Judas Priest has been quite busy lately, when they aren’t pounding the world like a battering ram, or forging the furnace for the final grand slam, they are being legendary.

Finally, this year, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the third nomination, the band is celebrating 50 years of existence.

Incredible given the constantly changing trends in music.

Few things have remained constant… Judas Priest and their legions of metal fans around the world.

Judas Priest frontman and legendary vocalist Rob Halford had this to say:

“Defending the heavy metal faith for 50 years, the Priest is back.”

While guitarist Glenn Tipton added:

“Time to don the leather and studs and roll out the Priest Machine.”

Bassist Ian Hill said:

“After the horrific last few years of restrictions we’ve all had to endure, what better place to break free, than the land of the free.”

Recently, the band released, Reflections: 50 Heavy Metal Years of Music featuring some classics and live renditions of songs such as “Running Wild,” “Sinner,” and “Victim of Changes.”

It has been a huge year for the band…

“Third time’s the charm,” Halford said in an interview, about their induction. “We left the launchpad and now we’re headed to the hallowed halls. It’s a great day for Judas Priest and a great day for heavy metal.”

“It’s a validation, more than anything else, of the importance and the relevance of Judas Priest. For 50 years we’ve been doing this. To have this opportunity as we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary is just a beautiful thing. It couldn’t have happened at a better time,” he added. “It’s definitely a validation of Priest and the importance of heavy metal music. I’ve been championing the need for more heavy metal in the Hall of Fame.”

Judas Priest’s ’50 Heavy Metal Years’ Tour Dates

Oct. 13 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale
Oct. 15 – Albany, NY @ MVP Arena
Oct. 16 – Boston, MA @ MGM Music Hall Fenway
Oct. 18 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans
Oct. 19 – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Oct. 21 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
Oct. 22 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
Oct. 25 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
Oct. 27 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center Theater
Oct. 29 – Moline, IL @ TaxSlayer Center Moline
Oct. 30 – Mankato, MN @ Mayo Clinic Event Center
Nov. 1 – Sioux City, IA @ Tyson Events Center
Nov. 2 – Rapid City, SD @ The Monument
Nov. 7 – Ontario, CA @ Toyota Center
Nov. 8 – Tucson, AZ @ TCC Arena
Nov. 10 – Loveland, CO @ Budweiser Events Center
Nov. 12 – Park City (Wichita), KS @ Hartman Arena
Nov. 13 – St. Charles, MO @ The Family Arena
Nov. 15 – Corbin, KY @ The Corbin Arena
Nov. 17 – Southaven, MS @ Landers Center
Nov. 18 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Raising Canes River Center
Nov. 20 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Paycom Center
Nov. 22 & 23 – San Antonio, TX @ Tech Port Center & Arena
Nov. 25 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
Nov. 26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street
Nov. 28 – Edinburg, TX @ Burt Ogden Arena
Nov. 29 – Houston, TX @ 713 Music Hall