Judas Priest will kick off a North American club and theater tour Jan. 17 at Las Vegas' House of Blues. The veteran U.K. heavy metal act, whose Japanese tour plays Osaka's Kouseinenkin Hall tonight (D

Judas Priest will kick off a North American club and theater tour Jan. 17 at Las Vegas' House of Blues. The veteran U.K. heavy metal act, whose Japanese tour plays Osaka's Kouseinenkin Hall tonight (Dec. 12), will close out its 2001 touring with a Dec. 19 performance at London's Brixton Academy.

The group is out in support of its Atlantic debut, "Demolition," its second studio album with Tim "Ripper" Owens as lead singer. The album debuted at No. 165 on The Billboard 200 in August, a few weeks before the opening of "Rock Star," a film loosely based on Owens' rise from singer in a Judas Priest cover band to his big-time gig as the replacement for departed Priest frontman Rob Halford.

Here is Judas Priest's confirmed tour schedule:

Dec. 12: Osaka, Japan (Kouseinenkin Hall)
Dec. 14: Nagoya, Japan (Diamond Hall)
Dec. 15: Fukuoka, Japan (Zepp)
Dec. 19: London (Brixton Academy)
Jan. 17: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Jan. 18: Universal City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheatre)
Jan. 19: San Francisco (Warfield)
Jan. 23: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
Jan. 26: Dallas (Deep Ellum Live)
Jan. 27: Houston (Aerial Theatre at Bayou Palace)
Jan. 29: New Orleans (House of Blues)
Jan. 30: Jacksonville, Fla. (Edge 2000)
Feb. 1: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
Feb. 2: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
Feb. 3: Boynton Beach, Fla. (Orbit)
Feb. 4: Atlanta (DeKalb Atlanta Center)
Feb. 6: Cincinnati (Bogart's)
Feb. 7: Chicago (Riviera Theatre)
Feb. 8: Milwaukee (Eagles Ballroom)
Feb. 9: Cleveland (Agora Theatre)
Feb. 10: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
Feb. 12: Toronto (Docks)
Feb. 14: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Feb. 15: New York (Roseland Ballroom)
Feb. 16: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Feb. 17: Washington, D.C. (Nation)
Feb. 19: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)

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