Legendary Iron Maiden have been on tour for more than 2 years now after the release of their last studio album. Iron Maiden celebrated the success of the album with a world tour with a phenomenal production. On the other side, Judas Priest released a successful record titled ‘Firepower’ which cracked billboards and other charts worldwide. Judas Priest have been on tour for more than a year since the release of the record. Priest main songwriter Glenn Tipton hasn’t joined the band live for more than a few dates since last year. It’s interesting to hear that there’s a possibility of an epic tour featuring Iron Maiden and Judas Priest along with thrash legends Testament.
Our folks at Metal Addicts have heard from the “anonymous source” that IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST are planning to embark on a U.S. tour next year. Support acts expected are TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, and THE RAVEN AGE.
No dates have been announced thus far, but the trek is tentatively titled “The Metal Legions Tour”. It will include performances at arenas and amphitheaters taking place in the spring and summer of next year.
Interestingly, the rumors of this giant tour package come days after JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill talked about a possible collaboration with IRON MAIDEN:
“It will come. Eventually, there will come a time when maybe you aren’t able to perform to your optimum or high standards anyway, and you have to admit to yourself that you’ve got to do other things. There will come a time, but for us, it’s not yet. I can see the reasons why they’re doing it, but we’re enjoying it too much at the moment to consider quitting!”
Ian was also quoted as saying:
“There’s always the big question of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. That would be really interesting if we could get that together before some of us die. It’d be great! [Laughs] There are a lot of other bands we’ve played with. We’ve got Uriah Heep, specials guests on this tour. I was a fan of Uriah Heep way back in the day. They go back at least as long as we do, if not a bit further You run into these people over the years. We’ve played with quite a few of them, but we’ve got to get together with Iron Maiden.”