Riot Signs Rob Halford, Announces Upcoming Releases
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has signed an exclusive deal with Riot! Entertainment involving the licensing and distribution of all Halford and Fight film and music releases. About the deal, Rob Halford said this:
Hello metal heads throughout Australia and New Zealand: I am pleased to announce my label/production company Metal God Entertainment has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Riot! Entertainment this month (May 2007). Together we will provide all future Halford and Fight film and music releases to the Metal lands down under. Many thanks to everyone at Riot! Entertainment for the great journey we are about to make together. I'm looking forward to seeing all you crazy Australian and New Zealand metal worshipers in the near future with both Judas Priest and Halford.
And on the same topic, Riot! Entertainment CEO & Owner John Howarth:
This is a huge boost for Riot! and one that is an absolute honour! I have been a massive fan of the Metal God since I was a kid and now to work closely with a legend like Rob Halford is very exciting and one we are all extremely looking forward to. I mean this is the Metal God and to have Rob on board is amazing, I am still stunned with the approach and the deal. It’s a great feeling to know people like Rob Halford want to work directly with you!
The first release of the deal, debuting in Australian and New Zealand in early July, will be the Metal God Essentials Volume 1 CD&DVD. The package features a full-colour twenty-page booklet, bonus DVD, thirteen remastered Halford and Fight tracks, two new Halford tracks and a new Halford remix, "Vendetta Remix". Following this will be three films, all with 5.1 audio, with the first two seeing release in late 2007 and the third early in 2008. They are titled "Fight: War of Words: The Film", "Halford Live at Rock in Rio III", and "Halford Live Crucible World Tour".
Finally, with details yet to be announced, there will be some Halford re-issues, a new album in the works, and an Australian tour.
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