Judas Priest canceled his concert in Massachusetts at the last minute on Monday night (04.04.22), due to “non-COVID related illness”.
The heavy metal band was scheduled to perform at the Paul E Tsongas Arena in Lowell, but had to cancel at short notice due to a band member taking it badly.
A tweet from Priest read: “SHOW CANCELED APRIL 4th
“It is with regret that we announce that, unfortunately, tonight’s show at the Paul E Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA is canceled due to an illness unrelated to covid. We hope to be able to do this show in the near future. future. Refunds available at point of purchase.”
Clips from their concert at the Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on April 2 appear to show frontman Rob Halford struggling.
The 70-year-old singer was diagnosed with prostate cancer amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 but is in remission.
Rob has updated his autobiography ‘Confess’ to include his diagnosis to encourage men of ‘a certain age’ to get regular check-ups.
He said: “It’s in remission. I’m counting my blessings – thank God. It was a time when… You know, timing is everything in rock and roll and heavy metal. And, of course, that was happening during the pandemic – the early stages of the pandemic – so the world was completely shut down.
“Priest would have been on a bit of a break anyway, because we had just done three round-the-world trips with [Priest’s latest album] ‘Firepower’, so we were going to kind of take a break even though we were writing for the new album.
“And so I was able to do three things, really – promote [my autobiography] ‘Confess’, wrote a bit with the band before I came back [home] in Phoenix, and then settle this cancer case.”
He then urged, “It’s just a miracle what they can do with health care these days; it’s absolutely remarkable. So in my story, my main message is to guys everywhere, when you reach a certain age, it’s very important that you get your prostate checked, your blood tests, a colonoscopy.”