Judas Priest have told fans that their world tour next summer will be their last.
In a statement released on their official website, Judaspriest.com, the band explained that they would bow out of gigging after their ‘Epitaph’ jaunt.
“After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking its very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest has announced plans to embark on a final world tour,” the message read.
The band formed in 1969 and have released 16 studio albums. They’re widely credited as one of the definitive heavy metal bands, and have career sales of over 40 million albums.
The group have have announced the first leg of their farewell tour. So far they’re confirmed for eight festivals next summer across Europe, including Wacken festival in Germany, Hellfest in France and a headline slot at London‘s High Voltage bash on July 23.
More dates are set to be announced in the coming months.