ETA Autumn 2012
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. The band have sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferent record production, repeated changes of drummer, and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel Read more on Last.fm
ETA Autumn 2012
In a press release posted on their official website, Judas Priest have made the surprising announcement that K.K Downing, founder member of the Birmingham metal legends, has decided to retire from the group before they embark on their final ever world tour – the fittingly-titled Epitaph Tour.
High Voltage Festival has decided to get in on the early-festival-announcement game that everyone else is playing right now – they’ve announced today that the more-metal-than-anyone Judas Priest, and prog-metal kings Dream Theater, will be the two headline acts at High Voltage 2011 on July 23 and 24 respectively.
This news is both awesome and awful – because while we are stoked that we’ll get to see Judas Priest killing it in Victoria Park next summer, the band confirmed today that their High Voltage performance will be part of the band’s final ever world tour, which they have fittingly decided to call the ‘Epitaph Tour’.
Linkin Park are the biggest selling band of this decade, nay, century. That’s a statement that really hurts, isn’t it. They’ve sold more records than Metallica, Iron Maiden or even The Beatles. Yes, feel free to weep because there doesn’t seem like much to celebrate. Right? WRONG!
There really have been some amazing bands, albums and songs that have have had an amazing effect over the past ten years and we’re going to focus on them with loads of celebratory articles about them. And this is where you can find all of them. Handy, eh?
Where were you on the night before the dawn of the New Millennium? Jon Kerr was getting a pit going in Jilly’s Rockworld, Manchester. We’ve asked him to summarise the ten years since then in all things metal in a handy A to Z
As if one seminal British vocalist returning to his former band wasn’t enough, Rob Halford followed suit in 2003 and re-joined Judas Priest. Angel of Retribution followed and Priest celebrated their 30th Anniversary whilst touring it. 2008’s double concept album Nostradamus became Judas Priest’s 16th studio effort and was no less than a masterpiece. With Priest on such good form, it has indeed been a decade to savour. [Read more →]
Hugh Platt is very angry about a great many things. Most of the time, there is little rhyme or reason but this time, upon Ian Camfield’s return to the Xfm Rock Show, he’s got reasons at least.
Look at those cold dead eyes: it’s Ian Camfield from the Xfm Rock Show. He looks like he wants to eat you. Last Saturday, Camfield returned to host the Xfm Rock Show after a year-long stint at K-ROCK in New York.
During that time, Kerrang! scribe and self-confessed “relentlessly-upbeat-colourful-midget”, Katie Parsons, had helmed the Rock Show to new successes over the last 9 months, but the return of Camfield – prompted by K-ROCK’s decision to play nothing but classic rock – has seen her shunted off in favour of the returning Essex DJ.
Which, frankly, is fucking terrible news if you care even slightly about the quality of metal radio in the UK, because Ian Camfield’s Rock Show is a big pile of shit.