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Judas Priest – Live In Calgary, Canada – Nov.2 2011

November 6th, 2011



JUDAS PRIEST Live at the Calgary Saddledome

November 2, 2011

Review and pics by Monika Deviat

Judas Priest 

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.

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*RUMOR* – BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD To Tour Together?

October 25th, 2011

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.

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Black Sabbath - Past Lives

Judas Priest - 1978

Judas Priest - 1978

Motorhead - the world is yours

Motorhead - the world is yours

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Tonight Judas Priest will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

October 7th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - THE CHOSEN FEW

JUDAS PRIEST - THE CHOSEN FEW

JUDAS PRIEST will be the musical guest performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, Friday, Oct. 7th on NBC!
Check out the episode guide for more info at <http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/episode-guide/>

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.

‘Single Cuts’ will be made available as a limited edition set, and pre-orders are now being taken via judaspriest.com, or via this direct link:  www.myplaydirect.com/judas-priest

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

1977

Diamonds and Rust

Dissident Aggressor

1978

Better By You, Better Than Me

Invader

1978

Evening Star

Starbreaker

1978

Before The Dawn

Rock Forever

1979

Take On The World

White Heat Red Hot (Live)

Starbreaker (Live)

1979

Evening Star

Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live)

The Green Manalishi (Live)

1980

Living After Midnight

Delivering The Goods (Live)

Evil Fantasies (Live)

1980

Breaking The Law

Metal Gods

1980

United

Grinder

1981

Don’t Go

Solar Angels

1981

Hot Rockin’

Breaking The Law (Live)

Living After Midnight (Live)

1982

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

Exciter (Live)

1982

(Take These) Chains

Judas Priest Audio File (Biography)

1984

Freewheel Burning

Breaking The Law (Live)

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

1984

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll

Jawbreaker

The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Live)

1986

Turbo Lover

Hot For Love

1986

Locked In

Reckless

Desert Plains (Live)

Freewheel Burning (Live)

1990

Painkiller

United

Better By You, Better Than Me

1991

A Touch Of Evil

Between The Hammer And The Anvil

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (Live)

1992

Night Crawler

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)

11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

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

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

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2011

September 28th, 2011

GRASPOP METAL MEETING 2011

Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June 2011

by Brat and guest writer Ray Martens

 

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.

Hell is empty because all

the devils are here

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ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL (Out Now!)

September 16th, 2011
ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

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.

68 pages, 17 monochrome images.

 

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JUDAS PRIEST- Album: The Chosen Few; Release date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

September 14th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - THE CHOSEN FEW

JUDAS PRIEST - THE CHOSEN FEW

“Priest has always meant one thing – take no prisoners. For decades. Across one continent to the next, they have never wavered in their commitment to treating the Stage as Holy Ground…”

– Gene Simmons, KISS

 

Sony Music are proud to announce the release of a unique Judas Priest album. The Chosen Few is an album curated by Judas Priest’s contemporaries in the music world – each artist picking their own favourite Priest track and explaining why it is special to them. Included are legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Joe Elliott, Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King and Corey Taylor. All build an album from the very best of Judas Priest – from 1977’s “Diamonds And Rust” through to 1990’s “Painkiller”. A selection of excerpts are below:

 

LARS ULRICH, METALLICA – BEYOND THE REALMS OF DEATH

“The blueprint for the epic rock ballad. Copied thousands of times, never eclipsed.”

OZZY OSBOURNE – THE RIPPER

“This has always been one of my favorite Judas Priest songs…. I just want to know what the fuck that note is that Rob Halford hits in the beginning of the song. Fucking hell!! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear.”

ALICE COOPER – LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT

“For a metal band, Priest has always used tons of melody… when you have a singer as great as Rob Halford, you have to write great riffs WITH great melodies, you can’t just have riffs. Living After Midnight is the perfect example…”

 

SLASH – SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE

“Judas Priest have put out their fair share of great albums to be sure. But my all time favourite is Screaming For Vengeance. It was and still is, one of the best metal records ever produced and the title track is in my humble opinion, still ahead of its time.”

 

COREY TAYLOR, SLIPNOT – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING

“Judas Priest: the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band…..”

 

The Chosen Few tracklisting is as follows:

 

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 (Metalliica)

9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)

10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)

11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

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

 

Confirmed North American concert engagements:

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

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, FL

1 December Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami, FL

3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi, MS

 

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HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL 2011

September 12th, 2011

HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL 2011

Victoria Park, London

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July

Review by Mark Dean
Photos by Graham Hilling & Falk-Hagen Bernshausen 
Graham Hilling Photography

In this festivals 2nd year running & the quality line-up of High Voltage Festival and with so many glowing references from friends, I just had to fly over from Ireland this year to go along and see exactly what all the fuss was about!


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Copenhell Festival 2011 at Refshaleoen in Copenhagen Denmark

September 10th, 2011

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Copenhell Festival 2011

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen,Denmark
17-18/6 – 2011

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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The second edition of the Copenhell Festival in Copenhagen Denmark took place at the middle of June and the venue was held at the same place at last year, the old industrial area at Refshaloen located a few minutes outside downtown Copenhagen. Bands like Korn, Judas Priest, Deicide, Morbid Angel and Anvil performed at we thought it was time to head over and to pay the festival a visit. Check out our review of the festival! Read the rest of this entry »

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS Comments On K.K. DOWNING’s Departure

August 30th, 2011

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim “Ripper” Owens says that he “hates” the fact that guitarist and founding member Kenneth “K.K.” Downing is no longer part of the legendary British heavy metal band but urges all metal fans to support the group as it continues its “farewell” tour.

 

During an appearance on today’s (Monday, August 29) edition of “Eddie Trunk Live” on SiriusXM, Owens was asked for his opinion about K.K.’s departure from JUDAS PRIEST and the band’s decision to carry on touring without Downing. “I hate that K.K.’s not in the band,” Tim said. “I’m friends with all of them. I just saw Ken up in Manchester when DIO DISCIPLES played there. We went and had some dinner, he hung out all night. It was a great time.”

 

He added, “Listen, I was in the band and Rob Halford wasn’t there, so I can’t be the one to say, ‘Well, it’s not the same without somebody.’ That’s not the case. But it does stink that Ken’s not there. Because I am friends with him and as a band, we did everything together — I mean, Glenn [Tipton] and Ian [Hill] and Scott [Travis], we always did stuff together. I hope he’ll be back and they’ll get back at it. But they’re out there doing it. Ken’s excited; he’s at home, he’s enjoying his time off, he’s having a good time at home. And the guys are out there touring and all the metal fans should go support them.”

 

Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997′s “Jugulator” and 2001′s “Demolition” — before the band reunited with Halford in 2003.

 

Downing issued a statement in April regarding his departure from JUDAS PRIEST in which he blamed his decision to leave on the fact that “there has been an ongoing breakdown in (the) working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time. Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.”

 

Halford told French magazine Rock Hard, “K.K. leaving was his own decision, for the reasons he made public on his web site. . . K.K. has his own life to live and we can’t force him to do anything he doesn’t want to do.”

 

Regarding Richie Faulkner’s addition to JUDAS PRIEST, Tipton recently said, “Richie was recommended to us and we checked him out online and I asked him up to the studio and said, ‘Show me what you can do,’ and I just knew straight away he was the man for the job. The beauty about Richie is he’s never tried to replace what Ken did. He does it in his own way and that’s the magic of it. Straight away we were all amazed at the contradiction; that he can do his own thing but he really blends in and works with PRIEST. We were all astonished by it.”

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JUDAS PRIEST – Rare Live ’78 “Beyond The Realms Of Death” Audio

August 25th, 2011

TMD has obtained rare concert audio of JUDAS PRIEST performing the classic song “Beyond The Realms Of Death” – off their fourth album entitled Stained Class – at San Antonio Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on March 23rd, 1978. This audio is making its debut on YouTube.

Judas Priest - 1978

Judas Priest - 1978

On Rob Halford’s 60th birthday today, the metal community salutes The Metal God.

 

Listen to the historic recording:

 

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ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

August 18th, 2011
ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

ROCK LANDMARKS – JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL

Publication date: 12th September 2011.

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.

68 pages, 17 monochrome images.

 

Visit www.neildaniels.com

and http://www.wymeruk.co.uk/Store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=1360

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SWEDENROCK 2011

August 1st, 2011

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Let Me Hear You Scream Sweden Rockkkk.Well the annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal Rules.com team is already into it’s 11th year!  The  2011 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock in the line-up. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide and the ticket price had risen a little bit. ver these 11 years of coverage, it has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather once again showed positive and negative aspects like in 2010. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die!!!

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JUDAS PRIEST Bassist Ian Hill – “We Have Already Written An Album’s Worth Of Material”

July 11th, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

Greece’s Rockpages sat down with JUDAS PRIEST’s bassist Ian Hill right before the band’s appearance in Athens last Wednesday. Hill reavealed that the band has already prepared songs for their new album, and of course he talked about K.K. Downing’s recent departure. An excerpt follows:

Q: Well, Ian, here you are for the Epitaph World Tour but this is not the end for Judas Priest as you have stated.

A: “No, it’s not the end of Judas Priest… we’ve never intended to “kill” the band. We just need to slow down a little bit as we’ve touring and doing albums almost constantly for 40 years now. It really takes a large chunk of your life; so, we have to be… well… not choosey of where we will play in the future but how many shows we can do in a specific time. The European Festivals will always be a good option but we can’t do anymore the big touring thing… leave here, go to South America, then straight to USA, Japan, Australia… you know. Not that we don’t enjoy it; we love it! We love to travel, we love to visit places and do a little bit of sightseeing, especially when we have a day off. Bear in mind that we’ve been doing this for 40 years. After 6 months not being on the road, you get a little bit itchy because you need to be on stage again (laughs)! But, unfortunately, you don’t get any younger. Of course, we will continue to record as well… we have already written an album’s worth of material. Three songs are properly recorded and roughly mixed. I think that the record company might put out something, just a bit of something so as to let the fans know of what’s coming along. It’s gonna be a great album and it’s gonna carry on from where Angel Of Retribution left off. We got Nostradamus out of our system and now we are heading towards classic Priest metal… the screams, the fast, the slow and the heavy! A little bit of everything. A big thank you for all that we are doing goes out to the fans.”

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Rob Halford – “We Have Other Ideas We Want To Explore, But We Wanted To Make At Least One More Great Metal Album”

July 3rd, 2011
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Scott Travis, and new guitarist Richie Faulkner – met with the members of the media in at the Renaissance Hotel at Highland and Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA on May 24th. Quotes and comments from the conference are available below courtesy of Ultimate-Guitar.com:

Q: You have called the Epitaph Tour your final world tour. Will the band continue making music when the tour is over?

Tipton: “It’s not the end of the band by any means but it is our last world tour. It takes a big chunk out of your life—it’s 18 months really we’ll be out there and we’ve been doing it for nearly 40 years now. It’s not to say that it will be our last show and we certainly will—and have—been recording. So the chances are there will be an album as well next year. We would never turn down the appropriate dates if we were offered them at some point in the future. But it will be our last world tour—it’s probably the last chance most people will get to see Judas Priest live. We want to go out one final time and play our songs and just be together with the audience.”

Halford: “What we’ve said is you know when the cowboy rides into the sunset on his horse and it looks really cool? Well, we want to do the same things on our bikes, on our motorbikes, but we don’t want to fall off. I think unfortunately there’s kind of an area in show business when you really need to look at what you got and what you’ve done and be proud of it and then make that exit in a really classy way and that’s what we’re attempting to do.”

Q: You mentioned you have been working on new songs?

Tipton: “We used quite a mixed bag and we’ve concentrated on two things: the archetypal Priest double-kick screaming tracks and really there’s more sentiment in this album. In a way, I suppose it’s also our farewell album although it might not be our last one. There are some anthems on there, which pay tribute to our fans and it’s our way of saying thank you and the lyrics relate to that—just saying thank you to the fans for all the years.”

Halford: “It’s been a real pleasure to write it because at this point if there’s anything left to prove, there really isn’t anything left to prove. We’ve been there, done that, and got the t-shirt type of thing. But I think what really is important is we still have this desire, this passion and it hasn’t diminished in nearly 40 years. We still have this tremendous love of what we do in heavy metal music and the fans that have supported us are the constant inspiration. I think we all agree that we very happy with the way that Nostradamus came out and it was a great moment for us because we had been waiting forever to make this concept record. And that’s not the end with Nostradamus—we have other ideas we want to explore later. But we wanted to make at least, as Glenn said, one more great metal album that really has all the great traditions and attributes of Priest in the music. And we think we’ve got that down pretty much.”

Go to this location for the complete transcription from the press conference. Photos of the event courtesy of Metal Assault’s Jennifer N. Martinez can be viewed here.

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JUDAS PRIEST Members Celebrate Hard Rock Oslo 40th Anniversary; Video Footage, Photos Available

June 17th, 2011

JUDAS PRIEST members Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums) joined the Norwegian tribute band PAINKILLER on stage June 14th to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hard Rock Café in Oslo, Norway. Check out footage of the Priest classic ‘Metal Gods’ – which took place after Priest played a headlining show at the Spektrum in Oslo earlier that night – below:

 

Faulkner wrote on Twitter: “Great show in Oslo last night. Me, Scott and Glenn played a few songs with a Priest cover band in the Hard Rock too!! Was a blast!!!”

 

Judas Priest have also updated their website with a new 2011 tour photos page which you can view HERE.

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