Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Call On U.K. Government To Save The Live Music Scene

Over 1,500 artists, including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine, etc., have voiced their support for UK Music’s #LetTheMusicPlay campaign. The musicians have signed an open letter to the government in an effort “to get the public and financial support the industry needs to survive.”

The #LetTheMusicPlay campaign says the following:

“UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. But, with no end to social distancing in sight or financial support from government yet agreed, the future for venues, concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak.

Like other countries such as Germany and Australia, we need the Government to help the music industry, which contributes £5.2 billion to the economy annually and sustains almost 200,000 jobs to ensure it remains world-leading following the damage caused by this pandemic.

Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be 2021 at the earliest, government support will be crucial to prevent mass insolvencies and the end of this world-leading industry.

On July 2, 2020, UK Music and members of the UK Live Music Group, alongside a coalition of live music businesses including artists, venues, concerts, festivals, production companies and industry figures launched a campaign, Let The Music Play, to highlight the importance of the sector to the UK’s economy.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tim “Ripper” Owens (Ex-Judas Priest) & Ted Kirkpatrick (Tourniquet) Cover Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Gethsemane”

Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Ted Kirkpatrick (Tourniquet), and Bruno Sa (Geoff Tate) have teamed up for a cover of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Gethsemane” from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Kirkpatrick commented:

“‘Gethsemane’ has been a favorite of mine from the very first time I heard it in the early ’70s. I’ve wanted to cover it for years — and Tim was the first person that came to mind who I knew could truly do it justice. So with the additional talents of Bruno Sa, who layed down the awesome keys and piano, and Aaron Pace (mixing/mastering), here it is — on the 50-year anniversary of its release in 1970. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

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]

Updated Release Schedule Posted For 2020 Record Store Day Events

As previously reported, this year’s Record Store Day will now take place across three dates (August 29, September 26, and October 24) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The full updated release schedule is available HERE. A list of rock/metal releases can be found below.

August 29:

  • August Burns Red – “Bones” (Fearless) (7″) (limited to 1,000)
    Backed with instrumental version on the b-side.
  • The Black Crowes – “Jealous Again” (UMe) (12″) (limited to 7,500)
  • Denzel Curry – “Bulls On Parade” (Loma Vista Recordings) (7″) (limited to 2,500)
    Featuring his covers of Rage Against The Machine and Bad Brains.
  • Def Leppard – “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame” (UMe) (limited to 4,000)
  • Entombed – “Clandestine – Live” (Sound Pollution) (2xLP) (limited to 500)
  • Fight – “A Small Deadly Space” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,200)
  • Hawkwind – “At The BBC 1972” (Parlophone) (2xLP) (limited to 5,000)
  • Hawkwind – “Quark, Strangeness & Charm” (Atomhenge) (2xLP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Judas Priest – “British Steel” (40th Anniversary Edition) (Legacy) (2xLP) (limited to 3,500)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades“/”Dirty Love” (12″ shaped picture disc) (limited to 4,000)
  • Pink Floyd – “Arnold Layne Live 2007” (Legacy) (7″) (limited to 7,400)
  • Refused – “Not Fit For Broadcast – Live At The BBC” (Spinefarm) (12″) (limited to 3,500)
  • Jimmy Urine & Serj Tankian – “Fuktronic Soundtrack” (Music On Vinyl) (LP) (limited to 2,000)

September 26:

  • Badflower – “The Jester“/”Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Big Machine) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,000)
  • CHON – “Grow” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Graves At Sea – “History Of Sickness” (NecroCave Recordings) (12″) (limited to 750)
  • Chuck Mosley – “First Hellos And Last Goodbyes” (blocGLOBAL) (LP) (limited to 700)
  • Primus – “Suck On This” (Prawn Song) (LP) (limited to 5,000)
  • The Ramones – “It’s Alive II” (Rhino/Warner) (2xLP) (limited to 8,000)
  • Various Artists – “Nativity In Black” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 2,500)

October 24:

  • Asking Alexandria – “Stand Up And Scream” (Sumerian) (LP) (limited to 1,500)
  • Clutch – “The Obelisk” (Weathermaker Music) (16-LP box set) (limited to 550)
    Featuring “Strange Cousins From The West‘, “Blast Tyrant“, “Robot Hive – Exodus“, “Earth Rocker“, “Psychic Warfare“, “Full Fathom Five“, “La Curandera“, “Live At The Googolplex” (picture disc), “Jam Room” (picture disc), “Pitchfork & Lost Needles” (picture disc) and “Book Of Bad Decisions“.
  • Alice Cooper – “Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow February 19, 1982” (Rhino/Warner Records) (2xLP) (limited to 7,000)
  • DevilDriver – “Winter Kills” (Napalm) (2xLP) (limited to 1,400)
  • Dio – “Annica” (Niji Entertainment/BMG) (12″ picture disc)
  • Ice Nine Kills – “The Silver Scream: Killer Cuts” (Fearless) (10″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Infectious Grooves – “Take You On A Ride” (ORG Music) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
    Featuring one new track and three previously unreleased tracks from 1995.
  • Judas Priest – “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (eOne) (2xLP) (limited to 2,700)
  • The Obsessed – “Incarnate Ultimate” (Blues Funeral Records) (2xLP) (limited to 1,250)
  • Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind” (Expanded Edition) (Run Out Of Groove) (2xLP) (limited to 2,500)

[via The PRP]

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.”

Watch Halestorm, Judas Priest, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine performance of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The cover finds the guitarist joined by Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains). Demmel commented:

“First in a series. After Marta and I had so much fun covering [Alice In Chains’] “No Excuses”, I invited my buds Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez and resident Bad-Ass Lzzy Hale to hang on one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Mixed by Paul Fig, Vid Edit by Todd Shuss. More “Collab-A-Jams” coming soon and look for a Guitar Breakdown/Playthrough show coming as soon as the Shelter in Place rules allow.”

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]

More Artists Added To 2020 Rebel Rock Festival

More artists have been added to the 2020 Rebel Rock festival. That event will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on September 18-19 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 18: Judas Priest (celebrating 50th anniversary), Machine Gun Kelly, Trivium, Sabaton, Sevendust, Fuel, Suicide Silence, Light The Torch, Them Evils, Cherry Bombs, Stark, Eye Of The Bermuda, Rising Up Angry, Falling Through April, and Farewell To Fear.

September 19: Limp Bizkit (celebrating 20th anniversary of “Chocolate Starfish And The Hotdog Flavored Water”), Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Killah Priest, I Prevail, Skillet, Wage War, All That Remains, Anti-Flag, Cold, Attila, Diamante, Saul, The Convalescence, Defy The Tyrant, Dirty Machine, and Fighting Giants.