Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Appear On “Ride With Norman Reedus”

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be guesting on tomorrow’s (March 3) episode of “Ride With Norman Reedus.” You can find a preview of the episode below:

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Judas Priest Cancel South African Shows

Judas Priest have been forced to cancel their first-ever shows in South Africa. The band commented:

“Due to circumstances totally beyond our control we are extremely sorry to have to announce that because of logistical and technical reasons the South African shows have been cancelled – we are very disappointed that this has happened as we were looking forward to performing in South Africa for our fans there for the first time – we have been touring the world for nearly 50 years and have always honoured our commitments – we are all very upset about this situation.”

Judas Priest Announce North American Tour With Uriah Heep

Judas Priest have announced a headlining North American tour. Uriah Heep will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/03 Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/06 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
05/08 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
05/09 Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
05/12 Washington, DC – The Anthem
05/14 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/15 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/16 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/18 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/19 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
05/22 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/23 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
05/25 Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
05/28 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/29 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/31 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
06/01 Little Rock, AR – First Security Amphitheater
06/03 St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
06/05 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
06/08 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
06/10 Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
06/11 Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
06/13 Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
06/14 Prince George, BC – CN Centre
06/16 Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place
06/17 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
06/19 Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort and Casino
06/21 Kent, WA – Accesso Showare Center
06/22 Portland, OR – Moda Theatre of the Clouds
06/24 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/25 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06/27 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
06/29 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “I Am Going To Write A Book”

During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) revealed that he is planning to write a book about his life. This news comes after the singer previously dismissed the idea in the past.

Halford said the following:

“I am going to write a book, but I was thinking about things that have happened to me that people don’t know about, and this is going to be silly – I was personally blessed by the Virgin Mary in a church in England. If that’s not going to make you read my book, I don’t know what will. I’ll leave it at that; I’ve had so many beautiful things happen to me over my life. I’ve led a very, very rich life and I’m still having it and I can’t be more grateful than I am right now.

Just thinking about it, I think it has to be done because you’ve got these knockoffs and you’ve got people giving their impression and their interpretation, which is all good, but I think when it comes from the source, I think it’s really important – some of the greatest books written like [The Dirt] by Motley Crue or Lemmy’s book, all of these are books are come from the heart of the matter – the heart of the story. It’ll happen one day, Jackie. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s on the front burner.”

[via Loudwire]

K.K. Downing Explains His Decision To Sell His Share Of Royalty Rights To Judas Priest Catalog

K.K. Downing recently sold his share of the royalty rights for 136 Judas Priest songs, including “Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” etc. after his golf resort in Shropshire, England fell into administration (similar to Chapter 11 insolvency in the U.S.). Now, in a recent interview with myglobalmind.com, he discussed his decision further saying he “had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money.”

Here’s Downing’s full statement:

“I own my own personal rights to the songs. Obviously, there comes a time when large figures of money are involved, and there is a time to sell it. It’s like selling a classic car or some stocks. When you are made an offer, you can’t refuse, and it seems like a good idea. There is no impact on the band. All those rights are personally owned by me and within my ownership rights to do what I want. It gets a bit scary when you get to my age. Lots of things have been happening to friends along the way. It seems to be happening weekly like Vinnie Paul passing away. That was a hard thing to take as he was only in his 50’s. I just had a call from a friend, Mantas from Venom, who had a massive heart attack and almost died on the table. Luckily, they were able to bring him around, and he is recovering. Don’t get me wrong, I can go past 100, but you never know what the deal is. I had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money. I worked hard my entire life. I need to pay my bills, my debts, and something left for a good holiday like everyone else [laughing]. In the industry, royalties have hit an all-time high this year. It’s quite simple if you have a song worth a million dollars you can get $60,000 a year from it, or you can take the million now. It depends on your age. If you add ten years on to my age, I’ll be 77, and I can achieve $600,000 over the ten years or sell it now for a million dollars [laughing]. It’s a financial and mathematical equation that I let my accountants and doctors do for me [laughing].”

[via Blabbermouth]

Richie Faulkner On Judas Priest’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: “It Is Going To Be Something Everyone Will Remember”

Rob Halford previously said Judas Priest were putting together a special celebration for their 50th anniversary next year. Now, during a chat with Metal Kaoz, Richie Faulkner was asked about the band’s plans and he responded with the following:

“Obviously, I do have some idea of what is being talked about, but it is at the very early stages at the moment and I do not want to give anything away. But as Rob said, this is a fantastic milestone for the band and, again, the fans have put PRIEST there for all this time. This acknowledges the fans more than anything, so it will be all about giving back to them; an event that the fans will really remember. It is in progress and we are talking about what we want to do, but in true JUDAS PRIEST fashion, it is going to be something everyone will remember. We want to give back to the fans because, as I said, they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they are still coming to the shows, they still love the band, so yeah, it will be something special.