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From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
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"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:
Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.
Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.
Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.
Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.
JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed the international release date for their new DVD, "Rising in the East". The disc will be released on January 16, 2006 except in these territories:
France – December 12, 2005
Japan – December 21, 2005
U.K. – January 30, 2006
"Rising in the East" DVD was released in the USA and Canada on November 15.
A video of BEYOND FEAR, the new band fronted by former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, performing the song "Human Race" live at the Monterrey Metal Fest on May 28, 2005 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been posted online at IcedEarth.com.br (.MPG, 25 MB).
BEYOND FEAR members Owens and John Comprix (guitar; SPAWN, 13 FACES) recently traveled to Florida to put the finishing touches on the band's debut album, tentatively due in early 2006 via SPV Records. The final recording and mixing sessions are taking place at the legendary Morrisound studios in Tampa under the watchful eye of Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, DEATH, JAG PANZER). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies", "The Faith", "The Human Race", "Your Time Has Come" and "My Last Words". Joining Owens and Comprix in the new group are Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR).
Launch Radio Networks reports that JUDAS PRIEST will play its first dates in Russia at the end of November, with shows slated for Kiev, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Guitarist Glenn Tipton told Launch that Russia is one country PRIEST has long wanted to visit. "We know there's a big demand for the band there 'cause a lot of Russian fans come to see us when we're in Germany or places like that," he said. "And for whatever reason, we had it scheduled and then it just hasn't happened, and so Russia's one place we would like to go to and play."
JUDAS PRIEST is touring in support of its reunion album, "Angel of Retribution", which came out earlier this year. PRIEST is currently wrapping up its fall North American tour. The band plays in Kelseyville, California tomorrow (Friday, October 28) and closes out the trek on Sunday (October 30) in Long Beach, California.
The band's upcoming live DVD, "Rising in the East", will be released on November 15. "Rising in the East" was filmed during PRIEST's May 18-19, 2005 shows at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
Heavy metal icons Judas Priest will release the new live DVD 'Rising In the East' on November 15, 2005, via Rhino Home Video.
Vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bass guitarist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis filmed 'Rising In The East' in May 2005 at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. The definitive Judas Priest lineup played two sold-out nights at the venue to promote the early-2005 release of the critically acclaimed studio album 'Angel Of Retribution,' their first new material in 15 years. 'Rising In The East' is Judas Priest's first straight-to-DVD release.
"We talked about doing a DVD on this tour and we decided to do it at the Budokan because it's a special venue. It's world-renowned. We thought it was an ideal choice," says Tipton. "We filmed both nights but we ended up using the second night only for this DVD. We wanted it to be as live and as real as possible, and when you start taking from different shows there isn't continuity. We wanted it to be one show and that's exactly what it is." More...
The band from the second series of the tv show Rock School - who are calling themselves No Comment - have just landed the gig as the opening act for Judas Priest in Long Beach, California as part of the 'Priest Feast' triple bill that also includes Rob Zombie and Anthrax. The band will make their national debut in front of some 8000 people October 30th at the Long Beach Arena.
Rock School, which is one of VH1's most successful shows, has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon as legendary Kiss bassist Gene Simmons shows fledgling musicians how to rock out, heavy-metal style!
In a recent interview with Lynn Saxberg of The Ottawa Citizen, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing revealed that they're considering putting together a multi-act metal package to tour North America next summer, but they also want to make another album.
"It's pretty hectic," Downing said, noting that he'll be celebrating another birthday on stage this month.
"I think things have turned full circle and for bands like ourselves and [BLACK] SABBATH, there's not too many of us standing these days, still intact from the '70s. Bands like that basically got the ball rolling with this heavy metal thing all those years ago and I think it's one reason we're here today."
According to Downing, there is a whole new generation of kids itching to rock out to songs like "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and "Hell Bent for Leather".
"It's still guaranteed that PRIEST has a great following," said Downing. "Time moves on, and obviously people take their music with them. They're not suddenly going to start listening to jazz or classical music just because they're of a certain age.
"There's a perception that you should mellow out and do what your predecessors did, but that's not the case and it never will be. If you were a fan of JIMI HENDRIX or the CREAM or BLACK SABBATH or JUDAS PRIEST or whoever it is, you take your music with you through life, don't you," he said, "even though you might not always admit it to your next-door neighbor.
"But the great thing is now, we've got the best of it all because people are bringing their nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, even grandkids to the show. There's a new interest, probably because of the Ozzfest going on for quite some years. Parents are saying, 'You think that's metal, you want to come and see a good band.'
"Obviously, with Rob [Halford] back in the band, things are much bigger and better and more the way they used to be."
A BLABBERMOUTH.NET reader reported the following:
"I was at the JUDAS PRIEST concert last night [October 9] at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ where JUDAS PRIEST performed (sort of).
"About four songs into their set, Rob Halford [vocals] came on stage with a mug of some liquid. While he was sipping away, he explained to the audience that he was suffering from a case of influenza. By the song 'Breaking the Law', he was looking for some breathing room for his voicebox. By the time he got to 'Screaming for Vengeance' he had pretty much lost his voice and it became an 'audience participation' rendition, waving the crowd on to sing for him. It was very obvious that he was struggling for most of the night to get the lyrics out and couldn't wait for the show to be over."
As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST plan to reconvene after the Christmas holidays to begin writing a new album, the follow-up to this year's comeback CD, "Angel of Retribution". Halford told RecordOnline.com that the group never saw their reunion, in which he sang with them for the first time in 14 years, as a one-shot deal. "We don't want people to get the impression it's a grab-the-money-and-run thing," he said. "We missed making the metal together, and when we got back together, it was never for a quick fix. It was all about doing what was left to be done. There's more metal to make."
PRIEST are currently touring North America and perform tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 11) in Poughkeepsie, New York. After the trek wraps up on October 30 in California, the band will head to Russia and Eastern Europe.
On October 11, IRON MAIDEN fans the world over will have something new to get excited about as the newly re-launched Restless Records releases "Numbers from the Beast: An All Star Salute to Iron Maiden", a tribute to the legendary band. The album, which features MAIDEN's own Paul Di'Anno and marks Restless' return to its metal and punk roots, is produced by Grammy award winner and tribute album pioneer Bob Kulick (KISS, METALLICA, AEROSMITH), along with Brett Chassen, and features appearances from current or former members of IRON MAIDEN, KISS, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, DIO, JUDAS PRIEST, TESTAMENT, TWISTED SISTER, EXTREME, WHITESNAKE, SLAUGHTER, HELMET, DOKKEN and many others.
"It's a fitting salute to an awesome band and may be the best tribute I've ever produced. I really like what we've done to these amazing songs, and more importantly, the band approves," says Kulick of the album.
"Numbers from the Beast" features 11 classic IRON MAIDEN tunes revamped in honor of the band's 25th anniversary. The final track listing is as follows:
01. Run to the Hills
02. Wasted Years
04. Flight of Icarus
05. Fear of the Dark
06. The Trooper
07. Aces High
08. 2 Minutes to Midnight
09. Can I Play With Madness?
10. The Evil That Men Do
11. The Wickerman
The cover of every official IRON MAIDEN album has featured a zombie called "Eddie." Eddie has been painted by artist Derek Riggs for 20 years. "Numbers from the Beast" cover art was naturally painted by Riggs and is a must-have for any MAIDEN fan.
"Numbers from the Beast" marks the first release on the newly revamped Restless Records. William Hein, current president of Rykodisc and former head of Enigma Records, co-founded Restless in 1985 as a punk and metal sub-label of Enigma. Restless became a stand-alone label after Capitol-EMI acquired Enigma, and was subsequently acquired by Rykodisc in 2003. Now, back with a new sound and logo, Restless returns to its roots with the MAIDEN salute, as well as an upcoming reissue from California punk outfit 45 GRAVE.
Sepultura are to record covers of Judas Priest's 'Screaming For Vengeance' and 'Scratch The Surface' by Sick Of It All, during the sessions for upcoming albume 'Dante XX1'. The record, a concept based around The Divine Comedy, is due out early next year on SPV.
Fresh off of a successful run on Gigantour, Anthrax continues to blaze a trail on tour with Judas Priest. Anthrax will support Judas Priest on a US/Canadian run this Fall in support their new releases: Anthrology - No Hit Wonders (CD and DVD) and Alive 2 (CD and DVD).
Anthrology - No Hit Wonders is a remastered 2-disc "Best Of" set spanning the band's hits from 1985-1991 with an accompanying DVD collection of the band's Island years videos. Alive 2 (the album) captures the band's explosive June 3rd, 2005 performance at Starland Ballroom while Alive 2 (the DVD) features the Starland Ballroom concert and a documentary chronicling the band's historic reunion.
In addition to the Judas Priest dates, Anthrax will be playing select headline shows across the country. The tour dates are as follows: More...
According to RobHalford.de, the new Judas Priest live DVD, "Rising In The East", is set to be released on November 14th 2005 via Sony BMG.
The band filmed two sold-out shows at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan on May 18th and 19th for the DVD.
The setlist from the two shows was as follows:
The Hellion/Electric Eye
Riding On The Wind
A Touch Of Evil
Breaking The Law
I'm A Rocker
Diamonds And Rust (acoustic)
Worth Fighting For
Deal With The Devil
Beyond The Realms Of Death
Victim Of Changes
Hell Bent For Leather
Living After Midnight
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
JUDAS PRIEST, ROB ZOMBIE and ANTHRAX will be teaming up for Priest Feast, a special, one-time only event to take place on October 30 at the Long Beach Arena. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. Get tickets at AvalonAttractions.com. Tickets also available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Tower Records/Robinsons, May/Ritmo Latino and Wherehouse Music locations, via Charge by Phone: (213) 480-3232; (714) 740-2000; (805) 583-8700; and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at venue box office (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday).
The Long Beach Arena is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, California.
Anthrax has added a few more dates to their upcoming North American tour with Judas Priest following Gigantour. Dates confirmed so far are as follows:
Sept. 23 Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's (headlining)
Sept. 24 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom (headlining)
Sept. 25 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 27 Champaign, IL - Aseembly Hall
Sept. 28 Rockford, IL - Rockford Metrocentre
Sept. 29 Kalamazoo, MI - Wings Stadium
Oct. 01Milwaukee, WI - US Cellular Arena
Oct. 02 Moline, IL - The Mark Of The Quad Cities
Oct. 04 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights (headlining)
Oct. 05 Bridgeport, CT - Arena at Harbor Yard
Oct. 06 Springfield, VA - Jaxx (headlining)
Oct. 07 Lowell, MA Paul - E Tsongas Arena
Oct. 09 Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Casino & Spa
Oct. 11 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic Center
Oct. 12 Montréal, QUE- Bell Centre
Oct. 14 Ottawa, ONT - Corel Centre
Oct. 15 London, ONT - John Labatt Centre
Oct. 16 Flint, MI - Machine Shop (headlining)
Oct. 18 Winnipeg, MAN - MTS Centre
Oct. 22 Spokane, WA - The Big Easy (headlining)
Oct. 24 Vernon, BC - Vernon Multiplex
Oct. 26 Salt Lake City, UT - The "E" Center of West Valley
Oct. 27 Boise, ID - The Big Easy (headlining)
Oct. 28 Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Judas Priest has announced more dates for their upcoming Retribution 2005 Tour:
Nov. 24 Kiev, Ukraine - Palace of Sports
Nov. 27 Moscow, Russia - Luznhiki Arena
Nov. 29 St Petersburg, Russia - New Ice Arena
Dec. 01 Tallin, Estonia - Saku Arena
Dec. 02 Riga, Latvia - Kipsala Hall
Dec. 03 Vilnius, Lithuania - Ice Hall
Other upcoming Judas Priest tour dates: More...
Due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts that have arisen with the venue, Judas Priest have had to withdraw from the show in Pittsburgh on 24th September and it isn't possible to reschedule at this time as the building won't be open due to bad weather later in the season.
Judas Priest has added more dates to the second leg of their upcoming North American tour. Anthrax will be special guests. They will not be on every show - but most of them. Anthrax have not been comfirmed for Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver yet.
Tour dates are as follows: More...
SPV Records has announced the signing of BEYOND FEAR, the brand new hard-hitting metal outfit founded by current ICED EARTH and former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens. The band is preparing to enter the studio with producer Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, DEATH) to record their debut album for a 2006 release. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies", "The Faith", "The Human Race", "Your Time Has Come" and "My Last Words".
"It feels great to sign with SPV," Owens commented. "I have been with them for quite some time now with ICED EARTH, so I know what they can do. It is always nice to have a label that makes you feel like family, and that's what SPV does for you!"
The band is off to a fast start, having recently announced their participation in a series of American dates with SAVATAGE leader Jon Oliva (JON OLIVA'S PAIN) and SAVATAGE axeman Chris Caffery. The tour kicks off on September 9, 2005 in Cleveland OH, with remaining dates pending.
Never one to sit still for long, Owens began forming BEYOND FEAR last year during breaks in the ICED EARTH touring schedule. The band also features John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES) on lead and rhythm guitar, Dennis Hayes (ex-WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN) on rhythm guitar, and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR). "This band means a lot to me and I'm having the time of my life doing it," continued Owens. "It's fun when you finally get to do what you want. That being said, let's get this machine called BEYOND FEAR out there for the world to hear and see."
SPV Managing Director, Manfred Schuetz, explains, "Tim is one of the five best singers in metal. He will deliver an album that will convince everyone. SPV is excited about the worldwide commitment."
Anthrax will be the support act for most of the Judas Priest shows on 2nd leg of their "Angel of Retribution" tour. The tour starts in Mexico and so far goes through October. Confirmed dates with Anthrax so far are as follows:
September 24 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
October 12 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
October 14 - Ottawa, ONT @ Corel Center
October 15 - London, ONT @ John Labatt Centre
A complete tour itinerary can be found at the following site: http://www.pollstar.com/tour/searchall.pl?By=All&Content=judas+priest&go_green.x=11&go_green.y=19
Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has posted the following message in the "Forum" section of his official web site:
"PRIEST has informed me that they don't think it is a good idea to have BEYOND FEAR on any tours with them and that it would be best for me to drop the tribute/PRIEST factor. I know a lot of fans wanted this and I myself still like to please the fans. But it looks as though you will never see PRIEST and myself on the same tour. Sorry."
Owens is in the process of signing a record deal for his BEYOND FEAR project, which also features guitarists John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES) and Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN), bassist Dennis Hayes (WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies" and "The Faith".
"The contract is signed on my end, and I'm now waiting to get it back and the OK to start recording," Owens writes. "I have informed [producer] Jim Morris [ICED EARTH, DEATH, DEMONS & WIZARDS] and everybody involved that we will soon get this thing going."