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The Metal Masters Tour Dates Announced, Members Of Judas Priest, Motorhead & Testament Comment On The Tour

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After weeks of speculation, Live Nation has finally confirmed a killer package that is bound to go down as the heavy metal event of 2008 — JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT will be touring together for the first time.

Dubbed "The Metal Masters Tour", the fifteen-date U.S. trek kicks off August 6 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning this weekend at www.livenation.com.

JUDAS PRIEST will be supporting their epic concept album, "Nostradamus", arriving June 17 via Epic Records, which tells the tale of the renowned 16th century prophet. A few tracks from "Nostradamus" will make their in-concert debut on "The Metal Masters Tour", but the majority of PRIEST's set list will include some of metal's all-time classics, as well as fan favorites that span the quintet's entire career. Without a doubt, this will be one of PRIEST's most powerful sets ever.

HEAVEN AND HELL will be supporting the release of "The Rules Of Hell", a five-CD boxed set available July 22 from Rhino Records, which features re-mastered versions of all four Dio-era BLACK SABBATH albums ("Heaven and Hell", "Mob Rules", "Live Evil" and "Dehumanizer") in a deluxe package with new liner notes.

Perennial road rats MOTÖRHEAD will be offering a blistering barnstormer of a set spanning more than three decades of molar-rattling biker metal. A new studio album — the 20th of their storied career — is currently being recorded at their old pal Dave Grohl's studio with an August release date targeted. Frontman Lemmy, named by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper as "the nation's greatest living Englishman," blairs out, "Here it comes everybody, the test of your Metalness in 2008 and the years to come! Come one come all and be abused!"

Rounding out the line-up will be legendary thrash metal titans TESTAMENT, whose new album, "The Formation of Damnation", (April 29) displays TESTAMENT as the quintessential modern heavy metal band, whose experience and accumulated skill allows them to attack with reserves of anger, energy and finesse that make them more powerful than ever. Lead singer Chuck Billy says, "Uniting these bands is the heavy metal event of generations. We are so proud to be a part of it."

Although all four bands may represent different subgenres of heavy metal, all four have one thing in common – they have stuck to their stylistic guns through thick and thin, and have remained true to the metal form. And soon, band and fan will be united as one on "The Metal Masters Tour".

"As ever, we look forward to screaming out loud with our metal maniac fans when we hit the road," enthuses PRIEST singer Rob Halford. "Thank you once again for your devotion and support. The PRIEST is back!"

This tour will be limited to fifteen very special engagements, and Citi cardmembers will have pre-sale access to tickets through Citi's Private Pass Program, available to all Citi cardmembers at www.privatepass.citi.com.

Metal maniacs seeking the ultimate concert experience can access unique VIP ticket and fan experience packages that offer premium seats, meet & greets, pre-concert parties and more brought to you by the bands' official websites. VIP packages for the first events will be on sale by 10 a.m eastern time on Friday, April 25. Also, not all VIP packages are the same, so be sure to pick the right one that suits you best.

According to LiveNation.com, the following dates have been confirmed for the trek:

Aug. 06 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug. 07 - Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, VA
Aug. 09 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 10 - Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
Aug. 13 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Aug. 16 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 18 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
Aug. 19 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Aug. 22 - Superpages.com Amphitheatre - Dallas, TX
Aug. 23 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX
Aug. 24 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
Aug. 27 - Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 28 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30 - Glen Helen Pavilion - San Bernardino, CA
Aug. 31 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA

The following "The Metal Masters Tour" dates are being listed on JUDAS PRIEST's "Tunewidget", but are not part of the official Live Nation press release:

Aug. 15 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Sep. 01 - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas, NV

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Public Execution writes:

Goddamnit, that's not coming very close to me. I think I will have to make the trip to Chicago, I don't want to miss this tour.

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2. FocusShift writes:

August 16th, I am so pumped.

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3. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

f*** YEAH!!!!
FINALLY A TOUR WORTH GOING TO LOL...
not to mention this is only less than a half hour from where i live...

# Apr 21, 2008 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

why does every goddamn tour skip charlotte nc.? fuk, we need metal here. we are being deprived due to christian oppression. please save us!!!!

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5. Aria 51 writes:

Do they never come to Atlanta???f***!!

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6. xxx-VADER-xxx writes:

wow... no denver. i am dying to see motorhead. dont like any of the others though...

# Apr 21, 2008 @ 6:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. E-Rock writes:

I'm with you VADER, I would kill to see Motorhead. To bad they're not coming anywhere close to Louisville.

# Apr 21, 2008 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Metal213 writes:

This tour is an all metal tour that can't be missed

# Apr 22, 2008 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. take back metal writes:

all u new jersey-ians(that live close to PNC)

tickets go on sale april 26(saturday) at 10 in the morning

guess who is going to wait at a ticketmaster at 8:30 in the morning....MEEE


i got money for VIP at the gates tickets, i think im gonna try and save some money for arch enemy and dark tranquillity and then this tour


and thats my shows for the summer

kreator said they arent coming to the states for at least a year so...no worries about a starland/bbking show anytime sooon

and hatesphere and dew-scented....they never play here so

the haunted probably wont come till september / october

carcass..........who knows


and summer slaughter....please give me a break......if i wanted to hear 26 variations of a breakdown i could easily plug in my guitar and chug for 2 hours...vader and kataklysm ...i can wait for a better tour

# Apr 22, 2008 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Skate-or-Die writes:

What a phucken tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Apr 22, 2008 @ 5:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. homemikey writes:

If you're waiting for tickets for PNC to go on sale Saturday, April 26—good luck!
The Citi presale went up yesterday, and by the time we got through at 10:02 am, there was only upper-tier Sec 300s left. We got 'em, because they went fast and I don't want to miss out on Priest/Heaven & Hell/Motorhead.
This show should be the icing on the cake for 2008—Maiden at Izod (and again at PNC!), Van Halen next month, and Metal Masters in August. Ahhhhhhh, it's like I'm a kid again. I thought turning 40 would suck, but so far, this touring season has made it incredible... Ready for the next 40—I'll be keeping Metal alive for as long as I'm alive!!!

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12. Txmetalhead writes:

That is awesome, dude. Yes, 2008 seems like a very strong year for metal!

# Apr 24, 2008 @ 4:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. NERGAL writes:

AND MEXICO?

# Apr 25, 2008 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Kalis_wrath writes:

Odd they dont have a Wa or an Or date. I hope more will be added!

# Apr 25, 2008 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. darenloster writes:

Hi everyone - greetings from the north ! Metal masters tour is good news indeed.

# Apr 26, 2008 @ 9:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. MetalMatt writes:

I don't know what's wrong with NC brandedcfh420, but all the Christians in my area are stoked about this tour. It's the fu cking muslims we have to worry about. They are still into that rap metal crap. The losers...

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17. Jackrum writes:

Nice line up

# Apr 27, 2008 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. TornAngel333 writes:

Freakin sweet bands.... Hell yeah august 28th>;>;>; I will not miss this show. Sorry to every one who the show isn't close to.... sux 4 U!!!!

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19. ~juggernaut~ writes:

what the hell! yeah it's cool for all you snow birds to come to florida for vacation but you dont bring no shows down here. it's always up north!!!

# May 15, 2008 @ 10:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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