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Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Launches LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks has launched a new band called LES BINKS' PRIESTHOOD. The group, which was put together specifically to play the material from Les's era with JUDAS PRIEST, also features guitarists Simon J. Pinto and Gus Mark, bassist Paul Smith and vocalist Adam Shepherd. Binks played drums on PRIEST's "Stained Class", ...

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TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH Says JUDAS PRIEST And FOREIGNER Have Turned Into 'Cover Bands'

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French took part in a question-and-answer session at this month's Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. You can now watch the discussion below. Speaking about bands which have continued performing well past their prime, French said: "[JUDAS] PRIEST is 65 years, 70 years old, SAXON's 80 fucking years old. THE ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, LES BINKS To Guest On DEVILSTAR's Cover Of 'Beyond The Realms Of Death'

Producer/guitarist Paul Crook (pictured; ANTHRAX, SEBASTIAN BACH, MEAT LOAF) and executive producer John Madera have announced the formation of DEVILSTAR, an all-star hard rock and heavy metal group billed as the world's first interactive band. The first release under the DEVILSTAR moniker will be a cover of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Beyond The Realms Of ...

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RICHIE FAULKNER On Performing JUDAS PRIEST Classics: 'The Challenge Is Capturing The Vibe Of The Original'

Lana of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin radio station 102.9 The Hog recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked which PRIEST song has been most challenging for him to play, Faulkner said: "They're not challenging in the sense of… PRIEST were ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Bassist Says 'Energy And Enthusiasm' Were 'A Little Bit Lacking Towards The End Of The K.K. DOWNING Era'

iHeartRadio Canada's Jason Rockman conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner and bassist Ian Hill prior to the band's March 25 concert in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On Faulkner's addition to JUDAS PRIEST following the departure of original guitarist ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Unveils Cover Art For U.S. Edition Of 'Heavy Duty' Autobiography

The cover art of the U.S edition of former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's forthcoming autobiography can be seen below. "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" will be released on September 18 via Da Capo Press. The book was co-written by the Scottish author and journalist Mark Eglinton, whose previous collaborations include "Official ...

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RICHIE FAULKNER On Joining JUDAS PRIEST In 2011: 'I Didn't Have To Change Who I Was As A Guitar Player'

Brian Orlando of Long Island radio station 94.3 The Shark recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the band's new studio album, "Firepower", will affect their stage show and setlist: Richie: ...

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CHRISTOFER JOHNSSON On Lack Of THERION Shows In United States: 'It's A Horrible Country For Our Type Of Music'

Carla Morton of Skull Banger conducted an interview with mainman Christofer Johnsson of symphonic metal pioneers THERION prior to the band's March 11 concert at Quantic Pub 2, in Bucharest, Romania. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's new three-disc rock opera, "Beloved Antichrist": ...

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WILL HAVEN: Entire 'Muerte' Album Available For Streaming

"Muerte", the sixth full-length album from noise metal legends WILL HAVEN, can be streamed in its entireyt below. The disc will be released on March 23 via Minus Head Records. The origins of WILL HAVEN can be traced back to 1995, when they first emerged as a staple in Sacramento, California's storied underground. For over ...

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RICHIE FAULKNER Says ANDY SNEAP Was 'First Choice' To Step In For GLENN TIPTON In JUDAS PRIEST

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner says "Firepower" producer Andy Sneap was "the first choice" to replace Parkinson's disease-stricken guitarist Glenn Tipton. Sneap, who is also known for his work in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrashers SABBAT, played his first show with PRIEST on March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease ...

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RICHIE FAULKNER Says 'There Has Been No Discussion Yet' About Whether JUDAS PRIEST Can Continue Beyond 'Firepower' Tour

Richie Faulkner says that "there has been no discussion yet" about whether JUDAS PRIEST can continue beyond the "Firepower" album and tour without Glenn Tipton performing with the band. Tipton, who is now 70 and has appeared on every PRIEST album since the band's 1974's debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but ...

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Listen To New WILL HAVEN Song 'Winds Of Change'

"Winds Of Change", a new song from noise metal legends WILL HAVEN, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's sixth full-length album, titled "Muerte" (Spanish for "death"), which will be released on March 23 via Minus Head Records. WILL HAVEN guitarist Jeff Irwin states about "Winds Of Change": "This is probably ...

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HALFORD Fires Back At DOWNING For Insinuating TIPTON's Parts On JUDAS PRIEST's 'Firepower' Were Laid Down By Producer

Rob Halford has fired back at K.K. Downing over the former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist's insinuation that producer Andy Sneap was covering Glenn Tipton's parts on the band's new album, insisting that "everything that you hear from Glenn on 'Firepower' is the amazing Glenn Tipton." Two weeks after Tipton announced that he was retiring from the ...

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