Judas Priest Postpone European Tour To 2022

Judas Priest have postponed their 2021 European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to take place in 2022.

The band commented:

“Unfortunately due to ongoing COVID-19 vaccine issues in Europe we have been advised that our 2021 dates will not be able to take place as planned – all dates have been rescheduled to 2022 as detailed here – all tickets will remain valid for the new dates – further dates will be announced shortly….

However we are pleased to confirm our UK headline show at Bloodstock Open Air 2021 is still scheduled for this coming August where we look forward to celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest and 20 years of Bloodstock.”

2022 Tour Dates:

05/27 Moscow, RUS – Megasport Arena
05/29 St. Petersburg, RUS – Yubileyny Sports Palace
06/01 Kiev, UKR – VDNG
06/03 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/05 Tallin, EST – Saku Arena
06/08 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
06/11 Rattvik, SWE – Dalhall
06/12 Linkoping, SWE – Saab Arena
06/14 Stavanger, NOR – DNB Arena
06/18 Dessel, BEL – Graspop
06/19 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/22 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal
06/23 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
06/28 Munich, GER – Zenith
07/05 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
07/06 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
07/09 Vizovice, CZE – Masters Of Rock
07/11 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Arena
07/12 Ljubljana, SLO – Stozice Arena
07/15 Athens, GRE – Faliro Sports Pavillion Arena
07/17 Sofia, BUL – Midalidare Festival
07/18 Bucharest, ROM – Arenele Romaine
07/21 Bratislava, SLO – NTC Arena
07/26 Tilburg, NET – O13
07/30 Halle, GER – Pelssnitzinsel
07/31 Oberhausen, GER – Arena

AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Releases Set For 2021 Record Store Day

The full list of special releases for this year’s Record Store Day has officially been revealed. The event is scheduled to take place across two days, June 12 and July 17, and you can find a list of rock/metal releases below. The full list is also available HERE.

June 12:

  • AC/DC – “Through The Mists Of Time” / “Witch’s Spell” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 5000) (Columbia Records)
  • Alestorm – “Sunset On The Golden Age” (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Napalm Records)
  • Alkaline Trio – “From Here To Infirmary” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Vagrant Records)
  • Anti-Flag – “20/20 Division” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Spinefarm)
  • Avatar – “Hunter Gatherer” (2xLP) (limited to 1200) (eOne Music)
  • Beastie Boys – “Aglio E Olio” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Capitol)
  • Black Sabbath – “Mob Rules” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Black Sabbath – “Heaven & Hell” (picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Warner Records)
  • Def Leppard – “Live In Oxford” (2xLP) (limited to 4000) (Island/Mercury)
  • Deftones – “Digital Bath” (Telefon Tel Aviv version) / “Feiticeira” (Arca remix) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • The Doors – “Morrison Hotel Sessions” (2xLP) (limited to 7500) (Elektra)
  • Electric Wizard – “Time To Die” (2xLP) (limited to 3000) (Spinefarm)
  • Escape The Fate – “Chemical Warfare: B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Better Noise Music)
  • Gruntruck – “Push” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Real Gone Music)
  • The Hu – “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) & “Wolf Totem” (7″ picture disc) (limited to 2200) (Better Noise Music)
  • Ihsahn – “After” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Integrity – “Cradle To The Grave” (7″) (limited to 700) (Organized Crime)
  • King’s X – “Tape Head” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • King’s X – “Please Come Here… Mr. Bulbous” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • L7 – “The Beauty Process” (25th Anniversary Triple Platinum Edition) (limited to 2300) (Real Gone Music)
  • Lamb Of God – “As The Palaces Burn” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Mark Lanegan – “Here Comes That Weird Chill (Methamphetamine Blues, Extras And Oddities)” (vinyl) (limited to 3500) (Beggars Banquet)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (2xLP) (limited to 8500) (Warner)
  • Mötley Crüe – “40th Anniversary Cassette Box Set” (feat. “Too Fast For Love“, “Shout At The Devil“, “Theatre Of Pain“, “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood“) (limited to 1750) (Better Noise Music)
  • Motörhead – “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (10″ picture disc) (limited to 4000) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Mudhoney/Meat Puppets – “Warning / One Of These Days” (7″) (limited to 2500) (Sub Pop)
  • Negative Approach – “Tied Down Demo” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (TAANG!)
  • Opeth – “Morningrise” (2xLP) (limited to 3500) (Spinefarm)
  • Orange Goblin – “Eulogy For The Damned” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Pepper – “In With The Gold” (vinyl) (limited to 2100) (Volcom Entertainment)
  • Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle Of Mexico City” (2xLP) (limited to 12350) (Legacy)
  • Joey Ramone – “Don’t Worry About Me” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (BMG)
  • Michael Schenker Group – “Live In Manchester 1980” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Senses Fail – “Let It Enfold You” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Vagrant Records)
  • Sigh – “Heir To Despair” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Spinefarm)
  • Sleeping With Sirens – “How It Feels To Be Lost (deluxe edition) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (Sumerian Records)
  • Stryper – “God Damn Evil” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Frontier Records)
  • The Sword – “Age Of Winters (15th Anniversary Edition)” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Kemado Records)
  • Thrice – “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere” (vinyl) (limited to 3000)(Vagrant Records)
  • UFO – “Mother Mary/This Kid’s” (10″) (limited to 2500) (Chrysalis Records)
  • Uriah Heep – “The Magician’s Birthday” (vinyl) (limited to 2500) (Sanctuary Records)
  • Triumph – “Allied Forces (40th Anniversary)” (vinyl box set) (limited to 1200) (Round Hill Records)
  • VAST – “Music For People” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Real Gone Music)

July 17:

  • All Them Witches – “Live On The Internet” (3xLP) (limited to 2000) (New West Records)
  • Amigo The Devil – “Cover, Demos, Live Versions, B-Sides” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Liars Club)
  • Bad Omens – “Live + Unplugged” (2xLP) (limited to 1000) (Sumerian Records)
  • Bush – “Sea Of Memories” (10th Anniversary) (2xLP) (limited to 1800) (eOne Music)
  • Cro-Mags – “The Age Of Quarrel” (vinyl) (limited to 3600) (Rock Hotel/Astor Place)
  • Dio – “God Hates Heavy Metal” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 3500) (BMG)
  • Evanescence – “The Open Door” (2xLP) (limited to 2500) (Craft Recordings)
  • Fallujah – “The Harvest Wombs” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (Unique Leader)
  • Fear – “The Record” (LP/7″) (limited to 3500) (Run Out Groove)
  • From First To Last – “Dear Diary, My
  • Teenage Angst Has A Body Count” (original mix) (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Epitaph)
  • God Forbid – “Determination” (vinyl) (limited to 1000) (M-Theory Audio)
  • Green Jellÿ – “333” (vinyl) (limited to 1500) (Say-10 Records)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle – “Heavy Metal (Live)” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2000) (BMG)
  • Hawkwind – “Greasy Truckers Party” (2xLP) (limited to 4500) (Parlophone)
  • (hed)p.e. – “Best Of Suburban Noize Years” (vinyl) (limited to 750) (Regime Music Group/Suburban Noize Records)
  • Judas Priest – “Best Of” (eOne Music) (2xLP) (limited to 2000) (eOne Music)
  • King’s X – “Manic Moonlight” (vinyl) (limited to 2000) (Svart Records)
  • Mastodon – “Fallen Torches” (12″ picture disc) (limited to 6500) (Warner)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (12″ vinyl) (limited to 18500) (Legacy)
  • Pearl Jam – “Alive” (cassette (limited to 6300) (Legacy)
  • Ramones – “Triple J Live At The Wireless Capitol Theatre, Sydney Australia, July 8, 1980” (vinyl) (limited to 6000) (Sire)
  • St. Vincent – “Piggy” (Nine Inch Nails cover) / “Sad But True” (Metallica cover) (7″) (limited to 3200) (Loma Vista Recordings)
  • Soen – “The Undiscovered Lotus” (vinyl) (limited to 1200) (Silver Lining Music)
  • Tad – “Inhaler” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (Real Gone Music)
  • Tesla – “Mechanical Resonance” (vinyl) (limited to 3000) (LMLR)

[via The PRP]

Rob Halford On New Judas Priest Material: “I’m So Happy And So Proud Of What We’ve Got So Far”

During a recent appearance on the “In The Trenches With Ryan Roxie” podcast, Rob Halford discussed the writing sessions for the next Judas Priest album. The singer says he is “so happy and so proud” of the material that they have for the effort.

Halford said the following:

“I’m old school. We had one great big writing session last March for this new record that we’re still working on. And what I mean by that is Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and myself at Glenn’s beautiful studio. And that’s the way I personally write. I’m very spontaneous in my writing. Even before the lyrics and the melodies start, I’m there with Glenn and Richie, and I’m inspired and motivated by what they’re doing…. What I’m saying is as far as the place that all musicians enjoy — being creative, being in a room with your bandmates and making a song and going, ‘Oh, man. I can’t wait for the fans to hear this.’

‘Firepower’ was a beautiful achievement for us; I’m very, very proud of that record. And, of course, when you set a bar, you always kind of go, ‘Oh, now we’ve gotta try to knock one out of the park with the follow-up to ‘Firepower’.’ That can be a danger. I think you can get very easily misdirected by focusing too much on expectation. We’ve been making so long, we never second-guessed the final outcome; we’ve always played from the heart, from the gut.

These [new PRIEST] songs that I’ve got with me, they’re so good. I’m so happy and so proud of what we’ve got so far, and there’s so much more to come.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Sells 50% Interest In His Song Catalog To Reach Music

Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton has sold a 50% interest in his song catolog to Reach Music. The deal includes songwriting credits from nearly 200 songs with Judas Priest as well as his solo albums “Baptizm Of Fire” and “Edge of the World.”

Michael Closter, president and owner of Reach Music, said the following:

“I’m ecstatic to be in business with Glenn Tipton — a metal legend, guitar icon and elite songwriter who has written works that will always be known, relevant and rediscovered. I particularly want to thank Jayne Andrews, the manager for Judas Priest. She gave me this opportunity, and the deal would not have happened without her support.”

Reach’s Scott Rubin continued:

“I first saw Judas Priest perform live when I was 15 years old, and I saw them on their last tour at age 50, watching Glenn Tipton get on stage during the encore. It’s a true honor to get to work on a catalog that you know intimately and have been a fan of from 15 to 50… and beyond!”

Jayne Andrews added:

“When I first met Michael Closter around three years ago in Nashville, I really believed that he and his team at Reach Music would be the right fit for Glenn if he ever decided to sell any of his publishing. Glenn felt the same way when I introduced them last year and we look forward to a long and happy relationship with Reach Music.”

Tipton himself also commented:

“I deliberated for a long time on whether to relinquish 50% of my publishing to another company and realized as soon as I had a conversation with Michael Closter and Scott Rubin from Reach Music just how knowledgeable they are of both mine and Judas Priest’s catalog and that they would be really pro-active with the songs. I believe I now have a team who understand and are geared up to deal with metal and look forward to working together in the future!”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rex Brown (Pantera) Working On New Project With “One Of The Best Guitar Players In The Business”

During a recent interview with Antihero, Pantera’s Rex Brown revealed that he is working on a new project. The bassist says the release will also feature “one of the best guitar players in the business.”

Brown said the following when asked if his new music will be part of a new solo album:

“The last one I just got out of doing is more for another kind of deal. And I don’t want to really talk about it.”

“Until it comes to fruition. But the tracks are fucking badass, and it’s one of the best guitar players in the business that you would know.”

He went on to have the following exchange:

Rex Brown: “Where do you live? Where are you from?”

ANTIHERO: “Just outside Manchester in the UK.”

Rex Brown: “Then you would know this guy very, very well. He moved to Nashville and became a very, very good friend of mine. And we just cut six just blazing fucking tracks. Un-goddam-real.”

Though he didn’t mention him by name, many have assumed that Brown is working with Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner, who moved to Nashville in 2019. Notably, the two have be chatting on Twitter in recent times:

[via Blabbermouth]

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]