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Judas Priest changes decision and says they will tour with two guitarists

Judas Priest 2021

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Judas Priest changes decision and says they will tour with two guitarists

After announcing that they would tour as four-piece band with only the guitarist Richie Faulkner, Judas Priest that is known for the guitar harmonies between two guitarists announced that they changed their minds and that the group will have Andy Sneap back again and they will tour with two guitarists. Sneap is the band’s producer that became a touring member since 2018, when Glenn Tipton announced he couldn’t tour anymore due to Parkinson’s disease.


After the group announced a few days ago that they would tour with only one guitarists most part of the fans criticized the decision saying that they couldn’t imagine how the band could sound good live with only one guitarist since almost all their songs require two guitarists. In an official statement to Blabbermouth the band talked about changing the decision.

Judas Priest announcement that they changed the decision and that they will tour with two guitarists:

“Hello metal maniacs…given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian [Hill, bass], Richie [Faulkner, guitar], Scott [Travis, drums], Andy and Glenn [Tipton, guitar] joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of JUDAS PRIEST together!” Judas Priest said.

This move shows again that the band is not open to invite the original guitarist K.K Downing that already said many times over the years after he announced his retirement that he would be instered in joining them again (He has his own band now KK’ Priest with Ex-Judas singer Tim “Ripper” Owens). Richie Faulkner that replaced Downing back in 2011 suffered an “aortic aneurysm” on stage back in September 27, 2021 but it’s now recovered to get back on tour.

Judas Priest 2022 tour dates


  • 4 Peoria Civic Center Peoria, IL
  • 6 Mission Ballroom Denver, CO
  • 7 Maverik Center West Valley City, UT
  • 9 Angel Of The Winds Arena Everett, WA
  • 10 Moda Center Portland, OR
  • 12 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
  • 13 Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Convention Center, NV
  • 15 Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall Los Angeles, CA
  • 16 Arizona Federal Theatre Phoenix, AZ
  • 18 Irving Music Factory Irving, TX
  • 20 H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Cedar Park, TX
  • 21 Freeman Coliseum San Antonio, TX
  • 23 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville, TN
  • 25 Ameris Bank Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA
  • 27 Charleston Civic Center Coliseum Charleston, WV
  • 29 The Met Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
  • 30 Prudential Center Newark, NJ
  • 31 The Theater at MGM National Harbor National Harbor,


  • 2 Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket, CT
  • 4 Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell Lowell, MA
  • 7 Scotiabank Centre Halifax, Canada
  • 10 Videotron Centre Ville De Québec, Canada
  • 11 Place Bell Laval, Canada
  • 13 FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, Canada
  • 27 Megasport Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 29 Yubileynyy Sankt-peterburg, Russia


  • 1 Palace Of Sports Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 3 Stocznia Gdańska Gdańsk, Poland
  • 5 Saku Arena Tallinn, Estonia
  • 8 Helsingin jäähalli Helsinki, Finland
  • 11 Dalhalla Rättvik, Sweden
  • 12 Saab Arena Linköping, Sweden
  • 14 DNB Arena Stavanger, Norway
  • 16 Copenhell København, Denmark
  • 18 festivalpark stenehei Dessel, Belgium
  • 19 Hellfest Clisson, France
  • 22 Rockhal Esch-sur-alzette, Luxembourg
  • 23 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany
  • 25 Rock The castle Villafranca Di Verona, Italy
  • 27 Zenith Munich, Germany
  • 30 Resurrection Fest Viveiro, Spain


  • 2 Rockfest Santa Coloma De Gramenet, Spain
  • 5 Hallenstadion Zürich, Switzerland
  • 6 Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  • 9 R. Jelinek Distillery Area, Razov 472 Vizovice, Czechia
  • 11 Papp Laszlo Arena Budapest, Hungary
  • 12 Dvorana Stožice Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 15 Faliro Olympic Hall (Tae Kwon Do Hall) Athens, Greece
  • 17 Midalidare rock Mogilovo, Bulgaria
  • 18 The Roman Arenas Bucharest, Romania
  • 21 National Tennis Center Bratislava Iii, Slovakia
  • 23 Burg Clam Klam, Austria
  • 28 Poppodium 013 Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 30 Kletterwald Peißnitzinsel Halle (saale), Germany
  • 31 König-Pilsener-ARENA Oberhausen, Germany


  • 2 BROSE ARENA (BAB Bamberg Arena mbH) Bamberg, Germany
  • 4 Wacken Wacken, Germany

2023 tour dates


  • 3, 2023 Hartwall Arena Helsinki, Finland
  • 5, 2023 Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
  • 7, 2023 Westfalenhalle Dortmund, Germany
  • 10, 2023 WiZink Center Madrid, Spain
  • 12, 2023 Unipol Arena Casalecchio Di Reno, Italy
  • 14, 2023 Olympiastadion München München, Germany
  • 17, 2023 Budapest Arena Budapest, Hungary
  • 19, 2023 O2 Arena Prague, Czech Republic
  • 21, 2023 Hallenstadion Zürich, Switzerland
  • 24, 2023 Barclays Arena Hamburg, Germany
  • 26, 2023 SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany
  • 28, 2023 Mercedes Benz Arena Berlin, Germany
  • 31, 2023 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom


  • 2, 2023 Utilita Arena Newcastle Newcastle Upon Tyne, United
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  • 4, 2023 OVO Hydro Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 7, 2023 AO Arena Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 10, 2023 3Arena Dublin, Ireland
  • 12, 2023 The O2 London, United Kingdom
  • 14, 2023 Resorts World Arena Birmingham, United Kingdom

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