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Former JUDAS PRIEST Frontman To Reissue Solo Album

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will re-release his 1994 solo album, "Heavy Thoughts", on May 5 through Market Square Records. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Koch International. Atkins' last solo album, "Victim Of Changes", was released through Neat Records in 1998, and featured several classic PRIEST songs written by Al, such as "Never ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: Lineup Announced!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford's forthcoming U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, SYMPHONY X, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, CARNAL FORGE and more. The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up ...

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Former MASTER Drummer Resurfaces In The Revamped DIAMOND REXX!

Bill Schmidt, former drummer for the Illinois-based death metal pioneers MASTER, has resurfaced in the revamped lineup of DIAMOND REXX. DIAMOND REXX, whose roots go back to the cock-rock days of the mid-'80s and who once packed venues around the country, reformed in 2001 and issued a comeback album, "The Evil", last November through Phoenix, ...

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SKINLESS Frontman: New Album Will Contain 'Incredible Dynamics'

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have entered Albany's Max Trax Studios with veteran producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to record their new CD, "From Sacrifice To Survival". ORIGIN's John Longstreth will be contributing his drumming talents to the recording, which will include the tracks "From Sacrifice To Survival", "Don't Risk Infection", "Escalate ...

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JUDAS PRIEST/IRON MAIDEN/MOTÖRHEAD Tour A No-Go: Management

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has refuted a freshly-circulated rumor that JUDAS PRIEST (featuring Rob Halford) will be embarking on a summer U.S. tour with IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD as part of a monster package that will see PRIEST and MAIDEN sharing the stage for the first time since 1983. According to Andrews, "That ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX: Be Careful What You Wish For

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message to the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "Well, they say 'Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.' "N.Sixx clothing by Dragonfly (male and female) is in over 150 accounts. So needless to say, now it's getting ...

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WINTERS BANE To Record New Demo

Akron, Ohio-based WINTERS BANE — best known as the former home of current JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens — will be entering the studio at the end of March to record a four-song demo that will shopped to the leading metal labels. The group's forthcoming album — which will mark the recording debut with ...

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SKINLESS Prepare To Record 'From Sacrifice To Survival'

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS will enter Albany's Max Trax Studios on Feb. 26 with veteran producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) to record their new CD, "From Sacrifice To Survival". ORIGIN's John Longstreth will be contributing his drumming talents to the recording, which will include the tracks "From Sacrifice To Survival", "Don't ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Guitarist Jams With HALFORD

CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist Alexi Laiho joined HALFORD on stage at their show in Sapporo, Japan Wednesday night (Feb. 19) for a triple-axe-attack version of the JUDAS PRIEST classic "Living After Midnight". CHILDREN OF BODOM, whose latest CD, "Hate Crew Deathroll", entered the Finnish charts at #1, were the support act for HALFORD during their ...

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CANDLEMASS To Make First North American Appearance In 12 Years!

Just in time for the domestic release of their DVD retrospective, "Documents Of Doom", the legendary CANDLEMASS will headline the BW&BK 6-Pack Weekend, June 13-14, in Cleveland, Ohio. The festival appearance marks the first time the Swedes have played here in over twelve years! Since reuniting last year, the doomsters have been the hottest ticket ...

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HALFORD Manager: GLENN TIPTON Was NOT At Las Vegas Gig

Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton was not in attendance with his son at the opening-night gig of HALFORD's recent mini-tour at House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to HALFORD manager John Baxter. "Glenn was not at HALFORD's performance [in Vegas on Feb. 1]," Baxter told BLABBERMOUTH.NET when ...

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HALFORD Announce New Guitarist!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford introduced the new HALFORD guitarist, Chad Tarrington, at the meet-and-greet prior to the group's show last night in Anaheim, California. Rob chose yesterday to introduce Chad because he wanted the fans to be the first to take photos of the new HALFORD line-up: Rob, Chad, Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Ray ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Manager Says No Press Conference Is Planned

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has shot down a widely-circulated rumor that PRIEST are planning a press conference on March 1 to announce a reunion with former singer Rob Halford. "We have not planned a press conference for 1st March or any other date!!" Andrews said. "The guys are all working on new material ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Secure North American Deal For Next Studio CD

JUDAS PRIEST's next studio album will receive a North American release through Steamhammer/SPV Records following the group's split with the Atlantic label last year, according to an SPV spokesperson. "[The] band and management were pleased with the results that we achieved on the ['Live In London'] DVD," the spokesperson told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The group's double live ...

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WINTERS BANE Hard At Work On New Album

Akron, Ohio-based WINTERS BANE — best known as the former home of current JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens — are currently writing material for their next album, due later in the year. The follow-up to 1997's "Girth" — which will mark the recording debut with the group of new vocalist Alexander Koch (POWERGOD, SPIRAL ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: We Are Not Reuniting With ROB HALFORD!

Despite reports to the contrary, JUDAS PRIEST have no intentions of reuniting with former singer Rob Halford. "There appears to have been some confusion regarding a story that is circulating," begins an official statement released by JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews. "There is no truth in the rumor that there has been a reunion ...

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