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British heavy metal band Judas Priest, one of the most influential and most popular heavy metal bands of all time, has announced that they are to perform one more world tour and then retire as a band. The "metal gods," as proclaimed by fans, have added two more dates to its final, farewell tour - dubbed the "Epitaph" tour. You can view the full list of confirmed date below, with more expected to be announced for additional countries as well as North American in the near future.
Jun. 09 - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
Jun. 11 - Sauna Open Air, Tampere, Finland
Jun. 17 - Copenhell, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jun. 19 - Hellfest, Clisson, France
Jun. 22 - Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
Jun. 25 - Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
Jun. 28 - O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic*
Jun. 29 - Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria*
Jul. 23 - High Voltage, London, UK
Aug. 05 - Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
*= newly added dates
Rob Halford, vocalist of heavy metal legends Judas Priest, commented on the forthcoming retirement of Judas Priest after nearly 40 years. Halford commented by saying:
"Well, they do say that all good things come to an end and that's probably the case in this case. But I'm delighted that, of course, the Halford [solo project] band is gonna be storming forward in the metal future, and that's gotta be good news.
"I've been doing this now for close to 40 years and it's a real thrill to think that I'm part of the roots of it all. Not just myself — many, many other people have been responsible for putting the whole heavy metal scene onto the map. It's as strong now as it's ever been."
The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest heavy metal festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Sepultura, Iced Earth, Terror, Arch Enemy and Soilwork. The festival will take place in Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dream Theater has been confirmed to headline the 2011 edition of the High Voltage Festival, which takes place on July 23rd and 24th, 2011 in London. Judas Priest, which recently announced it would be retiring after a final world tour, has also been confirmed for the festival. Additional details on the High Voltage Festival can be found at this location.
In addition to the news yesterday that Slipknot would be headlining next year's edition of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting, the organisers have now confirmed three of the most legendary names in heavy metal for the event. Headlining the friday will be German hard rock/heavy metal legends the Scorpions, who are performing on their farewell tour and the main stage will be headlined on saturday by "The prince of darkness," Ozzy Osbourne. Metal gods Judas Priest will also be performing on saturday, as part of their farewell tour. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.
British heavy metal band Judas Priest, one of the most influential and most popular heavy metal bands of all time, has announced that they are to perform one more world tour and then retire as a band. The band will be performing at several European festivals next year, including Graspop, Wacken and High Voltage. More dates and statements from band members are to be released soon.
The tour dates are as follows:
June 9 - Sweden Rock - Solvesborg, Sweden
June 11 - Sauna Festival - Finland
June 17 - Copenhell Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
June 19 - Hellfest - Nantes, France
June 22 - Gods of Metal Festival - Milan, Italy
June 25 - Graspop Festival - Belgium
July 23 - High Voltage Festival - London, UK
August 5 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
Firewind / Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G is set to take a break from touring to host the new edition of Headbangers Ball tonight (Tuesday morning) at 3AM Eastern on MTV2. Tune in to hear the story of how Gus G got his start in metal all the way to playing arenas alongside Ozzy Osbourne. You'll also see videos from Firewind as well as Gus G's biggest influences such as Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ozzy and more.
In a recent blog post, KK Downing, guitarist of iconic British heavy metal band Judas Priest, revealed that the band would once again be embarking on a world tour, which will kick off next year. No word was given regarding what the band's setlist would cover. The message reads as follows:
"It seems that the time has come for us to put the touring wheels in motion for our next world tour in 2011!
"It's funny but these days around - about this time - I can't help but reflect on the past when we had to load the touring van ourselves. Sometimes in the ice and snow, being afraid that we would get frostbites on our fingers and not be able to play the gig!
"I remember one winter we had a gig at Hull City Hall in England. We were driving in heavy snow when we hit black ice and the car hit the motorway barriers so hard that it was never able to be driven again. However, it was fortunate that a passing farmer saved the day by letting us pile into his old Land Rover and was kind enough to drive us to the gig! More...
During a lazy Sunday I found myself catching up on previously recorded episodes of Bored to Death when much to my delight I discovered a couple Metal Mania episodes on queue. Here’s what I found:
In Kiss’s video for “Rock and Roll all Nite,” I wonder what was so bad that the girl coming down the stairs needed her eyes blacked out like they do on the show Cops. Also, is there someplace we can put all of the eighties brick-sized cell phones for display? I would definitely go to the Pre-2K Cell Phone Hall of Fame (maybe located in Indiana?) to see the phone Gene Simmons has while sitting on his throne in this video as well as the one used by Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell. More...
Rob Halford, the lead vocalist of heavy metal icons Judas Priest as well as his own band, Halford, was asked about the recent attention given to homosexual teenagers taking their own lives as a result of homophobic bullying. In the interview with About.com, Halford said:
"I think more than anything, it's a picture of the way life is. You have all this sexting going on, and cyber bullying going on. It's absolutely heartbreaking when people are driven to the point where they are taking their own lives. I'm pleased that talented people like Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are speaking out. They are far more articulate than I am.
"The most imporant thing is to show the love and support that is out there for everybody, whether you're being bullied or not. It's important to look after each other and to nurture each other, especially in your school years. I saw bullying when I was a kid growing up in school. It has always been there. It's a very peculiar thing. It's a shame that it takes horrible tragedies like this to bring the spotlight back on. It has to stay there now. It can't just fizzle out in a couple weeks, like things tend to do in the media.
"Programs need to be installed in schools, or reinforced. Parents need to keep an eye on their kids a little bit more. The social interaction that's available 24 hours a day has to be utilized in a strong, educating, promotional way to let people who are going through those periods of their lives know that there's always somebody you can talk to. Don't feel alone. There's a way we can help each other get through these types of difficulties."
Read the full article at About.com.
British heavy metal icons Judas Priest has had their song, "The Hellion" featured in a new commercial for the Honda Odyssey mini-van. You can check it out below. The song appears on the album, "Screaming For Vengeance" and is recognised as the intro to the classic Judas Priest song, "Electric Eye." More...
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic has posted a 1-minute promo of the Judas Priest cover, "Painkiller" on YouTube. The cover was released as a new single, with bonus "Bloody Waves of Sorrow," on September 13, 2010, via Spinefarm Records UK.
The idea to record a cover has been discussed within the Chthonic ranks since the beginning of the year; the band considered songs from all of their favourite metal bands, the likes of Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, but once drummer Dani Wang had worked out the drum demo for "Painkiller," the decision to go with the Judas Priest classic was an easy one.
One-time Chthonic keyboardist Sandra Lee plus Hena player Su-nong are also involved in the recording, helping the core musicians to unleash the full weight of their Taiwanese metal power!
Rockers from the eighties continue to bring in the viewers for reality TV. With Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, and Bret Michaels regulars on the TV circuit it doesn’t appear this trend will be disappearing anytime soon. Here is a look at some of the other reality shows currently being considered by the networks. More...
This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...
The biggest oddity of Charred Walls of the Damned’s first tour is they are playing smaller venues – bars and small theaters and the like. With the amount of experience and reputation this supergroup has (although admittedly half of the studio members aren’t on the road), it seems like they should be playing arenas and ampitheaters, or at least opening for big name headliners.
But as it stands, Charred Walls of the Damned kicked off their first ever tour in Chicago at the Empty Bottle. The Empty Bottle is the type of old school dive where the air feels sticky, not to mention the restroom floors. Thus, it is perfect for an old school traditional metal show. And suffice it to say there wasn’t anyone in the crowd that became a metal fan after hearing “Nothing Else Matters” in high school, and nobody was rocking the latest Hot Topic sampler on the way to the show either. The folks here were all metal-for-life types, even the young ones. More...
Last week Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was attacked on stage by a man attempting to tackle him from behind. The guitarist literally brushed off the offender and continued to play (on a broken guitar that would be replaced). In honor of this move this week we look at some of the heroic and/or bad ass (rating of 10) and not so heroic/or not so bad ass (rating of 1) moments from the world of videos. More...
The past weekend VH1 Classic showcased the Revolver Golden Gods Awards show (taped from April 9th), an annual show of hard rock and heavy metal awards chosen by the readers of the rock magazine, Revolver. You can catch reruns of this event twice daily, for the next eighteen months. More...
As millions of fans around the world continue to pay their respects to the late, great Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last sunday from stomach cancer, more of his peers and fellow musicians have posted tribute messages online. You can read some more of them below.
Rob Halford (Judas Priest): "Ronnie James Dio’s voice will live forever, and continue to excite and inspire singers around the world. He was a dear friend, and like millions of metalheads I will miss him deeply."
Charlie Benante (Anthrax): "The first time I heard Ronnie James Dio, I thought he was a large person, The voice was so huge. It was Rainbow and he was the singer. I was a fan of his from then on. I followed him with Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio, etc. From 'Man On The Silver Mountain', 'Heaven And Hell', 'Rainbow In The Dark'... the songs are endless. The sound of his voice with those bands was always so perfect. It was his god-given instrument. He was true metal and the creator of the metal hand sign. Thank you for the music. He was divine."
Blaze Bayley (Solo artist, former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane): "Very saddened by the news of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. He was the inspiration for me to start singing and join a metal band after seeing him perform in Birmingham Odeon many many years ago on the Holy Diver tour. My thoughts are with Wendy and the family. On the few occasions I met Ronnie, he was an absolute gentleman, hero and superstar and an example to us all. Thank you, Ronnie, for your wonderful work. Rest in peace."
More members of the heavy metal and hard rock community have spoken about the passing of heavy metal icon, Ronnie James Dio, including Ritchie Blackmore, who performed with Ronnie in Rainbow. Some of the messages read as follows:
Judas Priest: "We are filled with great sadness at the terrible news about our friend Ronnie James Dio - our condolences and love go to Wendy and Ronnie's family - Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed."
Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple - thanks ABC News): "Ronnie had a unique and wonderful voice. He will be sadly missed in the rock and roll world,"
Testament: "A true metal legend always in our hearts."
Metalunderground.com has received exclusive information that Harmonix and MTV Games will be announcing new downloadable content (DLC) from Judas Priest's "British Steel" live album. "British Steel" was originally released in April 1980 and was the band’s first platinum Top 40 album in the United States and their first Top 10 studio album in the United Kingdom. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the album, "British Steel" is being re-released as well as coming to Rock Band with nine live tracks of songs off the classic album. The new Judas Priest songs will be available next week in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™.
The DLC release will coincide with the reissues of the album on May 11. Here's the tracklisting:
Breaking the Law (Live) *
Rapid Fire (Live) *
Metal Gods (Live)
Grinder (Live) *
United (Live) *
Living After Midnight (Live)
You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise (Live)
The Rage (Live) *
Steeler (Live) *
(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 May 12)
These tracks will be available for purchase as “British Steel 30th Anniversary,” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Tracks marked with “*” are also available for download in the family-friendly LEGO® Rock Band Music Store.
Prices are as follows:
$1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
$14.99, £7.49 UK, €10.99 EU (1200 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “British Steel 30th Anniversary”
$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per track
Columbia/Legacy's re-release of "British Steel" will come in two configuations. There will be a British Steel 30th Anniversary Standard Edition available, as well as a British Steel 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition box set, available only through www.judaspriest.com. The standard edition features a CD of the original nine-song album, plus 2 bonus tracks, as well as a DVD featuring a “Making of British Steel" interview, as well as full concert footage of the 16-song set from the 2009 British Steel tour, filmed live at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, Florida. The deluxe edition features all this, plus a CD of the live recording from the Seminole Hard Rock Arena concert.