SAXON and BLACK STAR RIDERS have been confirmed as the support acts for JUDAS PRIEST on the British heavy metal legends' spring 2018 North American tour. The "Firepower" trek will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
"Delighted and honored to be touring the USA with our friends and legends JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON," said BLACK STAR RIDERS vocalist Ricky Warwick. "BLACK STAR RIDERS cannot wait to bring some 'Heavy Fire' to your town in 2018!"
Mar. 13 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
Mar. 18 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Mar. 20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Mar. 22 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 25 - Ottawa, ON - The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 - London, ON - Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 - Oshawa, ON - Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 30 - Orillia, ON - Casino Rama
Mar. 31 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Apr. 08 - Bloomington, IL - Grossinger Motors Arena
Apr. 10 - Casper, WY - Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 - Loveland, CO - Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 - Kent, WA - ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 - Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 - San Francisco - The Warfield
Apr. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Microsoft Theater
Apr. 24 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
Apr. 28 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 - Sugarland, TX - Smart Financial Centre
May 01 - San Antonio, TX - Freeman Coliseum
SAXON recently completed mixing its new album, "Thunderbolt", for a tentative late January release. The disc will feature the song "They Played Rock And Roll", written about and dedicated to MOTÖRHEAD.
Like 2015's "Battering Ram", SAXON's upcoming effort will feature singer Biff Byford alongside Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt on guitar, Nibbs Carter on bass and Nigel Glockler on drums.
BLACK STAR RIDERS is made up of Warwick (THIN LIZZY), guitarist Scott Gorham (THIN LIZZY), guitarist Damon Johnson (BROTHER CANE, ALICE COOPER, THIN LIZZY), bassist Robert Crane (RATT) and drummer Chad Szeliga (BREAKING BENJAMIN, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY). The band is currently on tour in support of its third studio album, "Heavy Fire", which was released earlier this year with Nuclear Blast Entertainment.