||JUDAS PRIEST TO EMBARK ON WORLD TOUR IN 2011
14th November 2010
Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing has revealed that the band will once again be embarking on a world tour which will begin in 2011.
It is not clear at this stage what the setlist will cover and the full message from KK is below.
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"It seems that the time has come for us to put the touring wheels in motion for our next world tour in 2011!
"It's funny but these days around about this time I can't help but reflect on the past when we had to load the touring van ourselves. Sometimes in the ice and snow, being afraid that we would get frostbites on our fingers and not be able to play the gig!
"I remember one winter we had a gig at Hull City Hall in England. We were driving in heavy snow when we hit black ice and the car hit the motorway barriers so hard that it was never able to be driven again. However, it was fortunate that a passing farmer saved the day by letting us pile into his old Land Rover and was kind enough to drive us to the gig!
"It seems just like yesterday, as they say, that we were on tour with our good friends Budgie, Accept, Warlock, AC/DC, Saxon, Pantera... to name just a few. Very good memories indeed!
"Actually, I have just received a copy of Accept's new album Blood of the Nations. And was really happy that Wolf and the boys are still creating great classic metal. I think it was back in '81 that Priest and Accept hit the road together for the first time and what a great tour that was! I really hope that we can meet up with the guys next year, at least on some of the festival dates and have a good laugh when talking about the old times.
"It was our great fortune, as time passed, to go on and tour with almost every band that you can think of. Some tours included very cool line-ups that many people may not even be aware of: e.g. Priest/Whitesnake, Iron Maiden/Priest, Scorpions/Def Leppard/Priest and UFO... and the list goes on.
"People often ask me what it's like to be on a tour and I always say the same things about it: simply it's the hardest thing that you will ever do, but you wouldn't change it for the world. The travelling becomes such a major part of your life that you actually feel like a piece of luggage yourself!
"But I must confess when you get to go to places that you have never been before like Korea, Turkey, Romania, Columbia etc. it's no surprise that you feel like the luckiest man alive. I guess mainly because for me - growing up as a kid - thinking of going to any of these places would have been pure fantasy."