UPDATE: 2019-02-13 today, Judas Priest announced from its facebook page the cancellation of both South African shows owing to “logistics and technical issues”. Public speculation varies between two likely reasons; one being the failure of Eskom, the national energy provider, to maintain a stable supply of electricity to the nation; the other being that Ozzy Osbourne, with whom Judas Priest are sharing many upcoming tour dates in other parts of the world, has fallen ill and resulted in a reshuffling of tour dates.
Cape Town, South Africa: a dream for many a local metalhead comes true today! Big Concerts announced this morning that two concerts by legendary British Heavy Metal band Judas Priest will take place in South Africa; including shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Judas Priest: Firepower World Tour
Still riding the momentum of a career spanning a majestic fifty years (by 2019 when the band reaches SA shores) -and with founding member Ian Hill still performing in the band- Judas Priest has never visited South Africa before. Now, on the eve of what is widely believed to be Judas Priest‘s final world tour, South Africans en masse will have an opportunity to offer a sendoff of our own. The tour is part of the Firepower album cycle; Judas Priest‘s latest offering released in 2018, and the eighteenth studio album to date.
2019 concert dates include:
More about Judas Priest
The most devout metalheads regard a chance to see Judas Priest as being offered another gulp from the Holy Grail (recalling Iron Maiden in 2016 as being a fine example of this).
To the masses, Judas Priest is probably best known today for its 1980 hit releases ‘Breaking The Law’ and ‘Living After Midnight’ from the album British Steel. Whilst British Steel already showed a tendency towards a more mainstream appeal, the 1986 album Turbo was what really put the band on the global map with its stronger “pop” sensibilities. In 1988 the band returned to more “metal” values, ditching the synthesizer on Ram It Down.
1990 Signaled a mighty landmark to Heavy Metal with Painkiller; an album which even today continues to inspire generations of extreme players everywhere! Many excellent albums have been released in the interim, although this year’s Firepower is measuring up to be another monument. Firepower indeed lives up to expectation in every way, cementing Judas Priest‘s status as a timeless ode to all things Heavy Metal.
To date, Judas Priest has won many awards, including a Grammy Award.