Judas Priest Announce Rescheduled ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ 2022 Tour Dates With Queensryche
The celebratory trek was originally set for 2020, but was postponed due to the global pandemic and, shortly after Priest returned to the road earlier this year, guitarist Richie Faulkner suffered a torn aorta onstage at the Louder Than Life festival in Kentucky. He somehow managed to shred all of the solos in "Painkiller" flawlessly and was taken directly to a nearby hospital after the show's conclusion and underwent emergency open heart surgery that lasted more than 10 hours.
Judas Priest, at that time, announced that all North American tour dates had been postponed and now the rest of the originally scheduled shows will move forward next year on a run that stretches from March 7 through April 11.
See all the dates below and, for tickets, visit Judas Priest's website.
Thankfully, Faulkner is recovering well and, in his most recent update, which came seven weeks to the day after the onstage incident, he informed fans he has been playing guitar every day while working toward getting back to full health.
"I'm walking well and moving freely, I'm pretty active and I'm starting cardiac therapy very soon. I'm playing guitar everyday and with the love and support of my family, the continued support from you guys and the inspiration that i get from the guitar, I'll be back onstage in no time! My surgeons are very pleased with my progress and have all reserved front row tickets for the next Priest show," he wrote, in part.
Rescheduled: Judas Priest 2022 North American Tour Dates With Queensryche
Mar. 07 — West Valley City, Utah @ Maverik Center
Mar. 09 — Everett, Wash. @ Angel Of The Winds Arena
Mar. 10 — Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
Mar. 12 — Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
Mar. 13 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
Mar. 18 — Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mar. 20 — Cedar Park, Texas @ H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Mar. 21 — San Antonio, Texas @ Freeman Coliseum
Mar. 23 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Mar. 25 — Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Mar. 27 — Charleston, W.V. @ Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
Mar. 29 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met Philadelphia
Mar. 30 — Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
Mar. 31 — National Harbor, Md. @ The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Apr. 04 — Lowell, Mass. @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
Apr. 07 — Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada @ Scotiabank Centre
Apr. 11 — Laval, Quebec, Canada @ Place Bell