CLOSING NIGHT OF “EPITAPH WORLD TOUR” – THE BAND’s FINAL WORLD TOUR – RECORDED AT LONDON’S HMV HAMMERSMITH APOLLO IN MAY 2012
BLAZING LIVE VERSIONS OF AT LEAST ONE SONG FROM EACH OF JUDAS PRIEST’S 14 CLASSIC ALBUMS FROM 1974 TO 2008
Blu-ray or separate DVD available everywhere May 28, 2013, through Legacy Recordings
Judas Priest, the heavy metal legends whose influence on generations of musicians and metalheads is incalculable, celebrate their 40th year as recording artists this year with the release of the live concert EPITAPH. A unique live career retrospective, EPITAPH will be released on Blu-ray and separate DVD on May 28th through Legacy Recordings, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. This release precedes a new studio album by Judas Priest which the band are working on now.
Judas Priest’s current lineup comprises lead singer Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis.
Heavy metal historians will regard EPITAPH as the most far-reaching live concert recording in the band’s career. The set revisits the climactic closing date of the 50-week “Epitaph World Tour,” captured live at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on May 26, 2012. Adding to the drama is the fact that this was Judas Priest’s final large-scale world tour ever. EPITAPH’s 23 tracks represent at least one song from every one of the band’s 14 studio albums, from 1974’s Rocka Rolla (“Never Satisfied”) to 2008’s Nostradamus (“Prophecy”).
In the special case of British Steel, four songs are featured: “Rapid Fire,” “Metal Gods,” “Breaking The Law,” and perennial set closer, “Living After Midnight.” Others exempted from the one-song-quota are the LPs which appeared before and after British Steel. The first of these is 1979’s Hell Bent For Leather (UK title: Killing Machine) which lends the title song as well as “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown).” The other LP is 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, source of “The Hellion,” “Electric Eye,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.”
“They have epitomized the genre with their Harley riding frontman, rapid-fire guitar assaults, and spectacular stage shows,” wrote journalist Bryan Reesman in his liner notes for 2004′s leather-bound, metal-spiked Metalogy box set. “Influential, innovative, and exuberant in expression,” he wrote, “they are the true Metal Gods who have been as unwavering in their desire to expand the boundaries of their music as they have been in crossing international borders to deliver it to their disciples.”
“Unabashedly committed to their cause, and unrepentant in proclaiming themselves a true heavy metal band even when others have shied away from the term, Judas Priest have forever been defenders of the faith.”
EPITAPH by JUDAS PRIEST
(Columbia/Legacy: Blu-Ray 88765481119, DVD 88883715539)
1. Battle Hymn (L) • 2. Rapid Fire (F) • 3. Metal Gods (F) • 4. Heading Out To The Highway (G) • 5. Judas Rising (M) • 6. Starbreaker (C) • 7. Victim Of Changes (B) • 8. Never Satisfied (A) • 9. Diamonds And Rust (C) • 10. Prophecy (N) • 11. Night Crawler (L) • 12. Turbo Lover (J) • 13. Beyond The Realms Of Death (D) • 14. The Sentinel (I) • 15. Blood Red Skies (K) • 16. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (E) • 17. Breaking The Law (F) • 18. Painkiller (L) • 19. The Hellion (H) • 20. Electric Eye (H) • 21. Hell Bent For Leather (E) • 22. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (H) • 23. Living After Midnight (F).
A – from Rocka Rolla (originally issued 1974, on Gull Records)
B – from Sad Wings Of Destiny (originally issued 1976, on Gull Records)
C – from Sin After Sin (originally issued 1977, on Columbia Records)
D – from Stained Class (originally issued 1978, on Columbia)
E – from Hell Bent For Leather (originally issued 1979, on Columbia; aka Killing Machine in UK)
F – from British Steel (originally issued 1980, on Columbia)
G – from Point Of Entry (originally issued 1981, on Columbia)
H – from Screaming For Vengeance (originally issued 1982, on Columbia)
I – from Defenders Of the Faith (originally issued 1984, on Columbia)
J – from Turbo (originally issued 1986, on Columbia)
K – from Ram It Down (originally issued 1988, on Columbia)
L – from Painkiller (originally issued 1990, on Columbia)
M – from Angel Of Retribution (originally issued 2005, on Epic Records)
N – from Nostradamus (originally issued 2008, on Epic)
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing’s Steel Mill is now promoting gigs in in Birmingham and the Black Country under the banner The Future Of Heavy Metal according to Shropshire Star.
His first show will be at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton on May 16, followed by a gig at The Asylum in Birmingham the following day.
The shows will feature Black Country band HOSTILE UK, with MORAY FIRTH, LEFT UNSCARRED and UNDER BLACKENED SKIES.
Downing said he was moving into rock promotion with Bridgnorth-based music guru Dave Coleman, who has been involved in the industry for many decades.
He said: “The Black Country and Birmingham are known as the home of heavy metal and now it’s time for the next generation to step up to the plate. In some ways, it has been difficult for other bands to fill the void. Back in the 70s and 80s the Black Country and Birmingham produced so many good rock bands, from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest and even Slade.”
Hostile UK features bassist Alex Hill, son of Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill. K.K Downing produced the band’s debut album.
Guitarist, formerly of Judas Priest, K.K. Downing takes some time out to look back at his life long career in music.
K.K. speaks about his roots as a guitarist, the formation of Judas Priest, the history of “Heavy Metal”, his latest project performing as a guest guitarist on the classic Who song, “Eminence Front” for the album, “Who Are You? An All Star Tribute to the Who”, his gratitude towards his fans and retirement from the kings of Heavy Metal, Judas Priest.
K.K. Downing (on his career): “I can’t really list the highs or lows as there have been too many to mention. Except for getting to where I am and it is all thanks to the loyal fans.”
“We’d never done that type of opening before. And obviously it came from Glenn [Tipton, guitars] and Ken [K. K. Downing, former guitarist] at the time. I can’t really remember how it came together in the studio, was it one person? Was it collective? I don’t know. But we were always experimenting, always trying to do something that we hadn’t done previously. We were inspired by what Brian May was doing with a lot of the Queen stuff. We’ve always been big fans of Queen. But Brian was doing those same types of multi-guitar track things. As you get a bit more experienced in a band, you understand the value of setting the scene – we quickly thought, ‘We can use this as an intro tape.’ And we did. In terms of set-up, in terms of getting an audience’s attention, it just works magically, even now, when we did it at our last show at Hammersmith – once you start it, the audience just grabs onto it right away.”
2. Electric Eye
“I love the rhythmic set up on that song. Emotionally again, it starts roaring right from the opening bars. We’re a metal band and if you’re that sort of band it’s important that you make sure you have that type of attitude and approach within your first two or three tracks. It reinforces who you are and what you’re trying to do. The way that Electric Eye kicks off is very much a statement, an assertive statement… It’s a really good song and I think it’s just got the attitude and the in-your-face drama that Priest has always tried to put forward.”
3. Riding On The Wind
“I love the way Electric Eye and Riding On The Wind bash into each other. Riding… starts with that drum passage, that clattering, and then it just really roars off. It’s probably a stronger statement in terms of metal than Electric Eye is musically. It just has a wonderful sense of being determined and having that type of strong and forceful attitude to it. It’s about shooting for the stars. It pertains a bit to being on a bike, riding on the wind, that sort of thing. Lyrically I was trying to take the atmosphere of a lightning storm, or a hurricane, and riding on it and grabbing hold of it. It’s a glorious statement in terms of metal.”
“I know I keep saying this, but I love the way that song starts. It’s got a really cool riff that Glenn came up with. Each of the tracks on the record start off with either an individual riff or something of a musical melodic passage that kind of sets the scene before the rest of the song kicks in. It’s got a great breakdown, this kind of rhythm where – I don’t know whether [ex-drummer] Dave Holland came up with it – it’s got that ‘k-chonk k-chonk k-chonk’ thing between the vocal phrases after the second line. Then he kind of snaps with the rhythmic ‘k-chonk’ and it’s a very unusual arrangement. It’s a little bit paranoid, because it talks about waking up in the night and being afraid of the game going on around you – I have no idea what that really means looking back!”
5. (Take These) Chains
“This was written by [Ceili Rain vocalist] Bob Halligan, Jr., a songwriter discovered by Columbia in America. We ended up doing a few of his songs over the years. The label knew we’d recorded other people’s songs before, and I think they must’ve had discussions saying, ‘Well at least the guys can understand the importance and value of what a song that could work on rock radio could do for them.’ They just sent the demo over and we immediately warmed to it. Again, I think whatever we’ve done in terms of a cover, we’ve had to fully understand that it can be given the Priest signature musically. It’s a wonderful song in terms of composure and the riffage in it. For the first time, maybe after what we were doing with [1981 album] Point Of Entry, we were feeling a bit more comfortable with talking about songs that dealt with relationships – it’s not really seen as a metal thing is it? But even metalheads have boyfriends and girlfriends.”
6. Pain And Pleasure
“I think we were drunk the night we wrote this. Really fucked up. I was out of my fucking tree! When you get drunk, some people get violent, some people get giggly and some people get horny – and I just generally got very horny. That’s just how I was in those days. Suddenly it’s a complete change of tempo and emotion. It’s a very simple song rhythmically, but you’re kind of delving into a little bit of S&M with the, ‘You give me pain but you bring me pleasure…’ line. That was the reason why we were attracted to the message in that song, we were fully ensconced in that leather image by that point. I love the slide guitar on that record, that’s very much in the blues world, there’s a portion of the blues that has that type of thing going for it.”
7. Screaming For Vengeance
“It’s very unusual. It starts instrumentally in a very unusual tempo and the riffs and everything… it’s not quite thrash, but it’s got that attitude about it. It’s really full-on and I get to use a voice that I don’t really use on the other tracks. Everything goes into top gear and I think it’s a wonderful complement to the way Pain And Pleasure has been slugging along like an 18-wheeler. Then suddenly the thing lifts off again – it’s easily the fastest song on the record.”
8. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
“That song has had a second lease of life because it’s on one of the Guitar Hero games. I met a guy recently whose 14-year-old son’s favourite song is …Another Thing Comin’, and he got to it via Guitar Hero. It’s is a song that’s transcended from place to place. It goes from a record onto radio, onto a cassette player, then onto a CD, and then to an MP3 and then to a video game. That’s a blessing for musicians really, that your songs reach people through ways that ordinarily you wouldn’t imagine.”
“I love the floaty, ethereal opening sequence. It’s got a wonderful tone to it. It’s got all these big multi-vocal tracks and this very dreamy landscape musically to it. I know that at the time we wrote it, Glenn and Ken were always being offered these new types of pedal board switches that would change the sound of the guitar. Some of the gear that was sent over at the time made the guitars sound like I’d never heard them before. It’s again, a lonesome, plaintive song. You get the image of this kind of… if you have an argument with somebody, sometimes you just like to slam out the house and just take a walk at night and I think that’s what that song is. It’s a contemplation song. It’s got this type of emotional relationship set-up in it. It’s like lost love. It’s a plaintive call to fix something that’s broken.”
10. Devil’s Child
“Again, it’s a strong statement and I think whereas Fever is a bit plaintive – maybe a little bit full of, not self-pity, but that kind of emotion – this is just the opposite. This is the real stuff, when you meet someone and your head blows off. It’s a very secure, aggressive statement about meeting somebody that has a twisted side. It’s got that wonderful rolling guitar riff on the chorus, that nice, flowing, almost picking groove to it. It’s a great way to end the album.”
Screaming For Vengeance Special 30th Anniversary Edition
Release date: 3rd September 2012
“One of the most important, influential and imitated bands ever…” – Kerrang
A vital part of metal history – Judas Priest have spent 4 decades writing classic songs and putting on spectacular live shows. During this period, the band has sold in excess of 30 million albums, and played to countless millions of fans across the globe. In 1982, they released their eighth studio album SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, containing their hugely successful You’ve Got Another Thing Coming, the single which proved that metal could get mainstream radio airplay in the US – leading the way for a whole generation of new metal bands.
To celebrate the 30 year anniversary of this epic release, Judas Priest present you with SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE – SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, containing not only the re-mastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernadino CA on 29th May 1983.
The US Festival was intended to be a celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people – organized by Steve Wozniak formerly of Apple Computer.
The SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE – SPECIAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Live DVD was filmed at the second, and what turned out to be last, US Festival in 1983. The Sunday was the Heavy Metal Day -“It was the day new wave died and rock n’ roll took over”. It set the single-day concert attendance record for the US with an estimated 375,000 people.
Judas Priest have this to say about this memorable day in metal history:
‘On the day that we performed, we flew in by helicopter – and the first sight we saw was that of thousands of abandoned cars piled up around the crests of the hills that surrounded the festival arena, which as we went over took our breath away. For there below us, spread throughout hundreds of acres was a massive crowd – over three hundred thousand strong! The summer heat was raging and combined with the hot Santa Ana winds made for a scorching metal furnace on stage.’
1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Riding On The Wind
5. (Take These) Chains
6. Pain And Pleasure
7. Screaming For Vengeance
8. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
10. Devil’s Child
11. *Electric Eye (live)
12. *Riding on the Wind (live)
13. *You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Live)
14. *Screaming For Vengeance (Live)
15. Devil’s Child (live)
16. Prisoner of Your Eyes
* Live from the San Antonio Civic Center, September 10th 1982
US Festival Show – San Bernadino CA 29th May 1983
1. Electric Eye
2. Riding On The Wind
3. Heading Out To The Highway
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking The Law
6. Diamonds And Rust
7. Victim Of Changes
8. Living After Midnight
9. The Green Manalishi (with the two-pronged crown)
10. Screaming For Vengeance
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
12. Hell Bent For Leather
Plus booklet featuring photos from Mark Weiss and sleeve notes written by Eddie Trunk (long -standing and well-respected US rock journo, author, radio and tv presenter)
There are still a few basic elements left in life, which are invariable and stand up to the test of time. The same thing can be referred to the classic heavy metal bands like Judas Priest. The band is still as strong and vital as ever although original guitarist and founding member K.K Downing pulled out of Priest before the massive farewell Epitaph tour kicked off in last June. However, he was then replaced by a young bloke Richie Faulkner who does have live experiences working in other bands though. Faulkner’s contribution to Judas Priest was now introduced to the massive fan base of Judas Priest around the globe with a great response. Before the defenders of the metal faith unleashed the metal meltdown, the Swedish Hammerfall let the hammer fall in the ancient godforsaken Ice Hall in Helsinki.
DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST: FINNISH TRANSLATION PUBLISHED
DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST – THE FIRST DEFINITIVE BOOK ON THE METAL GODS
Defenders Of The Faith is what heavy metal fans have spent years waiting for. The true story of Judas Priest is told in full detail with delicate accuracy that includes over 50 interviews with prominent musicians, producers, record company personnel, journalists, childhood friends and ex-members. Never before has the story of a legendary British heavy metal band been told so bluntly.
Judas Priest’s entire history is explored from their deprived beginnings in 1960s West Bromwich as an entirely different band. Key aspects of their story include the constant line-up changes of the 1970s; sell out tours and battles with American Conservative Fundamentalists in the 1980s, the complete breakdown of the band in the early-1990s before their re-ignition with a new singer in 1996. Finally, their hugely successful reunion in 2003 with Rob Halford – the self-proclaimed Metal God – eventually brought the band back to the attention of the world’s greatest stages. It is a story that deserves be told as excitingly as a Judas Priest concert.
This new Finnish edition includes details of Judas Priest’s first ever concept album, the hugely ambitious double-disc composition Nostradamus and its preceding 18 month world tour. Author Neil Daniels chronicles their humble working class roots in the English Midlands to their Grammy Award nominations in 2009 and their current activities 2012. Also included are details on their fifth officially released live album A Touch Of Evil: Live and the activities of various former members as well as KK Downing’s departure. This work includes an extensive appendices covering, among other things, discographies, tour dates and a timeline.
Defenders Of The Faith has been published in 5 other languages; German, Italian, Bulgarian, French and Polish.
Published by Minerva Kustannus Oy, Hardback, 2012, ISBN: 978-952-492-653-9
350 pages, picture sections (including rare b/w & colour photos,) every album reviewed, over 50 original interviews, an extensive appendices (including complete tour dates, discographies & filmographies,) foreword by founder and original singer Al Atkins, bonus chapter covering the band’s activities since 2006…
JUDAS PRIEST'S CAREER SHOWCASED WITH EXTENSIVE CD BOX SET, 'THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION'
JUDAS PRIEST’S CAREER SHOWCASED WITH EXTENSIVE CD BOX SET, ‘THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION’
Few heavy metal artists have built as stellar a discography as Judas Priest over the years. And now, fans will get a chance to acquire all of Priest’s classics in one fell swoop. On January 24th, Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release the 17-CD box set, ‘The Complete Albums Collection,’ which contains every studio and live album that featured the classic line up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and Ian Hill.
Included will be brand new remasters of Priest’s first two albums, 1974’s ‘Rocka Rolla’ and 1976’s ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ (which have never been released before as authorized remasters by the band), in addition to each individual album being packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. And although the 2009 live compilation, ‘A Touch of Evil…Live’ is included; no other compilations will be present. Also featured in the set will be a 40-page booklet with photos, album credits, and liner notes by rock journalist/Priest fan Greg Prato.
‘The Complete Albums Collection’ will be available for purchase exclusively via Popmarket.com.
It’s not often that you can acquire all of the classic albums by one of rock’s all-time great bands in one gorgeously assembled package. Judas Priest’s killer ‘The Complete Albums Collection’ is certainly one of these rare occurrences.
ALBUMS INCLUDED IN ‘THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION':
Rocka Rolla (1974)
Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)
Sin After Sin (1977)
Stained Class (1978)
Killing Machine (1978)
Unleashed in the East (1979)
British Steel (1980)
Point of Entry (1981)
Screaming for Vengeance (1982)
Defenders of the Faith (1984)
Ram It Down (1988)
Angel of Retribution (2005)
A Touch of Evil…Live (2009)
JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, MOTÖRHEAD’s Lemmy Kilmister, DEEP PURPLE’s Ian Gillan, ALICE COOPER, GLENN HUGHES, SEBASTIAN BACH, CHRIS JERICHO and FOO FIGHTERS mastermind Dave Grohl are all on board for a RONNIE JAMES DIO tribute album.
“I’m letting them pick the song they want to do and the way they want to do it,” Wendy Dio tells Artisan News. Check out the report below:
After over 40 years of crushing metal, Judas Priest are touring the world on what the band says is their last major world tour. The band is over half way through the North American leg of the tour and on November 2, 2011 Judas Priest played the Saddledome in Calgary, Alta.
While the original members of BLACK SABBATH – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – appear to be reuniting with one rehearsal already in the can, there’s talk that a tour will happen in early 2012. According to rumours passed along to BraveWords.com, the godfathers of heavy metal will be teaming up with fellow UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST and the legendary MOTÖRHEAD for a tour of North America in the spring, before Sabbath heads over to Europe for the summer festival season in June/July. More news as it develops. No other details are available at this time. Once again, these should be taken as rumours and have not been confirmed by band management.
Judas Priest is about to release their new CD ‘The Chosen Few’ on October 11th, and their North American ‘Epitaph’ Farewell tour begins Oct. 12th in San Antonio at the AT&T Center. Details on the new CD and tour dates below.
JUDAS PRIEST CELEBRATE STELLAR METAL CAREER WITH TWO COMPILATIONS AND UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN EPITAPH TOUR
Judas Priest’s contribution to the world of heavy metal can never be understated, as there are few metal bands that appeared in their wake that can match the group for their influence on the genre, and the amount of classic albums and anthems they created. And soon, fans will be able to re-experience Judas Priest’s all-time classic recordings with two compilations.
On October 18th, fans will have 20 discs of Priest to sink their teeth into, when ‘Single Cuts’ arrives. The box set presents all of the group’s UK 7″ and 12″ A and B sides from 1977 through 1992 (a total of 51 tracks), and each single will be featured as a vinyl-replica disc, and housed in a wallet featuring the original artwork. Additionally, the set will feature track-by-track notes by Kerrang! founder Geoff Barton, as well as rarely seen photos.
And for those metalheads who are looking for a stellar single disc of Priest classics, ‘The Chosen Few’ will certainly fit the bill. Released a week earlier than ‘Single Cuts,’ ‘The Chosen Few’ is comprised of 17 Priest classics, chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal community (including Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Slash, and Alice Cooper, among countless others). The result is a release that manages to include the obvious choices (“Breaking the Law,” “Living After Midnight,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) with the less-than-obvious, but just as rocking (“Dissident Aggressor,” “Rapid Fire,” “Turbo Lover,” etc.).
And last but not least, U.S. fans will soon be able to experience these Priest classics one last time on a nearby concert stage, as the group will be launching their Epitaph Tour on October 12th, in San Antonio, TX.
As Priest’s vocalist, Rob Halford, recently told Rolling Stone about the upcoming dates, “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for – the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”
‘SINGLE CUTS’ TRACKLISTING
Diamonds and Rust
Better By You, Better Than Me
Before The Dawn
Take On The World
White Heat Red Hot (Live)
Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live)
The Green Manalishi (Live)
Living After Midnight
Delivering The Goods (Live)
Evil Fantasies (Live)
Breaking The Law
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
(Take These) Chains
Judas Priest Audio File (Biography)
Breaking The Law (Live)
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)
Hot For Love
Desert Plains (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)
Better By You, Better Than Me
A Touch Of Evil
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Live)
Breaking The Law (Live)
Living After Midnight (Live)
‘THE CHOSEN FEW’ TRACK LISTING:
1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up
CONFIRMED NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
12 October AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
14 October Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
15 October The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
16 October Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
18 October Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
19 October Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
21 October AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
22 October San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE ONLY LOS ANGELES SHOW OF THE TOUR!!
23 October Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
25 October TO BE ADVISED
27 October Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
29 October WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
30 October Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
1 November Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
2 November Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
4 November Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5 November 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
8 November US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
12 November The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
13 November Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
15 November Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November The Armory, Rochester, NY
18 November Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
19 November Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, PA
20 November Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
After one too many overcrowded festivals *cough*Wacken*cough* Ray and I keep a lookout for small or medium sized festivals to combine with sightseeing holidays, preferably in countries not yet travelled. So when the lineup for Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 was announced, we had our next destination.
This book is the second in our CD sized series on ‘landmark’ rock albums and documents Judas Priest’s seminal 1980 release British Steel, a pivotal album within the band’s roster.
Judas Priest’s sixth studio album has rightly earned its place as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. It comfortably – perhaps too comfortably for some fans’ tastes – sits between Priest’s harder-edged heavy metal of the seventies with their far more commercial albums of the eighties. Sure, it is a world away from the likes of Killing Machine and it’s not as pop-orientated as, say Defenders Of The Faith and certainly not Turbo, but it set the benchmark for the kind of metal that was to become popular in the decade of its birth.
From the furious opening track ‘Rapid Fire’ (had the twin-guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton sounded better?) to the blistering closing song ‘Steeler’, British Steel is a monster of an album; adrenalin fuelled and endlessly listenable. While not every track is the perfect Priest song, it is a hugely infectious piece of work that represents the Mighty Priest in near perfect style. But despite its impact it is not their best album yet it is undoubtedly their most popular.
Not only has British Steel gone on to become a cherished item amongst ardent metal supporters but it inspired a whole generation of metal bands, notably, the American thrash metal bands of the eighties such as Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer and later, Annihilator and Pantera. Even the name ‘British Steel’ conjures up the working class sounds of classic British heavy metal.
British Steel is quite simply, genre-defining. This fans hand-book, will tell you why.
Foreword by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.