Official Judas Priest News

23rd December 2003

We will be releasing a retrospective boxset through Sony Music probably around March 2004 - at this time it has not been finally decided whether it will be a 3 CD or 4 CD box possibly including a DVD of some live footage. Once we have finalised everything and confirm exactly what the box will contain we'll let everyone know here!

 

18th December 2003

Just a quick note to let you all know that the band are taking a break now over the Christmas and New Year holidays - Rob, Glenn and K.K. will regroup early in January to continue with the writing of the new album which is going really well! Then it won't be long before they start recording in the studio! We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a great Metal 2004!!

Jayne Andrews

 

10th December 2003

We're very pleased to announce the first confirmed shows for Judas Priest on 2004:

5th June - GODS OF METAL FESTIVAL/Bologna/ITALY
10th June - SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL (nr. Malmo)
12th June - ARROW CLASSIC FESTIVAL/HOLLAND
20th June - ROCK WAVE FESTIVAL/Athens/GREECE
25th June - METAL MANIA FESTIVAL/Nr. Albecete/SPAIN
27th June - GRASPOP METAL FESTIVAL/BELGIUM

As soon as we confirm any more dates we will announce them here!

 

28th November 2003

I have just been informed that some release dates of the JUDAS PRIEST 'ELECTRIC EYE' DVD have been altered.
They are as follows:

UK and most of Europe: 24th November, 2003
Some smaller European territories: 1st December, 2003
United States: 9th December, 2003
Canada: 16th December, 2003
Chile: 24th November, 2003
(waiting for dates for rest of Latin America)
Australia and New Zealand have confirmed they will release the JUDAS PRIEST 'ELECTRIC EYE' DVD on 19th January, 2004
Japan: 24th March, 2004

If and when I am notified of any other changes I will let you all know.
JAYNE ANDREWS
Management Co-ordinator for JUDAS PRIEST

 

19th September 2003

WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE ON SONY OF A DVD OF JUDAS PRIEST AS FOLLOWS:

ELECTRIC EYE/JUDAS PRIEST

First Priest product to be released since the reunion with Rob Halford was announced

* Features all the key promo videos, the 1986 Dallas concert and 6 rare BBC performances, plus a booklet with a band message and photos taken from the videos.

*Most of this material has not even been available on VHS for many years - now back on DVD by huge public demand

Release Date: Mid November 2003 (UK, Europe & Australia)
9th December, 2003 (USA & Canada)

Promo Videos:

Living After Midnight
Breaking The Law
Don't Go
Heading Out To The Highway
Hot Rockin'
You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Freewheel Burning
Love Bites
Locked In
Turbo Lover
Johnny B Goode
Painkiller
A Touch of Evil

PRIEST......LIVE! Filmed in Dallas, Texas during the 1986 'Fuel For Life' Tour:

Out In The Cold
Locked In
Heading Out To The Highway
Breaking The Law
Love Bites
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
Sentinel
Private Property
Desert Plains
Rock You All Around The World
Hellion/Electric Eye
Turbo Lover
Freewheel Burning
Green Manalishi (with the two-pronged crown)
Parental Guidance
Living After Midnight
Another Thing Comin'
Hell Bent For Leather
Metal Gods


BBC Television Performances:

Rocka Rolla Old Grey Whistle Test 25/4/75
Dreamer Deciever/Deceiver Old Grey Whistle Test 25/4/75
Take On The World Top Of The Pops 25/01/79
Evening Star Top Of The Pops 17/5/79
Living After Midnight Top Of The Pops 27/3/80
United Top Of the Pops 28/8/80

 

17th September 2003

As usual the rumour mongers have started about where and when Judas Priest will be planing (and who with!!).........Rest assured that when we confirm any dates we will announce them straight away - at this time we are still working on putting a world tour together - nothing is finalised - so please, please do not believe anything unless you hear it from us first!!!

 

29th July 2003

As someone famous once said..."THE PRIEST IS BACK!!"

This was the lineup when I joined the band in 1990 and I'm extremely proud to be part of such a legendary unit.

I echo all the of thoughts and sentiments conveyed by my bandmates...Rob, K.K., Glenn and Ian concerning our dedicated fans worldwide and our sincere support for Ripper.

This is truly an exciting time for us and all Judas Priest fans. We can't wait to get started.

Scott Travis

 

22nd July 2003

Greetings Metalions, the long awaited event has happened! After twelve years, the Metal Gods are as one once again!! Robís return to the band promises exciting times ahead for us all as the magic spells of Priestís earlier years with Rob are cast once more!

The growing voice for a reunion from fans and media alike was getting so loud, that it made it increasingly impossible for us to ignore, and as itís our thirty year anniversary of our first album release, the timing now is perfect.

It will be a special time, not just for our long-term fans, but also for our newer fans who may have been too young to witness the trademark line-up of Judas Priest in the flesh! With tours being planned to start next Spring, you wonít have to wait much longer!!

Of course, Iíd like to pass on my deep and heartfelt regard to Ripper, without whom the band would probably have been dormant for all this time. Over the last six years or so, we have all become very fond of Ripper and his family and Iím sure our friendship will endure. With his undoubtedly superior vocal talents, he is destined for a great future and I wish him all the best Ė he deserves it!

KEEP THE FAITH!!

Ian Hill

 

22nd July 2003

As every one knows by now Priest is back together with Rob and itís more appropriate than ever to thank every single fan out there for their loyalty and patience through the years. We shall start to put the next Judas Priest album together in September and thereís no doubt that we shall be out there next year touring every square inch of the planet .I CAN'T WAIT !!!!!

On a personal note I'd like to thank Ripper for helping us keep Priest alive over the last few years. No-one else on this planet could have stepped into Robs shoes and his work on the ĎJugulatorí and ĎDemolitioní albums is sensational. He stepped aside like a gentleman to allow the reunion and I'm sure he's going to have success in his own right now.

GLENN TIPTON

 

22nd July 2003

Hello Priest fans worldwide!

I am thrilled to be making my first post on the Official Judas Priest web site.

We are all about to embark upon an exciting journey together in metal music-new and classic-along with the spectacle of the legendary Priest Live Show.

Like many of you, I've thought about this moment frequently over the last couple of years, as Ken, Glenn, Ian and I slowly rebuilt our friendships. Happily, the reunion is finally upon us. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the band and we are determined to put together an outstanding release and go out on a massive world tour in celebration. Priest fans all over the world will once again witness the exciting performances from this legendary lineup.

In a few weeks, the writing sessions will commence on a new Priest metal masterpiece. I extend my gratitude to everyone on this site and those linked to the Halford site for their wonderful words of support and encouragement of the band's reunion and you have our promise we will work to produce one of the best Priest releases ever!!

You can also be sure all of the memories you have of "The Metal God" on recordings and stage will be screaming back at you throughout 2004.

To Glenn, Ken, Ian and Scott, I send my thanks and love to each of you - words can never express how I feel to be home again.

Thank you Tim for all you did and all the best to your Metal future! I know we will all remain good friends.

Lastly I have to say that without supportive fans no band can exist. And so it goes Judas Priest fans from around the planet are to be congratulated for their efforts. Thank you each for playing your part in the reunion. I look forward to seeing everyone on the road.

The Priest is back!

My love to all of you,

The Metal God

 

21st July 2003

HELLO TO THE WORLD!

Well I guess you have all heard by now - yes Rob Halford is back in the saddle again! We are all primed and ready to rock! Rob's infamous deadly Priest screams are razor sharp and ready to inflict some damage..........

Rob and ourselves are also really looking forward to thrashing out new Priest riffs and melodies for you all to savour and of course as soon as the new Metal is forged we will be hitting the road with a vengeance. The wheels of the mighty Priest Machine will soon roll again - even though Priest have been around the world many times there are still a lot of countries we have not covered - you know who you are so please be patient - we will be coming soon!

I would like to say a really big metal thank you to Ripper for being a truly great singer and performer and a really good friend. There is no doubt that Ripper will continue to be a great Ambassador of Metal and we all wish him every success - although we already consider him a Legend!

Also all of you Metalheads out there, I can't say how much your devotion to Judas Priest is a credit to you and without your loyalty and support we would not be able to continue this the next chapter of Judas Priest history!!

Sincere thanks to you all
K.K. DOWNING

 

11th July 2003

ROB HALFORD REUNITES WITH JUDAS PRIEST

WORLD TOUR COMING IN 2004

SEVERAL PROJECTS ARE IN THE PLANNING STAGES

After more than 12 years apart Judas Priest and original lead vocalist Rob Halford have reunited for a global live concert tour in 2004. The definitive Judas Priest lineup of Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back.

The original band members have been re-establishing their personal and professional relationships since 1999 along the way sparking hundreds of reunion rumors.

Several exciting projects, in addition to the 2004 world tour, are in the early planning stages.

The long-awaited reunion of Judas Priest and Halford will thrill fans around the globe, and once again provide them with the opportunity to see and hear the band that defined Heavy Metal as we know it today.

Judas Priest rose from the gritty, working-class steel town of Birmingham, England, and became one of the biggest bands in the world. Judas Priest are considered the groundbreaking inventors of true Heavy Metal music. From their debut release 'Rocka Rolla' through monumental albums such as 'Sad Wings of Destiny,' ''Sin After Sin,' 'Stained Class,' 'Hell Bent For Leather,' 'Unleashed in the East,' 'British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Defenders of the Faith' and 'Painkiller,' titanic songs like "Victim of Changes," "Sinner," "Exciter," "Hell Bent for Leather," "Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law" and "You've Got Another Thing Comin' '' were born. Judas Priest defines and epitomizes both sonically and visually the Heavy Metal genre.

Next year's reunion tour will also celebrate the band's 30th anniversary.

Judas Priest and Ripper Owens, who replaced Halford, have parted amicably by mutual agreement. The band is very grateful for Ripper's work in helping them to continue to bring Judas Priest's music to their millions of fans and they expect big things for him in the future.

Updates will be posted regularly at www.judaspriest.com

 

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