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Exclusive Interview with Legendary Axe Man K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)

December 13th, 2012
K.K. Downing

K.K. Downing

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.”

Read the Full KK Downing Interview Here: http://www.guitarhoo.com/articles/kk-downing_93

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Screaming For Vengeance 30th Anniversary; Track by track comments by Rob Halford

September 21st, 2012

1. The Hellion (Instrumental)

“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.”

4. Bloodstone

“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.”

9. Fever

“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.”

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JUDAS PRIEST – Screaming For Vengeance Special 30th Anniversary Edition

July 20th, 2012
Screaming For Vengeance Special 30th Anniversary Edition

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.’

 

 

CD tracklisting:

 

1. The Hellion

2. Electric Eye

3. Riding On The Wind

4. Bloodstone

5. (Take These) Chains

6. Pain And Pleasure

7. Screaming For Vengeance

8. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

9. Fever

10. Devil’s Child

 

Bonus tracks:

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

 

 

DVD:

 

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)

 

CD+DVD

Cat #: 88725444662

Barcode: 887254446620

 

Release date: 3rd September 2012


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JUDAS PRIEST – Producer Tom Allom Working On Hammersmith Apollo DVD

June 10th, 2012
JUDAS PRIEST - 2011 Line-up

JUDAS PRIEST

JUDAS PRIEST played the final show of their Epitaph world tour on Saturday, May 26th at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, UK. The show was professionally filmed for a 2013 DVD release.

Guitarist Richie Faulkner comments about the upcoming release: “Had a sneaky listen to the recording of the Hammersmith show with Tom Allom. Rearrange these words: Face your off it’s tear gonna.”

Judas Priest’s setlist was as follows:

‘Rapid Fire’

‘Metal Gods’

‘Heading Out To The Highway’

‘Judas Rising’

‘Starbreaker’

‘Victim Of Changes’

‘Never Satisfied’

‘Diamonds & Rust’

‘Prophecy’

‘Night Crawler’

‘Turbo Lover’

‘Beyond The Realms Of Death’

‘The Sentinel’

‘Blood Red Skies’

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

‘Breaking The Law’

Drum Solo

‘Painkiller’

 

Encore:

‘The Hellion’/’Electric Eye’

 

Encore two:

‘Hell Bent For Leather’

‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin”

 

Encore three:

‘Living After Midnight’

 

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JUDAS PRIEST with special quest Hammerfall : Ice Hall, Helsinki, FINLAND

April 28th, 2012

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JUDAS PRIEST

with special quest HAMMERFALL

The 22nd of April 2012

Ice Hall Helsinki

FINLAND

REVIEW AND PICS ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA


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.

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DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST – FINNISH TRANSLATION PUBLISHED

April 23rd, 2012
DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH: THE STORY OF JUDAS PRIEST: FINNISH TRANSLATION PUBLISHED

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…

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JUDAS PRIEST’s Career Showcased With Extensive CD Box Set

January 17th, 2012
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'

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)
Turbo (1986)
Priest…Live! (1987)
Ram It Down (1988)
Painkiller (1990)
Angel of Retribution (2005)
Nostradamus (2008)
A Touch of Evil…Live (2009)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.JUDASPRIEST.COM

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JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER Members Set For RONNIE JAMES DIO Tribute Album; New Report Online

January 9th, 2012

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:

 

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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

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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

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:  www.judaspriest.com

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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.

 

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

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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

 

For more information, visit:

www.judaspriest.com

 

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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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