Rob Halford Says Judas Priest May Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of “Painkiller” With “Some Kind Of A Party”

During an appearance on the “Jeremy White Podcast,” Rob Halford was asked if Judas Priest are planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Painkiller” with a deluxe edition of the effort. The frontman responded with the following:

“We’re looking at all the opportunities. I’ll tell you, these kind of things [album anniversaries] creep up on you… But ‘Painkiller’ is a very special album to Priest and to the metal world for everything that it stands for and still gives to people. And we’re aware of that. So we as a band and management and the label, we’re always looking at opportunities to celebrate these milestones. And so we just direct everybody to the main Priest account on Instagram and Facebook and whatever, Twitter, and that’s where all the news is. But there’s definitely gonna be some kind of a party.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest Reschedule Their European/UK Tour For Early 2022

Ozzy Osbourne has officially announced the rescheduled dates for the European/UK leg of his “No More Tours 2” trek. The shows will now take place in early 2022 with Judas Priest set to open.

2022 Tour Dates:

01/26 Berlin, GER – Mercedes Benz Arena
01/28 Prague, CZE – O2 Arena
01/31 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
02/02 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena (no Judas Priest)
02/05 Madrid, SPA – WiZint Center
02/08 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
02/11 Mannheim, GER – SAP Arena
02/14 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
02/17 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
02/19 Stockholm, SWE – Friends Arena
02/21 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
02/24 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
02/27 Nottingham, UK – Moorpoint Arena
03/01 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
03/04 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
03/07 London, UK – The O2
03/09 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
03/12 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
03/14 Glasgow, UK – The SSE Hydro

Osbourne commented:

“I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me. Believe me, I can’t wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God Bless you All! Love Ozzy“

Super7 Release New Action Figures Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford & Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Super7 have released some new action figures of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as part of their “ReAction” line. You can get Halford HERE and Kilmister HERE.

Judas Priest Share Trailer For New Book “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”

As previously reported, Judas Priest are planning to release a new book focusing on their “extensive history over the last 50 years.” The effort, which is titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years,” can be pre-ordered HERE and a new trailer for it can be found below:

Rob Halford On New Judas Priest Songs: “Even In A Very Rough, Primitive Stage, They’re Great”

During a recent interview with Animal House Radio, Rob Halford talked a bit about the songs that the band have been working on for their next album. According to him, the tracks are great “even in a very rough, primitive stage.”

Halford said the following when asked if it is getting harder to top their past albums:

“It’s best not to think about it, because then you’re just gonna go around and around in circles and you get internal disputes and stuff. I think we’re confident enough. Look, we’ve been doing it for so long. That doesn’t mean to say it’s easy, or any easier, but I think we understand — each of us understand, especially the writing team of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] and myself — we understand where we need to go and what we need to do. And I tell you, some of these next ideas, they’re just — oh my God. I can’t begin to explain.

I think we carried the spirit and the great power that our fans gave us as we went around the world nearly three times with ‘Firepower’, I think we carried that with us back to the studio, back to the writing sessions. Because some of these songs that I’ve got here on my phone — believe it or not; everything’s on the phone — they’re monsters. Even in a very, very rough, primitive stage, they’re great — they’re really, really good.

But as we’ve always said, guys, PRIEST just don’t bang a few songs together, make a record and run it out. We are meticulous with absolutely everything that we do, and that’s probably why we’ve been around for so long — the fact that we do take such love and care and attention with the work that we create. ‘Cause we’ve got this long trail behind us as well that’s supporting us and giving us kind of feedback — even now. Listening to ‘Rocka Rolla’, there’s stuff in there that really inspires you all these decades later.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Motörhead And Judas Priest Coloring Books To Be Released In November

Rock N’ Roll Colouring will be releasing new Motörhead and Judas Priest coloring books on November 2. You can pre-order those HERE.

The following was said about the books:

“If you ever doodled the logo of your favourite band on the back of your exercise book at school, or you spent hours on end staring at every detail of your favourite vinyl album cover….then this is for you. Rock N’ Roll Colouring is proud to present for the first time officially endorsed colouring books from two of rock’s greatest bands – Motörhead and Judas Priest.

Featuring iconic artwork from classic albums and other instantly recognizable images, all printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licenced, these killer designs have the potential for hours of satisfying colouring in. Each book allow you to raise the horns in celebration of two of Heavy Metal’s most legendary and important bands, letting your imagination run riot as you create your own personalised versions of your favourite designs.

Each book contains painstakingly created renderings of each image, with beautifully detailed outlines ready for you to unleash your artistic skills using pens, pencils or paint. Let your imagination run wild and add your own interpretation of these classic images, or simply recreate them as closely as you can to the originals. Whatever you decide, the satisfaction of adding your personal touch to these classic designs is extremely rewarding.

Devised and created by two life long rock and heavy metal devotees and colouring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans, for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure these books do justice to the legacy of both Motörhead and Judas Priest, and give fans another reason to enjoy some of the most beautiful and creative artwork from these bands. And not only that Colouring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus, and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines a love of the music with a love of the art.”

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.”