JUDAS PRIEST will perform as a four-piece on its upcoming tour as the band’s former touring guitarist Andy Sneap, who co-produced the British heavy metal legends’ 2018 album Firepower, plans to focus on production work.
Earlier today, PRIEST issued the following statement (via Louder Sound):
We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to world touring… celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST as an an even more powerful, relentless four piece heavy metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before. Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album… See you all soon headbangers!”
PRIEST were forced off the road in September, after guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection onstage during the band’s set at the Louder Than Life festival in Kentucky. Guitarist spent 10 hours undergoing emergency heart surgery before being discharged from a Louisville hospital. Back to full health, Faulkner will assume guitar duties once more when PRIEST resume touring on March 4, when they’ll relaunch their US tour in Peoria, Illinois.
Tickets and dates for upcoming shows can be found here.