Judas Priest has announced the start of their new 2011 tour. This tour will be their farewell tour. This is not the end of the band; Priest say that they just won't be doing anymore world tours, but they will go out with a bang!

"We’re pulling out all the stops,” says Rob Halford. “We've built a brand new stage set, we've got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”

Check out the tour details and an ACOUSTIC version of my favorite Judas Priest song after the jump.

Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society will share the stage with Judas Priest for their final tour. Priest introduced Richie Faulkner to the media on Tuesday. Faulkner will be the new guitarist. Faulkner will follow the shadows of the recently retired K.K. Downing. This should be a pretty awesome tour. I am going to try to make the Houston show. Tickets can be purchased at TicketMaster.com  (Tickets not available for purchase yet) Check out dates and locations below.

Judas Priest
Epitaph Tour
2011 North American leg

Oct 12 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Oct 14 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
Oct 15 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 16 – Allen, TX – Allen Event Center
Oct 18 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater
Oct 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Oct 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AZ State Fair
Oct 22 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Oct 23 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheater
Oct 26 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Oct 29 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Oct 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov 01 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Center
Nov 02 – Calgary, AB – ScotiaBank Saddledome
Nov 04 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Nov 05 – Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
Nov 12 – Chicago, IL – The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
Nov 13 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Nov 18 – East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center

This is my favorite song by Priest and I just love the acoustic version! What song do you love by Judas Priest?

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