World Wide Blitz Tour

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World Wide Blitz Tour
Concert by Judas Priest
Location Europe
North America
Associated album Point of Entry
Start date 13 February 1981 (1981-02-13)
End date 14 December 1981 (1981-12-14)
Legs 5
No. of shows 114 (115 scheduled)
Judas Priest concert chronology

The World Wide Blitz Tour was a 1981 concert tour by British heavy metal band Judas Priest where the band toured in Europe and North America from 13 February to 14 December 1981 in support of the album Point of Entry.

Overview[edit]

Europe (first leg)[edit]

For the first European leg of the tour, the band was supported by "Saxon", who were promoting their album, "Strong Arm of the Law."

North American Leg[edit]

Savoy Brown supported the band for the first month of the leg until the end of May. Iron Maiden, who were promoting their album Killers, supported the band after that. Humble Pie would be co-headline all of the June dates with Priest and Maiden. Whitesnake would then be the co-headliner throughout most of the July dates. Joe Perry opened a couple of the later shows in July.

The only official Judas Priest track recorded during this tour, a performance of "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" from a show at Palladium in New York City, is featured on the "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" single released in February 1984. The same track is found on the Metalogy box set.

Europe (final leg)[edit]

The final European leg was supported by Def Leppard, who were promoting their album, High 'n' Dry, and Accept.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Setlist[edit]

The setlist varied throughout the tour. The European leg had a setlist of:[2]

  1. "Hell Bent For Leather"
  2. "The Ripper"
  3. "Diamonds & Rust" (Joan Baez cover)
  4. "Grinder"
  5. "Sinner"
  6. "Breaking the Law"
  7. "Beyond the Realms of Death"
  8. "Troubleshooter"
  9. "Metal Gods"
  10. "Hot Rockin'"
  11. "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise"
  12. "Victim of Changes"
  13. "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  14. "Living After Midnight"
  15. "Tyrant"

The typical setlist for the North American leg and second European leg

  1. "Solar Angels"
  2. "Heading Out to the Highway"
  3. "Diamonds ^ Rust" (Replaced by "Metal Gods" on second European leg)
  4. "Troubleshooter" (Replaced by "Hell Bent for Leather" after 6 May 1981)
  5. "Breaking the Law"
  6. "Sinner"
  7. "Beyond the Realms of Death"
  8. "Grinder"
  9. "Desert Plains"
  10. "Hot Rockin'"
  11. "You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise"
  12. "Victim of Changes"
  13. "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  14. "Living After Midnight"
  15. "Tyrant"

Also occasionally played were:

  • "United" (Played on 6 to 8 November and 12 December)
  • "Genocide" (Played on 9 July)
  • "Rapid Fire" (Played on 9 July)
  • "Exciter" (Played on 9 July)

Tour dates[edit]

Date[3] City Country Venue
Europe [A]
13 February 1981 Kerkrade Netherlands Rodahal
14 February 1981 Amsterdam Jaap Edenhal
15 February 1981 Brussels Belgium Forest National
16 February 1981 Paris France Hippodrome de Pantin
17 February 1981
18 February 1981 Ravensburg Germany Oberschwabenhalle
19 February 1981 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
20 February 1981 Sindelfingen Messehalle
21 February 1981 Dortmund Westfalenhallen
23 February 1981 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
24 February 1981 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
25 February 1981 Hanover Niedersachsenhalle
26 February 1981 Kassel Messehalle
27 February 1981 Wiesbaden Rhein-Main Halle
28 February 1981 Strasbourg France Hall Tivoli
1 March 1981 Cambrai Palais des Grottes
4 March 1981 Berlin Germany Neue Welt
6 March 1981 Kiel Sparkassen-Arena
8 March 1981 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Concert Hall
North America
1 May 1981 [B] Richfield United States Richfield Coliseum
2 May 1981 [B] Louisville Louisville Gardens
4 May 1981 [B] Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
5 May 1981 [B] Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center
6 May 1981 [B] Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
7 May 1981 [B] South Bend Morris Civic Auditorium
8 May 1981 [B] Chicago International Amphitheatre
9 May 1981 [B] Rockford Rockford Metro Center
10 May 1981 [B] Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium
12 May 1981 [B] Des Moines Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium
14 May 1981 [B] Bloomington Met Center
15 May 1981 [B] Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
16 May 1981 [B] St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
17 May 1981 [B] Kansas City Memorial Hall
19 May 1981 [B] Salt Lake City Salt Palace
21 May 1981 [B] San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
22 May 1981 [B] [C] Oakland Oakland Civic Auditorium
23 May 1981 [B] Long Beach Long Beach Arena
24 May 1981 [B] Bakersfield Bakersfield Civic Auditorium
25 May 1981 [B] San Diego SDSU Open Air Theater
27 May 1981 [B] Fresno Selland Arena
29 May 1981 [B] Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
30 May 1981 [B] Seattle Seattle Center Arena
3 June 1981 [D] [E] Las Vegas Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
4 June 1981 [D] [E] Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
5 June 1981 [D] [E] El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
6 June 1981 [D] [E] Odessa Ector County Coliseum
7 June 1981 [D] [E] Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
9 June 1981 [D] [E] McAllen La Villa Real Convention Center
10 June 1981 [D] [E] Laredo Laredo Civic Center
11 June 1981 [D] [E] San Antonio Convention Center Arena
12 June 1981 [D] [E] Austin Austin Municipal Auditorium
13 June 1981 [D] [E] Dallas Moody Coliseum
14 June 1981 [D] [E] Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
27 June 1981 [E] [F] Cleveland Agora Theatre and Ballroom
1 July 1981 [E] [F] Landover Capital Centre
2 July 1981 [E] [F] Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall
3 July 1981 [E] [F] Salisbury Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
4 July 1981 [E] [F] Norfolk Norfolk Scope
5 July 1981 [E] [F] Huntington Huntington Civic Center
7 July 1981 [E] [F] Pittsburgh Stanley Theatre
9 July 1981 [E] [F] Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach Convention Center
10 July 1981 [E] [F] Atlanta Fox Theatre
11 July 1981 [E] [F] Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
12 July 1981 [E] [F] Memphis Ellis Auditorium
14 July 1981 [E] [F] Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium
15 July 1981 [E] [F] Trotwood Hara Arena
16 July 1981 [E] [F] Johnstown Cambria County War Memorial Arena
17 July 1981 [E] [F] Buffalo Shea's Buffalo
18 July 1981 [E] [F] Rochester Rochester Auditorium
19 July 1981 [E] [F] Syracuse Landmark Theatre
21 July 1981 [E] Albany Palace Theatre
22 July 1981 [E] New York City Palladium
23 July 1981 [E]
24 July 1981 [E]
25 July 1981 [E] [G] New Haven New Haven Coliseum
26 July 1981 [E] [G] Allentown Great Allentown Fair
28 July 1981 [E] Boston Orpheum Theatre
29 July 1981 [E] Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
30 July 1981 [E] Upper Darby Tower Theater
31 July 1981 New York City Pier 84
Europe
6 November 1981 Kingston upon Hull England Hull City Hall
7 November 1981 Manchester Manchester Apollo
8 November 1981
9 November 1981 Leicester De Montfort Hall
10 November 1981 Bristol Colston Hall
11 November 1981 Cardiff Wales Sophia Gardens Pavilion
12 November 1981 Birmingham England Birmingham Odeon
13 November 1981
15 November 1981 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
16 November 1981 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
17 November 1981
18 November 1981 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
19 November 1981
20 November 1981 Crawley Crawley Leisure Centre
21 November 1981 London Hammersmith Odeon
22 November 1981
23 November 1981 Southampton Gaumont Theatre
24 November 1981 Poole Poole Arts Centre
Europe [H] [I]
27 November 1981 Wiesbaden Germany Rhein-Main Halle
28 November 1981 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
29 November 1981 Friedrichshafen Stadthalle
30 November 1981 Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle
1 December 1981 Rüsselsheim Walter-Köbel-Halle
2 December 1981 Karlsruhe Schwarzwaldhalle
3 December 1981 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
4 December 1981 Munich Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle
5 December 1981 Lausanne Switzerland Palais de Beaulieu
6 December 1981 Clermont-Ferrand France Clermont-Ferrand Sports Hall
7 December 1981 Nogent-sur-Marne Pavillon Baltard
8 December 1981 Strasbourg Hall Rhenus
9 December 1981 Lille Palias De Sports
11 December 1981 Brussels Belgium Forest National
12 December 1981 Amsterdam Netherlands Jaap Edenhal
13 December 1981 Essen Germany Grugahalle
14 December 1981 Hamburg Markthalle Hamburg
A This show was supported by Saxon
B This show was supported by Savoy Brown
C This show was supported by Ranger
D This show was supported by Humble Pie
E This show was supported by Iron Maiden
F This show was supported by Whitesnake
G This show was in supported by Joe Perry
H This show was supported by Def Leppard
I This show was in supported by Accept

Boxscore[edit]

City Venue Tickets sold Gross revenue (adjusted for inflation)
South Bend Morris Civic Auditorium 2,274[4] $55,812[4]
St. Louis Kiel Auditorium 5,700[5] $134,466[5]
Kansas City Memorial Hall 1,850[5] $41,332[5]
San Bernardino Swing Auditorium 6,655[6] $168,923[6]
Oakland Civic Auditorium 4,891[6] $133,367[6]
Long Beach Long Beach Arena 10,090[6] $238,269[6]
Portland Memorial Coliseum 6,831[7] $175,756[7]
Seattle Center Arena 6,000[7] $160,163[7]
Pittsburgh Stanley Theater 3,347[8] $89,261[8]
Johnson City Freedom Hall 4,982[8] $114,570[8]
Memphis Ellis Auditorium 3,722[8] $84,256[8]
Rochester Auditorium 2,574[9] $64,341[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Point of Entry". maddrakket.com. Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2017. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "Judas Priest - Hell Bent For Leather Live San Bernardino 1981". YouTube. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  3. ^ "WORLD WIDE BLITZ TOUR (1981)". chmetal.info. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Magazine 05-23-1981" (PDF). 
  5. ^ a b c d "Billboard Magazine 05-30-1981" (PDF). 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Billboard Magazine 06-06-1981" (PDF). 
  7. ^ a b c d "Billboard Magazine 06-13-1981" (PDF). 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Billboard Magazine 07-25-1981" (PDF). 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard Magazine 08-01-1981" (PDF).