The idea had actually been out for quite a while. Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill had already mentioned it in May 2019. Hill said it would be a cool thing to do "before some of us die". Truly, these boys have been around for quite a while... and Iron Maiden DID tour with Judas Priest ages ago, in 1980 in the UK. Priest was promoting its breakthrough album "British Steel" and Maiden was a rooky that had just published its first opus with the band's name.
At that time Priest were the established ones and Maiden were just working their way up to fame. Somewhere in the music press an attempt was made to spice it up, suggesting a rivalry and quoting a purported Maiden statement like 'Yeah, we're gonna blow the bollocks off Priest'. A fake, apparently, but it managed to ruffle a few feathers. Former Priest guitarist guitarist Ken "K.K." Downing remembers that the atmosphere in the 1980 tour was rather tense, as a consequence.
Next year, Priest was promoting its "Point of Entry" record across North America. Iron Maiden showed up again, as supporters. Again, they kind of acted up and Priest was not too happy with their "arrogant" behaviour. This story from 1981 was later featured in the autobiography of Paul Di' Anno, Iron Maiden's singer, who apologized to K.K. In 1995.
Nearly forty years later, all this is history. Yet, an interesting background for the (possible) future joint tour. In the meanwhile, Rob Halford has decided to publish an "all out" autobiography with the telltale title "Confess". "Exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic" are the words Halfor used to describe the experience of "holding nothing back". The memoirs are scheduled for publishing in October 2020.
Last but not least, Judas Priest earned its second nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 15th 2019. After missing out in 2018, hopes are now high for a favourable verdict in January 2020.
"Judas Priest’s powerful sound emanated from the powerful force of their dual guitar attack, driving riffs, soaring operatic vocals and pounding drums". This is the introduction to page dedicated to Juda's Priest in the Hall of Fame website.
Loud and Clear. Good luck, Priest!