Watch Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Cover The Eagles, Green Day, Pearl Jam, Etc. Acoustically

On December 18, Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn played a virtual “Acoustic Happy Hour Xmas Extravaganza” set. The performance included various Machine Head tracks as well as covers of Green Day’s “American Idiot,” Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law,” Metallica’s “The Memory Remains,” The Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Pearl Jam’s “Black,” System Of A Down’s “Aerials,” Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box,” George Michael’s “Carless Whisper,” and Alice In Chains’ “Bleed The Freak” and “Man In The Box.” You can watch the full show below:

Steel Panther Joined Onstage By *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone & Fozzy’s Chris Jericho At Recent Florida Shows

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 300,000 people in the U.S., Steel Panther decided to play three shows in Florida on December 17-19, two which featured special guests. During the first date at the Ace Café in Orlando, the band were joined onstage by *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone for performances of “Girl From Oklahoma” and “Community Property.” During the second date at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, the band were joined onstage by Fozzy‘s Chris Jericho for a cover of Judas Priest‘s “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’“ You can see footage of all that below:

[via The PRP]

Anthrax, Sum 41, Etc. Members Join Forces For Medley Of Mötorhead, Judas Priest, & Iron Maiden Covers

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dave Baksh (Sum 41), Tom Thacker (Sum 41), Danko Jones, and Jean Genus (Hank Von Hell, etc.) have joined forces for a quarantine medley of Mötorhead‘s “Overkill,“ Judas Priest‘s “Electric Eye,” and Iron Maiden‘s “Murders In The Rue Morgue.“ You can check that out below:

All of the musicians commented:

Dave Baksh:

“As a 1980 baby my first exposure to metal was the big four, my love for their music made me want to learn more about where they came from. Who were the innovators for them? Who moved an entire genre forward for their generation? This question lead me to the term “New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.” A genre within a genre so powerful that its music still inspires to this day.

From artists, skaters and even the Rainbow’s video poker machine so many have had their lives touched by Motörhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. We chose these songs in our medley as a tribute to all the bands that are part of the infamous N.W.O.B.H.M. Our lineup for this one was something that I could only have dreamed of. Thank you, Tom, Jean, Danko, Charlie and please send love from our family to yours.”

Charlie Benante:

“When Dave asked me to be a part of a Medley featuring Mötorhead, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden how could I say no? Then he told me Danko, Tom and Jean would be a part of it! That added a whole other dimension to it. This was fun and it really takes me back to a time when Heavy Metal was great.”

Danko Jones:

“‘Overkill‘ by Mötorhead is probably the most perfect rock song ever written. Lyrically, it keeps with its title, ending thrice! It also contains the drumbeat that laid the foundation for an entire genre of music.

‘Electric Eye‘ is the clarion call for one of the greatest Priest albums in their canon.

‘Murders In The Rue Morgue‘ is one of the best songs of the Di’ Anno era.

Although I have a million miles to go chasing the three legends who sang these songs, I am grateful to be given a chance. Being able to sing alongside these fine gentlemen was an honor.”

Tom Thacker:

“What an honor to rock this metal medley with these very talented dudes whose bands I love and respect! And Dave Brownsound, my bro-in-sound! So stoked to be a part of this!

Iron Maiden was one of my first musical loves and remain a favorite to this day. The first record I heard was Number of the beast. I listened on repeat until the tape wore out. It seemed much more substantial than a lot of the other bands, theatrical, literary, it was like a school course that fucking rocked. So much more than just killer riffs. But the riffs were enough for me!!

Electric eye is my favorite Judas Priest song. Halford’s voice sounds so sinister. It is the ultimate metal voice. And the Priest twin guitar attack… devastating. Like two tornadoes colliding.

There is no band more badass than Motörhead. They scared the shit out of me as a kid. The riff for Overkill has so much raw power just playing it will lay waste to an army of posers”

Jean Genus:

“Motörhead, Priest, Maiden… If there are any bands that have changed the rock world, it is probably these. In their completely own ways.

The first stadium show I ever went to was an Iron Maiden show. Just a little kid in a stadium with 75.000 people. I think that was one of those moments you think to yourself.. I wanna do that!

And as a bassist…what can I Say Steve Harris, Ian Hill & Lemmy. Three fine British Gentlemens👌”

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 (Judas Priest) In Conversation With Sebastian Bach (Ex-Skid Row) Virtual Event To Be Held This Weekend

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) will be discussing his new autobiography, “Confess,” during a virtual event on October 3. The Changing Hands bookstore in Arizona will host the event in conjunction with Zia Records and Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) will serve as the moderator. Fans can participate in the event by purchasing the book HERE.