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Formed: 1967
From: Birmingham, United Kingdom
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"You've Got Another Thing Coming" Bossa Nova Cover

The latest cover/parody created by Andy Rehfeldt, well known for his metal and pop mashups as well as "Radio Disney," Bossa Nova and smooth Jazz version of metal songs, is a Bossa Nova cover of Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Coming." Check it out below, and visit his YouTube channel for hours of entertainment.

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As I Lay Dying Posts "Electric Eye" Video

As I Lay Dying premiering a new music video for the band's take on the Judas Priest classic "Electric Eye" through www.Ulitmate-Guitar.com. The song appears on the recently released EP, "Decas, "which marks the band's 10 year anniversary.

The clip was shot with director Paul Brown (My Chemical Romance, Staind, Stone Sour) at El Mirage Lake, a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California.

"After a long day of sunburns and drought out in the desert I'm glad to be done fighting scorpions for the filming of Electric Eye. We came out victorious, but we probably couldn't have done it without the classic metal inspiration of Halford and Priest's legendary guitar melodies," explains front man Tim Lambesis.

Check out the video clip by navigating over to this location.

The "Decas" EP also features three brand new songs, three additional covers that pay homage to just a few of the bands that have influenced As I Lay Dying, and remixes.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: 1981 M/F/K

30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...

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Judas Priest Posts Trailer For "The Chosen Few"

U.K. metal masters Judas Priest posted a video trailer with interview segments about the recently released compilation "The Chosen Few." The compilation was released on October 11, 2011 through Sony Records.

Check out the video here:

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Judas Priest Streaming Entire "The Chosen Few"

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)

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Judas Priest To Release Special Compilation Album

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...

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Two

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...

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New Dates Added To Judas Priest's "Epitaph" Tour

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

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Setlist Revealed For Judas Priest "Epitaph" Tour

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
5. Starbreaker
6. Victim Of Changes
7. Never Satisfied
8. Diamonds And Rust (Joan Baez cover)
9. Prophecy
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
17. Painkiller
18. The Hellion/Electric Eye
19. Hell Bent For Leather
20. You've Got Another Thing Comin'

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Judas Priest Performs On American Idol Finale

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.

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Judas Priest Rumored to Perform on American Idol

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.

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Judas Priest Announces North American Tour

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

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Judas Priest Guitarist Retires From The Band

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!"

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Stryper Performs Judas Priest Classic Live

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.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

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...

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Exodus To Open For Judas Priest In Poland

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."

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Three More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

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...

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Judas Priest Announces U.K. Tour Dates

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

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The Rockstar Ramblings: It’s like X meets Y

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...

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Heavy Metal Stars On Board For Dio Tribute Album

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.

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