Artist: Judas Priest Title: “Never The Heroes” (Single) Label: Columbia Records Release Date: 3/2/2018 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating:
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. Continue reading “Never The Heroes” (Single) by Judas Priest→
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.
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”
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. Continue reading “Firepower” (Single) by Judas Priest→
Artist: Judas Priest Title: “Lightning Strike” (Single) Label: Columbia Release Date: 1/5/2018 Genre: Heavy Metal Rating: 4/5
It’s been a couple of years since Judas Priest kicked our respective behinds with the molten Metal melodies on “Redeemer Of Souls” and after an international tour, a live video and audio release one almost expected them to begin to map out the final plans as a band. Fortunately for all the worldwide fans The Priest went back to the studio and completed a brand-new album which we shall see in March and in the hopes that it starts our own 2018 off better – the first single was just recently dished out. The album is called “Firepower” and the debut single from it is “Lightning Strike”. Here’s my thoughts about the tune. Continue reading “Lightning Strike” (Single) by Judas Priest→
Last night, the Loudwire Awards for 2017 were held in the sunny (and apparently sweltering) Hollywood, CA. We didn’t attend of course but made sure to make some notes for the Metal heads over on this side of the fence. For those interested in the outcome, here are the winners of the various awards that were handed out.
Best Drummer: Mario Duplantier of Gojira
Best New Artist: Greta Van Fleet
Most Dedicated Fans: Babymetal
Breakthrough Band Of The Year: Beartooth
Hard Rock Artist Of The Year: Stone Sour
Metal Song Of The Year: Executioner’s Tax” by Powertrip
Metal Artist Of The Year: Avenged Sevenfold
Metal Album Of The Year: “The Stage” by Avenged Sevenfold
Hard Rock Song Of The Year: “Come And Get It” by I Prevail
Hard Rock Album Of The Year: “Hydrograd” by Stone Sour
Vocalist Of The Year: Chester Bennington (RIP) of Linkin Park
Best Bassist: Steve Harris of Iron Maiden
Best Guitarist: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society, Solo
Best Live Band: Iron Maiden
Humanitarian Award: Sammy Hagar
Lemmy Award: Rob Halford, The Metal God of Judas Priest
Courage Award: Tony Iommi, The Riff God of Black Sabbath
If you are interested in seeing who these winners beat out in the competition just click over to my rundown of the nominees on THIS LINK.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So what do you think about the outcome? Were you surprised by any of it or are you outraged at some of the choices? Remember this is what the fans rallied behind, I don’t really think there is a secreted committee doing any of this like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Oh yeah and by the way, have you made your voice count on that roster of nominees? If you haven’t, you better get on it since bands like Judas Priest and The Cars are in the running and amount to two personal favorites of mine. My article about the nominees for that honor can be found on THIS LINK. Closing up let me say “congratulations to all of the winners”. Until next time.