2005 News Archive

7th December 2005

Hello to all our priest fans around the world!....Well our touring is now completed for 2005 and what a great year it has been....the end of year shows saw the mighty Priest visiting Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for the very first time..it was an exciting adventure for us and our fans who had waited such a long long time for us to perform live in those countries - and we thank you for welcoming us with such fervour and giving everyone a memorable experience. 'Angel Of Retribution' went straight to your hearts and your feedback on the priest site and in the media for our renuion release made us very proud indeed....we couldn't wait to roar out around the planet and share with you the best metal concerts night after night....so now as the holidays approach we wish each and everyone of you a wonderful safe and peaceful holiday season where ever you may be and thank you again for your loyalty and dedication for the priest..keep the metal faith alive!

Metal love
Rob, Glenn, K.K., Ian and Scott


 

Here's a couple of shots of the band and crew travelling from Russia through the Baltics in our private plane!!

     

7th December 2005

To celebrate our recent Eastern Europe leg of the Tour we have decided to do a limited number of 'Russian' Angel Of Retribution T-shirts for sale via the webstore - these will soon be collector's items so hurry and order yours now!!!

  

Link: http://judaspriest.bravadolive.com

6th December 2005


New release date for Rising In The East DVD in the U.K. 23rd January 2006

I know some of you are feeling 'left out' because the release dates in some territories are later than others - this is a record label decision due to making sure that their marketing and ad campaigns are all in place and have plenty of time to kick in - some markets need longer lead time to place ads etc.! I'm afraid there is nothing we can do about this!!

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5th December 2005


Glenn, Ian, some of the crew and I all had a great day out in Moscow - checking out all the tourist sights - the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin's Tomb, St. Basil's Cathedral etc. - we had a lot of fun and then had a great meal in a Russian restaurant - our guide Sasha (friend of Jo Lee's) was full of really interesting stories about Russian history - we all thoroughly enjoyed the day even though it was absolutely freezing!! Here are a few photos for you to share with us

Jayne Andrews

           

           

              

  

Rob in Tallin in his Russian Hat!!


23rd November 2005


Release dates for the new Judas Priest DVD 'Rising In The East' vary throughout all Territories - this is the information I have so far:

The main international release date is: 16th January 2006

Other than in:

France - 19th December 2005
Japan - 21st December, 2005
U.K. - 30th January, 2006

Jayne Andrews
22nd November, 2005

16th November 2005


We have been informed by Rhino Entertainment that the Judas Priest DVD 'Rising in the East' will be released in the USA and Canada on 15th November 2005,
Japan new release date is 21st December 2005 and in the Rest of the World on 16th January 2006.

http://images.rhino.com/videoflash/judaspriest/consumer/


We have been informed by Rhino Entertainment that the Judas Priest DVD 'Rising in the East' will be released in the USA and Canada on 15th November, 2005 and in the Rest of the World on 16th January, 2006.

http://images.rhino.com/videoflash/judaspriest/consumer/

28th October 2005


JUDAS PRIEST TO RELEASE LIVE DVD 'RISING IN THE EAST' ON NOVEMBER 15, 2005, VIA RHINO HOME VIDEO

BAND'S FIRST STRAIGHT-TO-DVD RELEASE FEATURES CLASSIC HITS AND NEW 'ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION' FAVORITES

Heavy metal icons Judas Priest will release the new live DVD 'Rising In the East' on November 15, 2005, via Rhino Home Video.

Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis filmed 'Rising In The East' in May 2005 at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The definitive Judas Priest lineup played two sold-out nights at the venue to promote the early-2005 release of the critically acclaimed studio album 'Angel Of Retribution,' their first new material in 15 years. 'Rising In The East' is Judas Priest's first straight-to-DVD release.

"We talked about doing a DVD on this tour and we decided to do it at the Budokan because it's a special venue. It's world-renowned. We thought it was an ideal choice," says Tipton. "We filmed both nights but we ended up using the second night only for this DVD. We wanted it to be as live and as real as possible, and when you start taking from different shows there isn't continuity. We wanted it to be one show and that's exactly what it is."

"I think what 'Rising In The East' displays to Priest fans is the first time seeing us reunited for a full-length show in the DVD format," Halford says. "I think the DVD compounds all the great things that Priest fans and metal fans all around the world love about the band. Priest is still a powerful, physical, full-on experience in the live domain. What this DVD is intended to do is give longtime Priest fans another great memory to add to their collection, and it's also an opportunity for new Priest fans to explore all the great things we're achieving three decades later."

'Rising In The East' is bursting with Judas Priest classics from albums such as 'Sad Wings Of Destiny,' 'Sin After Sin,' 'Stained Class,' 'Hell Bent For Leather,' 'British Steel,' 'Point Of Entry,' 'Screaming For Vengeance,' 'Turbo,' 'Ram It Down' and 'Painkiller' as well as 'Angel Of Retribution' standouts.

The track listing includes: "The Hellion/Electric Eye," "Metal Gods," "Riding On The Wind," "The Ripper," "A Touch Of Evil," "Judas Rising," "Revolution," "Hot Rockin'," "Breaking The Law," "I'm A Rocker," "Diamonds And Rust," "Worth Fighting For," "Deal With The Devil," "Beyond The Realms Of Death," "Turbo Lover," "Hellrider," "Victim Of Changes," "Exciter," "Painkiller," "Hell Bent For Leather," "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."

"This set list is a great cross-section of the Priest catalog. It runs the full spectrum of musical content," Tipton says. "We used to only play two or three songs from a new album on tour, but for 'Angel Of Retribution' we've played five or six songs from it during the time we've been out, which is a lot. That shows how good the album is and how well-received it has been. It's been very rewarding to see the positive reaction to the new material."

"The DVD is a full two-hour display of highlights from Priest's career over the last three decades," Halford says. "We take you on a metal journey from 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' right up to 'Angel Of Retribution.' Between those two points in time, 'Rising In The East' includes music that is significant to us and to our fans. In that respect, this DVD is quite unique."

The audio, which was mixed by longtime Judas Priest producer Tom Allom, is presented in 5.1 Surround Sound.

"Tom's never totally been away. We've always kept in touch with him. He's a good friend and we worked with him for many, many years," Tipton says. "On the live aspect, Tom is the ideal man. He knows the band inside out. He knows what we like, and he's got a great set of ears."

"He is a significant figure in the history of Judas Priest," Halford says. "He's made the same metal journey as we have. We were waiting for an opportunity to work together with him again. There's a built-in feeling of security because Tom knows us so well musically. We knew we could hand him a project like this and let him go at it with all the right attributes and complete something that's going to make us happy and make the fans happy."

Japan has been an incredibly important part of Judas Priest's career. The band's first-ever live album, 1979's 'Unleashed In The East (Live In Japan),' was recorded in the "Land of the Rising Sun," so it's only fitting that the eagerly awaited 'Rising In The East' DVD originate from there too.

"Judas Priest was one of the first bands to invade that country with metal," Halford says. "Even though we made the DVD in Japan, it really represents the relationship that Judas Priest has with fans around the world."

Remaining dates on the second North American leg of the 'Angel Of Retribution' tour include:

DATE CITY VENUE
Friday, October 28th Kelseyville, CA Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Saturday, October 29th San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Sunday, October 30th Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena

Following the North American trek, Judas Priest will tour Russia and The Baltics in November and December.


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20th October 2005


The winners from the second series of the tv show ROCK SCHOOL - the band who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig of a lifetime! Selected as the opening act for Metal Gods JUDAS PRIEST in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax, the band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena. ROCK SCHOOL , which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style! Check them out opening for JUDAS PRIEST on 30th!!

8th October 2005


Judas Priest were really knocked out to have been given the 'Metal Guru' award by the English magazine 'Classic Rock' - this is given to Artists that have 'Defined and shaped the world of Metal' - the awards ceremony was on Tuesday night at the Cafe De Paris in London and I was very proud to have been asked to pick up the award for the Band as they were on tour in the US - it was a very special night!!

Jayne Andrews

29th September 2005


The streaming audio interview with K.K. Downing by Metal Express Radio has now been activated.  If you would like to check it out you can go to www.MetalExpressRadio.com and listen to it on-demand.  It's on the front page ... and is very easy to locate.

Direct Link here
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26th September 2005


On October the 4th Judas Priest are to win the Metal Guru Award at the in-augural Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. We are to give Priest fans a once in a lifetime chance to tell the band what they mean to them, this content will be edited and shown on the screens at the Awards. We will be recording fans views this coming Wednesday in a central London venue in the early afternoon. If you want to attend please ring (+44) (0) 208 962 8255 asap!! (by midday Tuesday 27th). Spaces are extremely limited.

26th September 2005

JUDAS PRIEST are pleased to announce that they have added HATEBREED to the bill along with ANTHRAX on 5th October at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT

Click Here for the list of confirmed tourdates

15th September 2005


We have just added another two shows - see date sheet!
We are happy to announce that the Long Beach Arena show is going to be a 'Priest Feast' and will also feature Rob Zombie and Anthrax plus an opening act!

Jayne Andrews
14th September, 2005

Click Here for the list of confirmed tourdates

7th September 2005


We are very pleased to announce the following dates - a continuation of the Judas Priest Retribution 2005 Tour:

2005
NOVEMBER
24TH PALACE OF SPORTS/KIEV
27TH LUZNHIKI ARENA/MOSCOW
29TH NEW ICE ARENA/ST PETERSBURG

DECEMBER
1ST SAKU ARENA/TALLIN
2ND KIPSALA HALL/RIGA
3RD ICE HALL/VILNIUS

Click Here for the list of confirmed tourdates

2nd September 2005


Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts that have arisen with the venue we have had to withdraw from the show in Pittsburgh on 24th September and it isn't possible to reschedule at this time as the building won't be open due to bad weather later in the season. We are very sorry to those fans we have disappointed. Hopefully we'll be able to make it back to Pittsburgh at some time in the future!

Jayne Andrews
1st September, 2005

Click Here for the list of confirmed tourdates

20th August 2005


More dates added for the North American Tour - Second Leg 2005.

Click Here for the list of confirmed tourdates

11th August 2005


We are very pleased to announce ANTHRAX as special guests on the second leg of our US Tour - they will not be on every show - but most of them!
(out of the dates I have announced so far Anthrax will not be perfoming at the Mt Pleasant show on 23rd September)
Click here for the list of tourdates

21st July 2005


Please see below the corrected confirmed North American Tour Dates - as soon as we confirm more we'll announce them! Sorry for any confusion!

2005

24TH SEPTEMBER POST GAZETTE PAVILION/BURGETTSTOWN, PA
25TH RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER/CINCINNATI, OH
27TH ASSEMBLY HALL, CHAMPAIGN, IL
28TH ROCKFORD METROCENTRE/ROCKFORD, IL
29TH WINGS STADIUM/KALAMAZOO, MI


1ST OCTOBER US CELLULAR CENTER/MILWAUKEE, WI
2ND THE MARK OF THE QUAD CITIES/MOLINE, IL
9TH BORGATA CASINO & SPA/ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
11TH MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER/POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
12TH BELL CENTRE/MONTREAL
14TH CORELL CENTRE/OTTOWA
15TH JOHN LABATT CENTRE/LONDON, ONT.
18TH MTS CENTRE/WINNIPEG
20TH REXALL PLACE, EDMONTON
21ST PENGROWTH SADDLEDOME/CALGARY
23RD PACIFIC COLISEUM

Click Here for the list of tourdates

15th July 2005


We are pleased to announce the first dates for the second leg of the North American Tour - more will be added!

2005

24TH SEPTEMBER POST GAZETTE PAVILION/BURGETTSTOWN, PA
25TH RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER/CINCINNATI, OH
27TH ASSEMBLY HALL, CHAMPAIGN, IL
28TH ROCKFORD METROCENTRE/ROCKFORD, IL
29TH WINGS STADIUM/KALAMAZOO, MI


1ST OCTOBER US CELLULAR CENTER/MILWAUKEE, WI
2ND THE MARK OF THE QUAD CITIES/MOLINE, IL
9TH BORGATA CASINO & SPA/ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
11TH MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER/POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
12TH BELL CENTRE/MONTREAL
14TH CORELL CENTRE/OTTOWA
15TH JOHN LABATT CENTRE/LONDON, ONT.
18TH MTS CENTRE/WINNIPEG
20TH REXALL PLACE, EDMONTON
21ST PENGROWTH SADDLEDOME/CALGARY
23RD PACIFIC COLISEUM
28TH KONOCTI HARBOR RESORT & SPA/KELSEYVILLE CA
29TH GIBSON AMPHITHEATRE/LOS ANGELES, CA
30TH SDSU OPEN AIR THEATRE or SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA/SAN DIEGO, CA


1ST NOVEMBER ANSELMO VALENCIA AMPHITHEATRE/TUCSON, AZ

Click Here for the list of tourdates

4th July 2005


The routing for our South American leg of the tour has been changed slightly - please see revised dates:

MEXICO & SOUTH AMERICA - SEPTEMBER 2005

1st AUDITORIO COCA-COLA/MONTERREY
3rd SPORTS PALACE/MEXICO CITY
6th GIGONTINHO/POTO ALEGRE
8th CLARA HALL/RIO DE JANEIRO
9th ARENA SKOL/SAO PAULO
11th FERROCARRIL OESTE/BUENOS AIRES
13th PISTA ATLETICA/SANTIAGO
16th ROBERTO CLEMENTE COLISEUM/PUERTO RICO

Click here for the list of tourdates

13th June 2005


There appears to some confusion about what I have said to fans about  backstage passes - the backstage area is a working area for us - however, of course we have people backstage - whether it is record company personnel, retailers, radio, press or tv people, endoresment personnel or the  band's personal guests - what I am saying is that it is not possible to issue passes to every fan who writes in (and I do get hundreds of emails every day asking for them!) - no matter how we try and control the backstage area there are always people who will let fans through whether they are connected to the support act or venue staff - they do not get their passes from us - unless they are authorised by us!  Of course the guys will say hello to fans if they see them backstage - they always have time for their fans!

Jayne Andrews

8th June 2005


South America Tour - Sept 2005


We are very pleased to announce the following dates in Mexico and South America - Whitesnake will be our special guests!

2005 world tour dates

21st May 2005


I have just flown back from Japan with the Band where they played to really amazingly enthusiastic audiences throughout - they blew the roof off at the last two shows at the Budokan in Tokyo!! Every show was fantastic!! We all had a really great time together and want to thank the Japanese fans for their loyalty and support!!

We have just confirmed some dates in South America and Mexico and will be announcing them shortly!!

We are working on a second leg in the US and Canada and once finalised will announce the dates here.

We notice there are some comments being made about us cancelling shows - (and of course with that goes the usual spate of ridiculous rumours!!) I would like to put the record straight - this is totally untrue - we have not cancelled any shows at all anywhere!! We were looking at the possibility (and I repeat possibility) of maybe being able to do a few more shows in Europe in the summer but due to various logistical reasons these never came together and we did not confirm any of them - if 'people' chose to take it upon themselves to announce dates when we are only at the enquiry stage - when nothing is finalised - them I'm afraid we cannot be held responsible for that!!!
We will announce any dates once we finalise them - until then don't believe it!!!! We are making our plans for the next year so be patient - once we have more dates confirmed you will read about them here!!

Jayne Andrews

10th May 2005

The Band have just started their tour of Japan - the first show went incredibly well!! Here are some photos from that show:

 

PACIFICO, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - SUNDAY 8TH MAY, 2005

        

           

 

26th Apr 2005


We are being asked by many fans if they can 'buy passes to the meet & greets that will be held at the venues' during our US tour - please note we have not agreed to any general meet & greets at venues and nor have the venues!! - this information is incorrect and is not coming from us!!

The only M & G's we are arranging are though bona fide radio station competitions or agreed promotional ones - and you have to win the competition to be a part of them!! There are no passes for sale!!! If anyone buys one then trust me they will not be genuine and will not be valid for anything!!! We don't want anyone to be disappointed by thinking they have a pass to a Judas Priest M & G and then discover that they haven't!!!

Jayne Andrews

15th Apr 2005

Judas Priest

Single: Worth Fighting For

16th May 2005

The godfathers of Heavy Metal are set to release the second single from their hugely acclaimed album “Angel of Retribution”.

Click Here for the complete Press Release.

14th Apr 2005

JUDAS PRIEST Announces U.S. Tour Dates For Summer 2005 to Promote the New, Critically Acclaimed Hit Album ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION

More Dates to Follow

Click Here to download the full press release as a Word Document.

12th Apr 2005


Please be a little bit patient and understand that the world is a very big place and trying to set up shows worldwide takes time!!!! We can't be everywhere all at once!!
We haven't forgotten about Canada - just as we haven't forgotten about all the other places like South America, Mexico, France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand etc., etc!!! We are working on many other dates and will be announcing them just as soon as they are finalised - so please have a little bit of faith and trust us!! When we have some dates confirmed in Canada and everywhere else you will read them here!!

Jayne Andrews
12th April, 2005

8th Apr 2005


We are very pleased to announce our US dates in full as listed here - Special Guests are Queensryche.

7th Apr 2005


Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule our show (which was cancelled by the Polish government due to the death of the Pope) in Katowice at the end of this leg of the tour - due to prior commitments this really isn't possible. We are very disappointed that this show had to be postponed but totally understand that this was done out of respect to the Pope but will definitely come back just as soon as we can!! Once we have a confirmed date we will announce it here on our website!!

Jayne Andrews
7th April, 2005

6th Apr 2005


We are very pleased to announce our US Tour Dates.

Click Here to go to the Tour Info section to view the latest Tour Dates

4th Apr 2005


Due to the very sad passing of the Pope the Judas Priest show in Katowice on Wednesday 6th April has had to be cancelled - this is totally beyond our control - the President of Poland has declared all entertainment venues must cancel their shows in respect of 5 days of mourning for the Pope. We will of course try and reschedule this show at a later date - once we confirm any details we will announce them here.

Jayne Andrews
4th April, 2005

3rd Apr 2005


Things are going incredible well on the tour - the band have just finished two weeks of shows in the UK - it was great for them to play in their own country again! It's been many years since they've had the pleasure of doing that together!!

I will be putting some photos from the tour up on the website very soon and would like you to participate with us by
sending in your questions for the band - every now and again I'll ask a band member to answer them and we'll post them on the site!!

The band are back in Europe now for another two weeks of shows then it's a short break before they leave for Japan!! I have announced the first of the US dates - more to follow shortly!!

Jayne Andrews
3rd April, 2005

29th Mar 2005

We are very pleased to announce the following US Tour Dates - there will be more to follow!!

US Tour Dates - Summer 2005

On Sale Date
1ST JUNE XCEL ENERGY CENTER/MINNEAPOLIS, MN 16th April
3RD JUNE TWEETER CENTER/CHICAGO, IL 9th April
4TH JUNE DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE/DETROIT, MI 2nd April
7TH JUNE DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/BUFFALO, NY 23rd April
8TH JUNE VERIZON/MANCHESTER
10TH JUNE PNC BANK ARTS CENTER/HOLMDELL, NJ 9th April
11TH JUNE MOHEGAN SUN/UNCASVILLE, CT
12TH JUNE TWEETER CENTER/BOSTON, MA 9th April
14TH JUNE MONTAGE MOUNTAIN/SCRANTON
15TH JUNE GIANT CENTER/HERSHEY, PA
18TH JUNE TWEETER WATERFRONT/PHILADELPHIA
19TH JUNE NISSAN PAVILION/WASHINGTON, DC 1st April
22ND JUNE FORD AMPITHEATRE/TAMPA, FL
23RD JUNE SOUND ADVICE AMP/WEST PALM BEACH, FL
25TH JUNE VERIZON WIRELESS/SAN ANTONIO, TX
26TH JUNE SMIRNOFF AMPITHEATRE/DALLAS, TX

We are taking Queensryche out with us as Special Guests.

As soon as I have some more information I'll let you all know - the above dates have just been finalised today so if you have read any other information anywhere else it is probably not correct!!!

Jayne Andrews
29th March, 2005

 

Click Here to go to the Tour Info section to view the latest Tour Dates

2nd Mar 2005

 

JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD was invited to meet HRH The Queen along with 500 other people from the Entertainment Industry on Tuesday 1st March, 2005. This special evening reception at Buckingham Palace in London had been arranged to recognize the excellence of British music and its contribution to the culture and economy of the U.K. ROB flew over specially from Finland where he is on tour with the band to fly the flag for Judas Priest at this royal reception!

JUDAS PRIEST's new album, ANGEL OF RETRIBUTION was released in the UK/Europe on Monday 28th February on Sony BMG and in the USA on Tuesday 1st March on Epic Records - the band started their World Tour in Scandinavia on 23rd February, 2005

 

24th Feb 2005

 

Click Here to go to the Angel Of Retribution section to hear a message from Rob Halford!

 

23rd Feb 2005

 

We are very happy to announce the following shows in Japan:

8TH MAY PACIFICO, YOKOHAMA
10TH MAY SHIMIN KAIKAN, NAGOYA
11TH MAY KOSEINKIN KAIKAN, KANAZAWA
13TH MAY YUBIN CHOKIN HALL, HIROSHIMA
14TH MAY ZEPP, FUKUOKA
16TH MAY CASTLE HALL, OSAKA
18TH MAY BUDOKAN, TOKYO

Click Here to go to the Tour Info section to view the latest Tour Dates

 

17th Feb 2005
 

Click Here to go to the Angel Of Retribution Download section for details on the special pre-release download single - 'Revolution'.

 

11th Feb 2005
 

Click here to go to the Angel Of Retribution Information section for more details on the album.

 

9th Feb 2005

Revolution Video Released.

Click Here to go to the Angel Of Retribution Video section to view the Revolution streaming video.

20th Jan 2005

Tour Dates Updated.

Click Here to go to the Tour Info section to view the latest Tour Dates

7th Jan 2005

We have now confirmed a few more dates on our European Tour as detailed below:

April 8th VIENNA BANK HALLE/AUSTRIA
10th MAZDAPALACE/MILAN
12th VISTALEGRE BULLRING/MADRID
13th ATLANTICO PAVILLION/LISBON
14th COLISEO/LA CORUNA
16th VELODROMO ANOETA/SAN SEBASTIAN
17th ST JORDI/BARCELONA

Click Here to go to the Tour Info section to view the Tour Dates

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