Could Iron Maiden And Judas Priest Be Touring Together In 2022?

Rumors are emerging of the much-anticipated “The Battle Of The Metal Gods“ tour co-headlined by British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

The tour is rumored to be taking place at U.S. arenas next year. It should be noted, however, that this information has not been officially confirmed by either band, nor their managers or associates.

This rumor first started back in May of 2019, shortly after Priest bassist Ian Hill spoke to Audio Ink about a possible collaboration with Maiden: “There’s always the big question of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. That would be really interesting if we could get that together before some of us die. It’d be great! [Laughs] There are a lot of other bands we’ve played with. We’ve got Uriah Heep, specials guests on this tour. I was a fan of Uriah Heep way back in the day. They go back at least as long as we do, if not a bit further You run into these people over the years. We’ve played with quite a few of them, but we’ve got to get together with Iron Maiden.”

Rumors resurfaced last April when Eddie Trunk “announced” that both bands would embark on a U.S. tour this year called “The Battle Of The Metal Gods“, with Lamb Of GodTestament and Metal Church as the supporting acts, and that the trek would include “as many stops as possible, including L.A., New York, Las Vegas and even Canada.” These claims were later revealed to be an April Fool’s Joke.

Iron Maiden have not issued any new music since 2015’s The Book Of Souls, but they have reportedly finished follow-up record that is due to be released later this year. Judas Priest have also been working on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2018’s Firepower.