Looking into the future

01.jpgNot exactly the best-kept secret in metal, Judas Priest has a big summer planned, what with the impending release of Nostradamus and extensive touring afoot.

In talking with lead singer Rob Halford on Friday, there is still no release date scheduled for the new record, which Halford calls “a massive endeavor.” He did say, though, that the album should be out before the band starts its summer tour, and that begins June 3 in Finland.

As far as a setlist goes, Halford did give leak some details.

“There’ll be a handful of songs that we always play for the fans, but there will be a lot of material that we’ve not played much before or put in our show for awhile,” says Halford.

And where do things stand with Nostradamus?

“We’re in the final mixing, and then we’ll rush off to do masters,” he says.

Watch for a podcast of my interview with Halford at www.goldminemag.com, and read Goldmine’s metal issue, dated May 9, for a story on Halford.

Below are tour dates. For more information on what’s happening with Priest or Halford’s projects outside the band, check out judaspriest.com/ or visit www.RobHalford.com, www.HalfordMerchandise.com, www.HalfordMusic.com, or www.myspace.com/robhalford

JUNE 2008          
 3rd     ICEHALL, HELSINKI, FINLAND     
 5th     SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL/SOLVESBORG, SWEDEN     
 7th     TRONDHEIM ROCK FESTIVAL/TRONDHEIM, NORWAY     
 8th     BERGENSHALL, BERGEN, NORWAY     
 11th     ROCKHAL, LUXEMBOURG     
 13th     DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, U.K.     
 15th     NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL/ VIENNA, AUSTRIA     
 16th     INCHEBA/BRATISLAVIA, SLOVAKIA     
 17th     CEZ ARENA, OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC     
 20th     KOBETASONIK FESTIVAL/BILBAO, SPAIN     
 22nd     TBA     
 23rd     PHILIPSHALLE, DUSSELDORF, GERMANY     
 24th     ZENITH, MUNICH, GERMANY      
 25th     NATIONAL SPORTZENTRUM,/HUTTWIL, SWITZERLAND     
 27th     GRASPOP METAL FESTIVAL, BELGIUM     
 28th     BANG YOUR HEAD FESTIVAL, STUTTGART, GERMANY     
 29th     GODS OF METAL FESTIVAL, BOLOGNA, ITALY     
 JULY 2008          
 1st     CASTLE FESTIVAL/BELGRADE, SERBIA     
 2nd     DOM SPORTOVA, ZAGREB, CROATIA     
 3rd     LIBEREC ARENA, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC     
 5th     ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, DENMARK     
 9th     ROCKWAVE FESTIVAL/ATHENS, GREECE     
 11th     B’ESTFest AFTERSHOCK/ROMANIA, BUCHAREST     
 13th     TURKCELL KURUCEME ARENA/ISTANBUL, TURKEY

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