Deep Purple, Judas Priest Announce a Co-Headline Tour

Deep Purple, Judas Priest Announce a Co-Headline Tour

Deep Purple and Judas Priest have just announced that they will be launching a North American co-headlining tour late this August. Here are the dates:

Aug. 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 22 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 25 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*
Aug. 27 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
Aug. 29 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Aug. 30 – Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
Sep. 01 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sep. 02 – Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sep. 05 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sep. 06 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 08 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sep. 09 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Sep. 11 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sep. 18 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
Sep. 20 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino*
Sep. 21 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs*
Sep. 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sep. 26 – San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sep. 27 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sep. 29 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep. 30 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre


About Deep Purple

Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England in 1968 with an inaugural line-up that featured guitarist Blackmore, vocalist Rod Evans, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice. Initially dubbed Roundabout, the group was first assembled as a session band for ex-Searchers drummer Chris Curtis but quickly went their own way, touring Scandinavia before beginning work on their debut LP, Shades of Deep Purple. The most pop-oriented release of their career, the album generated a Top Five American hit with its reading of Joe South’s “Hush” but otherwise went unnoticed at home. The Book of Taliesyn followed (in the U.S. only) in 1969, again cracking the U.S. Top 40 with a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman.”

With their self-titled third LP, Deep Purple’s ambitions grew, however; the songs reflected a new complexity and density as Lord’s classically influenced keyboards assumed a much greater focus. Soon after the album’s release, their American label Tetragrammaton folded, and with the dismissal of Evansand Simper, the band started fresh, recruiting singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover from the ranks of the pop group Episode Six. (Source)

About Judas Priest

Judas Priest were one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the ’70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the ’80s.

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1970, the group’s core members were guitarist K.K. Downing and bassist Ian Hill. Joined by Alan Atkins and drummer John Ellis, the band played their first concert in 1971. Atkins’ previous band was called Judas Priest, yet the members decided it was the best name for the new group. The band played numerous shows throughout 1971; during the year, Ellis was replaced by Alan Moore; by the end of the year, Chris Campbell replaced Moore. After a solid year of touring the U.K., Atkins and Campbell left the band in 1973 and were replaced by vocalist Rob Halfordand drummer John Hinch. They continued touring, including a visit to Germany and the Netherlands in 1974. By the time the tour was completed, they had secured a record contract with Gull, an independent U.K. label. Before recording their debut album, Judas Priest added guitarist Glenn Tipton. (Source)

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