JUDAS PRIEST management representative Jayne Andrews has issued the following update:
"Unfortunately, we have had to cancel two shows — tonight [July 1] in Belgrade [Serbia] and tomorrow [July 2] in Zagreb [Croatia]. This is due to Glenn Tipton [guitar] being ill. He has been pretty sick for about a week now but has struggled on regardless. He has been in a lot of pain and has been told be a doctor that he is suffering from a very painful appendix inflammation and needs to come back to the UK to see a specialist which he is doing today. He has been instructed by the doctor not to perform for a couple of days. This is the first time in the history of JUDAS PRIEST that we have had to cancel any shows and we are very sorry to all those disappointed fans. However, Glenn's health must come first! Many thanks for understanding!"
JUDAS PRIEST's new double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks the band's highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after shifting close to 4,000 units.
JUDAS PRIEST's last CD, "Angel of Retribution", premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. back in March 2005 to debut at No. 13.
Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST performing the classic song "Breaking the Law" on June 24, 2008 at Zenith in München, Germany can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "z4128").