Operation Rock & Roll

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Operation Rock & Roll
Tour by Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Dangerous Toys and Metal Church
Start date 9 July 1991
End date 19 August 1991
No. of shows 31

Operation Rock & Roll was a 1991 concert tour featuring Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Dangerous Toys and Metal Church. It ran from 9 July 1991 until 19 August 1991 in the United States and Canada. This tour was in honor of the US forces involved in Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War. This would also be Judas Priest's final tour with Rob Halford until 2004.

Judas Priest continued to tour in support of Painkiller with Alice Cooper supporting Hey Stoopid, Motörhead supporting 1916, Dangerous Toys supporting Hellacious Acres and Metal Church supporting The Human Factor.[1]

Rob Halford incident[edit]

On the 19 August 1991 show in Toronto, the last date of the tour, an incident occurred when Rob Halford was to make his entrance onstage from behind the drum riser on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle as the band were set to perform, when Halford crashed into it, breaking his nose in the process. He was left unconscious as "Hell Bent for Leather" was being performed. Crew members struggled to search for Halford in the heavy induced fog, not knowing where he is. After a short while, Glenn Tipton stumbled upon him on the ground and was assisted by the crew members. He regained consciousness afterwards and finished the show with a plaster on the bridge of his nose. After the show, he was transferred to the local medical clinic where he was treated for a concussion.[2]

In the 2004 Reunited documentary, Tipton discussed the incident, "That time when Rob made his entrance on the bike, it was so much dry ice and smoke and pyrotechnics that the actual center of the stage got stuck. It didn't go up all the way, 'cause we -- Rob went down on the ramp on the bike, and, so lucky, he'd actually just caught the top of his head, you know, I mean it could've literally have killed him. And it knocked him off. So we started the number not knowing what had gone on because there was so much dry ice and smoke, until I stepped on Rob, [Laughs] I actually stepped on Rob, 'What's this? On the stage', you know, 'some Priest prop.' And it was Rob and he was stunned so we played the first song which was, I'm not sure whether it was "Electric Eye" or, without him and uh, anyway, true to professional form he rallied around and joined us on stage in the second number."[3]


Metal Church setlist:

  1. "Date with Poverty"
  2. "The Human Factor"
  3. "Fake Healer"
  4. "In Mourning"
  5. "Badlands"
  6. "Start the Fire"
  7. "In Harm's Way"
  8. "Metal Church"

Dangerous Toys:

  1. "Sportin' A Woody"
  2. "Sticks & Stones"
  3. "Sugar, Leather & The Nail"
  4. "Line' Em Up"
  5. "Gimmie No Lip"
  6. "Scared"
  7. "Teas'n Pleas'n"

Motörhead setlist:

  1. "Going to Brazil"
  2. "Ace of Spades"
  3. "Love Me Forever"
  4. "Traitor"
  5. "Angel City"
  6. "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)"
  7. "I'll Be Your Sister"
  8. "No Voices in the Sky"
  9. "The One to Sing the Blues"
  10. "Killed by Death"
  11. "Doctor Rock"
  12. "R.A.M.O.N.E.S."
  13. "Orgasmatron"
  14. "Just 'Cos You Got the Power"
  15. "Metropolis"
  16. "Bomber"

Alice Cooper setlist:

  1. "Hey Stoopid"
  2. "Under My Wheels"
  3. "Only Women Bleed"
  4. "I'm Eighteen"
  5. "Trash"
  6. "I Love the Dead / Devil's Food / Steven / Black Widow Jam"
  7. "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
  8. "Poison"
  9. "Sick Things"
  10. "Billion Dollar Babies"
  11. "Go to Hell"
  12. "Feed My Frankenstein"
  13. "Love's a Loaded Gun"
  14. "School's Out"
  15. "Cold Ethyl"
  16. "Bed of Nails"
  17. "Elected"
  18. "Guitar Solo"
  19. "Snakebite"

Judas Priest setlist:

  1. "Hell Bent for Leather"
  2. "Heading Out to the Highway"
  3. "The Hellion"
  4. "Electric Eye"
  5. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez cover) (Dropped after July 14, 1991)
  6. "All Guns Blazing"
  7. "Metal Gods"
  8. "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll"
  9. "The Ripper"
  10. "Night Crawler"
  11. "A Touch of Evil"
  12. "Painkiller"
  13. "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  14. "Breaking the Law"
  15. "Living After Midnight"
  16. "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"

"Turbo Lover" and "Victim Of Changes" were also occasionally performed.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
9 July 1991 Salt Lake City, Utah United States Salt Palace
11 July 1991 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
12 July 1991
13 July 1991 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
14 July 1991 Sacramento, California Cal Expo Amphitheatre
16 July 1991 Morrison, Colorado Red Rocks Amphitheatre
19 July 1991 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Five Seasons Center
20 July 1991 Tinley Park, Illinois World Music Theater
21 July 1991 Antioch, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
23 July 1991 Tampa, Florida USF Sun Dome
24 July 1991 Orlando, Florida Orlando Arena
25 July 1991 Atlanta, Georgia Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
27 July 1991 Houston, Texas The Summit
28 July 1991 Dallas, Texas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
30 July 1991 Charlotte, North Carolina Blockbuster Pavilion
31 July 1991 Raleigh, North Carolina Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
2 August 1991 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheater
3 August 1991 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre
4 August 1991 Merrillville, Indiana Star Plaza Theatre
6 August 1991 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
7 August 1991 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
8 August 1991 Weedsport, New York Cayuga County Fair Speedway
9 August 1991 East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena
10 August 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum
11 August 1991 Bristol, Connecticut Lake Compounce
13 August 1991 Old Orchard Beach, Maine The Ball Park
14 August 1991 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods
15 August 1991 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
16 August 1991 Middletown, New York Orange County Fair Speedway
17 August 1991 Montréal, Québec Canada Montreal Forum
19 August 1991 Toronto, Ontario CNE Grandstand


  1. ^ "OPERATION ROCK'N'ROLL TOUR (1991)". chmetal.info. 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ "[HQ] Judas Priest - Accident - Toronto 1991 (Halford Falls From His Motorcycle) [Very Rare Video]". YouTube. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Judas Priest - Reunited Tour Documentary 2004 (Part 3)". YouTube. Retrieved 1 March 2017.