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U.K. metal masters Judas Priest are streaming the entire new compilation "The Chosen Few" at
this location. The album is out today through Sony Records.
The release is a compilation of classic Priest songs chosen by other big name musicians. The complete track listing is as follows:
1. Diamonds And Rust (chosen by Joe Elliott)
2. Dissident Aggressor (chosen by Steve Vai and Geoff Tate)
3. Exciter (chosen by Accept)
4. Beyond The Realms Of Death (chosen by Lars Ulrich)
5. Delivering The Goods (chosen by Kerry King)
6. The Green Manalishi (chosen by David Coverdale and Randy Blythe)
7. The Ripper (chosen by Ozzy Osbourne)
8. Victim Of Changes (chosen by James Hetfield)
9. Breaking The Law (chosen by Lemmy)
10. Rapid Fire (chosen by Vinnie Paul)
11. Grinder (chosen by Zakk Wylde)
12. Living After Midnight (chosen by Alice Cooper and Geezer Butler)
13. Screaming For Vengeance (chosen by Slash)
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (chosen by Klaus Meine & Corey Taylor)
15. The Sentinel (chosen by Chris Jericho)
16. Turbo Lover (chosen by Jonathan Davis)
17. Painkiller (chosen by Joe Satriani)
British heavy metal titans Judas Priest has announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album on October 11th through Legacy/Sony, entitled, "The Chosen Few." What seperates this record apart from other compilation albums is that all the songs were chosen by some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead frontman, Lemmy and Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield amongst others.
"This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers," Priest frontman Rob Halford tells Rolling Stone. "So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends."
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
Being awoken by drunks at a festival is to be expected, being awoken by rain, was not. The second day of the Graspop Metal Meeting was considerably more dreary than the first when it came to weather, but just like the first day, there was still a fantastic lineup of metal to look forward to.
After deciding to stick around in the campsites for a little while, we headed into the main area to be greeted by the frustrating news that tonight's headliner, Ozzy Osbourne, has cancelled his performance due to laryngitis. Instead, second from top Judas Priest would be taking over the headlining position with an extended two hour set and Belgian metal veterans Channel Zero would be stepping in to fill the empty slot, bumping Whitesnake up the bill in the process.
Although we missed the first couple of bands on saturday, we arrived with plenty of time to catch the second band on the main stage, Italian gothic rockers Lacuna Coil. The band performed a solid set with material which focused mostly on their last three albums, "Comalies," "Karmacode" and "Shallow Life" and were on fine form. Although singer Cristina Scabbia receives much of the attention lavished on the band, her singing partner Andrea Ferro also deserves a huge amount of recognition, as both singers voices sounded absolutely perfect. The fans were clearly enjoying it too, otherwise they wouldn't have stayed throughout the entire set in the miserable weather, not just bearing the climate, but singing along and raising their hands too. Scabbia carried herself on stage with a real ballsy attitude, the kind that shows just how well women really can fit into rock and metal music, and was able to coax the crowd into singing as loud as they could for the Depeche Mode cover, "Enjoy The Silence." I must say there were a few songs I was hoping it would be included in the set that weren't, most notably, "Swamped," but nevertheless, they were still a captivating live spectacle and disappointed no-one.
It would then be a while before I was to catch another set in full, having only caught a few songs from Kylesa in one of the Marquees to avoid the rain and watching the first song from Greek power metal outfit Firewind before deciding it was time to eat. In any case, we made sure we were in Marquee 1 with plenty of time to spare to catch Triptykon, one of the main reasons I wanted to return to Graspop. Following their chilling, "Crucifixus" intro, the band broke into the Celtic Frost classic, "Procreation Of The Wicked." The song went down a storm but in all honesty, took some time to recognise as it has become a much slower and more doom metal laden affair than what is heard on the "Morbid Tales" album. It was truely a thrill to see Tom G. Warrior back on stage, displaying the dark intensity that has made him such a popular figure in metal music for almost three decades. He wasn't the only notable member of the band too, as Dark Fortress guitarist V. Santura was able to perform with total accuracy and bassist Vanja Slajh showed everyone that she has a mesmerising stage presence too. After "Procreation..." the band busted out one of their own tracks in the form of "Eparistera Daimones" opener, "Goetia," before heading back into more familiar territory with another Celtic Frost song, this time "Circle Of The Tyrants." Warrior thanked the fans afterwards, displaying the utmost sincerity and grattitude for the warm welcome the audience had given Triptykon, before launching into another Frost staple, "Babylon Fell." Only four songs into the set and it was time for the last, in this case, Triptykon's album closer, "The Prolonging." It takes some balls to perform a twenty minute song at a festival and it takes alot of musicianship and charisma to keep the crowd interested, which is exactly what they did. "The Prolonging" is clearly a song the group are very proud of, as performing it meant that they had to cut out other brilliant songs both of their own and the Frost catalogue. Having seen Celtic Frost before, I can say that seeing Triptykon is as close as one can get but with the added bonus of their own, outstanding material. I eagerly await seeing them again. More...
A new batch of dates have been announced for the upcoming "Epitaph" farewell tour from heavy metal icons Judas Priest. You can view the newly added dates, cities and venues in the list provided below with the previously announced stops being featured at this location.
Oct. 27 - Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
Nov. 08 - US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 09 - Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
Nov. 10 - The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
Nov. 15 - Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Nov. 16 - The Armory, Rochester, NY
Nov. 22 - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Nov. 23 - Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
Nov. 24 - Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
Nov. 26 - Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
Nov. 30 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
Dec. 01 - Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
Dec. 03 - Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi
The official setlist has been revealed for the ongoing farewell "Epitaph" tour presented by heavy metal icons Judas Priest. You can view the setlist below, with dates for the band's North American leg of its "Epitaph" tour at this location.
1. Rapid Fire
2. Metal Gods
3. Heading Out To The Highway
4. Judas Rising
6. Victim Of Changes
7. Never Satisfied
8. Diamonds And Rust (Joan Baez cover)
10. Night Crawler
11. Turbo Lover
12. Beyond The Realms of Death
13. The Sentinel
14. Blood Red Skies
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) (Fleetwood Mac cover)
16. Breaking The Law
18. The Hellion/Electric Eye
19. Hell Bent For Leather
20. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
British heavy metal icons Judas Priest performed on last night's American Idol finale with runner-up contestant James Durbin. The band performed a medley of its classics "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking The Law." You can view video footage of the event in the player below, which also features the band's first appearance with its new guitarist Richie Faulkner.
Judas Priest is rumored to play the season 10 finale of "American Idol" tonight (May 25, 2011) at 8 PM EST on Fox.
Eliminated contestant James Durbin previously performed a cover of the Judas Priest track "You Got Another Thing Coming" on the March 1 edition of "Idol." Aerosmith singer and "American Idol" judge, Steven Tyler stated this was the first time a contestant performed a Priest cover.
In other Judas Priest news, the members of Judas Priest participated in a press conference yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 24) in Los Angeles. The group, which includes newest addition Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris, Dirty Deeds), answered questions concerning their forthcoming "Epitaph" U.S. tour, as well as formally introducing Faulkner.
British heavy metal gods Judas Priest have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this October as part of their farewell trek, dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. Joining them on the run of dates will be Irish hard rock legends Thin Lizzy and American heavy metal outfit Black Label Society. A second leg is expected to be announced later in the year.
The tour dates are as follows:
October 12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
October 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Ampitheater
October 15 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 16 - Dallas, TX - Allen Event Center
October 18 - Tuscon, AZ - Ava Ampitheater
October 19 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Ampitheater
October 21 - Phoenix, AZ - AZ State Fair
October 22 - San Bernadino, CA - San Miguel Ampitheater
October 23 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
October 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
October 26 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
October 29 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
October 30 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
November 1 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
November 2 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
November 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
November 5 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
November 12 - Chicago, IL - The Venue At Horeshoe Casino
November 13 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
November 18 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
British heavy metal icons Judas Priest have announced that KK Downing, one of the founding members of the band, has decided to retire from the group and as a result, will not be taking part in the group's forthcoming Epitath tour. A press release from the band reads as follows:
"It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour. The band respect his decision and naturally all wish him well.
"Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott uninimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let the fans down around the world.
"Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement - 31 year old British guitarist Richie Faulkner - he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire!
"The Epitath tour will include songs from every Judas Priest album and also tracks they have never performed on stage, plus all the old favourites!
"With a new album due to be released next year, the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more - Heavy metal at it's best with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It's a show not to be missed!"
Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Judas Priest track "Breaking The Law." A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.
The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...
American thrash metal legends Exodus have confirmed that they will be performing at the Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice, Poland on August 10th, where they will serve as one of the main support acts for British metal gods, Judas Priest.
Guitarist Gary Holt commented on the situation with the following post:
"I can't believe that after getting to play with Iron Miaden in Chile, now we can announce that we will be sharing the stage with Judas Priest in Poland! How much better can it get? Two shows with two of our biggest heroes! Now if only I can select the set for them… I can dream, can't I?! It's gonna be awesome; to say we're excited is an understatement."
The organizers of Belgium's premier heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced three more names for this year's edition of the festival. Thrash metal super group Dublin Death Patrol, which features Testament frontman Chuck Billy and Hatriot/former Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza, will be performing at the event, as will Rise To Remain, which includes Austin Dickinson, the son o iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, as well as All Shall Perish. The festival will take place in the toen of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows: More...
British heavy metal legends Judas Priest has announced a series of headlining shows in the United Kingdom, as part of their Epitaph tour, which is being billed as their farewell trek. Joining them on the tour will be American progressive rock veterans Queensryche and up and comers Rival Sons.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 15 - Newport Centre - Newport, UK
July 16 - O2 Apollo - Manchester, UK
July 17 - The Dome - Doncaster, UK
July 19 - SECC - Glasgow, Scotland
July 20 - Metro Arena - Newcastle, UK
July 21 - Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, UK
July 24 - BIC - Bournemouth, UK
While Vince Neil (Motley Crue) does his time in jail his girl on the outside is concerned because he’s working the breakfast shift and has only eaten some peanut butter and a baloney sandwich. Given the length of his sentence (less than a month) this doesn’t sound like anything of concern. This sounds like fat camp for middle aged rock singers… More...
According to Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio, who sadly passed away last year, some of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock will be taking part in a forthcoming Dio tribute album.
"It probably won't come out this year, but everybody signed up," Dio told Noisecreep.
So, who's signed on thus far? "Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Glenn Hughes, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Lemmy (Motorhead)," she said, adding Grohl will do the Black Sabbath hit 'Mob Rules,' and Halford will be taking on 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll.' And artists keep coming on. "I just talked to Alice (Cooper), roped Alice in and Sebastian (Bach) and Chris (Jericho)," she said, referring to fellow attendees at the Golden Gods press conference. And Cooper already has a song in mind, going back to the Elf days, according to Wendy.
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
The organizers of Belgium's largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that Black Label Society, Kreator, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Monster Magnet, and Legion Of The Damned have all been confirmed to play at the festival, which will take place in the town of Dessel from June 24th -26th. The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
Saxon has issued the following announcement about performing several Spanish shows alongside Judas Priest and Motorhead:
"Hi fans, Saxon is pleased to announce that they will be appearing alongside the legendary Judas Priest and Motorhead for 4 shows in Spain – the dates are:
29.07.2011 ES A CORUNA - Coliseum
30.07.2011 ES MADRID - La Cubierta
31.07.2011 ES BILBAO - Bizkaia Arena
01.08.2011 ES BARCELONA - Olimpic Badalona
"Please see this location for more details. Unfortunately that means that Saxon will be forced to postpone the three shows planned for May (07.05. Bilbao, 08.05. Barcelona & 10.05. Madrid) until November of this year and that we move the gig in Uden (Netherlands) to the beginning of May. Tour section will be updated soon. The band apologizes for any inconveniences and is looking forward to meeting up with everyone on the road."
Happy Hallmark card day everyone! Whether you're spending today with your loved one or your right hand, there's no denying that romance will be all around you today. Turn on the radio and you're likely to hear Lionel Richie's "Hello" or some other such soppy rubbish which you'll be told all day is a "classic." So why should we at Metal Undergound.com be any different? While there's never been one countdown that everyone agrees with, I'm going to take you through ten hard rock and heavy metal songs that I feel express the positive side to this strange phenomenon we call love.
For the opposite side of the spectrum, you can also check out our ode to anti-love metal as well.
10. Anal Cunt - "In My Heart There's A Star Named After You"
Yes you read that right correctly, the first song in our countdown is by the masters of offensive grindcore, Anal Cunt. You wouldn’t expect the band that wrote, "I Pushed Your Wife In Front Of The Subway" and "Women: Nature’s Punching Bag" to be included here, but the band actually wrote a whole album dedicated to the subject of love, albeit a very tongue in cheek one. Here’s the last song from the "Picnic Of Love" album, "In My Heart There’s A Star Named After You." It may seem a little silly to include in this list, but isn't love a silly old thing in the end?
9. KISS - "I'll Fight Heaven To Hold You"
We don’t want to overload this countdown with soppy ballads that belong is bad 1980s movies, so we’ll be leaving "Beth" way out of this. Instead, here’s a love song by KISS that covers all the usual topics traditionally found in ballads, but rocks hard. KISS have never been afraid to talk about love (as well as what Gene Simmons considers love, let's not mention "Lick It Up" here,) and more often than not, they could really pull off a great love song, which they've definitely done here, though not in the traditional way. From the "Crazy, Crazy Nights" album, this is "I’ll Fight Hell To Hold You."
Saxon has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at this year's edition of the Sauna Open Air festival:
"We are happy to announce that Saxon is confirmed for the Sauna Open Air Festival in Finland.
Let's see how sweaty it will be and see you there!"
The festival is set to take place from June 9th - 11th, 2011 and will feature appearances from Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, and Helloween. Saxon also recently announced Australian shows with The Sword. Details on those dates can be found here.