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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."
Lemmy Kilmister, the notorious bass player and vocalist of U.K. rock 'n' roll titans Motörhead, will be honored with the very first "Living Legend" award at this year's inaugural Classic Rock Roll of Honor, organized by Classic Rock magazine. Taking place on Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at London's Café De Paris, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will celebrate the big names as well as the unsung heroes from the diverse world of rock 'n' roll and promises to take a fresh approach to the tired award ceremony format.
To coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Motörhead, the U.K.'s most revered rock 'n' roll outfit as well as, unbelievably, Lemmy's 60th birthday celebrations, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will place a special emphasis on the often diluted "Lifetime Achievement" award category.
Rather than simply giving Lemmy the "Living Legend" award on the night, the Classic Rock Roll of Honor will dedicate an entire section of the evening's proceedings to pay homage to the remarkable achievements of one of the U.K.'s best-loved rock 'n' roll stars. The team behind Classic Rock magazine and the Classic Rock Roll of Honor have assembled a moving tribute package that comprises of testimonials and greetings to Lemmy from a raft of peers and young bands and musicians inspired by the star, as well as messages from fans of all ages. It is hoped that Lemmy and the rest of Motörhead will complete the evening with a brief acoustic set. This however, has not been confirmed by the band at this stage.
In addition to Lemmy's "Living Legend" award, there will be a further eight awards on the night, which will be announced soon. Classic Rock also has announced the categories and nominations for the very first Readers' Awards, which are voted for by the readers via text message ballot: More...
Judas Priest has announced the first dates for the second leg of their North American tour:
Sept. 24 Burgettstown, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
Sept. 25 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 27 Champaign, IL - Assembly Hall
Sept. 28 Rockford, IL - Rockford Metrocentre
Sept. 29 Kalamazoo, MI - Wings Stadium
Oct. 01 Milwaukee, WI - Cellular Center
Oct. 02 Moline, IL - The Mark of the Quad Cities
Oct. 09 Atlantic City, MJ - Borgata Casino & Spa
Oct. 11 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid Hudson Civic Center
Oct. 12 Montreal, QUE - Bell Centre
Oct. 14 Ottawa, ONT - Corell Centre
Oct. 15 London, ONT - John Labatt Centre
Oct. 18 Winnipeg, MAN - MTS Centre
Oct. 20 Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Oct. 21 Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome
Oct. 23 Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
Oct. 28 Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa
Oct. 29 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
Oct. 30 San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre or San Diego Sports Arena
Nov. 01 Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Judas Priest has changed their South American/Mexican leg of the tour slightly. Tour dates are now as follows:
Sept. 01 Auditorio Coca-Cola - Monterrey
Sept. 03 Sports Palace - Mexico City
Sept. 06 Gigontinho - Poto Alegre
Sept. 08 Clara Hall - Rio de Janeiro
Sept. 09 Arena Skol - Sao Paulo
Sept. 11 Ferrocarril Oeste - Buenos Aires
Sept. 13 Pista Atletica - Santiago
Sept. 16 Roberto Clemente Coliseum - Puerto Rico
JUDAS PRIEST's Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K.K. Downing performed two songs acoustically for an upcoming VH1 Classic appearance, set to air on Saturday, July 16 at noon and again at midnight EST.
PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton told ABC ePrep that the band's upcoming live DVD, featuring footage from their recent shows at Japan's Budokan, will be released in the fall.
JUDAS PRIEST kicked off their North American with QUEENSRŸCHE on May 30 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
JUDAS PRIEST are continuing to tour in support of "Angel of Retribution", their first album with singer Rob Halford 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.
JUDAS PRIEST's "Angel of Retribution" has sold 146,224 copies in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Lenita Powers of the Reno Gazette-Journal has issued the following report:
Fifteen years ago, Reno became the focus of a high-profile lawsuit that charged the British heavy metal group JUDAS PRIEST with hiding subliminal messages in its music that led to the deaths of two fans.
As JUDAS PRIEST returns to perform tonight in Reno, those who took part in a courtroom drama that became the focus of international attention recalled the complex case that still generates calls from law students.
Other lawsuits at that time sought damages because of violent lyrics in music, but the JUDAS PRIEST case was one of the first to claim that subliminal messages hidden behind those lyrics caused the deaths of two young men.
"It was the first time there had been a judicial determination of whether subliminal messages were or were not protected speech under the First Amendment," former Washoe District Judge Jerry Whitehead said this week.
Whitehead, who heard the case after the lawyers agreed not to have the civil suit decided by a jury, ruled it was not. More...
Read the full article at RGJ.com.
Heavy rockers Slipknot have slashed the competition for the 2005 annual readers' poll in rock magazine Revolver by claiming the major four prizes.
The hardcore nine-piece claimed Best Band, Best Album ("Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses"), Best Live Act and Best Song ("Duality"), while Good Charlotte finished bottom of the pile, with dishonours as Worst Band and Worst Album ("The Chronicles of Life + Death").
Among the other winners were Judas Priest + Rob Halford (Best Comeback); My Chemical Romance (Best New Band), and Napoleon Dynamite (Best Movie).
Tracklisting for In Flames' new dvd has been released. The DVD includes various live shows, a back catalogue of videos, and interviews with bands such as Metallica and Judas Priest. Tracklisting is as follows:
Live at Sticky Fingers ( 90 minutes )
- The Quiet Place
- Dead Alone
- Touch Of Red
- Like You Better Dead
- My Sweet Shadow
- Evil In A Closet
- In Search For I
- Borders And Shading
- Superhero Of The Computer Rage
- Dial 595 – Escape
- Behind Space
- Artifacts Of The Black Rain
- Food For The Gods
- Pinball Map
- Only For The Weak
- Cloud Connected
Live at Hammersmith, London ( 40 minutes )
- Cloud Connected
- In Search For I
- Fucking Hostile
- Behind Space
- Quiet Place
- Touch of Red
- My Sweet Shadow
Soundtrack Tour 2004 - Live
- Only For The Weak
Live in Madrid
Live in Australia/Japan
- Dial 595 - Escape
Soundcheck in London
- Dial 595 - Escape
Soundcheck in London
- Touch of Red
F(r)iend – video
My Sweet Shadow – video
Touch of Red – video (extended DVD version)
The Quiet Place – video
Jester TV – Universal Access ( 50 minutes )
- About In Flames
- Interviews with band members
- About the Metallica show in Madrid
- Behind the Quiet Place video shoot
- Behind the Touch of Red video shoot
- Other videos: F(r)iend, Evil In A Closet
- About the start of the Soundtrack tour 2004
- Summer festival
- Like You Better Dead at Metaltown
- About the Japanese Tour
- About the Australian Tour
- LA – Roxy
- About the Hammersmith concert
- About the Judas Priest Tour
- 666 at Scandinavium
- Backstage tour
- About the Sticky Fingers concert
Tony Hicks of the Contra Costa Times has issued the following report:
VH1 is selling disinformation again in the name of being cute. This has become a real problem over there, where reaction over a few funny shows is turning the network into the obnoxious kid who won't stop popping off.
I'm writing about, of course, this awful "100 Most Metal Moments", which first showed its ugly head last year. At first, I was repulsed, angered ... and angered some more. I wanted someone at VH1 to pay for their stupidity and thoughtlessness in not only having no idea what metal was, but executing a show that, to some, would certainly be the authoritative voice on the subject. It's like giving Ashlee Simpson a part in a Janis Joplin bio film.
Once I calmed down, I realized this would go away. It wouldn't spread disinformation. VH1's addiction to cuteness, via second-rate celebrities popping off about things they don't understand, would take them in new directions. Or so I thought.
VH1 has decided to replay the show this month, which means that at any given time, a viewer has the chance to hear some so-called expert equate BON JOVI with the term "metal." Now I'm no Count Grishnackh, but in ninth grade I did ride all the way in the closed trunk of a Camaro (there was no room in the back seat) to see BLACK SABBATH at the Cow Palace.
Anyways, here's some of the VH1 tidbits a viewer can get brainwashed into believing are "metal" or even "most metal" if they're not careful: More...
Nominees for UK's Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2005 awards have been announced in the following categories:
Best UK Band:
Bullet for My Valentine
Viking Skull More...
JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has issued the following update via the band's official web site:
"Pease be a little bit patient and understand that the world is a very big place and trying to set up shows worldwide takes time!!!! We can't be everywhere all at once!!
"We haven't forgotten about Canada — just as we haven't forgotten about all the other places like South America, Mexico, France, Belgium, Australia, New Zealand etc., etc!!! We are working on many other dates and will be announcing them just as soon as they are finalised - so please have a little bit of faith and trust us!! When we have some dates confirmed in Canada and everywhere else you will read them here!!"
JUDAS PRIEST have moved up the start date of their North American tour by a couple of days. The band will kick things off May 30 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, rather than at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 1.
Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is currently shopping a five-song CD from his solo project, tentatively dubbed BEYOND FEAR. Songs featured on the CD are as follows:
01. I Don't Need This
02. And You Will Die
03. It Is Me
04. Telling Lies
05. The Faith
BLABBERMOUTH.NET, who had an opportunity to hear the recording,says it boasts a thick, heavy riffing style and extremely powerful vocals from Owens. Traces of JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and BLACK SABBATH are all present along with a healthy dose of double-bass drumming, which adds a modern edge to what is essentially a traditional metal approach.
As previously reported, Owens will be joined on his upcoming solo album by guitarist John Comprix (13 FACES, SPAWN) and an as-yet-undetermined drummer (original choice ICED EARTH's Bobby Jarzombek recently decided against becoming involved with the project). A tentative late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
Judas Priest Management Coordinator Jayne Andrews has issued the following statement: "Due to the very sad passing of the Pope, the Judas Priest show in Katowice on Wednesday, 6th April has had to be cancelled. This is totally beyond our control. The President of Poland has declared all entertainment venues must cancel their shows in respect of 5 days of mourning for the Pope. We will of course try and reschedule this show at a later date. Once we confirm any details we will announce them [on the band's official web site]."
Judas Priest and Queensryche will be joining forces this year for an arena tour. Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate confirmed the rumor last week during his appearance on the syndicated radio program Rockline. During the interview Tate stated that the tour is expected to last eight weeks and will cover mostly outdoor arenas.
Here are the leaked dates:
May 31 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
Jun. 10 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 19 Bristow, VA - Nissan Pavilion
Former Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens is to call his upcoming side project Beyond Fear. Among those involved with this are Iced Earth drummer Bobby Jarzombek; Owens himself remains a member of Iced Earth.
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
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...