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Formed: 1967
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Bloodstock 2018: Day One

Festival season is drawing to a close for another year, with the likes of Wacken, Graspop, Hellfest and others all over until 2019. This year, Metal Underground had the pleasure of attending Bloodstock Open Air, the fastest growing metal festival in the United Kingdom, held at Catton Park, Derbyshire and featuring bands from all across the globe, from legends to unsigned acts. So how did this year's edition of Bloodstock go? Read on, MacDuff.

The grounds open on Thursday, as the finishing touches are being put on the main stage, though fans are still treated to an evening of metal courtesy of the second stage, named after the SOPHIE charity (Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere) which this year was headlined by Russian folk metal band, Arkona. I was only able to catch one set, which was from British death metal outfit Bloodshot Dawn, a solid performance which attracted a decent sized crowd and a positive response from those in attendance. One thing that will hit you immediately after entering the arena area is how expensive everything is, even by festival standards. We expect prices to be raised at festivals, but £7 for a standard burger is ridiculous, add fries and a soft drink and it comes to £14.80, way more than the mediocre refreshments should cost. This is why it's useful to bring food and drink of your own and eat in the campsite during some downtime. More...

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Watch: Sisters Doing Cover Of Judas Priest

Having a bad day? Watch these two sisters doing a hilarious guitar and vocal cover of the Judas Priest classic "Painkiller" streaming below.

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Judas Priest Premiere Music Video “No Surrender”

Judas Priest premiere a music video for their song “No Surrender” from their latest effort, “Firepower“. Stream it below:

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Judas Priest & Deep Purple Summer Tour Announced

Deep Purple and Judas Priest announce a North American summer co-headlining tour which will see them out across the United States and Canada kickking off in August. Dates for that trek include:

08/21 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
08/22 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
08/25 Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort
08/27 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
08/29 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
08/30 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
09/01 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/02 Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
09/05 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
09/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/08 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
09/09 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/11 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/12 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
09/14 Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
09/16 Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
09/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
09/20 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Casino
09/21 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09/23 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
09/26 San Diego, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
09/27 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/29 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/30 Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

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Tipton Rejoins Judas Priest On Stage For Encores

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton revealed earlier this year that he was struggling with Parkinson's Disease and he won't be touring with the band for the time being. Clarifying later that, he would still get up on stage for some songs here and there.

Glenn Tipton first kept that promise on March 20 in Newark, NJ, when he joined Judas Priest on stage for three songs. Past week he's done it again at the band's April 19 performance in San Francisco, CA. Tipton played "Metal Gods", "Breaking The Law" and "Living After Midnight".

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Rock Fest Barcelona Completes Festival Lineup

With a grand total of 51 confirmed bands and some of the biggest artists in rock history, Rock Fest Barcelona is officially finishing its bill for the 2018 edition, which will happen on July 5th, 6th and 7th at Parc de Can Zam in Santa Coloma de Gramenet. The spectacular Kiss, the great Scorpions, the ‘madman’ Ozzy Osbourne, the return of Judas Priest and Helloween’s reunion, among others, will be headlining the festival and now five more bands will be added to the festival as the countdown begins for the most awaited, special and historic edition of Rock Fest Barcelona in its five years of existence. More...

Read the full article at Five new additions and closing of the bill.

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Judas Priest Debut New Music Video “Spectre”

Judas Priest‘s new music video for “Spectre” has premiered online alongside the release of the group’s eighteen studio album, “Firepower“.

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Judas Priest Tease New Track “Children Of The Sun”

“Children Of The Sun” is the latest track to be teased from Judas Priest‘s upcoming album “Firepower“. That effort will be out tomorrow, March 09th.

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Judas Priest Premiere New Song "Never the Heroes"

Judas Priest premiere a new song entitled "Never the Heroes", taken from their upcoming new album "Firepower", which is due out on March 9.

Check out now "Never the Heroes" below.

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Rob Halford Fires Back At K.K. Downing

Rob Halford fires back at K.K. Downing over the ex-Judas Priest guitarist's assumption that producer Andy Sneap was covering Glenn Tipton's parts on the group's new release, insisting that "everything that you hear from Glenn on 'Firepower' is the amazing Glenn Tipton".

Two weeks after Tipton announced that he was retiring from touring life in the wake of his battle with Parkinson's disease, K.K. Downing issued a statement in which he tells that he was "shocked and stunned" that he wasn't approached to rejoin the band and insinuates that Sneap's "contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer".

During an appearance on yesterday's "The Freaks with Kenny & Crash" show on Phoenix's Fox Sports 910 radio station, Halford responded directly to Downing's comments:

"Let me just say that the great joy of Judas Priest is that we've never gone into this kind of arena of a public dispute. And it's so easy to fall into that trap in social media today. How many people have you seen in sports, for example, that have made a rash comment on Twitter, just on the heat of the moment, emotionally. You know, we're all human, we've all got feelings, and we have a tendency to blurt out the first thing that is on our minds, and rightly or wrongly, things can kind of come back and chase you afterwards in a negative way.

So, with regards to everything that was made in K.K.'s statement today, a lot of it, to me, is completely superfluous. But the one point that I would like to clarify and have on record is this insinuation that Andy Sneap was covering Glenn's guitar parts on 'Firepower', and I can categorically state that that is a thousand percent false. Because I was with Glenn for all of his guitar work, and he worked really, really hard. Imagine this guy in the tenth year of Parkinson's. I've never seen anybody so brave in the fact that every song was a challenge for him to make it work, but he did - consistently, day after day. It was just a very powerful thing to experience firsthand. And this just goes to show you about the amazing stories that surround invididuals around the world that are dealing with Parkinson's in their life.

So, thank you for that opportunity, Kenny. I just wanted to touch on that one issue, because out of everything that was laid out in that statement, that one hit me personally. And so now I've been able to clarify that and make sure that everybody out in the world listening to the show, on the Internet and elsewhere, understands that everything that you hear from Glenn on 'Firepower' is the amazing Glenn Tipton. Oh yeah!"

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K.K. “Shocked" He Wasn’t Asked To Rejoin The Band

Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing isn’t pleased that he wasn’t approached to fill in for Glenn Tipton, who was recently forced to step down from live shows due to his ongoing struggles with Parkinson’s disease. Judas Priest have since tapped producer/musician Andy Sneap to step in at their forthcoming live appearances.

K.K. retired from Judas Priest back in 2011 due to some differences in opinion with their management and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.Tells Downing in a recently shared statement: More...

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Another Preview Of A New Judas Priest Song Posted

A short preview of a new track titled "Evil Never Dies" from UK heavy metal icons Judas Priest is available below. The track is taken from the group's new effort, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 through Epic. "Firepower" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter behind the boards. The cover artwork for "Firepower" was done by Claudio Bergamin.

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Judas Priest Tease New Track “Traitors Gate”

Judas Priest share a short tease of their new track “Traitors Gate“. The full track will arrive via the group’s upcoming album, “Firepower“, out March 09th. If the case you missed the news, Judas Priest’s guitarist Glenn Tipton decided to step down from touring in consequence of his struggles with Parkinson’s disease.

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Judas Priest's Tipton Diagnosed w/ Parkinson's

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson's progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won't be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: "I want everyone to know that it's vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band - it's simply that my role has changed. I don't rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I'm really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again."

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Judas Priest Premiere New Song “Firepower”

Judas Priest debut the below stream of the title track to their new album “Firepower“, which is headed for a March 09th release date via Columbia Records.

Check it out below:

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At The Gates Confirmed For Bloodstock 2018

The organisers of the Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced some more names, including Swedish melodic death metal pioneers, At The Gates, as well as groove metal originators Exhorder, who will play the Ronnie James Dio stage and Sophie Lancaster stage respectively, while joining Exhorder on the Sophie stage will be sludge metal outfit Weight Of The Tide and death metal group Sangre. The festival will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire and will be held from August 9th - 12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Judas Priest (Headliner)
Gojira (Headliner)
Nightwish (Headliner)
Emperor
At The Gates
Suicidal Tendencies
Devildriver
Kamelot
Combichrist
Mr. Big
Jasta
Bloodbath
Venom Inc.
Septicflesh
Wednesday 13
Fozzy
Orden Ogan
Memoriam More...

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Former Judas Priest Drummer Dies Aged 69

As first reported by Spanish newspaper El Progreso, Dave Holland the former drummer of Trapeze and perhaps more notably Judas Priest, has passed away at the age of 69. No cause of death has been confirmed. Holland was a co-founder of the hard rock band Trapeze along with musicians such as Glen Hughes before joining Judas Priest in the summer of 1979, making his recording debut on the classic album, "British Steel" and stuck with the group for ten years before leaving for personal reasons and was replaced by Racer X drummer Scott Travis.

His legacy was marred when in 2004, he was sentenced to eight years in prison for attempted rape and indecent assault against a vulnerable seventeen year old who he had been teaching drums, though he always maintained his innocence. He moved to Spain after his release and died at the Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti in Lugo, Spain.

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Judas Priest Posts New Video Online

British heavy metal icons Judas Priest has posted a new music video online for the song, "Lightning Strikes." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new album, "Firepower," which is scheduled to be released on March 9th. "Firepower" is the first Judas Priest album since 2014's, "Redeemer Of Souls" and their second to feature Ritchie Faulkner after he replaced founding member KK Downing in 2011.

The band has also revealed the tracklisting for "Firepower," which reads as follows:

1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never the Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising from Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red More...

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Judas Priest Shares Teaser For New Single

Judas Priest teases their new single “Lightning Strike“. The full song will launch later today and is taken from their upcoming new album “Firepower“.

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10 Great Metal X-Mas Songs: A Playlist

We've compiled a playlist of some hard-hitting X-mas tunes so you can rock out this Holiday Season with your family and friends....

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