Judas Priest are celebrating after their new album Firepower has proved to be a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
It crashed into the UK Official Album Chart Top 100 at no.5 – making it their first top 10 entry in the UK since British Steel which made it to no.4 back in 1980.
The news comes after frontman Rob Halford said in a new interview that he fully believed Priest would make it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame one day after they missed out on a place this year.
The vocalist tells Fox News: “It was a thrill to be nominated. We appreciate and understand what it represents to go into that great institution – it sends a wonderful signal to people.
“And the fact that we didn’t make it? It was a bit disappointing – and we feel heavy metal should be represented more in the Hall Of Fame. But I think we will make it there eventually.
“We will. Next time around, fingers crossed, we’ll make it to the hallowed halls and they’ll find a spot on the shelf to put Judas Priest.”
Priest are currently on tour across North America and will return to the UK for a headline performance at Bloodstock in August. Find further details below.
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Judas Priest 2018 Firepower tour dates
Mar 20: Newark Prudential Center, NJ
Mar 22: Uncasville Mogehan Sun Arena, CT
Mar 25: Ottawa The Arena At TD Place, ON
Mar 27: London Budweiser Gardens, ON
Mar 28: Oshawa Tribute Communities Centre, ON
Mar 30: Rama Casino Rama, ON
Mar 31: Detroit Masonic Temple, MI
Apr 03: Milwaukee Riverside Theater, WI
Apr 05: Green Bay Resch Center, WI
Apr 08: Bloomington Grossinger Motors Arena, IL
Apr 10: Casper Events Center, WY
Apr 11: Loveland Budweiser Events Center, CO
Apr 15: Kent ShoWare Center, WA
Apr 17: Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, OR
Apr 19: San Francisco The Warfield, CA
Apr 22: Los Angeles Microsoft Theatre, CA
Apr 24: Phoenix Comercia Theatre, AZ
Apr 26: Tulsa BOK Center, OK
Apr 28: Dallas Bomb Factory, TX
Apr 29: Sugarland Smart Financial Centre, TX
May 01: San Antonio Freeman Coliseum, TX
Jul 19: Athens Rockwave Festival, Greece
Jul 21: Plovdiv Hills Of Rock Festival, Poland
Jul 31: Munich Zenith, Germany
Aug 08: Dortmund Westfallenhalle, Germany
Aug 10: Bloodstock Festival, UK