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Neil Daniels is still heavy metal band Judas Priest's biggest fan – despite incurring the band's wrath by writing a controversial biography on them. The book charts the bands humble beginnings in West Bromwich to their rise to fame and everything in between.
Published in September by Omnibus the initial release of the book was marred by anger from the bands management over claims that it was their 'true story'. The band had world-wide success in the 1980s, selling millions of records and packing out Madison Square Garden in New York but only one book was written about them in 1984.
Neil said: "I thought they were an interesting bunch of guys. The main emphasis is on the early years which was a more overcast period in their career."
The band's management still maintain that the book is "not official and is not approved by the band" via their official website.
Neil responded: "I just think that they had a good story that I wanted to tell." The 25-year-old, from Peasley Cross, added: "I believe that if it had been official then it would be censored. "They would have shied away from talking about the darker side of rock and roll, the drinking, the drugs and the groupies. They all have families now after all."
Since the release of his first book, he has found the time in between working full time as a librarian to write a biography on Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, chronicalling his time with the group and his expansive solo work, due out next year.
For more information visit www.neildaniels.com.
Sweden's Metalshrine conducted an interview with ICED EARTH/ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens on October 25, 2007 in Stockholm. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Metalshrine: Do you see any fear of not being able to make a living out of releasing records and playing live, since people are just downloading these days and artists don't sell as many records as they used to?
Owens: Definitely, yeah! It's definitely something that hurts. I don't think people realize what they're doing to the industry. It gets silly, really, that people even think that it's right to download stuff for free. But I think it's starting... now they have so many sites where you pay to download, so I think that people more and more have done that. You have iTunes and the sites where you pay to download. It hurts. I mean, it definitely takes more away. It scales down touring budgets and they don't realize how much it scales down everything. It's a shame. You just release them and see what you can do.
Metalshrine: Do you see it like totally getting away from the record companies and releasing stuff by yourself, through a website or whatever?
Owens: I don't know. Maybe there will end up being more specialized companies that sell records. Maybe labels are gonna try to be more "online labels." I think they are trying to do both now. Labels obviously have to focus on the Internet and making albums. I don't know. It's hard to say. I think there will always be CDs for quite a while. People still want some CDs, they want the artwork, so people will still buy them. It's hard. I buy a lot of my stuff, the majority of it, from iTunes, but I'm still buying it, though, that's the difference.
Metalshrine: Do you have any other projects going on? Have you ever thought of releasing a solo album?
Owens: I have been kind of contemplating it. Maybe trying to make some type of album and get a bunch of different musicians to do it with me. My idea would be kind of neat to just try and get 5 or 6 different guitar players, or just different people who each of them write a song for the album and then I write the lyrics and the melodies. Just try to release an album like that, would be kind of cool. Try to get Scott Ian [ANTHRAX] on a song.
Metalshrine: Yeah, I read about that. Scott Ian and Jon Oliva [SAVATAGE].
Owens: Yeah, Jon Oliva. Have him do some songs with me and maybe get Michael Wilton from QUEENSRŸCHE to do a song and maybe even Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR to do a song. Get Chris Caffery [SAVATAGE] to do a song. I think it would be kind of neat. I'd also like to make an album with Jon Oliva. I think that would be fun. But I've got the BEYOND FEAR thing now and I have some other things in the works. I have some people who have sent me some music and I've worked on some songs with them, so we'll see what happens with that.
Metalshrine: You've got an awesome voice, did you ever take lessons or are you totally self taught?
Owens: I started singing when I was a kid and I was in choirs and had some good teachers. Something I was born with, you know. I think I would've rather been born to be a brain surgeon, then my wife would've been a little happier (laughs). It's something I was born with and had the natural ability to do it, but then I've taken care of it and worked on it. It's not I just took for granted. OK, I've got this gift, but I'm not gonna run it into the ground, which I've seen a lot of people do. A lot of practice have gone into it.
Metalshrine: Just a few things about your JUDAS PRIEST days. Do you know if there's anything recorded with you that hasn't been released?
Owens: No, I think everything's been released. There's nothing. No extra tracks or no extra things that hasn't been released. I'm certain that nothing's left.
Metalshrine: If you got the chance, would you open up for JUDAS PRIEST?
Owens: Ah, man, we would open for them any day. I mean, I think it's a great combination and I think the fans would love it. I think ICED EARTH supporting JUDAS PRIEST on a tour would be a good thing and I know Jon says the same thing. There are bands that you want to open for. JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, HEAVEN AND HELL. Anybody that's big. You know, METALLICA, that would be the opportunity of a lifetime to open up for anyone of them.
Lead singer/guitar player Joey Eppard from Woodstock, NY-based prog rockers THREE says about 10 minutes, 15 seconds into a recent interview that the band might be involved in a SCORPIONS/JUDAS PRIEST tour in 2008 in North America. The Scorpions are currently touring in support of their latest album, Humanity - Hour 1, and will be releasing the Live At Wacken Open Air 2006: A Night To Remember - A Journey Through Time DVD before the end of the year. The UK metal gods Judas Priest are finishing up work on their forthcoming concept album, Nostradamus.
Compelling, stark and aggressive "War Of Words - The Film", starring Rob Halford and his first solo band FIGHT, unleashes upon legions of metal maniacs November 20 in North America, November 30 in the United Kingdom and Europe, December 3 in Australia and New Zealand and December 19 in Japan.
After nineteen years, more than a dozen global concert tours and dozens of gold and platinum awards as the defining vocalist of JUDAS PRIEST, Rob Halford departed the band in 1992 to pursue a solo career immediately releasing "Light Comes Out Of Black" supported by members of PANTERA. The track rocketed to the top of radio playlists, and later that summer Rob would assemble his own band FIGHT and place most of its new tracks from "War Of Words" in heavy-radio rotation while aggressively ushering in a new sound for the metal communities.
"Fight War Of Words - The Film" brilliantly documents a key moment in heavy metal history combining behind-the-scenes, hand-held and pro-shot footage of FIGHT's original 1992 K5 rehearsal and demonstration-recording sessions; 1993 Amsterdam recording sessions of the original "War Of Words" Epic/Sony audio release, and pre-tour interviews climaxing with a full-length 5.1 concert filmed at 22 venues in 20 select cities during FIGHT's first five months of its "1993 - 1994 Nailed To The Road / War Of Words World Tour".
Rare audio and film footage of FIGHT's earliest concert performances in Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Mexico and Japan have been restored. Stereo and 5.1 Dolby surround mixes have been produced by Roy Z. 5.1 Dolby surround encoding and mastering for DVD and The Metal God's theatrical premiers handled by industry giant Technicolor.
"Fight War Of Words - The Film" will theatrically premier at 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital cinemas in:
New York: November 14
Hollywood: November 20
San Francisco: November 28
Detroit: November 28
London: December 18
Tickets may be purchased at www.DandEEntertainment.com on November 2.
Rob Halford will attend select premieres for a 30-minute conversation on the assembling of FIGHT and songs written for "War Of Words". Tickets are limited for this rare opportunity to experience "Fight War Of Words - The Film" in 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital cinema and participate in a rare conversation with The Metal God, Rob Halford, as he relates his experiences of his first solo band.
Movie-sized posters of "War Of Words - The Film" will be distributed to all in attendance after the performance.
Rob Halford is uniting the original members of FIGHT — Brian Tilse, Russ Parrish, Jay Jay and Scott Travis — in Hollywood, California at 5:00 PM Tuesday, November 20, 2007 for an exclusive autograph session of "new product only" at:
West Hollywood, CA
1015 N LA Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA
Visit www.RobHalford.com/Fight on November 5 for more details.
FIGHT will also be in attendance for the theatrical premier of "War Of Words - The Film" at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA 8:00 PM on November 20.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at FYE in Manhattan (New York City) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 12 PM.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at J&R Music World in Manhattan (New York City) on Friday, November 16, 2007 5:30 PM.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at Vintage Vinyl in New Jersey on Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:30 PM.
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will be at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on Saturday, November 17th for a signing session. It will begin at 5:30pm.
As previously reported, Halford spoke to the Greatfallstribune.com recently about a number of topics including his solo retrospective Metal God Essentials: Vol. 1 and of course the new Priest album set for release in 2008.
"(He's) a real man, not like a fantasy that you get in rock and roll and metal," Halford said of Nostradamus. "(We're) telling the story of this very controversial human being from 500 years ago, from France, who still resonates all these years later. It's a human story as well as one that you know about from his premonitions."
"We're really pushing ourselves again," Halford said. "It would be very easy for Priest to stop recording music and just keep going out and doing shows, but that's not what we're about. The music is absolutely phenomenal. It's everything that you love about Priest and more 'cause we really stretched ourselves and we're doing some extraordinary things musically."
According to Gamesarefun.com, Tim Schafer, helmsman of Double Fine Productions, announced his next project recently. Brütal Legend will focus on metal roadie Eddie Riggs and his Tour Of Destruction through a mystical world of rock and roll legend. The game's setting will fuse modern metal and Norse mythology. Brütal Legend already has several big and fitting names behind the voice talent. MOTÖRHEAD founder Lemmy Kilmister, JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, and HEAVEN AND HELL's Ronnie James Dio will all lend their wailing pipes to the game.
November's issue of Game Informer features a cover story on Brütal Legend that reveals interesting details. In the article, Schafer talked about the origins for the game. Way back when he was working on Secret of Monkey Island, Schafer had a friend that lived as a roadie for MEGADETH. His larger than life stories gave birth to the idea, which can now become a full fledged game.
It will be available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sometime in 2008. A Brütal Legend trailer can be viewed below: More...
According to GNRDaily.com, Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES), Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) are among the artists who will appear on a new QUEEN tribute album, entitled "Rock n' Royalty: A Very Special Tribute To Queen". Due on November 11, the CD will feature the following track listing:
01. "Keep Yourself Alive" - ELLIS ISLAND
02. "White Queen (As It Began)" - CHERIE CURRIE
03. "Tie Your Mother Down" - ANDREW STOCKDALE and CHRIS ROSS
04. "Tenement Funster" - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
05. "Let Me Entertain You" - FEE WAYBILL
06. "Body Language" - DEREK ST. HOLMES
07. "Seven Seas Of Rhye" - JIMMY EAT WORLD
08. "Good Ol' Fashion Lover Boy" - CLAY AIKEN
09. "Calling All Girls" - VINCE NEIL
10. "You Don't Fool Me" - FLAMING LIPS
11. "Party" - performed by SWING CATS ft. W. AXL ROSE
12. "Breakthru" - THE FAMILY
13. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" - KORY CLARKE
14. "Sweet Lady" - ECHOCELL
15. "Spread Your Wings" - TIM "RIPPER" OWENS
16. "We Will Rock You" - THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS
17. "We Are The Champions" - JUDY MOWATT
18. "Is This The World We Created....?" - HEAVEN 17 ft. MIKE LOVE
19. "God Save The Queen" - SIMON KIRKE and BRIAN MAY
The following report is courtesy of Liz Lee from Northamptonchron.co.uk:
A former rock star convicted of trying to rape a teenage boy in his Northamptonshire cottage is to write an expose of his life story when he is freed from prison.
Dave Holland, the ex-drummer of heavy metal band JUDAS PRIEST, always denied any involvement in the attempted rape of the special needs student but was convicted of the crime at Northampton Crown Court in January 2004 and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Author Neil Daniels, who has now written and published The Story of Judas Priest: Defenders Of The Faith, claims Holland wrote to him from his prison cell and is planning to write a tell-all biography of his life and career, as well as appeal against the court's decision.
The letter, dated November 2006 and published in full in Mr Daniels' book, said: "I was convicted of a crime that I didn't commit and like so many others in similar situations to the one in which I find myself, an offence that never even existed in the first place...
"There is absolutely no difference whatsoever between the criteria that is permitted to be applied in sex offences now and that which was applied in cases of witchcraft in the 17th century.
"I am now, after much work and effort that would be impossible to describe in any detail, more of less prepared for an appeal against my conviction.
"I will be writing a book about my life and career in the music business and about the people I've met and events and incidents that have taken place during the course of it, which of course, will include the last 10 years."
Holland, aged 59, was convicted of trying to rape the 17-year-old in his cottage in The Green, Stoke Bruerne, while giving him drumming lessons. The abuse was revealed in a letter written by the teenager to his parents.
At the time of the trial, Judge Charles Wide said Holland had "deliberately and calculatedly planned a strategy to abuse a boy who he knew was exceptionally vulnerable".
After a four day delay, "Perseverance" the highly anticipated sophomore album of Korea's thrash metal titans, Mahatma, is finally out now on Dope Entertainment. You can get it at dopemusic.co.kr or if you're living outside of Korea you can order it at mrkwang.com.
The band's label, Dope Entertainment, has posted "Painkiller", a new song from "Perseverance" on their MySpace page. "Painkiller" is a cover song of the legendary Judas Priest that Mahatma have injected with their unique thrash metal touch while still maintaining the spirit of the original version. You can also listen to other songs of Mahatma on the band's Pure Volume page and their MySpace page.
Here is Mahatma's "Perseverance" tracklisting:
01.There is No Hope without suffering
02. Beginning of the End
03. Unseen Enemy
04. Having Hopes
06. Falling To Hell
08. The Road I Must F ollow
10. Painkiller (Judas Priest cover)
11. Despair Overcome
Swedish metallers OPETH have issued the following update:
"A memorable evening for any OPETH fan took place on September 8th and 9th at the notorious Anchor Bar in central Stockholm, Sweden. Martin Mendez (bass), Axe [Martin Axenrot; drums] and Fredrik Åkesson [guitar] played a full-on heavy metal cover set fronted by Mats Levén [KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION]." The group's setlist was as follows (in no particular order):
01. Fast As A Shark (ACCEPT)
02. Disturbing The Priest (BLACK SABBATH)
03. Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)
04. Hole In The Sky (BLACK SABBATH)
05. Welcome Home (KING DIAMOND)
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (METALLICA)
07. Painkiller (JUDAS PRIEST)
08. Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST)
OPETH's "The Roundhouse Tapes" will be released as a high-definition-filmed DVD in early 2008. This will also feature lots of fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos, along with exclusive menu music written by mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt and keyboardist Per Wiberg.
The cover artwork for OPETH's upcoming "The Roundhouse Tapes" double CD has been posted at this location. Due on October 22 via Peaceville, "'The Roundhouse Tapes' contains a captivating OPETH performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career," according to a press release. "You know what to expect from OPETH: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt."
Commented Åkerfeldt: "The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the 'Ghost Reveries' tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come."
"The Roundhouse Tapes" tracklisting:
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Under The Weeping Moon
05. Face Of Melinda
06. The Night And The Silent Water
02. Blackwater Park
03. Demon of the Fall
Rob Halford and Metal God Entertainment have announced their new film and music licensee Sony Music Japan International. Sony Japan's first scheduled release is "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" featuring 15 dynamic heavy metal tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases — debuting October 4, 2007.
Sony Japan's "Metal God Essentials" release also features the HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out"; an exclusive new remix from FIGHT co-producer Attie Bauw "Defiance Japan Mix", plus an exciting and rare new video, "Behind The Scenes of Forgotten Generation", offering music fans a glimpse of The Metal God and members of HALFORD in studio writing and recording the band's recent single "Forgotten Generation".
Sony Japan's release of "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" includes a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos in a double-jewel case.
"Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" is also available in a limited-edition, eight-panel enhanced digipack, with a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos, and a Sony Japan exclusive bonus CD featuring exclusive HALFORD remixes from Japan and various territories around the world.
"Sony Music Japan is one of the most prestigious music companies in the entertainment industry," states Rob Halford. "They have supported me with PRIEST, FIGHT and now HALFORD and Metal God Entertainment. My relation with Sony Japan is very special and a great honor. Our companies are excited about all forthcoming film and music releases; and the value-enhanced specialty product we will create together for the metal fans throughout Japan and the world.'
This fall Metal God Entertainment and Sony Music Japan will debut "Fight War Of Words - The Film", a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's 1992 decision to embark upon an ambitious and unequaled solo career. Release configurations include a bonus CD: "War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007" and rare footage of FIGHT live in Tokyo.
According to BBC News, Welsh rock act LOSTPROPHETS has been named "Best British Band" at the Kerrang! awards for the second year in a row.
Four-times nominees ENTER SHIKARI won "Best Live Act", with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE securing Best International Band — also from four nominations.
San Francisco metal group MACHINE HEAD scooped "Best Album" for "The Blackening", while 30 SECONDS TO MARS won "Best Single" for "The Kill".
Birmingham heavy metal veterans JUDAS PRIEST won the "Hall Of Fame" honor.
Industrial rock group NINE INCH NAILS was presented with an icon award by Hollywood actress and rock singer Juliette Lewis in recognition of their long-standing career.
Experimental heavy rock band the DEFTONES was also honored with the classic "Songwriter Award" for "creating memorable and timeless songs".
MACHINE HEAD and ENTER SHIKARI won an additional two gongs — "Hard Rock Hero" and "Spirit of Independence" respectively.
Rob Halford and Metal God Entertainment have announced its new United States film and music distributor 'Super D Independent Distribution' of Irvine, California. 'Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' is Super D's first NEW Halford title set to debut September 11, 2007.
"Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" features thirteen (13) dynamic Heavy Metal tracks from Rob Halford's Fight and Halford solo releases. The Halford band's first new songs in more than four years 'Forgotten Generation' and 'Drop Out' are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from Fight Co-Producer Attie Bauw 'Hypocrisy U.S. Remix.'
Super D is the only worldwide one-stop distributor of CD music and DVD movie titles servicing 24+ countries. Super D's U.S. Release of Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1 includes a full-color twenty (20) page expanded booklet and Bonus Metal God DVD featuring eight (8) Halford promotional videos in a double-jewel case. A Limited and Numbered Edition, with enhanced 8-panel digi pak, including an original Rob Halford autograph will be available for a very short period (Edition: 5,000).
'Super D Independent Distribution grew its core business distributing a lot of Metal music,' adds Rob Halford. 'I am looking forward to re-connecting and meeting many of Super D's accounts. This relationship brings a new and powerful U.S. partner to Metal God Entertainment's new film and music releases being produced for the global Rock and Metal audiences. Collectively, the relationship will bring Super D and I closer to my retail consumers throughout the U.S., and that has been one of the most important elements of my search given the many changes seen at the retail-level.'
Fall 2007 Metal God Entertainment and Super D will debut 'Fight War Of Words - The Film' a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's decision to depart Metal Legends Judas Priest in 1992, and embark upon an ambitious and un-equaled solo career. Release configurations include a Bonus CD: 'War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007.' More info coming in October 2007.
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford and his Metal God Entertainment have announced their new United States film and music distributor Super D Independent Distribution of Irvine, California. "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" is Super D's first new Halford title, set to debut September 11, 2007.
"Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" features 13 dynamic heavy metal tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases. The HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out" are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from FIGHT co-producer Attie Bauw "Hypocrisy U.S. Remix".
Super D is the only worldwide one-stop distributor of CD music and DVD movie titles servicing more than 24 countries. Super D's U.S. release of "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" includes a full-color, 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring eight HALFORD promotional videos in a double-jewel case. A limited and numbered edition, with enhanced eight-panel digipak, including an original Rob Halford autograph, will be available for a very short period (edition: 5,000).
"Super D Independent Distribution grew its core business distributing a lot of metal music," says Rob Halford. "I am looking forward to re-connecting and meeting many of Super D's accounts. This relationship brings a new and powerful U.S. partner to Metal God Entertainment's new film and music releases being produced for the global rock and metal audiences. Collectively, the relationship will bring Super D and I closer to my retail consumers throughout the U.S., and that has been one of the most important elements of my search given the many changes seen at the retail-level."
This fall, Metal God Entertainment and Super D will debut "Fight War Of Words - The Film" a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's decision to leave metal legends JUDAS PRIEST in 1992 and embark upon an ambitious and un-equaled solo career. Release configurations include a bonus CD, "War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007".
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...
Bernard Perusse of The Gazette recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On coming out as a gay man in 1998:
"I kind of blew the doors off the myth that all heavy metalheads are Neanderthal and very limited in their ability to take on subject matter of any human depth. That's ridiculous: Metal fans are just as compassionate and caring and tolerant as any other form of music fans are. (The support) made me feel great. (But) I couldn't have done it while I was a drunk and a drug addict."
On becoming clean and sober on January 6, 1986:
"I was snorting cocaine left, right and center. I'd get whacked out of my mind before I went on stage. During the show, I'd be knocking back vodka and tonic and doing lines behind the amps, then come off stage and have a bottle of Mot & Chandon and start on 16-ounce cans of Budweiser. It just got so bad that I'd be back home in Phoenix, just literally punching walls, trashing rooms — and just severely unhappy."
On two young PRIEST fanatics, James Vance and Ray Belknap, who attempted suicide and whose parents subsequently filed a civil suit against JUDAS PRIEST, which was dismissed:
"The American reaction was phenomenal — the support we had from the fans every day, to and from the courthouse. But it was very difficult to sit there and listen to the attorney basically saying: 'These guys over there killed these kids.' (We thought) 'What are you talking about?' It was surreal, but we knew we had to stand up for what we believed in: We had absolutely no association with their death. We kept them alive for a good period of their lives. We were a lifeline (from) the s--- life that they were living."
On heavy metal being invulnerable to trends:
"Isn't it great? It's never going to go away! It's been here through the '70s, through the '80s, got stronger in the '90s — and even more so now."
On JUDAS PRIEST's longevity:
"We can either rip your face up with 'Painkiller' or we can play this beautiful thing called 'Last Rose of Summer', from 'Sin After Sin'. And people love us for that because they don't really know what to expect. It's a very broad-based display.
"I really think that PRIEST is unique. I don't think there's any other metal act in the world — I can only say that now because I've lived it for 36 years — that can do what we've done in PRIEST."
JUDAS PRIEST have posted this message on their official website:
"There are many unofficial books about JUDAS PRIEST coming onto the market - some already out there - people making out that theirs is the 'Official' book on the band etc. Please note that none of these books have been approved by the band. The band have not been involved in them at all so they are not official!! We will be doing an official book sometime in the not too distant future and when we do we will announce it so until then just know that these others are not the real thing!!"
The legendary metallers are currently working on a concept album based around the life of Nostradamus.
The following message has been posted on JUDAS PRIEST's official web site:
"All is going really well with the new album. Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing are working on their guitar parts. All of the guys are going to take a short summer break then will re-group to get back to working on the album!"
JUDAS PRIEST is working on a concept album about the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus. Regarding the direction of the material and how whole concept for the record came about, frontman Rob Halford recently told PureGrainAudio.com, "We've got a bulk of the work done. It sounds absolutely fucking amazing and that's not me inflating it, it is genuinely spectacular. So we're still carrying on with that and it should be out sometime in 2008. The idea (for the record) came from our manager Bill Curbishley, because we were ready to go in and do another studio record, but Bill came to see us towards the end of the 'Angel of Retribution' tour, he came to Russia, we were playing Russia and we had lunch with him and he said, 'Look, I have this idea.' Bill manages THE WHO, you know, Pete and Roger, and Bill was behind the enormous success of 'Tommy' and he said, 'I just think that you know, maybe you should think about this possibility of doing a concept album and I've been thinking about this guy Nostradamus.' And as soon as he brought the name up, I'm like, I'm there, let's go, you don't have to say anything else. I knew something of him already like everybody does about the books that you read about him, or on the Internet or on TV, documentaries and I thought wow, this is absolutely brilliant so that's where it all came about from."
On the rumors that "Nostradamus" will be a double album, Halford said, "It is a rumor still. I mean, there is an enormous amount of material and you can only put so much on a single CD so you know, we're trying to tell the story of his life and we're trying to cover every significant moment of his life and I think you know, when we got it all recorded, that's when you're faced with the reality of how much time you got and how much a CD will afford you and the timing of it all. So we just ask everyone to bear with us and as we actually get into the mixing mode, we'll be able to be more definitive and tell everybody exactly what we've got, but we just want to make sure we tell his life story so we'll do whatever it takes to do that."
The complete list of songs has been revealed for Activision's special 1980s-themed Guitar Hero title, dubbed Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. The game will ship for the PlayStation 2 on July 24.
According to Gamespot, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is rated T for Teen and will be the last game in the series from original developers Harmonix. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft is taking over the franchise beginning with Guitar Hero III, while Harmonix is preparing rival rhythm game Rock Band. Both titles are set for release later this year for multiple platforms.
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s tracks:
"Caught in a Mosh" (as made famous by ANTHRAX)
"Balls to the Wall" (as made famous by ACCEPT)
"Electric Eye" (by JUDAS PRIEST)
"Los Angeles" (as made famous by X)
"Police Truck" (as made famous by DEAD KENNEDYS)
"We Got the Beat" (as made famous by THE GO GO'S)
"(I Think I'm) Turning Japanese" (as made famous by VAPORS)
"Seventeen" (as made famous by WINGER)
"Because, it's Midnite" (by LIMOZEEN)
"Hold On Loosely" (as made famous by .38 SPECIAL)
"No One Like You" (as made famous by SCORPIONS)
"Only a Lad" (as made famous by OINGO BOINGO)
"Ballroom Blitz" (as made famous by KROKUS)
"The Warrior" (by SCANDAL)
"What I Like About You" (as made famous by THE ROMANTICS)
"Wrath Child" (as made famous by IRON MAIDEN)
"I Wanna Rock" (by TWISTED SISTER)
"I Ran" (by FLOCK OF SEAGULLS)
"Round and Round" (as made famous by RATT)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by QUIET RIOT)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by DIO)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by ASIA)
"Radar Love" (as made famous by WHITE LION)
"18 and Life" (as made famous by SKID ROW)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by FASTER PUSSYCAT)
"Lonely is the Night" (as made famous by BILLY SQUIER)
"Nothing But a Good Time" (as made famous by POISON)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by EXTREME)
"Shaken" (as made famous by EDDIE MONEY)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by THE POLICE)
Norway's Imhotep recently conducted an interview JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On when he felt it was the right time to come back to his roots:
"I think it was after we released the TWO record. We went on tour, and everything that I get involved with I give it a 1000%. You know, I stand by everything that I do, and to me it's not about commercial success or failure, it's just going through the whole process. And after I'd done the TWO release and the shows that we did in different places, I think that's when I fully understood that I just needed to get back to where I just got the most out of the music, and that's what I did after we did the final TWO shows — I just thought about what else was available. And there were other things that one could potentially get involved with. I still want to do some extreme forms of metal, like black/ death metal at some point in my career, since I'm a huge fan of that kind of music. But by then I'd already made my mind up to look for players that would help me put this 'Resurrection' release together."
On what Rob Halford would sound like singing extreme metal:
"I know that what I do as a metal singer, it's very strong for me to do this style of singing, firstly that I do with PRIEST, then what I do with HALFORD. But when think of death metal, I don't want to sing like most death metal singers. I don't know, it would be different."
On his duet with Bruce Dickinson on "Resurrection" on the track "The One You Love To Hate":
"Yeah! That was great. I was up in L.A. working with Roy Z on the 'Resurrection' album, and Bruce was in town. He stopped by the studio and we had some drinks and food together. We've known each other since MAIDEN and PRIEST began, and we're good mates. We just said, 'We've never really had the chance to do a song together!' Then Roy Z came in, and he said, 'What're you guys talking about?' We told him, and he said, 'Fuck, let's just do it, let's just put a song together!' So that's just basically how it happened — within a day we'd got 'The One You Love To Hate' written and the bulk of it came from Bruce, and then we kind of put the words and the melodies together. Then we went to the studio and made it all down. It only took about a day or two to complete. But it was a real bit of metal magic, that was! It's a really good song. I listened to it again last night for the first time in years. Really cool track!"
On the rumored project involving Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, and Rob Halford:
"That never really got off the ground. That me and Bruce and Geoff from QUEENSRŸCHE were gonna put this band, this trio of singers together and go out and have one backing band, and then we would all do each other's songs, do our own songs, cover songs and just mix it all up. One of us would go out and sing a song, somebody else would come out and sing a song, and then we'd do duets or trios together, whatever. But we never left the launch pad, unfortunately, because we were all so busy and immersed in our separate worlds it just never became a reality! But I've never forgotten that and I still think that if there's an opportunity to do it. We should do it, you know, because it'll be really special and different."
On what he thought of Tim "Ripper" Owens singing with JUDAS PRIEST:
"It was a combination of two things — like, fuck I wish I was doing that. And at the second time, I felt like, all this is brilliant, another JUDAS PRIEST record with a great singer. It was just two sets of feelings for me really. I like Tim's vocals very much. I think he's a great singer! . . . We've met twice or maybe more and he was a very nice guy. I don't understand this whole thing of current and past members of a band bashing each other. I believe respect is something very important and if you have problems with someone, keep them to yourself, you know? You don't need to spread it, to go on public. I've always respected every musician, and I think we, as human beings, should try to respect each other a bit more."
On the reaction from PRIEST fans to his announcement that he was gay:
"It was fantastic. Nobody really cared. I think in today's world, it's a lot easier to be accepted, although there is still a lot of bigotry and a lot of hate. You know, [directed] towards gay people, to different people of different colors, to different people of different religions; and I can't understand that there is still so much hate and resentment in the world. So when I made that statement about my homosexuality, I just think it was important as much as it was for me as a gay metal singer, but also to try and break down some more intolerance and prejudice against gay people. And of course, all my straight metalhead fans, like I said, they were just really supportive. They said, 'Rob we don't care what you are. To us you're the Metal God, you're a great metal singer, and that's all that matters' I was really happy for the reaction because it sent a strong message that the metal community is very accepting. That metalheads can come together at a concert from all different age groups, all different colours, all different religions, all different jobs, all different kinds of sexuality, and they can just come and have a great metal together! So I think I kind of exploded the myth about the metalheads not accepting like myself because that's not true. That was a great thing to do! I'm not an activist, or someone that holds the flag of the gay community, but I'm who I'm, and I think it's important to be open and to be honest, to not hide anymore, just to respect each other, really!"