Rob Halford Says Judas Priest “Already Have A Strong Selection Of Songs” Written For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with NME, Rob Halford offered an update on the new Judas Priest album. The frontman said the following:

“As far as Priest goes, we already have a strong selection of songs — practically a complete album — to go when we’re able to reconvene at some point. But we need to do a lot more work on it before we even get to the full production stage yet.”

Judas Priest Announce New Book “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”

Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new book titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years.” Pre-orders for that effort can be found HERE .

The following description of the book was shared on the band’s Facebook page:

“JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications are pleased to announce the publication of the first ever official Judas Priest book documenting the bands extensive history over the last 50 years – titled JUDAS PRIEST – 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews. “I’ve photographed Judas Priest from 1978 until now and of all the bands I’ve worked with they are one of the most enjoyable to me – you have to love the mighty Priest,” Ross Halfin, August 2020

This huge, 648 page coffee table book chronicles the history of the world’s foremost heavy metal band using hundreds of unseen, unpublished photographs from Rock’s greatest photographers including Ross Halfin, Neil Zlozower, Mark Weiss, Fin Costello, Oliver Halfin and many more. With a linking text by renowned journalist Mark Blake the book explores the bands exciting history on stage and off in a unique photo documentary designed to excite fans and devotees of true heavy metal the world over. Current band members have all contributed to the book with written pieces detailing their love and passion for the band, making this an extraordinary artefact for their legions of followers. The book features an exclusive cover by Mark Wilkinson who has worked with the band for many years now. Glenn Tipton comments “We spear-headed the visual image of metal – breathing new life into it and it has been captured forever in the pages of this book”.

Rufus Publications are making 4 incredible editions of the book available including an edition designed to raise money for The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation and a giant 410mm square edition supplied in a beautiful black metal slipcase – the book will ship in early December in time for Christmas

The Standard Edition: 648 page book 12” square printed on art paper – supplied in a cloth slipcase with red foil

The Deluxe Edition: 500 numbered copies 12” square – bound in black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis

The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation Charity Edition: 100 numbered copies 12” square – printed on art paper with a special blue cover supplied in a cloth slipcase with blue foil. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis. All proceeds from this edition will go to The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation

The Epic Leather and Metal Edition: 100 numbered copies 16” square – bound in luxurious padded black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front – gold foil and an exclusive fold out poster. The book comes in a die cut black metal slipcase. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.”

Judas Priest Announce Rescheduled Dates For U.S. 50th Anniversary Tour

Judas Priest have rescheduled a number of the dates on their U.S. 50th anniversary tour, while cancelling others. The new dates will take place in summer/fall 2021.

Here’s the new dates for 2021:

09/13 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
09/17 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
09/22 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theater
09/25 St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Music Park
09/29 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
10/06 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
10/08 Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/09 Phoenix, AX – Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/13 Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center Cedar Park
10/15 Dallas, TX – Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
10/28 Washington, D.C. – MGM Casino
10/30 Ledyard, CT – Foxwoods Casino Arena

The band commented:

“All tickets for the original shows will be honored at the new dates. You will receive an email notification from the ticketing company soon that includes information on how to request a refund if you are unable to attend the rescheduled date.

Unfortunately, not every show was able to be rescheduled. While we continue to work on new dates for the tour, the following shows have been cancelled. We have every intention of adding more shows and cities to our 50th anniversary tour in the Fall of 2021 – as soon as we have the new dates finalised, we will announce them.

September 11, 2020 Long Island, NY at Nassau
September 14, 2020 Philadelphia, PA at Mann Center
September 15, 2020 Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
September 18, 2020 Orlando, FL at Rebel Rock Festival
September 20, 2020 Louisville, KY at Louder Than Life Festival
September 21, 2020 Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena
September 23, 2020 Detroit, MI at the Fox Theatre
September 26, 2020 Chicago, IL at Rosemont Theatre
September 27, 2020 Minneapolis, MN at Armory
October 8, 2020 Albuquerque, NM at Sandia Resort and Casino
October 11, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT at Vivint Smart Home Arena

Tickets purchased for these shows will automatically be refunded from the ticketing company in approximately 30 days. For any purchases made in-person at a box office, or for any additional questions, please contact the venue directly.”

Protesters Play Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law” Over Stolen NYC Police Radios

New York City protesters speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality were reportedly blasting Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law” on stolen NYPD radios last night (June 4). A Twitter account, called US Protests: News & Updates, documented the moment:

This news comes after songs like N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police,” Wesley Willis’ “Rock n Roll McDonalds” and Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” were playing over police radios in Chicago:

[via Loudwire]

K.K. Downing To Release Paperback Edition Of “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” In September

K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) will be releasing a new paperback edition of his memoir “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest” on September 1 via Hachette Books. You can pre-order that HERE. The book, which was co-written by Scottish author/journalist Mark Eglinton, was originally released in September 2018.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In September

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that he will be releasing his autobiography “Confess” on September 29 via Hachette Books. The book, which was written with Ian Gittins, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Here’s a description of the memoir:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling and honest look at the struggles he has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy. There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Halford’s. Confess, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest — and described by Halford himself as ‘exciting, fun, disturbing, and terrifying’ — will celebrate five decades of the guts and glory of rock-n-roll.”

Judas Priest Postpone Spring/Summer European Dates To 2021

Judas Priest have postponed their spring/summer European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place next year.

2021 Tour Dates:

05/28 Helsinki, FIN – Helsinki Ice Hall
05/30 Tallinn, EST – Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
06/02 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/04 Kyiv, UKR – Palace Of Sports
06/07 Moscow, RUS – Megasport
06/09 Sankt-Peterburg, RUS – Yubileynyy
06/12 Rattvik, SWE – Dalhalla
06/13 Linkoping, SWE – Saab Arena
06/16 Stavangaer, NOR – DNB
06/17 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/23 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
06/24 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
06/26 Villafranca di Verona, ITA – Rock The Castle
06/27 Oberhausen, GER – Konig-Pilsener-Arena
06/28 Munich, GER – Zenith
07/06 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
07/07 Frankfurth Am Main, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
07/09 Halle, GER – Peissnitzinsel
07/10 Vizovice, CZE – Masters Of Rock Festival
07/12 Bratislava, SLO – National Tennis Center
07/16 Palaio Faliora, GRE – Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex
07/18 Mogilovo, BUL – Midalidare Rock
07/20 Bucharest, ROM – The Roman Arenas
07/27 Tilburg, NET – Poppodium 013
08/11 Burton Upon Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air

Judas Priest Planning To Re-Team With “Firepower” Production Team For Upcoming Album

During a recent appearance on Revolver‘s “The Last Show” series, Rob Halford offered an update on the new Judas Priest album. The singer also revealed that the band are planning to re-team with their “Firepower” production team for the effort.

Halford said the following:

“I’ve got another great bunch of ideas from Richie [Faulkner] the other day. He and I are always in touch. He sent me a bunch of riffs and songs — some completed, some half completed. We go back and forth.

It’s a strange way of doing it. This is how you utilize technology. Richie is over in Nashville; I’m here in Phoenix right now. And that’s the way we go back and forth.

All songs start with an idea — just a very simple, basic idea. Sometimes it’s a complete idea. It will start at the beginning. And we’ve had a lot of fun — Richie and I — putting together some of these vibes. And then we generally go back over to England and we hook up with Glenn [Tipton] and with Ian [Hill], and Scott [Travis] comes over, and Andy [Sneap] is there, of course, in the mix. And hopefully we’ll get Tom Allom back in production. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’ll happen as we make the next PRIEST album; we’ll have Tom there. Those guys did a great job with the ‘Firepower’ record, and so we’re gonna dive in and get that work completed as soon as we possibly can. That’s what we do. PRIEST make records.”

Halford also talked about the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on their 2020 50th anniversary tour:

“We were planning to get this tour running, weren’t we? Like so many bands, we had festivals lined up and our own shows to do. It’s all been put on hold. We’ll get to them eventually. I don’t know what shape or form they’re gonna take, how we’re gonna rethink this. We need that vaccine, don’t we? It’s just inconceivable to think of putting 80,000 people at [the] Wacken [Open Air festival] in Germany shoulder to shoulder. We’ve all gotta keep safe. Life is a precious, precious gift, not just for ourselves but for each other, especially in what we call our heavy metal community.

As far as PRIEST is going, we’re looking at [rescheduling] everything for 2021. [Our management] is working with Live Nation and all the other promoters to try and reshuffle everything, much like all the other bands are going with their people that work for ’em — the management and so forth, agents.”

“[The 50th anniversary run will] be a great show; it’s gonna be an amazing show. We’ve been working on production for over a year, putting together this incredible show for our PRIEST family and for anybody that wants to come and check out the PRIEST on our 50th anniversary… PRIEST has been working hard, as I say, for quite a while now, putting together a really, really spectacular 50th-anniversary show that we hope will give some kind of justice — if justice is the right word — to the legacy of PRIEST as we hurtle on.”

[via Blabbermouth]