2011 News Archive

23rd December 2011

Switzerland 2012 Tour Date announced

12th May - Forum, Fribourg, Switzerland

 

16th December 2011

Czech Republic and Slovakia 2012 Tour dates announced!

8th May - Arena, Pardubice, Czech Republic
9th May - Incheba, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

15th December 2011

Ukraine and Russia 2012 Tour dates announced!

16th April - Sportpalace, Kiev, Ukraine
18th April - Crocus Hall, Moscow, Russia
20th April - Jubileny, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

10th December 2011

Revolver: Rob Halford Pays Tribute to Dimebag Darrell

http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=29097

 

10th December 2011

Holland Tour Date announced

24th May - Kerkrade Arena, Kerkrade, Holland

 

7th December 2011

More European Tour 2012 dates announced!

22nd April - Icehall, Helsinki, Finland
27th April - Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
28th April - Arena, Leipzig, Germany
30th April - Muensterland, Munster, Germany
1st May - Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf, Germany
3rd May - Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany
4th May - Arena, Nurnberg, Germany
11th May - Palabam, Mantova, Italy
15th May - Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain
16th May - ST Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
18th May - Arena, Sevilla, Spain
20th May - Velodromo, San Sebastian, Spain
23rd May - Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium

 

6th December 2011

European Tour 2012 dates

The first of the European Tour 2012 dates to be announced are:

14th April - Spodek, Katowice, Poland
24th April - Cloetta Center, Linkoping, Sweden
25th April - Hovet Ice Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
5th May    - Linz Arena, Linz, Austria

 

5th December 2011

More European Shows for 2012 - announcement soon!

We are in the process of finalising some more European shows for 2012 - mainly markets we we didn't get to on the 2011 summer leg - dates to be announced very soon!

 

30th November 2011

Photos: Judas Priest Live in Salt Lake City

http://www.revolvermag.com/photos/photos-judas-priest-live-in-salt-lake-city.html

 

17th November 2011

Seoul, Korea 2012 Tour Date announced!

4th February 2012 Olympic Hall, Seoul, Korea

 

16th November 2011

Glenn and Rob interviews by Bryan Reesman

http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/11/15/glenn-tipton-film-composer/

http://www.bryanreesman.com/blog/2011/11/16/digital-playlist-rob-halford/

 

16th November 2011

More Judas Priest links

http://www.theaquarian.com/2011/11/16/interview-with-judas-priest-goodbye-but-not-farewell/

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/judas-priest-cleveland-concert-review-2011/

 

14th November 2011

Singapore 2012 Tour Date announced!

20th February 2012 - Fort Canning Park, Singapore

 

7th November 2011

YouTube video - Richie talks about "The Chosen Few"

 

 

4th November 2011

Judas Priest interviewed on Vh1 Classic Rock Nights (MP3)

Judas Priest interview 6th Oct 2011 Vh1 Classic Rock Nights 31:12 MP3  57 MB Click Here

 

31st October 2011

YouTube video - Ian Hill on "The Chosen Few" song choices

 

 

26th October 2011

YouTube video - Rob discusses "The Chosen Few"

 

 

24th October 2011

Loudwire interviews Rob Halford and Ian Hill

Metal Gods Judas Priest have kicked off the North American leg of their ‘Epitaph Tour,’ which they claim will most likely be the last large world tour of their over 40-year career.

 

The band recently released the compilation album, ‘The Chosen Few.’ The collection features Priest classics chosen by members of such bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Lamb of God and Guns N’ Roses, among others, who celebrate the career of the heavy metal veterans.

 

We sat down with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and bassist Ian Hill in New York City shortly before their performance of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.’ In addition to answering some of our Loudwire readers’ questions, the legendary vocalist and bassist spoke about the ‘Epitaph Tour,’ their new guitarist Richie Faulkner, their upcoming studio album and more:

Read full interview at
 http://loudwire.com/judas-priest-rob-halford-ian-hill-interview-chosen-few-upcoming-album/

 

21st October 2011

YouTube video - Glenn discusses "The Chosen Few"

 

 

19th October 2011

Metal Express Radio audio interview with Richie Faulkner

http://www.metalexpressradio.com/interviews/Richie_Faulkner_(Judas_P)_Int_2011.m3u

 

19th October 2011

Judas Priest British Steel on HDNet TV schedule

HDNet

(all times are US EST):

Judas Priest: The Making Of British Steel
Sunday, 10/30 - 2:40 PM
Tuesday, 11/01 - 1:25 PM

Judas Priest Live: British Steel 30th Anniversary Special
Sunday, 10/30 - 9:05 PM
Monday, 10/31 - 2:10 AM
Tuesday, 11/01 - 1:55 PM

 

19th October 2011

Glenn Tipton Talks To BraveWords.com About Epitaph Tour

For a band on the verge of supposed retirement, UK metal gods JUDAS PRIEST certainly have a lot on their plate to appease fans across the globe. For starters, the newly Chosen Few compilation and Singles Cuts box set have collectors frothing at the mouth. And the five-piece are causing a frenzy amongst tour-goers wondering if this will indeed be the final Epitaph? And of course with new guitarist Richie Faulkner in the ranks, the Priest are firing with all cylinders again. Guitarist Glenn Tipton - who has duelled on-stage with K.K. Downing for nearly forty years before his exit earlier this year - is in fine spirits and rises over any drama in a calm, cool and most certainly collected manner. The revered guitarist spoke to BraveWords.com on the phone from a warm and sunny Reno, Nevada this week, just prior to yet another farewell (?) show. A chat with one of the metal gods can be read here.

 

18th October 2011

The Chosen Few - Youtube video

 

 

17th October 2011

New Japan Tour Date added

17th February 2012   BUDOKAN/Tokyo

 

15th October 2011

"Our Legacy Is In Our Music" A Classic Rock Revisited Interview With Glenn Tipton

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/interviewsGlennTipton.htm

 

14th October 2011

The Chosen Few review by Classic Rock Revisited

Okay, I admit it; this is not the first Judas Priest compilation to hit the market. In fact, it isn’t even the most in-depth, as the band have collections that go much deeper than the 17 tracks found here. It is, however, the coolest one they have ever put out, which, in this Metal Head’s opinion, goes a long way to keeping the Metal flame burning brightly, as the Metal Gods hit the road on their Epitaph tour, which is their last full out, world tour, ever.

Read the full review at
http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/reviewsjudaschosen.htm

 

3rd October 2011

US Date added: Reading PA

26 November - Sovereign Center Arena, Reading PA

 

2nd October 2011

Judas Priest on radio show "Rockline" on Wednesday, October 5

ROB HALFORD, GLENN TIPTON & RICHIE FAULKNER will guest on the US nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, October 5 at 11:30pm eastern time - Fans are encouraged to speak to the guys by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625)

 

29th September 2011

Judas Priest performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!

Attention all fans of Judas Priest:

 On October 7th, 2011 Judas Priest will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Here is where you come in…

 How would you like a chance to be close to Judas Priest’s performance on the show?

 Click on the link below and you will be directed to our “Band Bench” Sweepstakes entry form. Enter for a chance to win seats on our band benches and an opportunity to surround the stage during Judas Priest’s performance. 

 Please make sure you include the following band code: JUD, in your entry form. 

28th September 2011

Judas Priest press conference video - Costa Rica

Judas Priest Press Conference in Costa Rica - September 26th, 2011


Check out the footage below, courtesy of Pandemonium TV.

 

 

17th September 2011

Glenn Tipton's Epitaph World Tour Diary

For up to date news on the Judas Priest EPITAPH World Tour - check out Glenn Tipton's 'On the road diary' on his website - glenntipton.co.uk/tour-diary.asp

 

14th September 2011

More US Tour Dates - Bakersfield and Johnstown

25th October - Rabobank Arena/Bakersfield, CA
19th November - Cambria County War Memorial/Johnstown, PA

 

13th September 2011

Judas Priest Announce New Compilation Album "The Chosen Few"

Some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world picked their favorite Judas Priest songs for the band's forthcoming compilation album, The Chosen Few (out October 11th via Legacy/Sony) – and the result is one of the more interesting Priest tracklistings ever put together.

 

Artists who took part in the 17-track strong The Chosen Few included Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, among others. 

 

"This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."

 

Also included in the set are explanations from each artist about their selection, including Taylor gushing that Priest's early MTV anthem, "You've Got Another Thing Coming," caused the group to become "the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band." Elsewhere, Osbourne finds himself bewildered by a high-pitched note sung by Halford at the beginning of "The Ripper" ("Fuckin hell! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear"). 

 

Judas Priest will launch their farewell Epitaph tour in the U.S. on October 12th in San Antonio, with the latest confirmed set of dates running through December 3rd in Biloxi, Mississippi.

 

The Chosen Few tracklisting:

 

1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) - chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

 

2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) - chosen by Steve Vai

 

3) Exciter (1978) - chosen by Accept

 

4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) - chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

 

5) Delivering The Goods (1979) - chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

 

6) The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) - chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) 

 

7) The Ripper (1979) - chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

 

8) Victim Of Changes (1979) - chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

12) Living After Midnight (1980) - chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

 

13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) - chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)

 

14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) - chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

 

15) The Sentinel (1984) - chosen by Chris Jericho

 

16) Turbo Lover (1986) - chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

 

17) Painkiller (1990) - chosen by Joe Satriani


SOURCE:
 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/judas-priest-announce-new-compilation-album-20110912

 

13th September 2011

Message from Judas Priest

The band have just had a short break after the European Tour and have now started their shows in South American and Mexico - they are looking forward to setting the stages alight throughout this leg as well!!

 

7th September 2011

Lowell, MA Tour Date announced

20th November Paul E Tsongas Arena/Lowell, MA

 

2nd September 2011

Japan Tour Dates announced for 2012

We are happy to announce the following dates for 2012:

2012 - Japan:

7th February   Sunpalace / Fukuoka
9th                   Cacifico / Yokohama
11th                 Kokusai Hall / Kobe
13th                 Alsok Hall / Hiroshima
14th                 Prefectural Arts Theater / Aichi

 

25th August 2011

Happy 60th Birthday to our Metal God!

Happy 60th Birthday to our Metal God - we celebrated with him with a big 'Harley' cake plus a few gifts and cards when we were all together in Berlin!!

Happy Birthday Rob - have a great day!
We all love you!!

Glenn, Ian, Scott, Richie & Jayne
xxxx

Also here from The Jugulator we wish you a happy metal birthday!

 

19th August 2011

US Date added: Winston-Salem, NC

27th November        Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum/Winston-Salem, NC

 

18th August 2011

Update regarding release date for Single Cuts

Important! For technical reasons we had to move the release date to October 10th.
We really appreciate your support and so to say thanks for your patience, we’ve added a free magnet set of Judas Priest Album covers (worth £15) to all box sets that are pre-ordered on this site. All pre-orders will now ship on or before October 10th.

 

12th August 2011

Message from Judas Priest

There has recently been some nonsense and propaganda posted on the internet including on Rob's website, regarding the band and management.  (Rob currently is not controlling his website and absolutely does not agree with the comments)

 

We refuse to get drawn into any public arguments - it is below us and will be dealt with legally.  The band have always jointly made any major decisions and have been with the same management team for over 25 years. Everyone knows and respects them in the music business and we have ultimate faith and trust in the way they have always guided us.

 

We are totally focused now on the Epitaph tour and the reactions every night have been incredible. The shows have been amazing and we’re having the time of our lives!  Our intention now is to travel the world one last time and perform Judas Priest style Heavy Metal for all the fans out there.  The mood in the band has never been better! 

 

We have just completed the European/UK first leg of our world tour and now after a short break are going to South America and then the States - come along - join in and keep the Faith !!

 

ROB, GLENN, IAN, SCOTT & RICHIE

 

26th July 2011

DEFENDING OUR ISLAND - JUDAS PRIEST'S IAN HILL TALKS TO MetalTalk.net

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill talks to MetalTalk.net's Jonathan Churchill about American Idol, producing Priest's next studio album, and the music industry today.

 

This has been a year of headlines for Judas Priest. Initially with the announcement of their final ever world tour, then the retirement of founder-member KK Downing, and finally the exciting revelation that the band will be delivering the goods on a new studio album in 2012.

 

I've come to the Manchester Apollo on a Saturday night to speak to Ian Hill before Priest hit the stage for the latest show in their current UK tour. Ushered into the backstage area past some excited fans hovering by the security doors hoping to meet Halford or Glenn, I'm taken up to wait outside the band's dressing room. 

 

 

I'm delighted to see that in one of the many tour crates stamped with the Judas Priest logo, is the Judas Priest tumble-dryer! In a wonderfully surreal moment, I'm then shooed into the Metal God's dressing room as it's the only available space to speak with Ian. The room is full of studded leather clothing.

 

Ian is totally relaxed, friendly and really interesting to talk with. He's exceptionally modest about his achievements and still retains his Black Country accent and down-to-earth attitude. There's no hint of egotistical rock star, but as an original member of Judas Priest and a constant on every single Judas Priest album and tour, I'm sure there's a lot more to him than meets the eye!

 

MetalTalk.net: Before I start asking about the new album, can you tell us what you thought about your surprise appearance to 40 million unsuspecting Americans on American Idol?

 

Ian Hill: "It was a whirlwind! The lad James – we owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing Heavy Metal to the mass media. For that reason it was something we couldn't turn down. We weren't just representing Judas Priest but the whole Heavy Metal family, if you like.

 

Because we'd had a couple of hits in the 80s in the states, people know the band name well. We're a well-known brand. They may not necessarily associate it directly with the music but everyone knew the name so it wasn't a cold audience. It was fun; we had a great reception!"

 

MetalTalk.net: Moving onto the new album, you have already publicly stated that it's due next year and will be classic Priest. Who will produce the album?

 

Ian Hill: "It's still at a very early stage but it will probably be mainly the band. Glenn will do a lot of the work. We produced 'Nostradamus' ourselves with the help of a great engineer in Attie (Attie Bauw)."

 

MetalTalk.net: In light of Accept and Megadeth's work with Andy Sneap and Rick Rubin's work with Slayer and Slipknot, would you consider an outside 'super producer'?

 

Ian Hill: "We like to work on production ourselves, as we don't want too much outside influence. I remember in the 80s, Stock, Aitken And Waterman approached us to do some tracks and it just didn't work."

 

MetalTalk.net: Did you actually write any songs with them or create any demos?

 

Ian Hill: "We may have laid out a couple of very rough ideas but it would have changed the character of the band too much if we'd gone down that route. We've had a long, successful career doing things our own way and so that's how we'll continue!"

 

MetalTalk.net: You did have outside influence on the 'Defenders Of The Faith' and 'Screaming For Vengeance' albums, via songwriter Bob Halligan Jr. Why was that?

 

Ian Hill: "We'd already done a couple of non-Priest tracks in 'Diamonds And Rust' and 'The Green Manalishi', which had worked well. It's really something the record company pushed us to do, to get a commercial track on the radio. It's funny because by the time we'd finish with the track it's too heavy to release and we ended up going with one of our own! Bob Halligan's a good songwriter but our versions were just too Heavy Metal to release!"

 

MetalTalk.net: You've produced some music in your time – including the band: 'The New Blacks', back in 2006. How did that come about?

 

Ian Hill: "Yes – something I did very cheaply for some friends I helped out. It's a shame it didn't work out for them. I helped with the guitar sound and pointed them in a few directions – was fun doing it. I helped out another band too – Mindfeed."

 

MetalTalk.net: And is your son still in the band Hostile?

 

Ian Hill: "Yep, my sons still in Hostile. It's so difficult to get on now – it's practically impossible unless you're on X-Factor or American Idol. The infrastructure's not there. It took us ten years to make any money, although we did build our name. Even when we started to earn money it all went back into the band – better equipment, better van...

 

"The infrastructure's not there any more. Record companies aren't spending money on new acts. It's as simple as that. Not unless you're already famous. My lad's band's a great band and twenty years ago they'd have got on. But record companies aren't investing money they won't get back. As soon as a record goes on a shelf some idiot is giving it away for nothing online! That's the problem with the internet. Because potentially it's a marvellous channel – totally global – anyone with a computer can access it and release their music to a wide audience. But with no record company money, bands can't make high quality recordings. They're reduced to making records in their garage or bedroom! And even if a band gets on a tour the record company won't put money into it because they still traditionally get money from record sales."

 

MetalTalk.net: What does Sony Music get out of Judas Priest these days?

 

Ian Hill: "Well as I mentioned, we are a global brand. We do still sell. But now all over the world, so now if we sell as many records globally as we used to do in America alone, that's working for us. In the past though you went on tour and could break even or make a small loss – because record sales covered it. Now you make a record in order to promote your tour. This why everybody's coming out of the woodwork! People we haven't heard of for years are out on the road as their back catalogue's drying up! It's ok for us because this is what we've always done."

 

MetalTalk.net: Was breaking the US critical in making Priest a global brand then?

 

Ian Hill: "We did concentrate on America - we admit it. Management and the record company wanted us to do this. But it worked. We're a band that can tour worldwide. But we started doing what 'Rival Sons' are doing now, (opening the show as we recorded this) supporting – possibly REO Speedwagon, if I remember correctly. And some shows with Led Zeppelin."

 

MetalTalk.net: What's it like opening to a disinterested crowd and only getting twenty minutes?

 

Ian Hill: "It's frustrating only playing six songs because you want to play more. But you get your name on the poster and it builds your name and you're thankful for it. We were so pleased to be there in a foreign country playing in front of thousands of people. We were really thankful and you hope if you play well you'll get an extra song – an extra spotlight – anything really!"

 

MetalTalk.net: Moving on to your musical contribution to Judas Priest; as a bass player when you were creating innovative fast tracks like 'Exciter' in the 1970s, (from the 'Stained Class' album) with drummer Les Binks, who specialised in double-kick work – did you have to adapt your style?

 

Ian Hill: "No. I just played quicker – it's as simple as that!"

 

MetalTalk.net: But did you realise your songs would have such an impact after more than thirty years?

 

Ian Hill: "Well we've always done fast songs. One of the magical things about Heavy Metal – there's fast, slow, heavy, light and commercial stuff. Music that will make you weep, or stuff that will make you shit yourself! So Priest always did fast songs – we just played quicker and it was a gradual build up to songs like 'Painkiller'."

 

MetalTalk.net: On which albums do you feel you had most influence?

 

Ian Hill: "Hmmm... let me think... Probably the first two albums – they have lots of bass work on them. And 'Jugulator', that's got some busy bass! Because we have two lead guitarists with distorted sounds, the bass has to remain clear so I don't use any effects. I use a pick to help me play quicker and heavier but it remains a foundation. I haven't changed my style much over the years. The basic Judas Priest sound is just a good foundation of bass and drums and we build on top of that.

 

MetalTalk.net: Are there any bands influencing you at present?

 

Ian Hill: "To be honest not a great deal. We never try to deliberately pick up on outside influences. You do pick up a great deal subconsciously but we wouldn't just go down the record store and see what's selling! I don't tend to listen to much on the tour-bus – by the time I've played a two hour Judas Priest set, I spend the next 22 hours recovering!

 

MetalTalk.net: Ian Hill – thank you very much!

 

Watching Ian Hill on stage that evening, nearly impossible to photograph because he won't stand still, it strikes me how the UK press have largely ignored the exceptional worldwide achievements of Judas Priest, whose world tour will take two years to complete, playing to crowds of metal maniacs across Europe, the US, South America and Asia. It's a staggering achievement by any standards.

 

But, as the recent Home Of Metal exhibition in Birmingham showcases their huge influence on music, along with 1.6million Facebook 'likes', an appearance on the final of American Idol and, at long last, a Grammy, despite this being the last world tour, the future's still bright for Judas Priest.

 
SOURCE:
 http://www.metaltalk.net/columns/20100712.php

 

25th July 2011

REVIEW: Judas Priest w/ Queensr?che & Rival Sons at Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 21st July 2011
 

July 24, 2011

 

You’re going to a concert. Or “gig” as the hip, trendy folk call it these days. You’re not going to any old gig, though. None of this mainstream, poppy crap which is plastered onto the seemingly naive media. You’re going to a metal gig. Or rather, tonight is a show. That’s right, a metal show. But, you may ask, what can I expect from a metal show? Bring forth the metal show checklist:

• Bass (loud)
• Guitars (louder)
• Drums - the kind that you can feel in your legs
• Singing
• Screaming
• Lights
• Devil horns
• Circle pits
• Fire
• Lasers
• Chants
• Leather
• Metal spiky things
• Motorbikes
• Crowd-surfing
• Denim
• Deafness the following day
• Pandemonium

You’re not going to any old metal show, either. Oh no, you’re about to see the masters of metal. Frequently labelled the second pioneer of the cult genre, you’re going to see them in the home of our beloved metal, in the Black Country city of Wolverhampton. Yes, that’s right. You’re going to see Judas Priest and they are going to fuck you sideways.

 

This was a masterclass of metal.

 

I can excuse you if you’ve not heard Judas Priest’s music - it’s not to everyone’s taste after all. But if you haven’t even heard of them, then you’re not even a musical retard, you’re just (and excuse my French here) a dick. Judas Priest have been knockin’ ‘round for over 40 years since they formed from the ashes (or Birmingham, as we know it these days) of the ‘60s, rising to fame in the 1970s. Of course, back then, there was a totally different line-up to the one we’re about to see tonight. In fact, bassist Ian Hill is the only founding member these days, after the departure of K.K. Downing.

 

 

This Epitaph tour is spanning the entire world over the next year or thereabouts, and will unfortunately be the Metal Gods’ last world tour. This isn’t to say that Judas Priest won’t do smaller tours or write any more material, because they will. Don’t forget that these guys aren’t far off their Zimmer frames, aside from K.K.’s replacement, Richie Faulkner, who has only 31 years to his name. Nevertheless, legendary vocalist Rob Halford is 59, ex-Racer X drummer Scott Travis is 49, whilst guitarist Glenn Tipton is 63 and Ian Hill is 60. You can, therefore, understand why Priest have decided to almost semi-retire from the business.

 

 

We’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s have no premature excitement here, thank you very much. For tonight, we have two support acts before Judas Priest bludgeon our faces off. First up are American outfit Rival Sons from the sunny shores of California. A basic stage set mirrors their blues-infused rock, a homage to the music of the ‘70s - keeping it simple and equally as good. Supporting their latest albumPressure & Time, the boys do a fine job of satisfying the metal hungry crowd, most notably with “Burn Down Los Angeles”. Vocalist Jay Buchanan is eerily reminiscent of Led Zep’s Robert Plant, although perhaps guitarist Scott Holiday doesn’t quite live up to Jimmy Page. Nevertheless, some lovely Black Sabbath-esque riffs and Jimi Hendrix-style guitar work culminates in a very good set by the up-and-coming youngsters.[7]

 

 

How lucky are we? Not only are we seeing Judas Priest tonight, but one of the support acts are prog-metallers Queensrÿche. Despite a career covering 30 years, the boys from Seattle (as Geoff Tate told us, anyway) only have 30 or 40 minutes to dazzle us with their beautiful music. And dazzle us, they do. Enforcing a snapshot of their greatest hits, Queensrÿche play such classics as “Jet City Woman”, “Empire” and “Eyes of a Stranger”. We all know how superb a voice lead singer Geoff Tate has, but you don’t realize how good he actually is until you see him live. He’s like a younger Rob Halford with the wide vocal range, bald head and beard. Tate even acts camp on stage, even though he has 4 daughters, apparently. The unfortunately short set list works a stunner on the crowd, converting not only me, but every other person in Wolverhampton’s illustrious Civic Hall. Scott Rockenfield’s concise drumming and Michael Wilton’s psychedelic-inspired metal guitar work combine for an impressive show. [8]

The time has arrived. The black curtain descends, removing the stage from the view of the crowd, “Epitaph” written simply across the banner. The faintly illuminated outline of a cymbal and maybe some stairs can be seen through squinted eyes. The occasional flicker of a roadie’s torch lights up a mic stand or an unrecognizable black shadow. The background music of AC/DC’s Back In Black ceases, replaced by a loud, wailing siren. Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” infiltrates the huge speakers, louder than before. This is the beginning. As Ozzy’s vocals pierce the tension, the crowd begin to murmur along … “… just like witches at black masses …”, ever-increasing until “oh lord, yeah!” is roared by every single voice box in the room. Then, slowly, the strings of “Battle Hymn” can be heard; then the uplifting guitars; and then it starts.

 

 

Once upon a time, there was a band called AC/DC. They wrote a song called “Let There Be Rock” in which they listed the core ingredients: light, sound, drums, guitars and rock. As the last notes of “Battle Hymn” come to an end, the drums begin, followed swiftly by the dual guitar power of Tipton and Faulkner. The curtain drops, revealing the mighty Judas Priest in burning lights, as we are immediately battered with the twin blows of “Rapid Fire” and “Metal Gods” from 1980’s British Steel. Priest are dressed in their typical attire: leather, metal spiky things and what not. You can tell already by the firmly planted smiles on their faces that they are loving every single moment of this.

 

Judas Priest enjoyed every single moment on that stage.

 

The controversially Americanised “Heading Out To The Highway” from Point of Entryinspires an anthemic shout-along to the stadium rock chorus. After yet another costume change by Halford, we’re back for the heaviest number of the night: “Judas Rising” from 2005’s comeback album, Angel of Retribution. Travis’s pounding double bass provides the kind of 21st century metal Judas Priest needed. This is something that Scott Travis does throughout the gig to several of the old songs, before his appointment as drummer back in 1989. He gives them a modernization, such as in the next song, “Starbreaker” from Sin After Sin, a more complex and, ultimately, heavier percussion to accompany the equally technologically advanced guitars. It all goes dark, whilst lasers flutter into the audience: red, green and purple lights subtly lighten the small stage, so you can just about make out Tipton and Faulkner, side by side, as the synchronized melodies of “Victim of Changes” ring out. There’s the old saying “seven minutes in heaven” and this is it.

 

 

Judas Priest’s debut album, Rocka Rolla, was apparently recorded in 1823, according to Rob Halford. Although I’m sure it seems 188 years ago, it was actually released in 1974. “Never Satisfied”, from said album, is next on the promised 2 hour set list. This is swiftly followed by a hauntingly beautiful acoustic rendition of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds & Rust”. Halford’s voice is stunning; the kind that sends a shiver down your spine. It builds and builds until the electric guitars kick in for the second half. A personal highlight in a mammoth show, very rarely does such a song make such an impression live. One of the differences with latest album Nostradamus was the operatic element in the several short instrumentals. “Dawn of Creation” is the opener to the album, introducing the brilliant “Prophecy”, which is just what we get. Halford comes on stage in a shiny, silver hooded cloak and a staff with the Priest logo on top. Yells of “I am Nostradamus” are succeeded by an emphatic end of fireworks from Halford’s staff and flames galore. 

After a vicious “Night Crawler”, the metal gods bring out “Turbo Lover” followed immediately by metal titan, “Beyond The Realms of Death”, one of the greatest ever songs in metal history. It’s like taking a frying pan to the face, the sheer power of the music. A quick blitz through “The Sentinel” and “Blood Red Skies” brings us to a cheeky Fleetwood Mac cover. Although, saying that, it’s not as bizarre as it sounds, having become a Priest classic in the form of “The Green Manalishi”. If you think this is a crowd sing-along, you’ve heard nothing yet. Halford introduces the British Steelbackdrop once more, which can only mean one song. That song. “Breaking the what?” … “breaking the what?” … “breaking the law!”. That’s what! Halford turns the microphone stand towards the audience as Tipton, Faulkner, Hill and Travis commence the immortal riff, commanding the crowd to sing this one, which they do in more than full voice, whilst Halford just head bangs along. After more fire, the lights go dark once more, to come straight back on 30 seconds later. Scott Travis once again emphasizes his drumming delights with a spiffing drum solo, which, if you are one of the musically enlightened such as myself, you will recognize as the introduction to Racer X’s “Scarified” from his former band. There’s only one place this can go, which is straight into the insane drums of “Painkiller”. In my opinion, this is the most metal track just about ever: frantic drums mix with a heavy duty riff and high-pitched screams. You could even call it a lullaby.

 

 

The poor guys. They’ve just played a monster of a concert and all the crowd can do is scream for more amongst chants of “Priest”. The mighty Judas Priest politely comply with the audience’s selfish demands as they launch free-fall into “Electric Eye”, with a backdrop of a massive eye in the background, which is a little freaky. Again, the lights go dark. The rumble and growl of an engine can be heard slightly off-stage. For Priest newbies, this is a little confusing. I, however, know just what is about to happen. Seconds later, Rob Halford rides a Harley motorbike on stage in true metal fashion before they smash into “Hell Bent For Leather”. This is followed by yet another Priest classic, an extended version of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”, complete with a sensational guitar solo by youngster Richie Faulkner. Finally, we finish tonight’s triumphant set with “Living After Midnight” before the lights go down for the last time and Queen’s “We Are The Champions” begins to sound out over the PA system. [10]

It was always going to be a task for Richie Faulkner to fill K.K. Downing’s colossal shoes, but no one expected to him to settle in so well, so quickly. His onstage presence was so confident that you’d have thought he’d been playing with Judas Priest for decades. Faulkner’s guitar work was faultless, blending the powerful rhythm with his intricate, jaw-dropping solos. His air of youth has breathed life into the band, rejuvenating their perhaps former staleness.

 

 

Judas Priest enjoyed every single moment on that stage. Forget ‘enjoyed’, that’s such an understatement, they bloody loved it. They put heart and soul into a night to remember not only for them but their home crowd. By loving playing the music, it allowed us to love watching them play at least one song from every single Judas Priest album (except the ones with Tim “The Ripper” Owens on vocals from the ‘90s). The musicianship was absolutely stunning, the production was incredible and the show of flames, fireworks and motorbikes was blistering for such a small venue. But that wasn’t what made the show. It was the fact it was Judas Priest and the vast amount of superb songs in their discography. You could feel it in the air: this was a show that was going to be remembered.

Tonight, we were truly spoilt. This was a masterclass of metal. The young ‘uns of today need to take note. After all, Judas Priest are metal gods and they must be worshiped for their might. After tonight, you truly realize why they are so respected in the metal community. It had everything, absolutely everything.

 

 

Set list:
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
1. Battle Hymn
2. Rapid Fire
3. Metal Gods
4. Heading Out To The Highway
5. Judas Rising
6. Starbreaker
7. Victim of Changes
8. Never Satisfied
9. Diamonds & Rust
10. Dawn of Creation
11. Prophecy
12. Night Crawler
13. Turbo Lover
14. Beyond The Realms of Death
15. The Sentinel
16. Blood Red Skies
17. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)
18. Breaking The Law
19. Painkiller
20. The Hellion/Electric Eye (Encore)
21. Hell Bent For Leather (Encore)
22. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (Encore)
23. Living After Midnight (Encore)

 

SOURCE: http://hangout.altsounds.com/reviews/132064-judas-priest-w-queensr-che-rival-sons.html

 

13th July 2011

Lady Starlight appearing at some of our UK shows

Lady Starlight, a US classic rock & metal DJ, is going to be appearing at some of our UK shows - listed below - she will be doing a short metal DJ stint between bands at the following shows:

 

Newport Centre

Doncaster Dome

Glasgow secc

Newcstle Arena

Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Bournemouth Bic

 

11th July 2011

Home of Metal - an exhibition exploring 40 years of Heavy Metal and its birthplace

Home Of Metal - a summer season of exhibitions & events celebrating the Black Country and Birmingham as the birthplace of Heavy Metal.

Curated by Capsule, Home of Metal is a celebration of the music that was created in the West Midlands, its legacy and influence across the world.

 

Highlights from the 2011 programme include:

Home of Metal – an exhibition exploring 40 years of Heavy Metal and its birthplace. This exhibition at the prestigious Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, from the 18 June-25 September is informed by original band artefacts and materials from the Home of Metal digital archive, the show is the first metal exhibition of its kind, bringing together unseen memorabilia sourced directly from the fans themselves, and placing it alongside iconic items from metal such as Black Sabbath?s Mob Rules stage cross and original Judas Priest album artwork and costumes. The show will also explore the ingredients that together made Heavy Metal, offering an insight into the region?s industrial history, the early blues-rocks sound, the changing music industry, DIY politics and the global impact of the Heavy Metal.

 

 

Walsall Leather Museum will be displaying stage costumes worn by local heroes of the Heavy Metal scene as part of the exhibition Hell Bent for Leather: Judas Priest and the Heavy Metal Look. This will be a rare opportunity to see costumes from the band's private collection, original artwork by Mark Wilkinson and costume designs by Ray Brown. 

Walsall Leather Museum

Walsall WS2 8EQ

8 July - 10 September Free admission 

 

for further info see: www.homeofmetal.com

 

21st June 2011

More US Tour Dates announced!

We are pleased to announce more dates of the US leg of our 'EPITAPH' tour.

 

27 October Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA

8 November US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

9 November Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL

10 November The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO

15 November Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

16 November The Armory, Rochester, NY

22 November Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

23 November Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC

24 November Bell Centre, Montreal, QC

26 November Sovereign Center, Reading, PA

30 November 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa

1 December Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami

3 December Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi

 

 For the full list of EPITAPH tour dates see here.

 

20th June 2011

Judas Priest - Single Cuts: The complete UK Singles Collection

Judas Priest – Single Cuts


 

The Complete CBS / Columbia UK Singles Collection

 

AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW FROM http://www.myplaydirect.com/judas-priest/

 

Limited to one manufacturing run only. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

 

At the start of their final world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release, for the first time ever, of their complete UK CBS / Columbia singles. 


 

Single Cuts is testament to Priest’s enduring influence and through the singles, tells the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all time. 


 

Presented in a deluxe, numbered box, Single Cuts boasts a massive 52 tracks across 20 CDs, featuring original singles artwork, vinyl replica discs plus booklet including sleeve notes and photos.

 

 Tracklisting

   1977 

  Diamonds and Rust 

  Dissident Aggressor 

   

1978 

  Better By You, Better Than Me 

  Invader  

   

1978 

  Evening Star 

  Starbreaker

   

1978 

  Before The Dawn  

  Rock Forever 

   

1979 

  Take On The World 

  Starbreaker (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978) 

  White Heat Red Hot (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978) 

   

1979 

  Evening Star 

  Beyond The Realms Of Death (Live at the Agora Ballroom, Cleveland 1978) 

  The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)

   

1980 

  Living After Midnight 

  Delivering The Goods (Live In Tokyo)

  Evil Fantasies (Live In Tokyo)

   

1980 

  Breaking The Law

  Metal Gods 

   

1980 

  United 

  Grinder

   

1981 

  Don’t Go 

  Solar Angels 

   

1981 

  Hot Rockin' 3:03 

  Breaking The Law (Live)

  Steeler

  You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise

   

1982 

  You've Got Another Thing Comin' 

  Exciter (Live)

   

1982 

  (Take These) Chains 

  Judas Priest Audio File 

   

1984 

  Freewheel Burning 

  Breaking The Law  (Live from US Festival May 1983)

  You've Got Another Thing Comin'

   

1984 

  Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 

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

  Jawbreaker

   

1986 

  Turbo Lover 

  Hot For Love 

   

1986 

  Locked In 

  Reckless 

  Desert Plains (Live)

  Freewheel Burning (Live)

   

1990 

  Painkiller 

  United 

  Better By You, Better Than Me

   

1991 

  A Touch Of Evil  

  Between The Hammer And The Anvil 

  You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Live)

   

1992 

  Night Crawler 

  Breaking The Law (Live)

  Living After Midnight (Live)

 

19th June 2011

Judas Priest presented with Golden Gods Icons Award

Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton were presented with the Golden Gods Icons Award - this was awarded to Judas Priest and they were very proud to pick it up on behalf of the band.


London
Monday 13th June, 2011

Photo: Mick Hutson/Metal Hammer

14th June 2011

Farewell Tour clarification from Judas Priest

We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.

 When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up........... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.

 

We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours.

 

6th June 2011

Judas Priest - Single Cuts: The complete UK Singles Collection

Judas Priest – Single Cuts

 
The Complete UK Singles Collection
 
 
AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW! 
 
At the start of their final world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release, for the first time ever, of their complete UK / CBS singles.

Single Cuts is testament to Priest’s enduring influence and through the singles, tells the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all time.

Presented in a deluxe, numbered box, Single Cuts boasts a massive 52 tracks across 20 CDs, featuring original singles artwork and labels plus booklet including sleevenotes and photos.

 
 


Tracklisting  

   

1977
  Diamonds and Rust 

  Dissident Aggressor 

   

1978
  Better By You, Better By Me 

  Invader  

   

1978
  Evening Star 

  Starbreaker

   

1978
  Before The Dawn  

  Rock Forever 

   

1979
  Take On The World 

  Starbreaker (Live) 

  White Heat Red Hot (Live)

   

1979
  Evening Star 

  Beyond The Realms Of Death 

  The Green Manalishi

   

1980
  Living After Midnight 

  Delivering The Goods (Live)

  Evil Fantasies (Live)

   

1980
  Breaking The Law

  Metal Gods 

   

1980
  United 

  Grinder

   

1981
  Don’t Go 

  Solar Angels 

   

1981
  Hot Rockin' 3:03 

  Breaking The Law (Live)

  Steeler

  You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise

   

1982
  You've Got Another Thing Comin' 

  Exciter (Live)

   

1982
  (Take These) Chains 

  Judas Priest Audio File 

   

1984
  Freewheel Burning 

  Breaking The Law (Live)

  You've Got Another Thing Comin'

   

1984
  Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 

  The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) 

  Jawbreaker

   

1986
  Turbo Lover 

  Hot For Love 

   

1986
  Locked In 

  Reckless 

  Desert Plains (Live)

  Freewheel Burning (Live)

   

1990
  Painkiller 

  United 

  Better By You, Better Than Me

   

1991
  A Touch Of Evil  

  Between The Hammer And The Anvil 

  You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Live)

   

1992
  Night Crawler 

  Breaking The Law

  Living After Midnight

 

4th June 2011

Judas Priest in the Metal Nooze

Judas Priest debuted new guitarist Richie Faulkner during the season finale of American Idol last week. Priest tore through “Living After Midnight” and “Breakin’ The Law” with former Idol hopeful James Durbin joining Rob Halfordon the mic. Halford told MTV News that Priest decided to do Idol, “Because we've lived so long and done so much stuff in heavy metal and we've seen so many crazy things and heard so many crazy things, when we heard this we went, 'F***! That's incredible, man. Let's do it, you know? This is insane. That's just amazing,'” So as it progressed from 'Another Thing Coming' [performed by Durbin earlier in the season] 'till this point now, when we're on the carpet and we're about to do the show, it's just a dream come true for Priest, for metal and, mostly, for James Durbin!” An estimated 30 million people (!!!!) tuned in to watch the show.

Judas Priest will launch the U.S. leg of its final world tour on October 12 in San Antonio. “We're pulling out all the stops,” says Rob Halford. “We've built a brand new stage set, we've got all the effects that people love us for: the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It's just a full-on metal extravaganza.”  Check out the dates here.

 

30th May 2011

Links about Judas Priest on American Idol

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43175627/displaymode/1247?beginSlide=3

http://knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=7958

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/05/american-idol-judas-priest-beyoncé-lady-gaga-and-spiderman-steal-the-finale-will-your-dollars-reward.html

 

26th May 2011

US/Canada Leg Of Epitaph Tour 2011

We have just finalised the first part of the US leg of our farewell tour - see details below - more to follow shortly!

12 October AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.   On Sale: 17 June 2011
14 October Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
15 October The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX.   On Sale: 17 June 2011
16 October Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX.   On Sale: 11 June 2011
18 October Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ.  
19 October Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
21 October AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ.  
22 October San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
23 October Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
25 October Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
26 October Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA.   On Sale: 15 July 2011
29 October WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA.  
30 October Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.  
1 November Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
2 November Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB.  
4 November Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
5 November 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
12 November The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL.   On Sale: 10 June 2011
13 November Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI.   On Sale: 4 June 2011
18 November Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ.

Epitaph Tour Dates

 

26th May 2011

Message from Judas Priest about American Idol

What an incredible day!

Judas Priest and James Durbin bring heavy metal to mainstream TV - American Idol was such an amazing experience!


http://www.rockaaa.com/news/priest-rock-american-idol-5596

25th May 2011

Judas Priest rocked 'American Idol' on Wednesday night!

No, your eyes did not deceive you – the one and only Judas Priest just debuted their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, tonight on 'American Idol'! Ripping through a medley that included kick ass renditions of two 'British Steel' classics ("Living After Midnight" and "Breakin' the Law") with major Priest fan – and this season 'American Idol' hopeful – James Durbin joining in on vocals.

 

This is the second time that Durbin has professed his admiration for Priest on the show, as he wowed judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler a while back with a rendition of "You've Got Another Thing Comin'." Although Durbin was recently voted off the show, he undoubtedly has a bright rocking future ahead, as evidenced by his multi-octave vocal range.

 

Judas Priest recently announced plans to launch their farewell Epitaph Tour, which will take them around the world, including a just-announced U.S. tour of arenas from October through December, which will also feature opening acts Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy.

 

Speaking on Wednesday to the Rolling Stone website, Priest singer Rob Halford had the following to say about what fans can expect on the group's forthcoming trek. "We're pulling out all the stops. We've built a brand new stage set, we've got all the effects that people love us for – the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It's just a full-on metal extravaganza."

 

Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40 year career. Responsible for not only issuing some of metal's all-time classic albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' and 'Painkiller') and anthems (the aforementioned "Breaking the Law" and "Living After Midnight," and "You've Got Another Thing Coming"), the group has been one of the leading arena rock acts for decades, and single-handedly introduced the "leather look" to heavy metal.

 

And now Judas Priest are set to blast their way round the world one final time.

 

Confirmed Judas Priest U.S. Tour Dates (more dates to be announced shortly):

 

October:

 

12 – San Antonio, TX: AT&T Center

14 – Corpus Christi, TX: Concrete Street Amphitheater

15 – Houston, TX: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

16 – Dallas, TX: Allen Event Center

18 – Tucson, AZ: Ava Amphitheater

19 – San Diego, CA: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

21 – Phoenix, AZ: AZ State Fair

22 – San Bernardino, CA: San Manuel Amphitheater

23 – Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock

25 – Los Angeles, CA: Gibson Amphitheatre

26 – Oakland, CA: Oracle Arena

29 – Seattle, WA: WaMu Theater

30 – Vancouver, BC: Rogers Arena

 

November:

 

1 – Edmonton, AB: Shaw Conference Center

2 – Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome

4 – Salt Lake City, UT: Maverik Center

5 – Denver, CO: 1STBANK Center

12 – Chicago, IL: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

13 – Detroit, MI: Joe Louis Arena

18 – East Rutherford, NJ: Izod Center

 

24th May 2011

Rolling Stone: Judas Priest Plan 'Full-On Metal Extravaganza' for Farewell Tour

'We're pulling out all the stops,' singer Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone.

Click Here
to view the Rolling Stone article.

 

10th May 2011

Judas Priest preparing for forthcoming tour

The Band have been focusing on the forthcoming tour – doing press, photos, sorting out stage sets, special effects, and stage clothes etc –they have started music rehearsals this week so are now poised and getting ready to roll – everyone is looking forward to travelling round the world again with the Priest Machine! 

 Come along and join them in concert one last time as they fly the Metal flag and keep the faith!

 

9th May 2011

Venezuela date added to EPITAPH World Tour

25th September       Terraza Ccct, Caracas, Venezuela

 

5th May 2011

Argentina date added to EPITAPH World Tour

18th September       Racing, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

2nd May 2011

Columbia date added to EPITAPH World Tour

23rd September       Coliseo El Campin, Bogota, Columbia

 

27th April 2011

Chile date added to EPITAPH World Tour

20th September    Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile

 

25th April 2011

Costa Rica date added to EPITAPH World Tour

27th September    Nuevo Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica

 

20th April 2011 Updated

K.K. DOWNING retirement Press Release

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.

Update:

Official statement from K.K Downing

K.K. Downing press release

Dear friends,

It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K.

There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band's management for some time.

Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.

However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.

All my love and respect,

15th April 2011

Brazil dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

South America/Mexico Leg Of Epitaph Tour 2011

10th September    Portuguesa Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

11th September    Citibank Hall, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

13th September    Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

15th September    Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil

 

7th April 2011

Mexico dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

We are just finalising our South America/Mexico leg of the tour and are pleased to announce the following shows in Mexico:

 30th September   Mexico City Sports Palace - Mexico City/Mexico

1st October         Telmex Theater - Quadalajara/Mexico 

3rd October         Banamex Theater - Monterrey/Mexico

 

23rd March 2011

Thessaloniki date added to EPITAPH World Tour

6th July       Kautatzogleio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

15th March 2011

Berlin date added to EPITAPH World Tour

9th August     02 World, Berlin, Germany

 

12th March 2011

Message from Judas Priest: Our thoughts and prayers go out to Japan

We were all deeply shocked to hear about the awful tragedy in Japan with the earthquake and tsunami - our thoughts and prayers go out to all our fans and everyone there.

Judas Priest

 

9th March 2011

Athens date added to EPITAPH World Tour

5th July       Water Park, P Faliro, Athens, Greece

 

3rd March 2011

Budapest date added to EPITAPH World Tour

11th August        Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

 

1st March 2011

UK dates added to EPITAPH World Tour!

15th July Newport Centre, Newport, UK
16th The Apollo, Manchester, UK
17th The Dome, Doncaster, UK
19th The Secc, Glasgow, UK
20th Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK
21st Wolverhampton Civic, Wolverhampton, UK
24th Bournemouth Bic, Bournemouth, UK

With QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons

 

15th February 2011

La Coruna, Madrid, Bilbao & Barcelona dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

29th July   Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain
30th July   La Cubierta, Madrid, Spain
31st July   Bec, Bilbao, Spain
2nd August Badalona, Barcelona, Spain

 

15th February 2011

Message from Judas Priest

As you can see we are announcing tour dates as we confirm them!
Much more to come!!
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!!

Judas Priest

 

14th February 2011

JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford talks Metal & 'British Steel' with InTheStudio

North American syndicated Rock radio show InTheStudio celebrates one of Metal's landmark albums JUDAS PRIEST's  British Steel.  Show producer/host Redbeard talks with lead singer Rob Halford prior to their final world tour this Summer about the explosive nature of Metal and how British Steel catapulted  JUDAS PRIEST into American arenas.  Halford comments, "To our feeling, Metal really comes into its own there, because you are able to put on this larger than life show." Halford continues,  "One of the remarkable qualities of Metal music is...... it has an incredible way of touching people." 

To find out where to hear this show or to listen to it ONLINE, visit:
www.inthestudio.net

 

11th February 2011

France date added to EPITAPH World Tour

7th August Colmar Wine Festival, Colmar, France

 

10th February 2011

Vote for Glenn Tipton in the Total Guitar greatest metal guitarist poll!

UK magazine Total Guitar are running a poll to find the greatest metal guitarist ever and we are very proud to see that they have picked Glenn Tipton as one of the nominees!! 
Click on the link below to vote!!!


http://www.musicradar.com/totalguitar/vote-for-the-greatest-metal-guitarist-ever-368970

 

7th February 2011

Portugal date added to EPITAPH World Tour

27th July Atlantico Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal

 

4th February 2011

Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

3rd July Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
8th July Akademik Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
10th July Kazlicesme Festival Site, Istanbul, Turkey

 

27th January 2011

Katowice, Poland date added to EPITAPH World Tour

10th August   Spodek - Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice, Poland

PLEASE NOTE: Was incorrectly announced as 10th July, but is 10th August.

 

26th January 2011

Judas Priest writing new material

The guys are working together on writing new material - all is going really well - more details later!

 

25th January 2011

Sonisphere Festival, Switzerland date added to EPITAPH World Tour

23rd June Sonisphere Festival, Basel - St. Jakobs, Switzerland

 

19th January 2011

 

Munich date added to EPITAPH World Tour

27th June Zenith, Munich, Germany

 

17th January 2011

Tilburg and Belgrade dates added to EPITAPH World Tour

7th June Eindhaar, Tilburg, Holland
1st July Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia

 

14th January 2011

Paris date added to EPITAPH World Tour

20th June Le Zenith, Paris, France

 

11th January 2011

Judas Priest on A&E Private Sessions Sun. Jan. 16th @ 9am [US Only]

This Sunday, January 16th on A&E's Private Sessions: Metal gods Judas Priest! 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 "Freewheel Burning." Plus surprise guest appearances by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister!

 

10th January 2011

New Official Judas Priest Merchandise Now Available!

 

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