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Below is our complete Two 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.

Rob Halford Speaks On Gay Teen Suicides

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.

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Sunday Old School: Two

A few months ago we took a look at Judas Priest, one of the most important and many would say greatest bands in the history of heavy metal. However in the early 1990s, the groups lead vocalist Rob Halford decided to quit the band and pursue other musical interests. The most controversial of these, was Two (sometimes written as 2wo), an industrial metal band he formed alongside guitarist John Lowery.

The band was formed by Halford and Lowery in 1997 after Halford decided not to continue his previous band, Fight. They quickly found themselves signed to Nothing Records, which was founded by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and released their Reznor produced debut album, "Voyeurs" the following year. It was around this time that Halford first openly stated that he was homosexual and the band worked with gay porn director Chi Chi Laurue for their music video "I Am A Pig." The band received a harsh backlash from long time fans of Rob Halford, who wanted to hear more of a traditional heavy metal style and concert attendence was generally poor, coupled with the problem of audience members shouting for the band to perform Judas Priest songs. A music video and single release was planned for the song "Stutter Kiss" as it had featured on the soundtracks for a few movies, however this idea was scrapped due to the albums poor commercial performance.

Although there was talk of the band recording a second studio album for a different label, it was not meant to be. Halford disbanded Two in 1998 and formed a new band, simply named Halford which was more in the vein of the traditional heavy metal sound for which he was known. John Lowery went on to become the guitarist for Marilyn Manson and later Rob Zombie. Since the bands demise, the "Voyeurs" albums has gained a cult following among fans of industrial metal and Rob Halford, with Halford saying he would like to release the demos the band did for the album as they were apparantly heavier and more metal sounding, claiming Trent Reznor had too much control over the production for "Voyeurs." Reznor himself has disowned the album and when questioned about it, has been very critical of the record. More...

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Metal Legends Discuss "Brutal Legend" Video Game

In a new video posted at GameTrailers.com, Motorhead frontman Lemmy, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford and heavy metal mainstay Ozzy Osbourne discuss the forthcoming new video game, "Brutal Legend" which all three have lent their voices to. You can check out the video below. The game is in stores now and also features the voice acting talents of Jack Black, Tim Curry and Lita Ford. More...

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New Brutal Legend Trailer Posted Online

A brand new trailer for the forthcoming video game Brutal Legend has been posted online. You can check it out below. The new video game is influenced strongly by heavy metal and stars metal loving actor Jack Black as the main character as well as some of the biggest names in heavy metal including Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Motorhead mainman Lemmy, metal veteran Lita Ford, the legendary Ronnie James Dio and Ozzy Osbourne, who will play the role of the "Guardian Of Metal." More...

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Rob Halford Launches Metal God Records

Legendary heavy metal singer Rob Halford (Judas Priest/Fight/2wo/Halford) has announced the birth of his brand new record label, Metal God Records. "It’s been a long desire of mine to be a co-owner and participate in the operation of a label focused on supporting the Rock and Metal communities," explains Rob Halford. "The infrastructure we have been assembling at Metal God Entertainment now allows myself and other artists to benefit from Metal God Records global physical and digital distribution networks, promotion and marketing services, apparel products and a broad range of Artist & Repertoire services."

The first release the label will issue will be Halford Crucible World Tour - Live In Anaheim DVD & Blu Ray in Fall 2009. To help promote all things Halford, the man himself will be appearing at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) between June 2nd and 3rd.

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Fight Reveal London DVD Screening Details

The following press release is in regards to the London DVD screening for War Of Words - The Film, starring ROB HALFORD and his first solo band FIGHT:

Attention UK Fight and Rob Halford Fans!!! Register for free tickets to London screening!

Fight - War Of Words - The Film
Tuesday, December 18th: 7:30 PM Screening
The Odeon Covent Gardens, address is as follows:
Odeon Covent Garden
135 Shaftsbury Avenue
London
WC2H 8AH

Conversation with Rob Halford follows the screening. Free poster to all attendees!

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Rob Halford To Do Signing Session In New Jersey

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will be at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on Saturday, November 17th for a signing session. It will begin at 5:30pm.

As previously reported, Halford spoke to the Greatfallstribune.com recently about a number of topics including his solo retrospective Metal God Essentials: Vol. 1 and of course the new Priest album set for release in 2008.

"(He's) a real man, not like a fantasy that you get in rock and roll and metal," Halford said of Nostradamus. "(We're) telling the story of this very controversial human being from 500 years ago, from France, who still resonates all these years later. It's a human story as well as one that you know about from his premonitions."

"We're really pushing ourselves again," Halford said. "It would be very easy for Priest to stop recording music and just keep going out and doing shows, but that's not what we're about. The music is absolutely phenomenal. It's everything that you love about Priest and more 'cause we really stretched ourselves and we're doing some extraordinary things musically."

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New Game To Feature Metal Legends

According to Gamesarefun.com, Tim Schafer, helmsman of Double Fine Productions, announced his next project recently. Brütal Legend will focus on metal roadie Eddie Riggs and his Tour Of Destruction through a mystical world of rock and roll legend. The game's setting will fuse modern metal and Norse mythology. Brütal Legend already has several big and fitting names behind the voice talent. MOTÖRHEAD founder Lemmy Kilmister, JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, and HEAVEN AND HELL's Ronnie James Dio will all lend their wailing pipes to the game.

November's issue of Game Informer features a cover story on Brütal Legend that reveals interesting details. In the article, Schafer talked about the origins for the game. Way back when he was working on Secret of Monkey Island, Schafer had a friend that lived as a roadie for MEGADETH. His larger than life stories gave birth to the idea, which can now become a full fledged game.

It will be available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sometime in 2008. A Brütal Legend trailer can be viewed below: More...

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Rob Halford Signs Japanese Licensing Deal

Rob Halford and Metal God Entertainment have announced their new film and music licensee Sony Music Japan International. Sony Japan's first scheduled release is "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" featuring 15 dynamic heavy metal tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases — debuting October 4, 2007.

Sony Japan's "Metal God Essentials" release also features the HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out"; an exclusive new remix from FIGHT co-producer Attie Bauw "Defiance Japan Mix", plus an exciting and rare new video, "Behind The Scenes of Forgotten Generation", offering music fans a glimpse of The Metal God and members of HALFORD in studio writing and recording the band's recent single "Forgotten Generation".

Sony Japan's release of "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" includes a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos in a double-jewel case.

"Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" is also available in a limited-edition, eight-panel enhanced digipack, with a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos, and a Sony Japan exclusive bonus CD featuring exclusive HALFORD remixes from Japan and various territories around the world.

"Sony Music Japan is one of the most prestigious music companies in the entertainment industry," states Rob Halford. "They have supported me with PRIEST, FIGHT and now HALFORD and Metal God Entertainment. My relation with Sony Japan is very special and a great honor. Our companies are excited about all forthcoming film and music releases; and the value-enhanced specialty product we will create together for the metal fans throughout Japan and the world.'

This fall Metal God Entertainment and Sony Music Japan will debut "Fight War Of Words - The Film", a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's 1992 decision to embark upon an ambitious and unequaled solo career. Release configurations include a bonus CD: "War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007" and rare footage of FIGHT live in Tokyo.

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Halford Creates Company, Reissue Solo Releases

Rob Halford has purchased his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed Halford catalog from Sanctuary Records U.K. The three albums under the band name: Halford include 'Resurrection' (2000), the two-CD concert recording 'Live Insurrection' (2001) and 'Crucible' (2002).

The Halford titles were acquired January 2006, and they will be the first music releases to possess The Metal God's new corporate imprint: 'Metal God Entertainment' (MGE) an entity which will act as exclusive production company and label for Rob's future solo music and film releases. Under new licenses, much of Rob's existing and new titles will release through global-label partners whom have worked previously with The Metal God. Additional details available late-summer 2006.

The Roy Z. Produced Halford titles: 'Resurrection' (2000) and 'Live Insurrection' (2001) have been Re-Mastered. Roy and John Baxter (Rob Halford's Manager / Executive Producer) recruited Denmark Producer / Mixer Tue Madsen to Re-Mix and Master one of Rob Halford's finest
releases: 'Crucible' (2002). Additional details available late-summer 2006.

In 2007, Metal God Entertainment (MGE) will release: 'Fight, War Of Words - The Film.' Recorded throughout 1992 and 1993, this 5.1 surround-sound film presents a view of Rob Halford as he makes his decision to leave Heavy Metal legends Judas Priest, record and tour with his first solo band: 'Fight.' The band's original audio-demonstration recordings (1992) will appear on a separate Fight soundtrack release. You can watch a promotional trailer for "Fight, War Of Words - The Film" here.

Also in 2007, Metal God Entertainment (MGE) will release: 'Halford - Live at Rock In Rio 2001'. The formation of Rob Halford's new Heavy Metal band (Halford) is chronicled from studio to road in 5.1 surround sound. After releasing 'Resurrection' (2000) Halford screams through a 95-city, world-wide concert tour. The band's final-tour performance at Brazil's Rock in Rio III (2001) festival in front of more than a quarter-million Metal fans presents an up-close view of one of Metal's hardest working and innovative bands. The film's audio-only soundtrack
release: Halford - Live at Rock In Rio III - has been Produced by Roy Z. You can watch a promotional trailer for "Halford - Live at Rock In Rio 2001" here.

The anticipated Halford studio album 'Halford IV' is being rescheduled as Rob is in studio with Judas Priest collaborating on their 2007 release and subsequent tour. Additional 'Halford IV' details available summer 2008.

Halford departed Judas Priest in 1992 to pursue a solo career during which he has released seven albums thus far. He formed an uncompromising new band called Fight which released 'War of Words' (1993), 'Mutations' (1994) and 'A Small Deadly Space' (1995). Up next was the Two project with Trent Reznor at the production helm. Two released the experimental, industrial rock-flavored 'Voyeurs' (1998). The Metal God realized he missed writing, recording and performing the kind of Heavy Metal he helped invent, and the result was the formation of Halford. After 12 long years, Halford reunited with Judas Priest in the summer of 2003.

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