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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Blasts NIKE As A 'Racist Company' After Shoemaker Pulls 'Betsy Ross' Flag Shoe Design

Tim "Ripper" Owens has blasted Nike as a "one-sided racist company." The former JUDAS PRIEST singer made his comments in an apparent response to reports that Nike pulled a patriotic sneaker featuring the so-called "Betsy Ross" flag from shelves at the behest of Colin Kaepernick, who reportedly informed the company the design had racist ties. ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER: 'Thanks To Everyone That Came And Rocked Out With Us On The 'Firepower' Tour'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner has thanked the group's fans for coming out and seeing him and his bandmates perform on the "Firepower" tour. The trek kicked off in March 2018 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and concluded Saturday night (June 29) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Late last night, Faulkner tweeted: "Thanks to everyone that came and ...

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Watch JUDAS PRIEST Perform In San Francisco

Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's June 25 concert The Warfield in San Francisco, California can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Necromancer 02. Heading Out To The Highway 03. The Sentinel 04. Spectre 05. (Take These) Chains 06. Judas Rising 07. Out In The Cold 08. Traitors Gate 09. Starbreaker ...

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Watch KROKUS Perform At Switzerland's ROCK THE RING Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of KROKUS's June 21 performance at the Rock The Ring festival in Hinwil, Switzerland can be seen below. As previously reported, KROKUS will extend its last-ever tour to include dates in USA, Canada and Mexico. Back in September 2018, the Swiss hard rock legends announced that they were going to be embarking ...

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K.K. DOWNING Is 'Open To Any Conversations' With JUDAS PRIEST About Taking Part In 50th-Anniversary Tour

K.K. Downing says that he is "open to any conversations" with his former bandmates in JUDAS PRIEST about taking part in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary celebration. The guitarist, who left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance, was replaced by Richie Faulkner, nearly three decades his junior. ...

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Watch JUDAS PRIEST Perform In Kent, Washington

Fan-filmed video footage of JUDAS PRIEST's June 21 concert at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "The Attitude"). The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Necromancer 02. Heading Out To The Highway 03. The Sentinel 04. Spectre 05. (Take These) Chains 06. Judas Rising 07. Out In The ...

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TESTAMENT's New Album To Be Released In January 2020

During a press conference at this weekend's Hellfest in Clisson, France, TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "Brotherhood Of The Snake" album. "The day before we got on the plane [to start our European tour], we just finished recording ...

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Humanicide - DEATH ANGEL

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends DEATH ANGEL were firing on all cylinders in the late eighties. Their talent was abundant and simply undeniable. Their songwriting was thoughtful and memorable. It seemed as though the world was their oyster. But nagging legal woes and a near-fatal tour bus crash derailed the band's forward momentum. ...

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TESTAMENT Has Finished Recording New Album, Says GENE HOGLAN

Earlier this month, TESTAMENT drummer Gene Hoglan spoke to the "Talk Toomey" podcast about the progress of the recording sessions for the follow-up to the band's 2016 album "Brotherhood Of The Snake". He said (hear audio below): "I know the band was shooting for completing the album by June 12th. I know that they had ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Tour Is 'Opposite' Of A Cash Grab: 'It's A Cash Giveaway'

Former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens recently discussed the "Dio Returns" hologram tour with RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the preparation that went into ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS On ROB HALFORD's Comment That A Straight Man Can't Front JUDAS PRIEST: 'Maybe I'm Gay And I Didn't Know It'

Tim "Ripper" Owens has dismissed Rob Halford's recent claim that a straight man can't front JUDAS PRIEST as a "fun" comment that didn't mean anything. Earlier this month, Halford told the Edmonton Journal about his position in PRIEST: "A straight man can't do my job. That's the way I view it. Freddie [Mercury] said it ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Members Meet Rescue Dogs In Regina (Photos)

JUDAS PRIEST members Ian Hill (bass), Scott Travis (drums) and Richie Faulkner (guitar), along with touring guitarist Andy Sneap, visited the Lucky Paws Dog Rescue in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada prior to the band's concert Saturday night (June 8) at SaskTel Centre. JUDAS PRIEST posted a picture from the visit on social media, along with the ...

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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Says KEVIN DUBROW Is 'Irreplaceable'

Michele from Long Branch, New Jersey radio station 107.1 The Boss recently conducted an interview with QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On surpassing both Michael Jackson and THE POLICE on the charts with 1983's "Metal Health": Frankie: "It was interesting ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL: 'Every Album We've Ever Done, We've Tried To Make It Better Than The One Before'

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill recently spoke with Crazy Bob from the Waynesboro, Pennsylvania radio station 101.5 Bob Rocks. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the keys to the band's longevity: Ian: "Apart from a sense of humor? It's moving forward, really. Every album we've ...

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