Megadeth Release Cover Of Judas Priest’s “Delivering The Goods”

Megadeth have released a cover of Judas Priest‘s “Delivering The Goods.“ The track was recorded in honor of Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and it can be found through Amazon Music.

Watch Judas Priest Reunite With K.K. Downing & Les Binks During Rock And Roll Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (November 5), Judas Priest were officially inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The band, who received the “Musical Excellence Award,” also performed a live medley during the event. Fan-filmed footage of the performance, which saw the group joined by former guitarist K.K. Downing and former drummer Les Binks, can be seen below. Official footage of the entire ceremony will air on November 19 via HBO.

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest’s New Album Is Almost Done

During a recent appearance on Q104.3 New York’s “Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke,” Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort is almost done.

Halford said the following:

“It is close, yeah. All the writing’s done; the bulk of the recording is done. I’ve still gotta put my vocal tracks down. So, in essence, it’s done, which is a great feeling, because that really points us to the metal future. Everything that we’ve done in PRIEST over the last 50-odd years has been driven by the latest music that we’re making. So this is no exception.”

He also added:

“We’ll finish this 50th-anniversary celebration down in São Paulo, Brazil on December the 18th, and that’ll be this year done,” Rob added. “And then next year we’re kicking off with our good friend Ozzy [Osbourne] in the U.K.; we’ll do some shows with him. And [in the rest of] Europe. And then a few other bits and pieces we’ve got going over in Europe. And then we stop. And then we plan the next release sequence for the next PRIEST album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest, Pantera, And Rainbow Members Join Forces For New Project Elegant Weapons

Guitarist Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera), drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest) and singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow) have announced a new project called Elegant Weapons. The band have signed a new deal with Nuclear Blast Records and are planning to release their debut album, “Horns For A Halo,” in spring 2023.

Faulkner said the following:

“It’s exciting to be part of a label like Nuclear Blast that has such a rich history and level of respect among fans and the music industry. Monte Conner [Nuclear Blast VP A&R] knows [producer] Andy Sneap well, and Andy has always held Monte and label in very high regard. Monte has loved the record from the very early demo stages. It’s very valuable and important to me that the label I sign with understand and connect with the music. This record represents for me more of my DNA as a guitar player and a songwriter. Heavy, but moving slightly outside the realms of ‘heavy metal.’ Those roots are obvious, but I wanted to reach in a bit and see what else came out that wasn’t necessarily ‘expected.’

I’ve always wanted to make a record with Scott outside of Priest. Add to that Rex Brown’s unmistakable tone and attitude is something special. Having those guys as the rhythm section is a guitar players dream. The icing on the cake was Ronnie Romero. One of the new breed of instantly classic vocalists, Ronnie brought a character and a swagger to the songs that is instantly iconic, making these songs his own.”

He went on to say that the new material is “a mix of Jimi Hendrix, Priest, Sabbath, solo Ozzy and Black Label Society”:

“[It’s] heavy, catchy, and with melody. Sort of old school and modern at once if that makes any sense, and actually down-tuned a whole step. The Marshall Plexi basically does one thing, but you’ve got to crank it to 11 for it to have that distorted sound. It hasn’t got a lot of bells and whistles on it or different channels and effects. It basically does one thing and does it very well. But again down-tuning creates more of a modern sound, and by using the classic sound of the Marshall Plexi, you get that juxtaposition, that contrast. All told, there are a lot of guitar solos and the songs are on the heavier side. And even though there’s a lot of melody, it’s still going to shake your bones.”

He also added:

“Me and acoustic don’t really get along, so there’s only one mellow song on it, a sort of smoky, haunted, New Orleans kind of tune called ‘Ghost of You,’ with de-tuned 1920s piano on it. That one is about a memory, or ghost of a lost love. But that’s about as acoustic as it gets. I’m not really attracted to acoustic guitar in general. It’s mainly kind of heavy and full-on, really. There’s a song called ‘White Horse,’ plus ‘Horns for a Halo’, which is like Tony Iommi crossed with Alice in Chains. That’s about the way we justify the bad things we do. When we turn up on Judgement Day, will the angels kind of confuse our horns for halos, if you know what I mean.”

Monte Conner commented as well:

“I am such a huge fan of all the players involved, especially Richie. As a diehard Priest fan, I have enjoyed watching help breathe new life into the band and add to their incredible story and legacy. What an amazing player he is. People always focus on leads, and of course Richie is a master in that department, but I can listen to him play rhythm guitar all day long! His rhythm playing is just so tasteful and magical. I can’t wait for fans to hear this album and discover how multi-faceted he is.”

Les Binks Says Judas Priest Will Perform With Three Guitarists And Two Drummers At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

During a recent interview with Chaoszine, ex-Judas Priest drummer Les Binks confirmed that he will be performing with the band during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5. As a result, the group will be playing with a lineup consisting of three guitarists and two drummers.

Binks said the following:

“The category that they put the band in, it looked like we weren’t actually gonna be performing. Well, all of that has changed now, and it appears that we will be performing.

This is gonna be one for the books. You’ll have a situation where we have K.K. [Downing] in the band again, which nobody thought was ever gonna happen. Richie Faulkner is gonna be performing as well, although Richie is not actually being inducted, because the way the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame system works, it has to go back, I think, 20 or 25 years or something. Richie doesn’t go back that far [with PRIEST]… So he’ll be there. That’s two guitarists. And then, of course, you’ve got Glenn [Tipton]; and he will be performing as well, apparently. Now, I know he’s got some health issues at the moment, but all being well, that’s the plan.

So JUDAS PRIEST with not two guitarist but three. [Laughs] And two drummers. I’ll be playing with Scott Travis as well. Scott’s being inducted as well, obviously; he’s been in the band a long time.

So that should be quite an interesting experience, in L.A. You’ve never seen anything like that before, and you’re not likely to see it again, I think.

We only have an eight-minute slot, which is not very long; it’ll be over in a flash… We’ll have a rehearsal before because we’ve decided the easiest way to approach it, to do it, for an eight-minute slot that we have, is to do a medley of songs. So run one into the other. So that’s what we’ll rehearse, to get that sorted out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Ian Hill Says Reunion With K.K. Downing At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction “Might Kickstart Something”

As previously reported, Judas Priest will be performing with ex-guitarist K.K. Downing during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5. Now, during an interview with the Detroit Metro Times, bassist Ian Hill further commented on the reunion. He said the following:

“I think time is not on our side for that, you know? Never say never, put it like that. [Downing’s] gonna be there at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame anyway. He’s gonna get up and play some songs with us there. It might kickstart something; I don’t know. On the other hand, he might pull us all apart. [Laughs]”

Pantera And Judas Priest Announce São Paulo, Brazil Show

Pantera, who now consist of vocalist Phil Anselmo, bassist Rex Brown, guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax), have added another date to their upcoming tour. The band will be playing a co-headlining show with Judas Priest at the Vibra São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil on December 15. Here’s the band’s updated schedule:

12/02 Toluca, MEX – Hell & Heaven Metal Fest
12/06 Monterrey, MEX – Monterrey Metal Fest
12/09 Bogotá, COL – Knotfest Colombia
12/11 Santiago, CHL – Knotfest Chile
12/15 São Paulo, BRA – Vibra São Paulo (feat. Judas Priest)
12/18 São Paulo, BRA – Knotfest Brazil

K.K. Downing Confirms That He Will Be Performing With Judas Priest At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

K.K. Downing has confirmed that he will be performing with Judas Priest during this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Downing told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“It’s what I’ve done so many times. It’s almost like cracking a beer, let alone riding a bike. It’s embedded in me. It’s what I do. So it’ll be quite something to look forward to, just to get up there and crank the amps up and just do it once again, for that short moment in time.”

Downing also confirmed that Les Binks will be taking part in the performance, before adding:

“It’ll go by in a flash, won’t it? I think we’ve probably got eight or nine minutes. I’m not even going to be able to break a sweat. The main thing is to represent the attitude and hopefully the legend of what Judas Priest is and has become and what it means to everybody who’s been on that very long journey through the decades with the band. And hopefully, it will just kind of remind people and bring back some cherished memories of the heavy metal parking lots all around the world.”

Watch Judas Priest Perform “Genocide” For The First Time In 40 Years

During their October 13 show in Wallingford, CT, Judas Priest performed “Genocide” live for the first time since 1982. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Notably, the set also included a number of other surprises including: “Riding On The Wind” (first time since 2005), “Jawbreaker” (first time since 2015), “Never The Heroes” (live debut), “Beyond The Realms Of Death” (first time since 2015), “Between The Hammer And The Anvil” (first time since 2009), and “Screaming For Vengeance” (first time since 2015). Fan-filmed footage of several of those tracks can be found below as well.

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest Have Been In Contact With K.K. Downing And Les Binks Regarding Upcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

During an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford revealed that the band have been in contact with former members K.K. Downing and Les Binks regarding their upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It is still unclear if the duo will perform with the band, but they will be involved in some shape or form.

Halford said the following:

“Everybody’s been very cool and agreeing. There’s just been [an attitude of], ‘Let’s just relish this opportunity and jam and put everything on 11.'”

He also added:

“We are gonna play live because there is all this roar: How are we gonna do it? Because we want to try and make the best things happen. So the best things to happen are to bring in all of the people that are included in the induction — which includes, obviously, K.K. and Les, and Dave. So, we’ve been able to work things out, so we will be playing live. We’ve got, like, eight minutes and 24 seconds and a half-second to play live.

We’ve got a couple of cool things that are gonna take place on the night that will be held under wraps like most people do because you don’t want to give everything away. But yeah, look: A bunch of guys from the U.K., from the West Midlands, a Birmingham band of heavy metal, is being inducted into this great institution. So we’re gonna make the most of it and have a great night out and live a lot of metal memories.”

The induction ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.