Guns N’ Roses, A Perfect Circle, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2018 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day (November 23) has been posted. You can see a list of various rock/metal releases below, and can view the full list at recordstoreday.com.

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  • A Perfect Circle, “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” 7”
  • Alice Cooper, “Live From the Astroturf” LP
  • Anthrax, “Kings Among Scotland” 3XLP
  • Babymetal, “Distortion” 12”
  • Blue Oyster Cult, “Some Enchanted Evening” (Legacy Edition) 2XLP
  • Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good” 7” (featuring title track and Temple Of The Dog‘s “Stargazer” live at the Paramount)
  • CKY, “Too Precious to Kill” EP (featuring “Chase Me“, “Fists To The Sky“, “One Step Ahead“, “Bite It You Scum” (GG Allin cover))
  • Dead Kennedys, Iguana Studios Rehearsal Sessions LP
  • Dio, “Holy Diver Live At 35” 12” (featuring “Holy Diver” live at Donington in 1983 and studio version of “Electra” on 12″ Dio logo die-cut release)
  • The Germs, “What We Do Is Secret” LP
  • Guns N’ Roses, “Shadow of Your Love” / “Movin’ To The City” 7”
  • Nothing, “Blue Line Baby” LP (featuring “Spell” and previously unreleased track “Dirty White Glove“)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp Mono” EP 7”
  • Joan Jett, “Bad Reputation” Soundtrack LP
  • Judas Priest, “Rocka Rolla” LP
  • Rage Against The Machine, “Live And Rare” 2XLP (previously released in Japan in 1997)
  • Ramones, “Live In Glasgow Dec. 19, 1977” 2XLP
  • Smashing Pumpkins, “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” LP
  • Stone Sour, “Stone Sour” LP (remastered with bonus 2002 live CD)
  • Stone Temple Pilots, “Live 2018” LP
  • Sublime, “Greatest Hits” LP
  • Tom Morello, “The Atlas Underground” (Instrumentals) 2XLP
  • Type O Negative, “Bloody Kisses” 25th Anniversary Edition 3XLP (featuring an extra LP of bonus tracks)
  • Type O Negative / Trivium, “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” 7”
  • Weezer, “Africa” (Toto cover) 10”
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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “I Am Going To Write A Book”

During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) revealed that he is planning to write a book about his life. This news comes after the singer previously dismissed the idea in the past.

Halford said the following:

“I am going to write a book, but I was thinking about things that have happened to me that people don’t know about, and this is going to be silly – I was personally blessed by the Virgin Mary in a church in England. If that’s not going to make you read my book, I don’t know what will. I’ll leave it at that; I’ve had so many beautiful things happen to me over my life. I’ve led a very, very rich life and I’m still having it and I can’t be more grateful than I am right now.

Just thinking about it, I think it has to be done because you’ve got these knockoffs and you’ve got people giving their impression and their interpretation, which is all good, but I think when it comes from the source, I think it’s really important – some of the greatest books written like [The Dirt] by Motley Crue or Lemmy’s book, all of these are books are come from the heart of the matter – the heart of the story. It’ll happen one day, Jackie. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s on the front burner.”

[via Loudwire]

Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Etc. Set For 2019 Australian Download Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Australian Download Festival. The event will take place in Sydney (March 9 at the Parramatta Park) and Melbourne (March 11 at the Flemington Racecourse) and the following artists have been booked: Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Rise Against, The Amity Affliction, Anthrax, Halestorm, Behemoth, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmes, I Prevail, Converge, Frenzal Rhomb, Luca Brasi, Code Orange, Andy Black, The Fever 333, War On Women, High Tension, Outright, Ruins, and Alien Weaponry.

K.K. Downing Explains His Decision To Sell His Share Of Royalty Rights To Judas Priest Catalog

K.K. Downing recently sold his share of the royalty rights for 136 Judas Priest songs, including “Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” etc. after his golf resort in Shropshire, England fell into administration (similar to Chapter 11 insolvency in the U.S.). Now, in a recent interview with myglobalmind.com, he discussed his decision further saying he “had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money.”

Here’s Downing’s full statement:

“I own my own personal rights to the songs. Obviously, there comes a time when large figures of money are involved, and there is a time to sell it. It’s like selling a classic car or some stocks. When you are made an offer, you can’t refuse, and it seems like a good idea. There is no impact on the band. All those rights are personally owned by me and within my ownership rights to do what I want. It gets a bit scary when you get to my age. Lots of things have been happening to friends along the way. It seems to be happening weekly like Vinnie Paul passing away. That was a hard thing to take as he was only in his 50’s. I just had a call from a friend, Mantas from Venom, who had a massive heart attack and almost died on the table. Luckily, they were able to bring him around, and he is recovering. Don’t get me wrong, I can go past 100, but you never know what the deal is. I had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money. I worked hard my entire life. I need to pay my bills, my debts, and something left for a good holiday like everyone else [laughing]. In the industry, royalties have hit an all-time high this year. It’s quite simple if you have a song worth a million dollars you can get $60,000 a year from it, or you can take the million now. It depends on your age. If you add ten years on to my age, I’ll be 77, and I can achieve $600,000 over the ten years or sell it now for a million dollars [laughing]. It’s a financial and mathematical equation that I let my accountants and doctors do for me [laughing].”

[via Blabbermouth]

Richie Faulkner On Judas Priest’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: “It Is Going To Be Something Everyone Will Remember”

Rob Halford previously said Judas Priest were putting together a special celebration for their 50th anniversary next year. Now, during a chat with Metal Kaoz, Richie Faulkner was asked about the band’s plans and he responded with the following:

“Obviously, I do have some idea of what is being talked about, but it is at the very early stages at the moment and I do not want to give anything away. But as Rob said, this is a fantastic milestone for the band and, again, the fans have put PRIEST there for all this time. This acknowledges the fans more than anything, so it will be all about giving back to them; an event that the fans will really remember. It is in progress and we are talking about what we want to do, but in true JUDAS PRIEST fashion, it is going to be something everyone will remember. We want to give back to the fans because, as I said, they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they are still coming to the shows, they still love the band, so yeah, it will be something special.

Ozzy Osbourne Announces European/UK Tour With Judas Priest

Ozzy Osbourne has announced a European/UK tour with Judas Priest. These dates will be part of Osbourne’s ongoing “No More Tours 2” trek.

Tour Dates:

01/30 Dublin, IRE – 3 Arena
02/01 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/03 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
02/05 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
02/07 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
02/09 Birmingham, UK – Genting Arena
02/11 London, UK – O2 arena
02/13 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
02/15 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
02/17 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
02/19 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/22 Stockholm, SWE – Tele2
02/24 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
02/27 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
03/01 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
03/03 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi