ROCK ICON ROB HALFORD SAYS THE “THE ’80S, IN AMERICA, [WAS] ONE OF THE GREATEST DECADES FOR OUR KIND OF MUSIC”

As previously reported, Judas Priest will be re-releasing their 1986 record, Turbo, on three CDs (the original album and two bonus discs), as well as 1LP 150g vinyl, on February 3rd.

In an interview with The Rock Brigade, Priest frontman, and Metal God, Rob Halford discussed there record’s experimental sound at the time of its release stating, “Much like everything that we’ve done, we’ve kind of reflected on where we’ve been and what we are trying to aim for next. The big thing about this record is that for the first time in a long time, we were able to take our time.

There was a period in the early ’80s when Priest was literally banging out a record every year and a world tour every year. How did we do that, I don’t know. It was just that we were running on fire, we were having the times of our lives, we had deadlines to meet, we had an incredible thing going with the label.”

He adds, “So here’s the deal. Turbo, the middle of the 1980s, right? We had a little bit of time to kind of pull back and take our time to make this record. So we were in a different place. I mean, I was in a different place, because I had so much coke up my nose, I don’t know how I got through every day of the week, because I was raging at that point, personally.

What I’m trying to say is, America in 1986 and the mid-’80s was… wherever you went, there was incredible things happening in rock and metal. I always kind of reflect as the ’80s, particularly in America, as being one of the greatest decades for our kind of music. So we were wrapped up in all that, we were wrapped up in all that excitement and good times and party-party-party. And I think that we were just… we were making the record. The bulk of the record was made in America. Going down to Whisky, hanging out on the [Sunset] Strip, in Miami… Man, it was an absolute blast. And I think we were just… We were loving that moment, you know. The band was having a great time, and there was a lot of that in the music on ‘Turbo’.”

Listen to interview below.

To read more about the special re-release of Turbo and to view a track listing, please click here.

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1/22: BACK FROM LA, NAMM RECAP, PEARCY & KIRKE ON RADIO SHOW TOMORROW

Back from a great week in Southern CA and some great radio shows and hosting gigs! Huge thanks to my radio guests for the week Rob Zombie, Don Airey, Jay Weinberg, Bret Michaels, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters. Was also a blast to host the first ever Hall Of Heavy Metal History as well as Randy Rhoads Remembered and LA Guns. Really everything went so well, the shows were great, and it was a blast doing my Volume show each day with so many cool guests. Richie Sambora had me get in his car and cranked me new music which was great! Then I saw him and Ori play at NAMM. Really really cool bluesy hard rock band coming called RSO. LA Guns back with Phil and Tracii together was kick ass. Phil Lewis sounded incredible, and two guitars with Tracii and Michael Grant had LA Guns sounding incredible. RRR was awesome players playing awesome songs. So you know the deal there. SO many people I saw at and around NAMM, many I did not unfortunately. It is just so massive and so much going in it’s impossible. Thanks to all, especially Pat Gesualdo and the Hall of HM for making it all happen. I’ll cover much of this on the air this week and if you missed any interviews get the shows now On Demand on the SiriusXM app. Some will also air in coming podcasts.

Back live on SiriusXM tomorrow 2-4P ET on 106 Volume, then 5-8P ET on channel 39. Guests include Stephen Pearcy and Simon Kirke of Bad Co.

Latest podcast up now with Kip Winger and Sebastian Bach. FREE www.podcastone.com and Itunes.

This Saturday I am doing my Q&A speaking show at Blackthorne 51 in Queens NY. Come on out!

The Monsters cruise and Cruise To The Edge will be here soon! I’ll be on board both doing my radio show from both each day LIVE!

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TO RELEASE DELUXE EDITION OF THEIR SOPHMORE ALBUM “DEUCE,” ALONG WITH BONUS TRACKS

Beautiful Creatures have announced they will be releasing a remixed, remastered, re-sequenced deluxe edition of their sophomore album Deuce.

Following Beautiful Creature’s self titled release in 2001, the core band (Joe LeSte (Vocals), Kenny Kweens (Bass) and Anthony Focx (Guitar) immediately entered the studio with a new lineup which included lead guitarist Alex Grossi and began recording material for the follow-up to their debut, which would end up being titled Deuce.

Produced by guitarist Anthony Focx and bass guitarist Kenny Kweens mixed by Toby Wright, (whose past production work includes Alice In Chains, Korn and KISS), Deuce was released worldwide in 2005 and ultimately landed premier placements on the hit FX TV series Sons Of Anarchy, the Walt Disney/Touchstone hit film The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds as well multiple other TV & movie soundtracks.

Beautiful Creatures founding bassist Kenny Kweens states, “unlike our Warner Bros. debut record, Deuce was never properly released digitally and nearly impossible to get physically due to all the changes in the industry. We are really looking forward to everyone hearing Deuce as it was meant to be sonically.”

Beautiful Creatures Deuce Deluxe (which is currently set for a March release) will feature every track the band recorded for the Japanese Release (JVC Records) as well as the U.S. Release (Spitfire/Eagle Rock), In one digital package that has been re-mixed and remastered. It will also include new album cover artwork and edits that up until now, were not included in either initial release.

“We are really excited to be doing this”, says Joe LeSte “We have all been through a lot both personally and professionally as a band – and even though we have all gone down different roads, whenever we see each other or chat on the phone, it’s like no time has gone by at all. I saw Kenny (Kweens) and Alex (Grossi) on the last Monsters Of Rock Cruise, we ended up all onstage together playing a Beautiful Creatures tune, it was really fun – within 48 hours, all of our phones lit up. So, we collectively said – F#ck it, let’s go for it- and well, here we are!”

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SINGER BOBBY BLITZ DESCRIBES OVERKILL AS A “FOXHOLE BAND”

Ruben Mosqueda of Metal Titans spoke with Overkill frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. Portions of the interview appear below.

MetalTitans: Overkill has a signature sound much like Motorhead, Slayer or AC/DC. Do you view yourself as one of those unique acts that cranks out records and stays true to their sound?

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: [pause] These are some bigs shoes to fill. I wouldn’t necessarily say…I’d really like to pay attention to our own house vs. a comparative; who’s shoes are relatively bigger. I do think at the end of the day that we have a “brand.” Overkill is an identifiable entity musically; you will recognize our music whether it’s my voice or D.D.’s bass or the riffs.

One of the freedoms that we have and you’ve heard it on this record [Dana’s note: The band’s new album, The Grinding Wheel]; we’re not a “one trick pony.” It sounds like Overkill for sure. The Grinding Wheel sounds nothing like Our Finest Hour and Come Heavy sounds nothing like Mean, Green, Killing Machine. Yet they all sound like Overkill songs. All four come from different influences and different craftsmanship. They’re different works of art that are all Overkill. That’s where my pride lies with this record.

We worked with diversity but in “comfortable” diversity. Meaning that we knew these place[s] and have been there before’ we pushed them to zones that were further than before. We took the punk rock a little further, we took the Rock n’ Roll a little further. We have an “epic” vibe on The Grinding Wheel, we have thrash on Mean, Green, Killing Machine and we have a “groove” on Come Heavy. There’s not one or two types of songs on this record let’s say there’s like seven. [laughs].

MetalTitans: What’s the significance behind the title of the album?

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: Well, I think it speaks volumes about Overkill. We’re one of those “foxhole bands.” [laughs] I mean who would you rather be in a foxhole with other than Overkill?! [laughs] We’re the guys that know how to shoot the guns. [laughs] We’ve done it a lot, we do it for our own sanity and we for our own satisfaction.

We also consider ourselves as part of a community; the whole community is a grind. We are the most accepted music, we’re not the most popular music by the masses. Those of us that love it we feel like this is our religion. I still reach for an old Scorpions record or a Thin Lizzy record. I can’t abandon my [Black] Sabbath records because they are part of me.

MetalTitans: You mentioned Thin Lizzy which is a fantastic band and I feel the creators of power metal with Emerald.

Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth: There are five of us that feel the same as you do; as we covered Emerald on the extended version of The Grinding Wheel [Laughs] So it will be on the vinyl and the Digipak versions.

We actually added Emerald on the European tour on the last tour in November [‘16]. We ended the set with Emerald. It was really fun to do and we made it our own. We talked about doing some covers last and we all decided on Sanctuary by Iron Maiden but then [guitarist] Dave Linsk kept planting Emerald in my ear. That selfish bastard. [laughs] He wanted to show off his prowess. [laughs] He in the middle of the lead he dropped in and played at quadruple speed the Irish national anthem! [laughs] You hear a song like that and you can hear where we came from you can hear where Iron Maiden came from. I’m really happy with the end result; I think we put our stamp on it.

Read more Metal Titans.

The Grinding Wheel, which is set for release on February 10th, through Nuclear Blast. Click on the highlighted titles to preview songs.

Mean, Green Killing Machine
Our Finest Hour

The Grinding Wheel track listing:

1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
2. Goddamn Trouble
3. Our Finest Hour
4. Shine On
5. The Long Road
6. Let’s All Go To Hades
7. Come Heavy
8. Red White And Blue
9. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel

source: metaltitans.com

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RATT FRONTMAN STEPHEN PEARCY STREAMS “TEN MILES WIDE”

Ratt lead singer, Stephen Pearcy, will be releasing his new solo album, Smash, on January 27th through Frontiers Music Srl. The singer is streaming another song from album called, Ten Miles Wide, which can be heard, below.

Listen to Rain below as well.

Additionally, to hear other songs from this forthcoming release, click on the titles:

Want Too Much and Jamie
I Can’t Take It

“It took long enough to finish the new record Smash and it is well worth the patience taken, giving every song as much attention as the next. Erik Ferentinos (lead guitars & co-writer), Greg D’ Angelo (drums) and Matt Thorne (bass, keyboards) and myself didn’t settle on any first, second or third takes. We let some songs grow if needed, then go back and complete it. We’re very happy with the outcome, that we were able to experiment and grow with the new songs,” says Pearcy of the new album.

Smash Track Listing:

1. I Know I’m Crazy
2. Ten Miles Wide
3. Shut Down Baby
4. Dead Roses
5. Lollipop
6. Hit Me With A Bullet
7. Rain
8. Want Too Much
9. What Do Ya Think
10. Jamie
11. I Can’t Take It (Album Version)
12. Passion Infinity
13. Summer’s End

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IRON MAIDEN “THE BOOK OF SOULS” TOUR RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA, PRUDENTIAL CENTER AND BARCLAYS CENTER PERFORMANCES DATES ANNOUNCED

Iron Maiden’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.

First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson.

The full list of dates:

June:

3 Bristol, VA Jiffy Lube
4 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
7 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
9 Charlotte, NC PNC MUSIC PAVILION
11 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
13 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
15 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casina Amphitheater
16 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
19 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Arena
21 Houston, TX Toyota Center
23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
24 San Antonio, TX ATT&T Center
27 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Ampitheater
28 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Areana

July:

1 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Ampitheather*
3 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Center
5 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
7 Salt Lake City, UT Usana Amphitheater
9 Lincoln, NE Pinniacle Bank Arena
11 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
12 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casina Ampitheater
15 Toronto, Canada Molson Amphitheatre
16 Quebec City Canada Videotron Centre
19 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
21 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

*There will also be some further bands added to the show at San Bernardino.

Steve Harris commented, “We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible.

So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final set-list and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals. Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”

Tickets for the Prudential Center and Barclays Center performances go on-sale Saturday, January 28th at 10am through Ticketmaster. As usual, there will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden Fan Club members, details of which can also be found on ironmaiden.com along with information on how Fan Club members can participate in the draw to be “First To The Barrier”.

Iron Maiden are delighted to welcome are delighted to welcome Ghost as their special guests for the North American leg of The Book Of Souls World Tour.

After great feedback to last year’s North American trial of the concept, Maiden fans will again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP upgrade package that will allow them early access to the venue, a pile of Trooper goodies and Maiden swag, Trooper beers, food and a designated area to meet with other fans, plus the opportunity to win some great prizes. The upgrade packages are available at US$199 from troopervip.com. The concert ticket must be purchased separately.

For the 2017 shows Maiden will once again, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a partial paperless ticketing system in as many venues as possible, which they have been successfully doing since 2010 and has worked well in lessening the ticketing scalping and drain of the prime tickets into the Secondary Ticketing sites.

The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the Number one spot in over 40 countries around the world and Number four in the U.S.A.

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