World Wide Blitz Tour

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World Wide Blitz Tour
Concert by Judas Priest
Associated album Point of Entry
Start date 13 February 1981
End date 14 December 1981
No. of shows 110
Judas Priest concert chronology

The World Wide Blitz Tour was a 1981 concert tour by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. In support of their Point of Entry album, the tour ran from 13 February to 14 December, comprising 110 dates in Europe and the United States. The first European leg was supported by Saxon, the American leg by Iron Maiden, and the second European leg by Def Leppard and Accept.[1]

It was also the first time songs from British Steel were performed in England, aside from their August 16th, 1980 performance at Castle Donington for the Monsters of Rock festival.

The only official Judas Priest track recorded during this tour, a performance of "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown)" from a July 1981 show at the 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.

According to a blog post from a fan named Scott Carr, he said that both Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were scheduled to perform in Huntington, West Virginia during the North American leg of the tour, but was cancelled due to "lack of interest, low ticket sales." He added, "I was crushed. Luckily though, they would return to Huntington a year later, again with Iron Maiden as their opening act."[2]

Setlist[edit]

For Judas Priest: from 5/23/81 in San Bernardino [3]

  1. Solar Angels
  2. Heading out to the Highway
  3. Diamonds & Rust
  4. Hell Bent for Leather
  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 Pronged Crown)

Encores:

  1. Living After Midnight
  2. Tyrant

For Iron Maiden: from 7/22/81 in New York City

  1. The Ides of March/Sanctuary
  2. Wrathchild
  3. Killers
  4. Another Life
  5. Running Free
  6. Phantom of the Opera
  7. Iron Maiden

Encore:

  1. Drifter

Tour dates[edit]

[4]

Date City Country Venue
European Leg #1
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 Paris Bataclan
18 February 1981 Ravensburg Germany Oberschwabenhalle
19 February 1981 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
20 February 1981 Sindelfingen Messehalle
21 February 1981 Dortmund Westfalenhalle
23 February 1981 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
24 February 1981 Ludwigshafen am Rhein 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
6 March 1981 Kiel Germany Ostseehalle
8 March 1981 Stockholm Sweden Konserthuset
North American Leg
4 May 1981 Columbus, Ohio United States Veterans Memorial Auditorium
9 May 1981 Rockford, Illinois MetroCentre
14 May 1981 Bloomington, Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center
15 May 1981 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
16 May 1981 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium
17 May 1981 Kansas City, Kansas Memorial Hall
23 May 1981 San Bernardino, California Swing Auditorium
24 May 1981 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
25 May 1981 San Diego, California SDSU Open Air Theater
29 May 1981 Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum
30 May 1981 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Arena
3 June 1981 Paradise, Nevada Aladdin Hotel
4 June 1981 Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
5 June 1981 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum
6 June 1981 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
7 June 1981 Lubbock, Texas Memorial Coliseum
8 June 1981 McAllen, Texas Villa Real
9 June 1981 Laredo, Texas Laredo Civic Center
10 June 1981 San Antonio, Texas HemisFair Arena
11 June 1981 University Park, Texas Moody Coliseum
13 June 1981 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum
14 June 1981 Odessa, Texas Ector County Coliseum
21 June 1981 Chicago International Amphitheater
27 June 1981 Cleveland, Ohio Agora Theater
28 June 1981 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
1 July 1981 Asbury Park, New Jersey Asbury Park Convention Hall
2 July 1981 Salisbury, Maryland Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
3 July 1981 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
4 July 1981 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Stanley Theatre
7 July 1981 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Myrtle Beach Convention Center
9 July 1981 Atlanta Fox Theater
10 July 1981 Johnson City, Tennessee Freedom Hall
11 July 1981 Memphis, Tennessee North Hall Auditorium
12 July 1981 Trotwood, Ohio Hara Arena
15 July 1981 Johnstown, Pennsylvania Cambria County War Memorial Arena
16 July 1981 Buffalo, New York Shea's Theater
17 July 1981 Rochester, New York Auditorium Theater
18 July 1981 Syracuse, New York Landmark Theatre
19 July 1981 Albany, New York Palace Theatre
21 July 1981 New York City Palladium
22 July 1981
23 July 1981
24 July 1981
25 July 1981 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
26 July 1981 Allentown, Pennsylvania Great Allentown Fair
28 July 1981 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theater
29 July 1981 Baltimore, Maryland Civic Center
30 July 1981 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tower Theater
31 July 1981 New York City Pier 84
UK Leg
6 November 1981 Hull, England United Kingdom Hull City Hall
7 November 1981 Manchester, England Manchester Apollo
8 November 1981
9 November 1981 Leicester, England De Montfort Hall
10 November 1981 Bristol, England Colston Hall
11 November 1981 Cardiff, Wales Sophia Gardens
12 November 1981 Birmingham, England Birmingham Odeon
13 November 1981
15 November 1981 Glasgow, Scotland Apollo Theatre
16 November 1981 Newcastle, England Newcastle City Hall
17 November 1981
18 November 1981 Sheffield, England Sheffield City Hall
19 November 1981
20 November 1981 Crawley, England Crawley Leisure Centre
21 November 1981 London Hammersmith Odeon
22 November 1981
23 November 1981 Southampton, England Gaumont Theatre
24 November 1981 Poole, England Poole Arts Centre
European Leg #2
27 November 1981 Wiesbaden Germany Rhein-Main Halle
28 November 1981 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
29 November 1981 Esslingen am Neckar 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
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived 23 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "February 26, 1981 Judas Priest Release Point Of Entry - by Scott Carr". pencilstorm.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Judas Priest - Hell Bent For Leather Live San Bernardino 1981". YouTube. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  4. ^ "WORLD WIDE BLITZ TOUR (1981)". chmetal.info. Retrieved 4 April 2017.