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Rob Halford Admits He Was Behind Judas Priest’s Scrapped Decision To Tour As A Quartet This Year


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Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has taken responsibility for the band’s recently scrapped decision to tour as a quartet going forward. This past January, the British outfit announced that they would be scaling down their live lineup, with guitarist Andy Sneap stepping down. Amid the outcry and confusion that ensued, Sneap himself made clear that the decision was made without him.

Several days later, the group reversed their decision, welcoming Sneap back into their forthcoming touring plans. Speaking to Billboard, Halford explained that he initially thought touring as a four-piece would be fitting for their 50th anniversary touring, offering:

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“That all came from me, it didn’t come from the band. Of course, that blew up in my face, didn’t it? To have done something like a four-piece now would’ve been just not right, ridiculous, insane, crazy, off my rocker, have a cup of tea and relax. It’s kind of water under the bridge now. I think my heart was in the right place, but I’m not the first musician to have a crazy idea.”

Among the band’s immediate touring plans are the below run with Queensrÿche. The NWOBHM pioneers were also recently once again nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year.

03/04 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Theatre
03/06 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
03/07 West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center
03/09 Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena
03/10 Portland, OR – Moda Center
03/12 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/13 Las Vegas, NV – Zippos Theater at Planet Hollywood
03/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
03/16 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater
03/18 Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
03/20 Austin, TX – HEB Center
03/21 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
03/23 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
03/25 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
03/27 Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/30 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
03/31 Washington, DC – MGM National Harbor
04/02 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena
04/04 Lowell, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
04/07 Halifax, NS – Halifax Scotiabank Center
04/10 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Center
04/11 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
04/13 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

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