2010 News Archive

20th December 2010

Oslo and Bergen dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

14th June Oslo, Norway Spektrum
15th June Bergen, Norway Edward Greig Plass

15th December 2010

Prague and Vienna dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

28th June     02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
29th June     Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria

7th December 2010

Judas Priest announce farewell EPITAPH World 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!!

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27th September 2010

Memories in Music in the Midlands

Fans of Judas Priest have the opportunity to view an exhibit featuring the band.  'Memories in Music in the Midlands' opened in Birmingham, U.K. and will run daily at the St Pauls Gallery, 94 Northwood Street until October 17th.  The exhibit features items from the personal collections of some of the areas amazing musical talent, and an award display of CDs is on view from Judas Priest.  Many other musicians are represented including Steve Winwood and Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason.  Exhibit entry is £3.50.  There are music related items on sale and contests to enter, all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support at home, and Task Brasil's 'Casa Jimmy' abroad, a home for the abandoned street children of Rio.  For all the details go to www.memoriesinmusic.com 

4th August 2010

A&E's Private Sessions: Metal God's Judas Priest take over your Sunday morning!

This Sunday, August 8th at 9am EST: Only on A&E's Private Sessions: Metal God's Judas Priest take over your Sunday morning!

Lead singer Rob Halford joins host Lynn Hoffman to share stories from the road, explain the concept of metal therapy, and talk about the release of Judas Priest's British Steel 30th Anniversary Editions! One of the greatest metal albums of all time just got bigger!

Don't miss performances of "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," "Living After Midnight," and "FreewheelBurning."

Plus surprise guest appearances by the lead singer of Twisted Sister and from  A&E's Growing Up Twisted, Dee Snider, and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister. You won't want to miss this!


Behind The Scenes Clips

 

Dee Snider surprise

 

Metal Therapy

 

Lemmy surprise

 

14th July 2010

 New compilation album: Setlist - The Very Best of Judas Priest

We have a new compilation album out today on Legacy - entitled: Setlist - The Very Best of Judas Priest

Click here for details

25th June 2010

British Steel: 30th Anniversary Edition reviewed by Blabbermouth.net

People throw out the term "classic" so often that it tends to lose its true meaning, but when talking about JUDAS PRIEST's 1980 grand slam"British Steel" the meaning of the word cannot be overstated. It is a classic much like AC/DC's "Back in Black", IRON MAIDEN's "The Number of the Beast", BLACK SABBATH's "Paranoid", andMETALLICA's "Master of Puppets". It is an album that has stood the test of time, sounding as relevant now as it did 30 years ago, based on the establishment of a genre-defining style and a collection of nine flawless, memorable, and immediately recognizable songs. The 30th anniversary edition is now presented to you in suitably remastered form with two bonus tracks, revised artwork (the original cover still stuns the eyes), and an accompanying DVD featuring a full performance and a very informative interview with vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, and guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton. 

As for "British Steel" proper, the only problem is describing its greatness is one of reigning in the unbridled enthusiasm and staving off the inclination to ramble endlessly. I'll try to be succinct. Though 1979's "Hell Bent for Leather" is a classic in its own right, something clicked during the "British Steel" sessions that resulted in the band sharpening its approach to songwriting by compacting its legendary armored attack into nine surgically precise compositions that pound for pound offered just as much, if not more, metal, while putting greater emphasis on catchiness. Both sound and delivery are distinguishing factors, as the recordings feature an unparalleled instrument clarity, as well as a lockstep, militaristic approach previously unheard of and in many respects still unmatched by albums released since.

Sandwiched between too all-out head bangers in "Rapid Fire" and"Steeler" were seven truly diverse tracks, each one a different kind of highlight and inclusive of some of the greatest riffs and melodies in the history of heavy metal. "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight"are the breakout hits on a breakout album, each quintessential anthems with rousing, made-for-FM-radio choruses. "Metal Gods" is the metal march to end all metal marches and "Grinder" is just downright nasty with that clipped bluntness of the main riff and a chorus that is one of the most infamous ever written (yet it is a metaphor for breaking out of life's spirit-destroying routines, as Halford notes during the interview portion of the DVD). "The Rage" offers yet another stark compositional contrast with its reggae-gone-metal verse (still Ian Hill's most conspicuous moment) and a iron and steel avalanche of a chorus that is overwhelmingly heavy even by today's standards. "You Don't Have to Be Old to be Wise" is in many respects the album's most dynamic cut with a refrain tailor-made for the sing-along, while "United" is one of the most, well, unifying heavy metal shout-outs of all time; a simple song with a simple message, yet a message that defines the strength and life-long bonds of the heavy metal community, alternate interpretations notwithstanding.

Bonus-wise, the CD portion of the package rounds out with a live version of "Grinder" and a touching, if melodramatic, cut recorded in 1985 called"Red, White, and Blue". Additionally, Dave Shack's liner notes poignantly capture the feelings evoked by "British Steel" both when it was first released and 30 years later.

That brings us to a spectacular bonus DVD, the centerpiece of which is an excellent 16-song live performance from last year's 30th Anniversary Tour, beginning with "British Steel" played in its entirety. A special selection of tunes like "The Ripper", "Diamonds & Rust", "Victim of Changes","Freewheel Burning", and "You've got another Thing Comin'" follow, sitting alongside "Hell Patrol" and "Prophecy" (from "Nostradamus"). Great audio, great video; case closed. The 30-minute "The Making of British Steel Interview" is engrossing, as each member discusses each of the nine songs, a well as the details of the recording sessions at Tittenhurst Park. The stories behind the creation of the sound effects used for "Metal Gods" are worth the price of admission alone. 

What more can be said about "British Steel"? Lots more, but it's time to wrap things up. In a nutshell, "British Steel" is an album beloved by generations of fans and will continue to be loved by future generations. The 30th Anniversary Edition is an outstanding tribute to it. While an 11 would be a more accurate rating, we'll have to settle on a 10.


- 
Scott Alisoglu


From:
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/showreview.aspx?reviewID=2003
23rd June 2010

Judas Priest: Rob Halford Remembers BRITISH STEEL

Judas Priest: Rob Halford Remembers BRITISH STEEL

http://www.shockhound.com/features/1210-judas-priest--rob-halford-remembers-british-steel

23rd June 2010

Celebrity Drive: Rob Halford interview by Motor Trend

Celebrity Drive: Rob Halford, Judas Priest Lead Singer
British Front Man Has Fondness for American Steel


http://www.motortrend.com/features/consumer/1006_judas_priest_rob_halford_celebrity_drive/index.html

22nd June 2010

Rob Halford: Back To The Future by Bryan Reesman

Rob Halford: Back To The Future
by Bryan Reesman


http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2010/06/04/rob-halford-back-to-the-future/

5th June 2010

Glenn Tipton interview with Exclusive Magazine

Exclusive Magazine’s Ashley Trombley spoke with guitarist Glenn Tipton:

http://www.annecarlini.com/ex_interviews.php?id=1113

27th May 2010

Mark Wilkinson on the 'Art of Heavy Rock' at British Music Experience

On Tuesday 13th July 2010, our cover artist for the past twenty years Mark Wilkinson will be sharing a platform with the designer Andie Airfix talking about  the 'Art of Heavy Rock' at the British Music Experience - which is part of the O2 Arena's exhibition space.

For more details see
http://www.britishmusicexperience.com/heavy-rock

24th May 2010

We received our Grammy's! [Photo updated]

24th May 2010

Rob Halford talks more British Steel in Goldmine Mag


http://www.goldminemag.com/features/rob-halford-talks-more-british-steel

20th May 2010

Rob Halford talks music on MLB.com

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8138187

19th May 2010

We received our Grammy's!

18th May 2010

Rob Halford interview on NoiseCreep


http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/05/11/the-judas-priest-interview-creep-show/

17th May 2010

Reviews of British Steel 30th Anniversary Edition

http://www.metalmaniacs.com/2010/judas-priest-british-steel/
 
http://www.metalexpressradio.com/menu.php?main=reviews&id=3293
 
http://www.torontosun.com/entertainment/music/2010/05/16/13967071.html

http://popdose.com/cd-review-judas-priest-british-steel-30th-anniversary-edition/

16th May 2010

Ronnie James Dio

We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio - our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie's family - Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed.

ROB, GLENN, K.K., IAN & SCOTT
16th May, 2010

14th May 2010

Record Collector Mag: British Steel

http://www.recordcollectormag.com/reviews/review-detail/5632

13th May 2010

Jericho Meets Judas Priest!

Raw Superstar and Fozz Leady Singer Chris Jericho interviews rock royalty Judas Priest, in conjuction with the 30th Anniversary release of their seminal album, "British Steel." Check out part one of the exclusive interview here:
 
http://www.wwe.com/inside/superstartosuperstar/exclusives/jerichojudaspriest

13th May 2010

OUT NOW!


Check out British Steel 30th anniversary trailer featuring clips from the stunning British Steel Live show plus interview with the band, taken from the bonus DVD - click here now.

Why you need to own this record:
 

"To me Judas Priest were the first heavy metal band…the darkness, aggression and energy of Priest is undeniable and their twin guitar sound is the template for everything that came after them." Scott Ian, Anthrax

"Without Priest we wouldn’t exist." Matt Heafy, Trivium

"A world-beater at the time, British Steel’s impact still echoes today. It’s an album that played a huge part in defining the geography of the metal landscape." KKKK Kerrang!

"A bumper triple-disc package that once again rams home the brilliance of Priest’s breakthrough release…the ultimate version of a timeless classic." Metal Hammer

"Hugely influential, British Steel is Priest’s career-defining masterpiece." ***** Mojo

"What a celebration this is…an essential buy." Rocksound



Available in 2 editions:
Strictly Limited Deluxe edition (pictured): - Original album + Live album + Live DVD & exclusive 30 minute ‘Making of British Steel’ interview.

CD/DVD edition: Original album + Live DVD & exclusive 30 minute ‘Making of British Steel’ interview.

For full tracklistings and to order your copy if you live in the UK click on one of these links for the limited edition version:
Amazon | HMV | Play or on one of these for the standard version Amazon | HMV | Play.

If you are a resident of the US, the deluxe 3 disc set is available in a limited quantity exclusively at JudasPriest.com. Click here to be one of the few lucky fans to own this incredible package. US residents can also order the standard version by clicking here.

All other non-US/UK residents can click here to pre-order their copy.

 

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13th May 2010

Replay of Rob Halford on Rockline Radio

Rockline Replay! 

We've made it easier than ever to listen to previous ROCKLINE shows! You can choose from any of our four most recent shows.
Just press the green PLAY button to get started; or, if you need to skip ahead, no problem - choose from any of the 5 on-air segments to catch what you missed!
 

Judas Priest: British Steel 30th Anniversary!

http://www.rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php

12th May 2010

British Steel 'Listening Party' on Spinner

Listen now to the British Steel 30th Anniversary Edition at the Spinner 'Listening Party' at http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/5

12th May 2010

30th Anniversary of British Steel event with Clear Channel

Last night some lucky contest winners, courtest of Clear Channel's Q104, were able to attend a screening of the Concert DVD from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel as well as a Q&A between Rob Halford and Jonathan Clarke.  Those who weren't lucky enough to be there in person, don't feel left out, you can view the photos and video interview online.
 
View the Photo Gallery

http://www.q1043.com/cc-common/gallery/display.html?album_id=230323
 
Video the Video Interview (new clips will be added daily, so keep checking back)
http://www.q1043.com/mediaplayer/?station=WAXQ-FM&action=music&item=161454446

11th May 2010

You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise (Live) - Video Premiere

VEVO/YouTube is proud to be able to show you the video premiere of "You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise (Live)", another video from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel, which hits stores today!

http://www.vevo.com/watch/judas-priest/you-dont-have-to-be-old-to-be-wise-live/GB1101000157

11th May 2010

Listen to Rob Halford on Rockline Radio

Judas Priest!

http://www.rocklineradio.com/

To speak with Rob Halford you must call Monday night between 8:30pm PT to 10:00pm PT, or 11:00pm to 1:00am ET. You can listen to the broadcast on both nights by following the simple "Listen Live" instructions on this website. The show will be streamed here beginnign on Tuesday, May 11th. PLEASE CALL ON MONDAY ONLY!!!

It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years since the breakthrough, genre defining album, “British Steel” was released by Judas Priest. The first thing that grabbed you was the cover, the iconic chills-up-the-spine image of a hand gripping a double edged razor blade so mightily that it was well into the flesh. It’s an unforgettable entre to one of the greatest albums ever created, one which not only provided Priest previously undreamt of recognition and reward, but also a release that drew a line of demarcation between traditional blues based Rock and Roll and Metal. It also meant that Priest could become a mainstream band and still retain their credibility and perform music their way.

One of the first things which grabs you with the brand new “British Steel: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition” is that the hand, which conveyed a bamboo-shoots-under-the- fingernails creepiness is gone, replaced by the inevitable blood which was bound to ensue after such hand was removed from the shimmering steel blade which had seeped into the consciousness of any self respecting rocker. Two paragraphs in and we haven’t gotten past the cover.

Well presented with extras worth having, such as two previously unreleased songs from the era and a DVD of their August 2009 concert at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL, the 30th anniversary release is must have. The re-mastered version (done in 2001) brings out the dynamics of the music without compromising the original recordings.  5.1 surround sound for the DVD further enhances the feeling of having actually attended the show. Good thing too because this is how you’re going to see Judas Priest in concert in 2010. They’re taking a year off from touring, having earned the right to do whatever they want at this point; they are the Metal Gods after all.

The concert on DVD captures the band performing their gold standard for albums, “British Steel”  live in its entirety and proper sequence serving as a reminder that this was one of the great rock albums ever created and recorded, far beyond just the hits on the radio, “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law”. In fact, it is the non-radio songs which serve as the spine and framework for this important statement from the Birmingham band. “British Steel” has longtime concert favorites like “Metal Gods”, groundbreaking guitar work on “The Rage” and “Steeler” and the anthemic “United”. Performed from cut one straight through to the end serves as an explosive display of a band that hit it out of the park in 1980. Our guest for this show, Rob Halford, proclaimed during last year’s tour that performing the album in its entirety was a dream and for fans, because there isn’t a bad song on the album, a criterion for all proclaimed classic albums, it was nirvana. JudasPriest.com and MySpace are two of the band’s websites.

 

The Metal God himself, Rob Halford, will join us to take calls and answer your questions about this memorable release and all things Priest On Monday May 10 and rebroadcast on Wednesday May 12, only on the next ROCKLINE!

11th May 2010

Glenn Tipton interview on MSN Heavy Metal Superfan

http://music.msn.com/superfans/heavy-metal/blog/interview-glenn-tipton-judas-priest/?icid=MUSIC2&GT1=MUSIC2

11th May 2010

"Living After Midnight (Live)" Video Premiere

AOL's Noisecreep is excited to premiere the second video from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel today, "Living After Midnight (Live)".

 

http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/05/10/judas-priest-still-living-after-midnight-exclusive-video/

11th May 2010

Judas Priest Interview on BBC Radio1 Rock Show

Listen online to the Judas Priest Interview on BBC Radio1 Rock Show

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s9wlp#segments

(Listen back valid for a week)

10th May 2010

"Breaking The Law (Live)" from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel premiere's today at VEVO!

"Breaking The Law (Live)" from the 30th Anniversary Edition of British Steel premiere's today at VEVO!
Album in-store everywhere tomorrow, or order now from
judaspriest.com

http://www.vevo.com/watch/judas-priest/breaking-the-law-live/GB1101000154

7th May 2010

Judas Priest UK radio and TV appearances

Tune in for a weekend of fantastic Judas Priest interviews centering on the 30th Anniversary reissue of British Steel. PLANET ROCK RADIO will be celebrating all things Priest this Saturday (8th May at 6pm /repeated again on Thursday 13th May at 11pm) - hear Rob Birnie chat to Rob and Glenn and play some classic Priest. Planet Rock is available on DAB digital radio in the UK , Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730 and Online Worldwide at www.planetrock.com

The Rob, Glenn, K.K. and Ian were also special guests of IAN CAMFIELD and you can hear Ian's interview along with a chance to win copies of the deluxe reissue this Saturday 8th May at 10pm on the XFM ROCK SHOW [http://www.xfm.co.uk/onair/shows/the-xfm-rock-show-with-ian-camfield]

That not enough Priest for you...well, tune in on Monday night to the RADIO 1 ROCK SHOW with Daniel P Carter to hear Rob and Glenn talk about British Steel in all it's glory and remember, you can listen live online and listen back in the week following the show; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wq4s

And for a truly brilliant track-by-track run down watch SCUZZ TV (Sky Channel 374) on Thursday 27th May at 11pm for an interview with Rob, Glenn, K.K and Ian about the recording, the inspiration and the tales behind the legendary British Steel!

4th May 2010

Judas Priest interview links

Check out this great clip from Monday night's Headbanger's Ball with Full Metal Jackie and Judas Priest's very own Rob Halford.

 



Make sure to tune into "Off The Record" with Joe Benson on May 8th for a special double header featuring the music of Judas Priest and Joe's brand new conversation with singer Rob Halford!
http://www.unclejoebenson.com/xotr.html

 



Check out Judas Priest Bassist Ian Hill as he discusses the 30th Anniversary of British Steel!
http://www.bravewords.com/features/1000737

 



Metal Gods Judas Priest Flex Their British Steel.
http://allaccessmagazine.com/2010/04/15/judas-priest/

28th April 2010

Judas Priest are taking a break from touring this year

Judas Priest are taking a break from touring this year - they need time to recharge their batteries having just recently finished a two year World Tour in Japan at the end of 2009!

They will of course be promoting the release of 'BRITISH STEEL - 30TH ANNIVERSARY' which is due out in May 2010.
 
Watch out for the PRIEST MACHINE which will be rolling out again touring the world in 2011 & 2012!   The band will be back at a venue near you pounding out their special brand of classic metal as ferociously as ever!

28th April 2010

British Steel 30th Anniversary Editions

10.05.2010

"One of the most important, influential and imitated bands ever" Kerrang!

"ultimate version of a timeless classic" Metal Hammer

"Without Priest there simply wouldn't be heavy metal. From the dueling leads of Tipton and Downing to Halford's inhuman vocal range they were not only influential, but unstoppable…the boys from Birmingham will always own heavy metal." Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste)



Judas Priest is one of the true classic heavy metal bands. Known worldwide for their spectacular stage shows, they have been making seminal metal for over 30 years, influenced generations and sold in excess of 30 million albums.

It was 'British Steel' that took Judas Priest to the masses with huge anthems like 'Breaking The Law and 'Living After Midnight'. Now Sony Music is celebrating 30 years of one of the greatest metal albums of all time with stunning new anniversary editions, released 10th May.

In 2009 Judas Priest performed ‘British Steel’ in its entirety for the first time ever as part of their 30th Anniversary US tour. This ultimate live experience was captured in front of a vibrant American audience on 17th August at The Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida and in full 5:1 surround and stereo sound, courtesy of original ‘British Steel’ producer, Tom Allom. This show is included on DVD in both editions and also features other live tracks from their impressive catalogue plus a 30 minute ‘Making Of British Steel’ interview with the band.

Available in 2 editions:
Strictly Limited Deluxe edition (pictured): - Original album + Live album + Live DVD & exclusive 30 minute ‘Making of British Steel’ interview.

CD/DVD edition: Original album + Live DVD & exclusive 30 minute ‘Making of British Steel’ interview.

For full tracklistings and to pre-order your copy if you live in the UK click on one of these links for the limited edition version: Amazon | HMV | Play or on one of these for the standard version Amazon | HMV | Play.

If you are a resident of the US, the deluxe 3 disc set is available in a limited quantity exclusively at JudasPriest.com. Click here to be one of the few lucky fans to own this incredible package. US residents can also order the standard version by clicking here.

All other non-US/UK residents can click here to pre-order their copy.

 

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27th April 2010

Rob Halford featured guest on Rockline Monday May 10

ROB HALFORD will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated US radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday May 10, 2010 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET.
Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK  (7625).
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to

www.RocklineRadio.com
This broadcast will be available for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the evening of the day following the show.

27th April 2010

Glenn Tipton and KK Downing talk British Steel on MusicRadar.com

We had no idea we were making anything special," says Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton of the 1980 album British Steel, now celebrating its 30th anniversary and heralded by millions of fans as a defining moment, not only for the band but for heavy metal as a genre.

"After we finished it, we listened back and we knew we liked it, but we couldn't have anticipated the effect it would have on our careers. Its success shocked us all."

Co-guitarist KK Downing recalls that “the songs felt a bit tighter than anything we had done prior. But we didn’t sit down and say, 'Right, this is what we need to get on the radio.' As the saying goes, we were flying by the seat of our pants.”

Read on at
MusicRadar.com

22nd April 2010

Rob Halford will guest on the US Full Metal Jackie's radio show

Rob Halford will guest on the US Full Metal Jackie's syndicated metal radio show this weekend (4/23-4/25) to talk about celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Judas Priest's BRITISH STEELand the special new edition of the album!

To find a radio station near you carrying the show, go to
fullmetaljackieradio.com

22nd April 2010

PRESS RELEASE: A Razorsharp Metal Classic Gets Its Due!

A Razorsharp Metal Classic Gets Its Due!

JUDAS PRIEST’S BRITISH STEEL 
CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

The album that introduced “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight”

Judas Priest - Winners of the 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance”

  BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION CD + DVD package:
•  CD features 2001 remaster of original 9-song album with two bonus tracks
•  DVD features live 16-song set from the 2009 U.S tour (the album sequence
 plus seven more tunes) plus new “Making of British Steel” interview
•  Available at both physical and digital retail outlets starting May 11, 2010

BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION 2CD + DVD package:
•  CD1 features 2001 remaster of original 9-song album with two bonus tracks
•  CD2 is the DVD’s live audio counterpart, featuring similar tracklist to the DVD
•  DVD features live 16-song set from the 2009 U.S tour (the album sequence
plus seven more tunes) plus new “Making of British Steel” interview
•  Available EXCLUSIVELY through
www.judaspriest.com

In the summer and fall of 2009, while on tour throughout North America and Japan, Judas Priest celebrated the 30th anniversary of British Steel at each of their concert stops.  Each night featured a complete performance of their breakthrough album – source of “Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” “Metal Gods,” “Grinder,” and more.  Released in April 1980, British Steel became Priest’s first RIAA platinum Top 40 album in the U.S., their first Top 10 studio album in the UK. 

Judas Priest is comprised of lead vocalist Rob Halford, dueling lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and (since 1989) drummer Scott Travis.

Now British Steel’s 30th anniversary moment officially arrives, commemorating one of the most influential albums in heavy metal, a record that fellow musicians and disciples credit for unleashing metal from its blues origins. Columbia/Legacy will issue two separate packages on May 11, 2010: BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available through standard retail and digital outlets, while the BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION box set will only be available through
www.judaspriest.com

BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION features the 2001 remaster of the original 36-minute, nine-song album (plus two bonus tracks).  Also included is a DVD which combines a live 16-song concert filmed in August 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood, Florida (the album sequence plus seven more cuts), with a 30-minute “Making of British Steel” interview that includes all four original band members.  

BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION will be released exclusively through the D2C (“direct-to-consumer”) weblink,
www.judaspriest.com.   This is a three-disc package containing the same two discs – the album with bonus tracks and DVD – plus the DVD’s live audio on CD.  (Due to timing constraints, there are six additional live tracks on the CD rather than seven as on the DVD.)

There is no overstating Judas Priest’s position at the very top of heavy metal’s Mount Olympus, and the critical importance of their deep album catalog on Columbia Records in the U.S., from 1977’s Sin After Sin to 1990’s Painkiller.  In 2004, Halford reunited with Judas Priest and the band returned to Sony Music Entertainment.  The appropriately leather-bound and metal-spiked five-disc retrospective boxed set Metalogy was followed in 2005 by Angel of Retribution (#13 on the Billboard 200 albums chart) and in 2008 by Nostradamus (#11). 

In 2009, A Touch of Evil: Live  recapped Judas Priest’s world tours of the previous four years.  One of its tracks, “Dissident Aggressor” earned Judas Priest their first Grammy Award this year, for Best Metal Performance. 

Indeed, Judas Priest is celebrated as progenitors of metal’s defining sound.  The upgraded version of Behind The Music – Judas Priest (Re-Mastered) continues in circulation on VH1, and the band’s influence spreads far beyond the 30 million albums, singles and videos they have sold worldwide in their career. 

British Steel

The long-term association (eight consecutive live and studio albums) between Judas Priest and producer Tom Allom includes this classic, their second LP together.  It was recorded in four weeks at Tittenhurst Park, previously owned by John Lennon, and the home of Ringo Starr at the time.  Radio airplay on AOR (album-oriented rock) stations for “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law” (with its early promo video clip by Julien Temple) propelled the LP to #34 in Billboard and an 18-week stay on the chart.

When the Judas Priest album catalog on Columbia was restored for the first time starting in 2001, the band members offered their own recollections (in lieu of a liner notes essay) on each individual CD.  They recalled the clanging sounds of “trays of cutlery” and “billiard cues” heard in “Metal Gods,” which became a concert favorite along with “The Rage.”  Of the bonus tracks, “Grinder” is a live version recorded in 1984;  and “Red, White & Blue,” written as a sing-along for the Turbo album sessions in 1985, never quite made the cut.  “A little tongue in cheek,” the 2001 notes declared, “it is also very patriotic and may bring a tear to your eye!”

When British Steel was issued in 1980, a Columbia Records promotion involved a giveaway contest for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (signed by the band members) that Rob had taken to riding onstage at shows each night.  Three decades later, the 2009 tour resurrected the contest with another ‘autographed’ Harley. 

The British Steel 2009 U.S Live Tour

As planned, Judas Priest hit the stage running every night of their summer tour, crashing into “Rapid Fire,” the opening track of British Steel, and reclaiming the other eight songs on the record in grand style.  Of course, the concerts did not end there.  The band tore through another program-length of songs from the four corners of their history, starting with “The Ripper,” from their first Columbia LP, 1977’s Sin After Sin.

“Prophecy” dated from their most recent studio album of 2008, Nostradamus; “Hell Patrol” was from the Columbia album of 1990, Painkiller; “Victim Of Changes” is one of the staples from their 1976 album Sad Wings of Destiny; “Freewheel Burning” was one of the stellar tracks (along with “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”) that sent their 1984 album Defenders of the Faith to RIAA platinum; “Diamonds & Rust” is their jaw-dropping treatment of a Joan Baez song from Sin After Sin; and the show closed with “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” Judas Priest’s singular appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, from 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance.

Tom Allom and Judas Priest were reunited again (having worked together not so long ago on the audio for the DVD ‘Rising In The East’) for the live recordings that comprised 2009’s A Touch of Evil.  Allom is responsible for the stereo and 5.1 SurroundSound mixes of the live recording from the Seminole Hard Rock Arena concert that appears in these new editions of British Steel.  The DVD will also include the bonus feature, “The Making Of British Steel,” a 30-minute interview featuring the four original band members.


 
BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION by JUDAS PRIEST
(Columbia/Legacy 88697 66744 2)

Disc One: CD - BRITISH STEEL (remastered in 2001)
1. Rapid Fire • 2. Metal Gods  • 3. Breaking the Law • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 7. Living After Midnight • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • Bonus tracks: 10. Red, White & Blue • 11. Grinder (live).

Disc Two: DVD - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DVD (Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009) 
1. Rapid Fire • 2. Metal Gods  • 3. Breaking the Law • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 7. Living After Midnight • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • 10. The Ripper • 11. Prophecy • 12. Hell Patrol • 13. Victim Of Changes • 14. Freewheel Burning • 15. Diamonds And Rust • 16. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.


 
BRITISH STEEL: 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION by JUDAS PRIEST
(Columbia/Legacy 88697 66740 2)

Disc One: CD - BRITISH STEEL (remastered in 2001)
1. Rapid Fire • 2. Metal Gods  • 3. Breaking the Law • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 7. Living After Midnight • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • Bonus tracks: 10. Red, White & Blue • 11. Grinder (live).

Disc Two: CD - 30TH ANNIVERSARY - LIVE (Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009) 
1. Rapid Fire • 2. Metal Gods  • 3. Breaking the Law • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 7. Living After Midnight • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • 10. The Ripper • 11. Hell Patrol • 12. Victim Of Changes • 13. Freewheel Burning • 14. Diamonds And Rust • 15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.

Disc Three: DVD - 30TH ANNIVERSARY DVD (Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida, August 17, 2009) 
1. Rapid Fire • 2. Metal Gods  • 3. Breaking the Law • 4. Grinder • 5. United • 6. You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise • 7. Living After Midnight • 8. The Rage • 9. Steeler • 10. The Ripper • 11. Prophecy • 12. Hell Patrol • 13. Victim Of Changes • 14. Freewheel Burning • 15. Diamonds And Rust • 16. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.
7th April 2010

K.K. Downing and Ian Hill interview on Bruce Dickinson's BBC 6Music Rock Show

K.K. Downing and Ian Hill interview on Bruce Dickinson's BBC 6 Music Rock Show this coming Friday 9th April:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/bruce_dickinson/

The 'Listen Back' link will be live from after the show for one week

23rd March 2010

Judas Priest is featured in a new book, Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics. In a new interview conducted exclusively for the book, Rob Halford details the creative process that resulted in "Breaking the Law", "Electric Eye," and "Eat Me Alive," in full chapters about each song that also examine their social and cultural signficance, both then and today.

Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the '80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics is in-stock or available for order at major book retailers, and also online at
Amazon, Borders, Delmar Cengage Learning and other online retailers.

7th February 2010

Judas Priest win at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Judas Priest win the Grammy for Best Metal Performance!!!!

* Dissident Aggressor
* Track from: A Touch Of Evil — Live

Beating off competition from other nominees:
LAMB OF GOD - "Set to Fail" (from "Wrath")
MEGADETH - "Head Crusher" (from "Endgame")
MINISTRY - "Señor Peligro" (from "Adios...")
SLAYER - "Hate Worldwide" (from "World Painted Blood")


In his acceptance speech, Rob Halford said, "The fifth time is the charm." He mentioned that Priest have been making metal for 35 years and that they still love what they do. He also thanked Bill Curbishley and Jayne Andrews (management),  the label, all the radio stations and press that have supported the band, and he dedicated the award to all heavy metal fans. [You can watch his acceptance speech in full by clicking on his photo above.]

(Scott Travis and Rob Halford on the red carpet at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards).

1st February 2010

Judas Priest won the Grammy for Best Metal Performance!!!!

We are so knocked out - what a fantastic night!! Absolutely thrilled!

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