|US tour by Judas Priest, Motörhead, Heaven & Hell and Testament|
|Start date||August 6, 2008|
|End date||August 31, 2008|
|No. of shows||17|
The Metal Masters Tour was a short 2008 American and Canadian concert tour featuring Judas Priest, Motörhead, Heaven & Hell, and Testament.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, with 70% of citizens residing within 100 kilometres (62 mi) of the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
A concert tour is a series of concerts by an artist or group of artists in different cities, countries or locations. Often concert tours are named to differentiate different tours by the same artist and to associate a specific tour with a particular album or product. Especially in the popular music world, such tours can become large-scale enterprises that last for several months or even years, are seen by hundreds of thousands or millions of people, and bring in millions of dollars in ticket revenues. A performer who embarks on a concert tour is called a touring artist.
Heaven & Hell, Motörhead, Judas Priest, and Testament took part in the three-week arena tour to support the albums The Rules of Hell , Motörizer , Nostradamus , and The Formation of Damnation respectively.
The Rules of Hell is a collection of four albums by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath featuring Ronnie James Dio on vocals in remastered form. The albums included in the set are:
Motörizer is the 19th studio album by the band Motörhead, released on 26 August 2008, their eleventh and last on the Steamhammer label.
Nostradamus is the sixteenth studio album by English heavy metal band Judas Priest, focusing on the 16th-century writer Nostradamus. It is a double album and the band's first concept album. it was originally intended to be released in late 2006 before being pushed back to a 2007 release, and was finally released in June 2008 on Epic Records. It is the band's final album to feature K. K. Downing, before his retirement.
|August 6, 2008||Camden, New Jersey||United States||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|August 7, 2008||Bristow, Virginia||Nissan Pavilion|
|August 9, 2008||Holmdel, New Jersey||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|August 10, 2008||Wantagh, New York||Nikon at Jones Beach|
|August 12, 2008||Hamburg, New York||Erie County Fair|
|August 13, 2008||Toronto, Ontario||Canada||Molson Amphitheatre|
|August 15, 2008||Uncasville, Connecticut||United States||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|August 16, 2008||Burgettstown, Pennsylvania||Post-Gazette Pavilion|
|August 18, 2008||Clarkston, Michigan||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|August 19, 2008||Tinley Park, Illinois||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre|
|August 21, 2008||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||OKC Zoo Amphitheatre|
|August 22, 2008||Dallas, Texas||Superpages.com Amphitheatre|
|August 23, 2008||The Woodlands, Texas||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion|
|August 24, 2008||Selma, Texas||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre|
|August 27, 2008||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Journal Pavilion|
|August 28, 2008||Phoenix, Arizona||Cricket Wireless Pavilion|
|August 30, 2008||Devore, California||San Manuel Amphitheater|
|August 31, 2008||Mountain View, California||Shoreline Amphitheatre|
Note: 4 other songs varied from show to show, including "Electric Crown" and "Practice What You Preach"
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