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Deep Purple And Judas Priest Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour

Good morning, we are here to wash away your Monday blues with some rocking news about some legendary bands from the United Kingdom who I think you know very, very well. I’m talking about none other that the mighty Judas Priest and the equally important to modern music as we know it Deep Purple. Check out the full press release about their upcoming co-headlining tour and I’ll return at the close with some thoughts.

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The Press Release:
Legends will collide late this summer when Deep Purple and Judas Priest embark on a co-headlining North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the outing will kick off August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and visit 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping September 30 in Wheatland, California. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 27 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi is the official pre-sale credit card of the Deep Purple and Judas Priest tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10am local time until Thursday, April 26 at 10pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Deep Purple’s latest studio album, inFinite, was released April 7, 2017, via earMUSIC. Produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin, (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss), InFinite featured 10 new tracks recorded with no musical boundaries in the spirit of the 70s. The metal pioneers have released five studio albums since 1996, augmented by an abundance of solo work and special projects from members Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Fans will be thrilled as they cover decades of favorites for this run. For more information, please visit the link below. Additionally, Airey will release his solo album One of a Kind on May 25.
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Judas Priest Signing @ Sony Square NYC (3/19/2018)

It was an exciting time to be a Heavy Metal fan and a supporter of the absolutely legendary Judas Priest for you see not only has the band released an incendiary album with “Firepower”; but they’ve also landed on the Billboard Top 200 Charts which is pretty damned cool in this day and age. “Firepower” is the bands 18th album, and trust me it’s a molten one and worthy of addition to your music library. In honor of the release, the folks at Sony Square NYC have set up a small gallery of archival photos and some stage costumes along with other trinkets that you don’t generally get to see up close and personal. I did a walk-through video and photographic narrative of the gallery about a week ago and if you didn’t see that post just click HERE to be brought to that story, and then you can return to the topic at hand.

With the band on tour for the new album, it was decided that Judas Priest members would come to Sony Square NYC for an album signing. You had to purchase the album on CD, LP or cassette in order to get one of the wristbands but once you did you were golden to come in and say hello to the guys and get your shiny new album signed. I wasn’t going to miss being one of the media flies on the wall for such an appearance so over to the SSNYC space I went and after securing the credentials was told that around 5:45PM the band would be making a grand entrance. Who would show up for this I had to wonder but before I could think anything more about it I realized that I was right near the albums producer Andy Sneap. By now most of the Priest fans of the world know that Andy has stepped into Glenn Tipton’s shoes for touring purposes after the musician had to stop touring for health reasons. Sneap is also a member of the band Hell and has about 100 albums to his credit in terms of producing. Not too shabby right.

Some scurrying of security staff started to commence and then the sirens were heard and up rolled one of the powerful firetrucks of our city’s incredible New York Fire Department. When they went right to the corner I thought that they were responding to a call, but when the mighty machine started to back up I knew that they were only answering the call of Heavy Metal this afternoon as the member of Judas Priest began to exit the vehicle. Drummer Scott Travis came out first and he was followed by guitarist Richie Faulkner. A moment or three passed by and a small group started walking toward us. It was bassist Ian Hill, The Metal God himself Rob Halford and wait, could I be seeing things? Was that Glenn Tipton walking with Rob?!? Yes my friends Glenn Tipton was here as well and that was an awesome sight to behold. The cheers of those in attendance who were close enough to see were resounding.

Once inside, the media folks were able to gather in a small corral while the band members got ready for the signing. Over the speakers they were playing parts of “Redeemer Of Souls”, the live album “Battle Cry” and of course the brand new “Firepower” and eventually the guys all came out. I snapped what I could but they didn’t have a lot of proper light on them which was strange since usually these are very well lit events and I did what I could. A healthy group of contest winners went up to the band first and while it seemed as though they were signing other things that people brought along with them, there were NO personal photos allowed with the band. It’s not a popular decision in the fans eyes but in the interest of time one has to deal with it so the whole crowd can be processed and get their album signed. Between groups I even had the chance to pass through and say hello and thank them for all the music they have given us. It was great to be a part of this and to see Glenn at the appearance. With the band performing tomorrow at the Prudential Center one has to wonder if that show will be one of the appearances that he has eluded to in statements on the official Priest channels. One can only hope. I will be at the show tomorrow as well and have learned that there are still tickets available so if you consider yourself a Heavy Metal fan at all you want to be rallying for the Priest when they come a calling. Until next time.

PHOTOS COMING LATER

Official Website: http://www.judaspriest.com

“Never The Heroes” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Never The Heroes” (Single)
Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: 3/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
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Though I’m not going to argue about the third single being released only days before the bands upcoming “Firepower” album I will admit that it took me a little by surprise. Perhaps I would have thought differently if it was released two weeks in advance as opposed to one but here we are with the track “Never The Heroes”. It follows “Lightning Strike” and “Firepower” so let’s get right down to business with what this one does for me as a few decades deep fan of Judas Priest.
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Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinsons

Speaking frankly, this isn’t the kind of news that I like to broadcast but with everyone alerting their own readers I must fall in with the pack and share the news about Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The full Official Statement hails from the bands Facebook Page. Read on.

Official Statement:
Ten years ago Glenn was diagnosed to have the onset of the early stages of Parkinson’s – from then until recently Glenn has lived his life as the great heavy metal guitar player he has always been, maintaining by his own definition a standard of quality and performance that is incredibly important. Right now Glenn is able to play and perform some of the Priest songs that are less challenging but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression he wants to let you all know that he won’t be be touring as such – True to the metal spirit of ‘the show must go on’ Glenn has requested Andy Sneap to fly the flag on stage for him.

“I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not too distant future I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again”

Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott have this to say:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest – he is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the Firepower tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real – As Glenn has said we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road…..We love you Glenn!”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I don’t have much to add about this but will say that it will be strange to not see Glenn up there on the the stage with his fellow legends. The material is in fine hands with Andy Sneap and I am still excited about the upcoming “Firepower” tour. I’ll close out by wishing Mr. Tipton the very best health that is possible during this time and hope that he feels well enough to pop out on some of the US Tour (especially the one that I am planning on attending in New Jersey). Feel good Glenn and follow the doctors orders. The images I’ve included in this news were shot by me during the bands Prudential Center performance on the “Redeemer Of Souls” tour back in 2015.

Update 3/14/2018: A Personal Statement From Glenn Tipton

“By now many of you will know I won’t be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because of health issues—I’m so sorry but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years – I knew something was wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on – I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world—it was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in—he’s a great guy and I’m sure he’ll do a great job – I’m sure the band will be as strong than ever

I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there – it’s not the end for me – I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs – with new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds – but one thing’s for sure – it will certainly involve Priest!

Finally the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything”

Official Website: http://www.judaspriest.com

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“Firepower” (Single) by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Firepower” (Single)
Label: Columbia Music
Release Date: 2/2/2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating:

It was almost a month ago that Judas Priest gave us the first taste from the album “Firepower” with the debut single “Lightning Strike” and with more than a month to go before the release hits the streets, the second single and the title track have been delivered. It’s a nice present from the band who sadly didn’t manage to make the final group of inductees into the “vaunted” Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Let’s set our sights, take aim and see what the track “Firepower” is all about.
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