Metal gods Judas Priest are busy in the studio working on new music for their upcoming new album. While there is promise to reveal more soon, the forthcoming album will be their first since co-founder K.K. Downing left in 2011 and Richie Faulkner filled in. You can also expect a new live DVD/Blu-ray release from the band from their Epitaph Tour.
On January 24th, Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release a 17-CD box set, The Complete Albums Collection, which contains every studio and live album that featured the classic Judas Priest line-up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing and Ian Hill.
The new Judas Priest compilation album, The Chosen Few, is now streaming online at Aol Music in its entirety. The songs in the album were chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world, who picked their favorite Judas Priest songs for the band's compilation album. More details about the album were previously reported here.
British heavy metal legends Judas Priest announced the release of a special compilation album entitled The Chosen Few. The songs were chosen by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world, who picked their favorite Judas Priest songs for the band's forthcoming compilation album. The Chosen Few will be out October 11th via Legacy/Sony.
Back in December last year, Judas Priest announced their plans for the Farewell Epitaph Tour.
The band now issued the following statement: "We would like to clarify a situation that seems to be confusing a few people out there.
When we issued our press release to announce the farewell tour - we stated that it was the last major world tour for Judas Priest - nothing has changed - we didn't say it was the end of the band or that we were going to retire or the band was going to break up... Just that it would be the last major world tour we would be doing which is still the case.
We have plans for a new album (which we have already announced in an earlier press release) plus possible future releases and we would still consider doing the odd live show - if it is something special or for a great cause - but no more world tours."
At the start of their final world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release, for the first time ever, of their complete UK/CBS singles. Single Cuts is testament to Priest's enduring influence and through the singles, tells the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all time.
Presented in a deluxe, numbered box, Single Cuts boasts a massive 52 tracks across 20 CD's, featuring original singles artwork and labels plus booklet including sleevenotes and photos. Will only cost you a mere £59.99/€69.99/US $99 (delivery included).
During a press conference yesterday at the Renaissance Hotel, Hollywood, CA Judas Priest have announced plans for a North American tour this fall with support coming from Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society. Get the dates below.
Judas Priest have released a letter stating that original guitarist K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band, and will not join the band on the upcoming Epitaph World Tour. The band respect his decision and wish him well.
Replacing K.K. on the tour will be 31 year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner (Lauren Harris, Dirty Deeds), who has apparently blended into the band perfectly and will set the stage on fire.
The upcoming "Epitaph" tour will include songs from every Judas Priest studio album, including some the band have never performed before. It will be "heavy metal at its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!!"
The band also have another album due out next year.
After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest - one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!
However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive Epitaph Tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal!
With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is Judas Priest!
As posted today on the official Judas Priest website: Judas Priest will shortly be releasing a LIVE ALBUM consisting of eleven tracks - all previously unreleased in a live version! The album is due out in JULY 2009 and will be entitled: "Judas Priest - A Touch Of Evil - LIVE"
All of the tracks were recorded throughout the JUDAS PRIEST WORLD TOURS in 2005 and 2008. More information to follow shortly!"
UPDATE (thanks to 20323)
Official press release
As the creators of a live release that is considered to be one of the all-time great concert recordings in the realm of heavy metal (1979's "Unleashed In The East"), whenever Judas Priest announce a new live album, metalheads worldwide instantly take note. And on "A Touch of Evil: Live" (due for release in July 2009 via Sony Music and Epic Records), the mighty Priest - which includes singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis - doesn't disappoint. Focusing primarily on fan-revered album cuts (all previously unreleased in live form on CD), "A Touch of Evil: Live" features absolutely scintillating renditions of such Priest gems as "Riding on the Wind," "Beyond the Realms of Death," "Dissident Aggressor," "A Touch of Evil," "Eat Me Alive," and the set-closing "Painkiller." Also of note are the first live album appearances of standouts from Priest's critically acclaimed 2008 concept double disc, 'Nostradamus' ("Death" and "Prophecy").
To celebreate the 30th anniversary of the Judas Priest album "British Steel", the band is very pleased to announce they will be performing the whole album in its entirety during the US 2009 Summer Tour plus some other Priest classics! Judas Priest are proud to announce that they will be touring in the US with Whitesnake for most of the dates - a few of the shows won't be with them
Jul. 01 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
Jul. 02 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI (no Whitesnake)
Jul. 03 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
Jul. 07 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Jul. 08 - CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
Jul. 09 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ONT
Judas Priest have confirmed live dates for Mexico and Argentina.
Oct. 27 - Monterrey, Mexico - Arena Monterrey
Oct. 29 - Guadalajara, Mexico - VFG Arena
Oct. 30 - Puebla, Mexico - Auditorium Siglo XXI
Oct. 31 - Mexico City, Mexico - Sportspalace
Nov. 03 - Columbia, Bogota - Palacio Deportes
Nov. 06 - Santiago, Chile - Arena
Nov. 08 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
Nov. 12 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Teatro Bourbon
Nov. 14 - Rio De Janiero, Brazil- Citibank Hall
Nov. 15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Nov. 16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credit Card Hall
Still more dates for Central and South America will be announced soon.