|Concert by Judas Priest|
|Associated album||Point of Entry|
|Start date||13 February 1981|
|End date||14 December 1981|
|No. of shows||115 (116 scheduled)|
|Judas Priest concert chronology|
The World Wide Blitz Tour was a 1981 concert tour by English 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.
For the first European leg of the tour, the band was supported by Saxon, who were promoting their album, "Strong Arm of the Law."
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 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.
The final European leg was supported by Def Leppard, who were promoting their album, High 'n' Dry, and Accept.
The setlist varied throughout the tour. The European leg had a setlist of:
The typical setlist for the North American leg and second European leg
Also occasionally played were:
|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 [A]||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|
|3 March 1981||Hamburg||Germany||Hamburg Music Hall|
|4 March 1981||Berlin||Neue Welt|
|6 March 1981||Kiel||Sparkassen-Arena|
|8 March 1981||Stockholm||Sweden||Stockholm Concert Hall|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|City||Venue||Tickets sold||Gross revenue (adjusted for inflation)|
|South Bend||Morris Civic Auditorium||2,274||$55,812|
|St. Louis||Kiel Auditorium||5,700||$134,466|
|Kansas City||Memorial Hall||1,850||$41,332|
|San Bernardino||Swing Auditorium||6,655||$168,923|
|Long Beach||Long Beach Arena||10,090||$238,269|
|Johnson City||Freedom Hall||4,982||$114,570|
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