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Rob Halford’s “Donner and Blitzen” Official Video

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I have to admit that the last thing that I am thinking about a few days after Labor Day is Christmastime but when you learn that the legendary Metal God of Judas Priest, Mr. Rob Halford has revealed the first taste of his upcoming Christmas album then you make an exception. It’s been just over ten years since Halford released his first Christmas album with “Winter Songs” (and that was reviewed way back when on THIS POST). The new album is called “Celestial” and this in-studio performance clip is a video for the song “Donner and Blitzen”. Those are two of Santa’s flying reindeer in case you didn’t know that for some reason. Let’s watch.


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Paul Simon Announces Spring/Summer Tour For 2016

I’m going to break the laws of Metal reporting once again with this tour because it’s something that needs to be shared. Yesterday I addressed the upcoming Steely Dan live endeavors but they were not the only ones unveiling touring itineraries. Now it’s time to share the dates for the legendary Paul Simon who will be on the road in late Spring and delivering his sounds until the summer months. I cribbed the news item from his official Facebook and the dates from his own site. Check it out below and then I’ll return for a closing thought.

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The Press Release (Care of Official Facebook)
Paul Simon has just announced 31 shows across North America this Spring/Summer, beginning with his headline appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 29. The tour will also visit Canada, before wrapping up June 30 in Forest Hills, NY.
For full tour itinerary and and on-sale dates, please visit the link below. Exclusive VIP Packages will be available through SLO Tix. American Express pre-sales will be available beginning Monday 2/22 at 10am local time in the following cities — Atlanta, GA; Woodinville, WA; Berkeley, CA; Philadelphia, PA; and Forest Hills, NY. Amex pre-sale for Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl will begin Tuesday 3/1.
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“Epitaph” [DVD] by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “Epitaph”
Label: 5/28/2013
Release Date: 5/28/2013
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4.25/5

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of watching Judas Priest’s “Epitaph” DVD on the big screen down at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema in NYC and at that event, the one and only Rob Halford popped in for a few minutes with the bands new guitarist Richie Faulkner and of course Eddie Trunk of “That Metal Show”. I had to admit that it was great to watch the then at the time upcoming release on such a screen as it made me feel as though I was front row center for the “Epitaph” tour and this was important to me as I had sadly missed their show when they came rumbling through my town. It happens, but I digress. Most Metal fans already know that “Epitaph” was to be the bands final run of worldwide touring and likely recording but since the tour things have changed and the band seems eager to press on with new Heavy Metal music and shows for their fans. Believe me I am okay with this. Now let’s help out those who also missed the show and let’s talk about what can be found on this concert video.
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“The Chosen Few” by Judas Priest

Artist: Judas Priest
Title: “The Chosen Few”
Label: Sony Legacy
Release Date: 10/11/2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

After forty plus years of putting some incredible Heavy Metal music in the faces of their fans, the guys in Judas Priest have embarked on their “Epitaph” tour and plan for the most part to call it a career. It’s not the same news that the Scorpions gave as far as a full on band retirement, but the Priest said that no more worldwide extended touring will happen and that fans can still expect some new recordings when the inspiration comes to them. That news brings us to the very latest release by Judas Priest which is entitled “The Chosen Few” and well, how do I best describe this to you…….
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“Setlist: The Very Best Of Quiet Riot – Live” by Quiet Riot

Artist: Quiet Riot
Title: “Setlist: The Very Best Of Quiet Riot – Live”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 7/13/2010
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Historically speaking Quiet Riot was one of the first bands that I was able to see in concert on my own and don’t laugh because you know that each and every one of you went to a show or two with your parents standing safely in the shadows to observe the shenanigans. While I know that I am dating myself, it was back around the time when they had just released their “Metal Health” album and they were appearing at the long shuttered L’Amour’s in Brooklyn. At the show I was blown away by the bands delivery and skill and overall catchy tunes and that made listening to their “Setlist” live CD an absolute treat since we don’t really have too much of a representation of the band during its early years in the live sense. Some music historians will remember easily how the band once found Randy Rhoads among its number but this release focuses on what was musically established by the classic lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Frankie Banali, Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo. After reviewing a couple of these releases so far, I was happy to find the “Setlist” collections offering up the occasional unreleased tune or two, but the Quiet Riot edition must be lauded for its presenting 50% unreleased tracks from the band in concert. The album also primarily focuses on two years in the bands life (1983 and 1984) and with that comes off as very vintage in their history. The younger generation of fans today might need to look into the album collections of their older siblings or parents to find a copy of “Metal Health” and its recommended action to better absorb a band that helped build a music scene at the time. “Metal Health” is strongly celebrated on this collection and presents us with six of the albums original ten tracks. We get the classic Slade tune “Cum On Feel The Noize” and the title track along with my long time favorite “Run For Cover”. I would have liked to hear “Thunderbird” or “Breathless” but I will not complain with what we did get here since it was so satisfying. The band shows themselves to be a hungry Metal machine and DuBrow screams over blistering Cavazo guitar riffs and thunderous Banali drumming.
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