JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill has confirmed to the Austin Chronicle that the band is is planning to mark the band’s 50th anniversary in 2020 with a special tour.
“Technically, the 50th anniversary is this year, but we weren’t called JUDAS PRIEST until 1970, so we thought we’d leave it till next year,” Ian explained. “There’s a few ideas in the pipeline, but nothing solid yet, apart from the fact that we will tour. We’ve got some work to do with Ozzy [Osbourne] at the beginning of next year, January-February, which is the canceled shows from this year. Ozzy got sick and wasn’t able to do those shows. After that, we’ll start with the 50-year celebrations and we’ll be around again playing… Well, we’re not sure what we’ll be playing, but it’ll be cool.”
Hill, who is the sole remaining original member of JUDAS PRIEST, was asked whether he feels like the last man standing in the band. “Em, not really, only when people mention it,” he laughed. “I mean Rob [Halford, vocals], obviously, and Glenn [Tipton, guitar] still counts as well, although he’s not doing a great deal of live work. He’s always there, and of course Scott[Travis, drums] has been with us since 1989. And even Richie Faulker [guitar], this is his ninth year. So, it’s a fluid current, if you know what I mean. So, no, I don’t feel like the last man standing, or anything like that.”
Halford said last fall that PRIEST was having discussions with the group’s management and label about how to commemorate the band’s 50th anniversary, which he called an “incredible milestone.” A short time later, Faulkner told Metal Kaos that the 50th-anniversary tour will be “an event that the fans will really remember. It is in progress, and we are talking about what we want to do, but in true JUDAS PRIEST fashion, it is going to be something everyone will remember. We want to give back to the fans because, as I said, they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they are still coming to the shows, they still love the band, so, yeah, it will be something special.”
Halford joined JUDAS PRIEST in 1973 and Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then returned to PRIEST in 2003. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing parted ways with the band in 2011, and was replaced by Faulkner.
A month before the start of PRIEST‘s “Firepower” tour, Tipton bowed out due to the worsening of his Parkinson’s disease, first diagnosed five years ago (after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier). His spot in the band is being filled by “Firepower” album producer Andy Sneap.
Downing said last October that all of PRIEST‘s living former and current members should be involved in the group’s upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration.
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JUDAS PRIEST Rocka Rolla (1983 French Mispressed limited edition 10-track LP Picture Disc featuring a 'cola' bottle top image on the A-side. What makes this copy unusual is that the B-side has been mispressed with the wrong image which shows the artwork from the back of the Judas Priest album 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' making this very rare indeed and the first one we have seen!)
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JUDAS PRIEST Firepower (2018 UK Special Edition Digibook 14-track CD album, the 18th studio album from British heavy metal pioneers including the epic single Lightning Strike. This special edition features a spot laquered hardback book style packaging with an integral glossy 20-page lyric book)
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JUDAS PRIEST Rocka Rolla (Rare 1974 UK second issue 10-track LP on the Gull label with 'The Decca Record Co. Ltd' credit on the labels, and Decca style matrices XZAL-13291.P-3W / XZAL-13292.P-1W, the same as the first issue. The debut album bythe British heavy metal group produced by Rodger Bain, who had made a name for himself as the producer of Black Sabbath's first three albums; within a matt picture sleeve printed by Robert Stace without the 'Thanks for the words Al!' credit. The sleeve displays just very light signs of wear or age, whilst the vinyl displays just a little light signs of play, overall a really nice example GULP1005)
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