Judas Priest is now bringing their "Epitaph" tour to North America. The group has a 35-date trek scheduled throughout the U.S. and Canada that extends into early December. They're launching the road trip at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas Wednesday night. Thin Lizzy and Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society are on board as openers, while select shows will also feature Lady Starlight. Judas Priest is calling this a "farewell" trek, because it's marking an end to their extended global touring career. Guitarist Glenn Tipton tells MusicRadar.com their age was one factor that weighed heavily in their decision to change their touring ways, explaining that they're "not as young as we once were," which "certainly has to be considered." He adds that once they're off the road it'll be a "great thing" to have "more time on our hands."

Tipton explains that he and his bandmates will use their extra time to work on a new album. He adds that they've already started writing material for the disc, but it'll be a while before the band can start focusing on the project. Glenn says they plan to "take a nice rest" once they've completed the tour, and then they'll "get into the studio and write and work on the album." And it'll be several more months before the "Epitaph" tour is over. After wrapping up the North American portion of the trek, Judas Priest has a run of dates scheduled in Japan in February.

Judas Priest's North American "Epitaph" Tour Dates

October 14 - Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, Texas

October 15 - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, Texas

October 16 - Allen Event Center, Dallas, Texas

October 18 - Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, Arizona

October 19 - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, California

October 21 - Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, Arizona

October 22 - San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, California

October 23 - Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada

October 25 - Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California

October 27 - Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, California

October 29 - WaMu Theater, Seattle, Washington

October 30 - Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

November 1 - Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

November 2 - Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

November 4 - Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

November 5 - 1STBANK Center, Denver, Colorado

November 8 - US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

November 9 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois

November 10 - The Family Arena, St. Louis, Missouri

November 12 - The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, Illinois

November 13 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

November 15 - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

November 16 - The Armory, Rochester, New York

November 18 - Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

November 19 - Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

November 20 - Paul E Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Massachusetts

November 22 - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canda

November 23 - Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

November 24 - Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

November 26 - Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania

November 27 - Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

November 30 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida

December 1 - Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

December 3 - Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi