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Whether your are a metal fan or not, it’s a good sign that Judas Priest is performing live in Halifax Nov. 2 at the Scotiabank Centre, with the opening act TBA.

One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a North American tour, the 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour. The band’s recent and highest-charting album Firepower hit #5 on the Billboard 200.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 11, 10 a.m., at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office at the Scotiabank Centre, at participating Atlantic Superstore outlets, by calling (902) 451-1221 / 1-877-451-1221 and online at ticketatlantic.com, evenko.ca and livenation.com.

Produced by Live Nation, the North American tour featuring a variety of special effects starts Sept. 8 in Reading, PA, and ends Nov. 5 in Hamilton.

According to a press release, the band formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England, touted as the birthplace of heavy metal, and changed the face of metal metal as well as defining its black leather and metal stud look.

In the 1980s Priest became a global arena headliner and one of the first metal bands to be embraced by MTV. It performed at some of the decades biggest concerts like 1985’s Live Aid. Priest’s success continued throughout the 1990s with the addition of drummer Scott Travis. In 2011 new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in and the band stole the show on American Idol.

In 2017 (and again in 2019) Judas Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recorded its latest studio album Firepower, which achieved lobal success and critical acclaim. In 2020, a fully official and authorized photographic book, Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years, was issued.

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