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From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active
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Below is our complete Judas Priest news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins has completed work on his fifth solo album, entitled "Demon Deceiver".
The CD, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs), was pieced together over the last ten months with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jager, Simon Lees (BUDGIE; once voted guitarist of the year by Guitar magazine), Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), bassist Pete Emms (THE VASELINE RATS), and drummers Adrian Badland and Mick Hales. Among the songs scheduled to appear on the album is "Drown", which is said to be a duet between Al and the Kansas-based vocalist/guitarist Johnny Lokke.
Atkins' band THE DENIAL, also featuring ex-IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton, is currently on a break while the members pursue other projects. Al is also said to be finishing off his book he is writing about the early years of JUDAS PRIEST, entitled "Dawn of the Metal Gods".
Halford recently spoke with Stars and Stripes and offered words of encouragement for U.S. troops fighting the war on terrorism at home and abroad. Here are a few excerpts from the article:
“Right now, I have friends serving in Iraq, onboard the USS Stennis and in Guam, and the work they are doing is incredibly important, not only for America but the entire world. I fully support what they’re doing,” he said.
Halford, who cites San Diego as one of his favorite hangouts, said he became friends with many sailors and Marines from the nearby Navy bases and the sprawling Camp Pendleton.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in America and have several friends in the U.S. military all over the world,” said Halford.
GIs have always been big fans and supporters of Judas Priest and Halford’s three solo bands: Fight, Two and Halford.
“Everyone in the band supports all [the troops], and we sincerely wish them the best and a safe return home to their families,” he said.
Servicemembers in Europe and Japan will have a chance to catch the metal legends. Starting Wednesday, Judas Priest rolls through the United Kingdom for 11 shows.
From there, Priest will make stops in Holland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Portugal and will wrap up the European leg on April 17 with three dates in Spain. After a short break, the band heads to Japan and will play seven shows May 8-18. Plans are under way for a North American summer tour.
Read the full article at Stars and Stripes.
Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford recently talked to Swedish newspaper "Expressen" about Black Metal heroes Dimmu Borgir, with whom he shared the stage during last year's Ozzfest.
The Metal legend commented:
They’re very good musicians, talented songwriters and performing well on stage – a great addition to the heavy metal-family. I was overwhelmed, they master a genre, which is very difficult to get right. Rob Halford confirms that a mutual respect was found between Judas Priest and Dimmu Borgir.
JUDAS PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution" has sold 57,522 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut at No. 13 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The group's first collection of new material in 14 years to feature singer Rob Halford, "Angel of Retribution" has given the band their highest ever career chart position in the U.S. The following are the peak U.S. chart positions for the PRIEST catalog:
#13 – "Angel of Retribution" (2005)
#165 - "Demolition" (2001)
#82 - "Jugulator" (1997)
#155 - "Metalworks" (1993)
#26 - "Painkiller" (1990)
#31 - "Ram It Down" (1988)
#38 - "Priest Live" (1987)
#17 - "Turbo" (1986)
#18 - "Defenders of the Faith" (1984)
#17 - "Screaming for Vengeance" (1982)
#39 - "Point of Entry" (1981)
#34 - "British Steel" (1980)
#70 - "Unleashed in the East" (1979)
#128 - "Hell Bent for Leather" (1978)
#178 - "Stained Class" (1978) More...
Judas Priest will be featured on Fuse's "Uranium" at 8pm on March 4 and 3am on March 5. Go to www.fuse.tv to find Fuse on your local cable system.
If you're hell bent for leather like FYE.com, check out their Judas Priest Harley Davidson sweepstakes now through March 21st for your chance to win a Harley Davidson XL 883 Sportster (a $8500 value).
Enter here for your chance to win a Hammer VEC-BK guitar signed by Judas Priest.
Judas Priest have posted the following Japanese tour dates on their official website:
May 08 Pacifico - Yokohama
May 10 Shimin Kaikan - Nagoya
May 11 Koseinkin Kaikan - Kanazawa
May 13 Yubin Chokin Hall - Hiroshima
May 14 Zepp - Fukuoka
May 16 Castle Hall - Osaka
May 18 Budokan - Tokyo
For complete up-to-date tour listings, go here.
JUDAS PRIEST's entire new album, "Angel of Retribution", is available for streaming at VH1.com.
Singer Rob Halford's first album with the band in 15 years, "Angel of Retribution" was produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked on solo albums from Halford and IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson. The set will be bundled with a concert DVD shot in a bullring in Valencia, Spain.
Epic will celebrate the reunion of the "Painkiller"-era JUDAS PRIEST lineup by issuing a DualDisc (a two-sided disc made up of a CD player side and a DVD player side) for the "Angel of Retribution" title.
"Angel of Retribution" is scheduled for release on March 1.
As previously reported, JUDAS PRIEST's performance at the Sweden Rock festival in Sölvesborg, Sweden, recorded in June 2004, will be broadcast on the "P3 Live" radio show on Thursday, March 3 beginning at 9:00 p.m. CET.
To listen to the streamed concert, go to the "P3 Live" web site and click "Webbradio" and choose P3.
Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath have topped a list of the 100 best British rock albums of all time.
Follow-up album "Paranoid" was fifth in the poll voted by readers of Kerrang! magazine.
Ozzy appears in the list six times, more than any other artist. The Brummie rocker features four times with Black Sabbath and twice as a solo artist.
He said that Black Sabbath making the number one spot was a triumph for British rock.
"Back then you'd hear, 'if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair'. And we were like, 'what the f*** are they on about?' We lived in Aston, Birmingham, in drizzly rain. The only flowers I ever saw were on a gravestone in our local cemetery," The Sun quoted Ozzy as saying.
Kerrang's Top 100 features a mix of heavy metal, punk and glam rock.
The Top 25 rock songs: More...
Judas Priest are out with the video to their new single 'Revolution', with Rob Halford back at the helm. The track is from their forthcoming album 'Angel Of Retribution', due March 1st. You can check it out at their official website, JudasPriest.com.
PARADISE LOST have updated their website with more dates for their upcoming tour in support of their new self-titled album which is due out on February 21st through BMG worldwide and the 22nd via Koch Records in North America.
Confirmed dates now include: More...
Two generations of Metal will join forces in February and March: Sweden's In Flames were confirmed as the support for the mighty Judas Priest on the Scandinavian and German part of their reunion tour. The veterans of all things Metal and purveyors of countless classics take out the masters of Melodic Death Metal – how much heavier can it get?
Confirmed dates are: More...
Paradise Lost have been confirmed as the support band for Judas Priest on a number of European dates in April. List of shows includes:
04/02 - Den Bosh Arena Brabanthal, NETH
04/04 - Zwickau Arena Zwickau, GER
04/06 - Spodek Sporthall Katowice, POL
04/07 - Sports Arena Brno, CZR
04/08 - Bank Austria Hall Vienna, AUT
04/10 - Mazda Palace Milan, ITA
To celebrate the comeback of the legendary Judas Priest, HardPlace.net and TotalRock.com are offering fans the opportunity to preview songs from their upcoming album "Angel of Retribution" over the coming weeks. This week you can preview the superb new single "Revolution", but be sure to keep checking back as more previews will become available leading up to the album release date. You can listen to the tracks here.
Judas Priest are out with an electronic press kit for their 'Metalogy' box set, including a live performance of their classic 'Breaking The Law' and clips from several others, mixed with promo info on the 4 CD set. Watch it online at Launch.com.