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KK Downing Retires From Judas Priest; Replacement Announced

April 20th, 2011

It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. DOWNING has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming EPITAPH Tour.

The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.

Download the full press release here for more information (a copy of it is below as well).

 

Judas Priest press release April 20, 2011

Judas Priest press release April 20, 2011

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

10 – Portuguesa Stadium – Sao Paulo, Brazil

11 – Citibank Hall – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13 – Chevrolet Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15 – Nilson Nelson – Brasilia, Brazil

30 – Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

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JUDAS PRIEST Confirm Mexico Tour Dates – Canadian and USA Fans STILL WAITING!

April 7th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have added a string of dates in Mexico, in late September/early October, to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. See their complete tour schedule below.

 

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list. Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our career in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

 

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

 

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

“After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!”

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July

6 – Kautatzogleio Stadium – Thessaloniki, Greece

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

September

30 – September Mexico City Sports Palace – Mexico City, Mexico

 

October

1 – Telmex Theater – Quadalajara, Mexico

3 – Banamex Theater – Monterrey, Mexico

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JUDAS PRIEST – Berlin Date Added To Epitaph World Tour

March 15th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have added a date in Berlin, Germany to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. The band will play O2 World on August 9th. See their complete tour schedule below.

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list. Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our career in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

“After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!”

 

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

5 – Water Park, P Faliro – Athens, Greece

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

 

July (with QUEENSRŸCHE and RIVAL SONS)

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

July

27 – Atlantico Pavillion – Lisbon, Portugal

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

9 – O2 World – Berlin, Germany

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

11 – Sziget Festival – Budapest, Hungary

 

 

 

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JUDAS PRIEST – UK Dates With QUEENSRŸCHE Confirmed

February 28th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have announced the UK leg of their final Epitaph Tour. Confirmed shows with QUEENSRŸCHE and RIVAL SONS include:

 

July

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

 

Tickets For Judas Priest’s Manchester and Wolverhampton Shows are onsale from 9am on March 1st. Tickets for all other Judas Priest shows to be confirmed.

 

Judas Priest are looking for fan-input for the set-list.

 

Says the band: “We are planning on possibly doing a track from every album throughout our careers in the set list so let us know what your favourites are and maybe we’ll pick some of them!!”

Post your Epitaph Tour set-lists requests here.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material. Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

 

 

 

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

 

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

 

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

 

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

 

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

 

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

 

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland

15 – Newport Centre – Newport, UK

16 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK

17 – The Dome – Doncaster, UK

19 – SECC – Glasgow, Scotland

20 – Metro Arena – Newcastle, UK

21 – Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

24 – BIC – Bournemouth, UK

29 – Coliseum – La Coruna, Spain

30 – La Cubierta – Madrid, Spain

31 – Bec – Bilbao, Spain

 

August

2 – Badalona – Barcelona, Spain

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

7 – Colmar Wine Festival – Colmar, France

10 – Metal Hammer Festival/Spodek – Katowice, Poland

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JUDAS PRIEST – Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey Dates Added To Epitaph World Tour

February 4th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

British metal gods JUDAS PRIEST have added new live dates in Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey to their upcoming Epitaph World Tour. Check out their itinerary below.

Despite announcing their final world tour, Judas Priest are writing new material! Says the band in a brief update: “All is going really well – more details later!”

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

June

7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland

9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden

11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland

14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway

15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway

17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark

19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France

20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France

22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy

23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland

25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium

27 – Zenith – Munich, Germany

28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic

29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

July

1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia

3 – Romexpo – Bucharest, Romania

8 – Akademik Stadium – Sofia, Bulgaria

10 – Kazlicesme Festival Site – Istanbul, Turkey

10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland

23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

August

5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

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JUDAS PRIEST Writing New Material; Poland Date Added To Epitaph World Tour

January 27th, 2011
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

According to a brief update at the band’s website, the members of JUDAS PRIEST are working together on writing new material.

Says the band, “All is going really well – more details later!”

In other news, the band have added a new date to their Epitaph World Tour. The band will now visit Katowice, Poland on July 10th to perform at the Metal Hammer Festival at the Spodek venue.

Check out the band’s complete itinerary below:

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

June
7 – Eindhaar – Tilburg, Holland
9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland
14 – Spektrum – Oslo, Norway
15 – Edward Greig Plass – Bergen, Norway
17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France
20 – Le Zenith – Paris, France
22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
23 – Sonisphere Festival – Switzerland
25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

July
1 – Belgrade Arena – Belgrade, Serbia
10 – Metal Hammer Festival – Katovice, Poland
23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

August
5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

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Ozzy Osbourne with Halford – Toronto, Nov.27, 2010

January 27th, 2011

Ozzy Osbourne with Halford

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

Saturday, November 27, 2010  7:30pm

Review and pics: EvilG

Thanks thanks to Chipter PR!

OZZY with Halford in Toronto

When I heard that two of heavy metal’s founding fathers were hitting the road together, it was a given that I’d have to travel from the end of the earth to civilization to catch the tour.
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ROB HALFORD Doesn’t Want Fans To Be Sad About JUDAS PRIEST’s Upcoming Farewell Tour

January 11th, 2011

The Metal God - ROB HALFORD

The Metal God - ROB HALFORD

Steven Patrick of Uweekly.com recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD frontman Rob Halford. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Uweekly.com: Pat Lachman, he was one of your guitarists in HALFORD, who went on to front the band DAMAGEPLAN. This being a Columbus, Ohio, paper and the Dimebag tragedy still fresh in our memory, I’m sure metal fans in the area would like to know how he’s doing and what he’s up to. Do you stay in contact with him?

Halford: I’ll be seeing Pat soon. I think he’s living in Dallas now. I got an e-mail from him the other day and I hope to be seeing him in the next couple of weeks. I don’t really know what he’s doing musically, but when I see him I’ll be asking him obviously. He’s an incredibly talented guitar player, but a great voice as well. I certainly hope he’s still working. He’s got everything that he needs to be a great metal musician.

Uweekly.com: I wouldn’t be able to call myself a metal fan if I didn’t ask about the news that JUDAS PRIEST will be doing a farewell tour in 2011. What brought that on? Was it just time?

Halford: Yeah, I think it’s time, you know. We’re not the first band to say farewell, it’s just the way everyone comes to at some point and we’re gonna say a few more things early next year, so I think the main thing that we just want to ask everybody to consider is don’t be sad about this, start celebrating and rejoicing over all the great things we’ve done in JUDAS PRIEST.

Uweekly.com: Does this news mean that HALFORD will be getting more of your attention in the future?

Halford: Yeah, I’ve always said regardless of anything else that’s going on when time permits and when there’s no conflict with PRIEST, I love to do what I do with the HALFORD band, so that really hasn’t changed at all.

Read the entire interview at Uweekly.com.

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ROB HALFORD Interviewed On Final Night Of Made Of Metal Tour; Video Available

December 28th, 2010

Frankie DiVita, radio personality for 96.7 KCAL Rocks, sat down with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford at The Grove in Anaheim, CA on the final night of HALFORD’s Made Of Metal tour. Check out the chat on YouTube below:

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. Downing Talks About 20th Anniversary Of Painkiller

December 21st, 2010
Judas Priest - Painkiller

Judas Priest - Painkiller

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing checks in with the following year-end update:

“Season’s greetings to all! ‘Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’… as the song goes. And we have certainly got plenty of it in the UK. However, I can’t complain, because it is very rare that we have a white Christmas these days. I remember as a kid praying for tons of the stuff, especially as it could possibly mean that we would not have to go to school.

Moving on, I can’t remember ever having to cancel a gig because of bad weather, which is a complete miracle as we have had to battle through some horrendous conditions. Many times I can remember winter tours, especially in Europe. Painkiller comes to mind as we toured in Helsinki early February, it could not have been colder and they must have had as much snow as the North Pole. Especially as about a week before playing in sunny and hot Rock in Rio.

Speaking of Painkiller, please check out the Painkiller interview in this month’s updates. Also, try giving the HOSTILE Player (here; right-hand-side) a spin as it contains part of the song ‘Addiction’ that I composed especially for the band. Hostile are a young, hard-hitting metal band from my home town, lead singer Jay is just 18 years old. They have just played in Birmingham supporting HATEBREED and are currently performing showcase gigs for prospective record companies with the hope of getting a release date for their debut album Eve Of Destruction. That was also produced by me.

O.K. I am going to keep this blog nice and short as I am sure you all have lots of presents and stuff to wrap. Again, have a great holiday season, my special thanks as always to the dedicated Millworkers and their families and here’s to a rocking metal 2011!”

As mentioned, Downing is interviewed by the Steel Mill’s Jari Asell about the 20th Anniversary of Judas Priest’s legendary Painkiller opus. Here are a few excerpts from the chat:

Steel Mill: Your album Painkiller just passed the 20 years mark. Let’s go back in time when you finished the Ram It Down-Mercenaries Of Metal -Tour. You had a triumphant decade, did you have any thoughts about how to begin the 1990s?

Downing: “No, I don’t think so, I think as musicians/songwriters it’s always a case of not being sure of what will happen until you get your teeth into the songwriting and seeing what comes out, then depending on what does, the precedent is set for everything else.

Steel Mill: When writing songs, was your goal to produce Priest’s heaviest album (that far)?

Downing: “Not initially, but as the album started to grow we enjoyed the energy that we were creating. Now that we had Scott, we were sure going to see what he had in the tank.

Steel Mill: You had a wonderful time (1979-1988) with “Colonel” Tom Allom. How did you come to choose your old buddy (Sad Wings Of Destiby/1976) Chris Tsangarides to produce Painkiller?

Downing: “I am not totally sure, but Tom may have been involved with other things and it seemed a nice idea to meet up and work with Chris again.”

Steel Mill: The Painkiller stage set was phenomenal, a real statement in conjuction of the album theme. The support bands were among the hardest as well: MEGADETH and TESTAMENT, and later PANTERA and ANNIHILATOR. Any anecdotes you would like to share here?

Downing: “Yes! A very enjoyable tour and memories, I speak of it quite often, in fact I was just telling some friends yesterday how we went sightseeing in Rome with Pantera to the Coliseum and places like that. We had many laughs together on that tour, I can never forget that Dime R.I.P used to go busking in the streets, I saw a piece of film once with him doing that, it was so funny, in fact I will check if I can find it on YouTube, it’s a must to see. There was so much talent in Pantera and Annihilator and they were so humble, it must have been very tough for them and all of their crews to share one bus. They used to crack us up so much when they would form a queue outside our dressing rooms in the hope that we would spot them some beers, which of course we always did. Happy days!”

Read the entire interview here.

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Rob Halford – “…It’s The Farewell Tour, And It’ll Probably Last Into 2012”

December 18th, 2010
Judas Priest

Judas Priest

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford recently spoke with Sign On San Diego about the band’s recently announced decision to spilt up following one final tour, due to take place next year. An excerpt from the interview is available below.

Halford: “If you get in the ring too often, the whole thing can become really sad to look at and listen to. You have to ensure that doesn’t happen. We’re getting to a point where we’re trying to do things we did 30 years ago, and it isn’t so easy. You have to face mortality. Some bands keep going, some bands ease off a bit and some bands stop altogether. It happens to all bands eventually, and now this is something we’re facing in Judas Priest. We want to leave on respectable terms, musically.

My intention, no matter where I go or what I do, is to keep making metal. We do have a few more things we want to say – but what we’d rather do for the time being is let the information settle. It’s very big news for a lot of fans and we want to let the firestorm settle down. So for all intents and purposes, it’s the farewell tour, and it’ll probably last into 2012.”

Click here for the complete interview.

A press release on Judas Priest’s final tour reads as follows:

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest – one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!

Judas Priest Epitaph tour dates:

June
9 – Sweden Rock – Solvesborg, Sweden
11 – Sauna Festival – Tampere, Finland
17 – Copenhell Festival – Copenhagen, Denmark
19 – Hellfest – Nantes, France
22 – Gods of Metal Festival – Milan, Italy
25 – Graspop Festival – Dessel, Belgium
28 – O2 Arena – Prague, Czech Republic
29 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria

July
23 – High Voltage Festival – London, UK

August
5 – Wacken Open Air – Wacken, Germany

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OZZY OSBOURNE, SCORPIONS AND JUDAS PRIEST ALSO CONFIRMED FOR GMM2011

December 7th, 2010

After yesterday’s announcement of our first headliner SLIPKNOT, we are proud to add three more giants to the lineup of GMM2011.

Four years after his first GMM show as a solo artist, the legendary OZZY OSBOURNE is returning to the GMM festival arena with his 2nd European tour since the release of his new CD “Scream.” Ozzy himself obviously needs no introduction with worldwide album sales of 100 million (as a solo artist as well as a member of the Black Sabbath), his own Ozzfest festival and not to forget the popular reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’. On stage and backed by a brand new band, Prince of Darkness still delivers the goods.  Ozzy live is synonymous with an amazing show seasoned with countless hits. Ozzy Osbourne is headlining on Saturday 25 June.

More than 40 years after they burst upon the rock scene, German legends SCORPIONS are on the final leg of their farewell tour. This year, the ‘Get your Sting and Blackout World Tour’ conquered American and Asian stages and now the Scorpions are returning to Europe, where the saga began all those years ago. The Scorpions’ popularity peaked in the seventies and eighties when ballads such as ‘Wind of Change’ and ‘Still Loving You’ stormed the charts. Still, song writers Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker never abandoned their roots, spoiling metal fans worldwide with fifteen-odd heavy albums including numerous classic rock anthems such as ‘Rock You like a Hurricane’. Unfortunately their first GMM appearance on Friday 24 June will also be their last, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Joining Ozzy on Saturday will be JUDAS PRIEST. No band is more deserving of the epithet ‘Metal Gods’ than the Birmingham quintet. Back in the day, Priest pioneered heavy metal along with Black Sabbath; today, their illustrious career spans over four decades and they are still spearheading the genre they themselves helped create with their no-holds-barred attitude. In 2011, the Priest is embarking on a new world tour of prestigious arenas and major festivals, which obviously includes Graspop Metal Meeting.

Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 will be held in Dessel festival park over the weekend of Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June. With leading bands from just about every metal and rock subgenre and a lineup that spans several generations of heavy music, there’s loads of fun to be had for metalheads both young and not so young. Graspop Metal Meeting is synonymous for three days of music and fun, 70+ bands, four stages and lots of fringe events to boot, including signing sessions, an outdoor festival fair, an indoor metal market, etc.Moreover, the campsite is second to none with its Festival Express Shop, excellent sanitary facilities and much more.

TICKET INFO

As of Wednesday 8 December, tickets for GMM2011 will be available at www.graspop.be/tickets_EN

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Judas Priest calls it a day – last show ever in Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival

December 7th, 2010

Judas Priest, one of the most important hard-rock bands in history, have decided to end their career. After having defined the term heavy metal for over 30 years, the Brits will say farewell with one final grandiose world tour, “The Epitaph Tour”, in 2011. When the tour reaches Sweden Rock Festival in June, it will be the last time ever that Judas Priest plays on Swedish soil.

In the mid-70’s, Judas Priest pioneered hard rock music by cutting the strings to the genre’s blues roots and increasing the velocity while proudly calling their music heavy metal – a term most other bands despised at the time. By doing so, Priest laid the foundation for most of the metal sub genres that would evolve during the 80’s and 90’s. Judas Priest also invented the studs and leather fashion that has become the uniform of choice for metal fans all over the world. From the late 70’s and throughout the following decades, Judas Priest have remained one of the biggest, most loved and most influential bands on the hard rock/metal scene. Among their many legendary albums are “British Steel”, “Painkiller”, “Screaming for Vengeance” and “Defenders of the Faith”, and the band will always be remembered for classic songs like “Breaking the Law”, “Living After Midnight”, “You?ve Got Another Thing Coming”, “Electric Eye” and “Freewheel Burning”, to name a few.

Once again, and then nevermore, the classic line-up of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis will bombard us with all the classics that have made the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal. On June 8-11, Swedish fans get one final chance to see the band live.

For a more extensive Judas Priest biography, we recommend this link: http://www.rockdetector.com/artist/united+kingdom/west+midlands/birmingham/judas+priest

Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Saxon
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Styx
Rhapsody of Fire
Mustasch
Destruction
Overkill
The Haunted
Jason & the Scorchers
Agent Steel
Ghost
Dan Reed Band
Walter Trout
Raubtier
Groundhogs
Mason Ruffner
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (Acoustic)

More information at:
www.swedenrock.com

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JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR!

December 7th, 2010
JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR!

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE FAREWELL TOUR!

After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST -one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band  will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!

JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their world tour in Europe – we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011:

9th June                Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June               Sauna Festival, Finland
17th June               Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June               Hellfest, Nantes, France
22nd June               Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
25th June               Graspop Festival, Belgium
23rd July               HIgh Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August              Wacken Festival, Germany

Stay tuned as we announce more dates – information will be forthcoming soon – so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!

Fore more information, visit www.judaspriest.com

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Introducing a Rockin Sports Eatery… it’s the “Ripper Owens Tap House”

December 4th, 2010
Ripper Owens Tap House

Ripper Owens Tap House

According to Aaron Coleman from Thesuburbanite.com, the opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road in Akron, Ohio has been two years in the making for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a “Rockin Sports Eatery” that everyone could enjoy.

To build a Rockin Sports Eatery, you must have two things, great service, and great food to go along with that atmosphere, and the Tap House has both.

“We take great pride in our menu said Arehart, It’s more than typical bar food, You can get anything from a burger, to a steak, and our waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be sure it gets to you in a timely manner, with a smile, and cooked the way you want it.”

“The Judas Priest memorabila and the various items Tim’s collected over the years add to the decor of the place and it was totally a team effort,” Arehart said.

“Our policy here is to treat everyone like a rock star, and that means great service from our staff here, and make sure your experience is a quality one that will have you coming back,” Ripper said.

Read the entire report here.

For more info visit Ripperowenstaphouse.com.

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