headline tour starting in May 2005 to promote the critically acclaimed new Epic Records album Angel Of Retribution. The first date is Monday, May 30 at The Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, OH. Queensryche will be the special guest on the tour.

The definitive Judas Priest lineup - vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis - are embarking on their first full headlining U.S. tour since the release of 1990's Painkiller. Last year, Judas Priest excited crowds nationwide on the Ozzfest tour.

Angel Of Retribution, which debuted at # 13 on the Billboard album chart, has earned rave reviews worldwide from both the mainstream and rock press.

Here's what the media is saying about Angel Of Retribution:

" ... One of the best headbanging albums in years and one of the best Priest records of all time" (4 stars) - Playboy Magazine

" ... An album that holds up well to Priest's strongest, most sustained recordings" (3 1/2 stars) - Rolling Stone Magazine

" ... 'Classic Priest' is the only way to describe the musical reunion... Nothing more need be said but 'All hail the Priest!'" - Billboard Magazine

" ... The Metal Gods sound revitalized ... it roars with a vengeance" (4 stars) - Sound & Vision Magazine

" ... Judas Priest seems primed to reclaim their perch as the most dominant band in heavy metal ... " - Associated Press

The band kicked off their 2005 world tour in February performing right across Europe taking in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, Holland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and then going to Japan before storming the United States.

For all the latest news and tour date updates, visit www.judaspriest.com.

Current U.S. tour dates (more are forthcoming) include:

30 in Cleveland, OH at Blossom Music Center

1 in St. Paul, MN at Xcel Energy Center
3 in Chicago, IL at Tweeter Center
4 in Detroit, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
7 in Buffalo, NY at Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
8 in Manchester, NH at Verizon Wireless Arena
10 in Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center
11 in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun
12 in Boston, MA at Tweeter Center
14 in Scranton, PA at Montage Mountain
15 in Hershey, PA at Giant Center
18 in Camden, NJ at Tweeter Center
19 in Washington, DC at Nissan Pavilion
21 in Atlanta, GA at Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
22 in Tampa, FL at Ford Amphitheatre
23 in West Palm Beach, FL at Sound Advice Amphitheatre
25 in San Antonio, TX at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
26 in Dallas, TX at Smirnoff Music Centre
28 in Albuquerque, NM at Journal Pavilion
29 in Denver, CO at Coors Amphitheater

1 in Reno, NV at Reno Hilton Amphitheater
2 in San Francisco, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater
4 in Portland, OR at Clark County Amphitheater
6 in Seattle, WA at White River Amphitheater
8 in Los Angeles, CA at Verizon Wireless
9 in Las Vegas, NV at Mandalay Bay Events Center
10 in Phoenix, AZ at Cricket Pavilion

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