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Metal legends Judas Priest announce tour

Also news from Thomas Rhett, Dirty Honey, Pat Benatar

Judas Priest

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 29, 2022

Heavy metal legends Judas Priest just keep on going. The band will celebrate their 50th anniversary this fall with a U.S. tour. 

The “50 Heavy Metal Years Tour” kicks off in early September, and winds its way to Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo on Oct. 21, before stopping by Masonic Temple Theatre in  Detroit on Oct. 22, and Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati on Oct. 24. 

The band actually formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England, so they’ve been together more than 50 years, but who’s counting? 

The band released their 18th studio album, Firepower, in 2018 and rumor has it they are working on new material, though it likely won’t be out before this tour. 

In a statement about the tour, the band said they will be performing a “blistering cross-section of songs from our lives in metal.” 

Queensryche will open the shows.

Rhett to close tour in Ohio

Country superstar Thomas Rhett is spending the summer on the road supporting his latest album, Where We Started

The “Bring the Bar to You Tour” will be all about having fun and singing along with hits from his six studio albums that have produced 28 charting singles, with 17 of those reaching No. 1 on the Country Airplay  chart. 

The tour will make stops at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Detroit on July 16 before returning to our region for the final show of the tour at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 15.

Dirty Honey heading back out

Having recently wrapped up the massively successful “Young Guns Tour,” which included a stop at Piere’s Entertainment Center in the Summit City, Dirty Honey has announced they will be heading back out for “The California Dreamin’ Tour,” where they will headline shows well into the fall.  

The Los Angeles-based band released their debut full-length album last year containing the hits “California Dreamin’,” “The Wire,” and “Another Last Time” after bursting on to the scene with “When I’m Gone,” which came off of their 2019 EP. 

Dirty Honey will be at Pine Knob Music Center in Detroit on Sept. 24, The House of Blues in Cleveland on Sept. 16, and The Intersection in Grand Rapids on Sept. 27. 

Dorothy and Detroit-based Mac Saturn will open the shows. 

“This tour is a statement tour, and the statement is that ‘Rock is alive and well,’ Dirty Honey said in the tour announcement.

Benatar joins state fair lineup

If you missed Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo at the Sweetwater Performance Pavilion a few weeks ago, or if you just want another chance to catch them, head down to the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 7. 

The fair made its last announcement for the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage, and it happens to be this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo. 

They join previously announced acts Travis Tritt, Chaka Khan, Kansas, KC and The Sunshine Band, and Trace Adkins on the free stage where the price of the fair admission is the only thing you will need to pay in order to enjoy some world-class entertainment.


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