ROB HALFORD ON JUDAS PRIEST RECEIVING THE ROCK HALL’S “MUSICAL EXCELLENCE” AWARD, “[WE’RE] THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF HEAVY METAL, [WE] GET NO RESPECT”

[Iconic vocalist and Metal God] Rob Halford was thrilled to learn that Judas Priest had once again been nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — a third time he had hoped would be a charm. 

“It’s a buzz,” Halford told The Arizona Republic in March...

…In May, Halford learned that Judas Priest had gotten in without actually being inducted as performers, receiving a bit of a consolation prize.

The Musical Excellence Award is, according to the rock hall’s website, presented to “artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence creating music have had a dramatic impact on music…”

…on a Zoom call from Slovakia, during a conversation about the making of Screaming for Vengeance [when asked about the award], he said.

Question: How did it feel to be given the Musical Excellence Award by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year?

Rob Halford: (laughs). You really want to know, Ed?

Q: Yes, I really want to know.

Rob Halford: Why haven’t they given us the the same title as all of our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different tag, isn’t there?

Q: There is a different tag. That’s why I wondered how you felt about it.

Rob Halford: Well, yeah, I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter? Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’

And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘God damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’ Because it sounds very, you know, grandiose. ‘The Musical Excellence Award, reserved for blah, blah, blah.’

And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that bunch of musicians over there that have got the performance or whatever it is that they’ve got.’ I don’t know why they gave us the Musical Excellence Award. I have no clue.

I just felt a little bit like, ‘Well, Sabbath got this. So why can’t we have that?’ Not that I’m jealous of Sabbath. I’m just talking about this tag that they give it.

Why do they put these tags on the damn thing? Why don’t they go, ‘Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame‘ and leave it at that.

A lot of our fans went, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Oh, you know, they’re a great band. They are an excellent band.’ ‘But why put the musical excellence? Why don’t you give them like everybody else has got?’

Q: Yeah, I was disappointed that they gave you that because I thought…

Rob Halford: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

Q: I thought, well, now, they’re not gonna induct them for real, right? Because they took care of it with this Musical Excellence Award. Like, I’d rather them not have given you anything because then maybe next year you get inducted. That was my thinking.

Rob Halford: My thinking exactly, Ed. I don’t know. It’s as though we got this far. We’re, like, one step away, you know? I know it’s silly, but it’s just frustrating. 

Q: It is. I feel for you. For real. 

Rob Halford: And on the other side, it’s like, ‘Great. Everybody else got that and we got shafted with this.’ (laughs) Judas Priest are still the Rodney Dangerfield of heavy metal. They can’t get no respect.

Read more at the Arizona Republic.

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SINGER GLENN HUGHES TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID, THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE TEMPORARY REPLACEMENTS

Current The Dead Daisies frontman Glenn Hughes has tested positive for Covid, and as a result, he is being replaced on the band’s summer 2022 European tour. Filling in for Hughes will be vocalist Dino Jelusick (Whitesnake) and bassist Yogi Lonich.

The Dead Daisies said in a statement, “We’re sad to have to announce that the dreaded virus has hit the camp again with Glenn Hughes testing positive and unfortunately unable to continue. He’s doing OK, and please join us in wishing him a speedy recovery.

In the spirit of The Dead Daisies, ‘The Show Must Go On’. As Yogi filled in for David when he was crook, we’re forging forward with Yogi playing bass and Dino Jelusick joining us on vocals for the rest of these shows.

We know some of you are coming to see Glenn, but we hope you will still come out, rock with us, and have a great time. Too many bands find it easy to just cancel, but we’re determined to keep playing for you guys … rain, hail, heat or virus.

If you do want to give it a miss, we’re in the process of speaking with the promoters to work something out .. we’ll keep you posted.

Look forward to seeing you at these remaining shows.”

The Dead Daisies are scheduled to release their sixth studio album, Radiance, on September 30th. Read further details about this forthcoming release by clicking here.

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GUITARIST STEVE MORSE ANNOUNCES HIS DEPARTURE FROM DEEP PURPLE TO CARE FOR HIS AILING WIFE

Deep Purple have posted the following message, regarding guitarist, Steve Morse, to their Facebook page:

“Deep Purple announces that Steve Morse will be stepping back from the band, having been its guitarist for more than a quarter of a century.

Steve’s personal circumstances have made it impossible for him to commit to the band’s schedule throughout 2022 and beyond. A few months ago, Steve openly shared with the band´s fans the sad fact that his wife, Janine, is battling cancer and, in his own words, ‘I simply must be there with her.’

Since joining the band in 1994, Steve has written and recorded eight studio albums with the band:

Purpendicular

Abandon

Bananas

Rapture of the Deep

Now What?!

Infinite

Whoosh!

Turning to Crime

In addition, Steve has also recorded many live records with Deep Purple over the years.

Steve will be greatly missed by band, crew, management, record label and all those that had the pleasure of working with him over the years.

Steve has always been hugely grateful for the support and love of Deep Purple fans across the globe.

A true master…

In the words of Steve Morse:

Last Autumn, I suddenly left the Purple writing session in Germany because my wife was having a real medical crisis. Almost a year later, we are learning to accept stage 4 aggressive cancer and chemo treatment for the rest of her life. We both miss being at shows, but I simply couldn’t commit to long, or far away tours, since things can change quickly at home. I suggested lining up a substitute guitarist last Autumn, hoping we could see the miraculous cancer cure all of us have heard about. As time went by, I could see the way things were heading though, after 28 years of being in the band.

I’ve already played my last show with Purple back in Florida on the Rock Legends Cruise. I wish to thank the listeners who so strongly supported live music and turned every show from a dress rehearsal to a thundering, exciting experience. I’ll miss everybody in the band and crew but being Janine’s helper and advocate has made a real difference at many key points…

…I know Simon has the gig nailed already, but I’m now handing over the keys to the vault which holds the secret of how Ritchie’s Smoke on the Water intro was recorded. I guess you have to jiggle the key just right because I never got it open.

To read comments from Morse’s Deep Purple bandmates, Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover and Don Airey, please click here.

As stated above Morse joined Deep Purple in 1994. Morse has also had a successful solo career which has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz, classical and fusion.  He was also part of the Dixie Dregs alongside Rod Morgenstein, Steve Davidowski, Allen Sloan and Andy West.

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THE DEAD DAISIES TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, “RADIANCE” ON SEPTEMBER 30TH

The Dead Daisies will release their sixth studio album, Radiance, on September 30th According to a press release, the LP contains “ten tracks of pure unadulterated brilliant rock. The power of Doug Aldrich and David Lowy‘s dual guitars provide a wall of sonic nectar. Frontman Glenn Hughes‘s rock-solid bass grooves and unmatched vocal intensity, still among the greatest rock singers of all time, and the matrix of Brian Tichy‘s drums set the engine room on fire.”

The first singles off the album, Radiance (listen here) and Shine On (which can be heard below), went straight to air on radio across the globe, were added to digital playlists and received with open arms by tens of thousands of fans and audiences on The Dead Daisies’ summer 2022 European tour.

Said Aldrich, “The new album Radiance is our second album with Ben Grosse producing from top to bottom. We had a great time composing and recording the record and I’m very excited for you all to hear what we put together. Definitely a heavy album but with some cool twists and turns! Hope you all like it.”

Said Tichy, “I am very much looking forward to the release of Radiance, the newest LP from The Dead Daisies. It was great to start off being back in the band by getting together with DougGlennDavid, and producer Ben Grosseat his studio dialing in the songs that make up Radiance. It was a very smooth, organized process of jamming with the guys getting all drum grooves and parts just right. The final result is another slab of butt-kicking rock. The guys all brought their A-game and a tight, powerful record was created! I’m looking forward to everyone hearing it and playing more of these songs live in the near future.”

Radiance will be available as a digipak CD with sticker, gatefold black vinyl with printed inner sleeves and digitally.

Radiance song listing:

1.  Face Your Fear
2.  Hypnotize Yourself
3.  Shine On
4.  Radiance
5.  Born To Fly
6.  Kiss The Sun
7. Courageous
8.  Cascade
9.  Not Human
10. Roll On

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QUEENSRŸCHE RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR NEW SONG, “FOREST,” SEE IT HERE

Queensryche has released their second single, Forest, from their upcoming album, Digital Noise Allianceout October 7th.

The band comments, “The ballad of the album, Forest embodies the sorrow of losing a loved one, trying to cope with such a profound loss, while occasionally feeling that person’s presence around you and asking for a sign. It is a topic very relatable to people, as we will all at some point experience the great loss of a parent, child, sibling, spouse, or dear friend.”

To listen to the band’s first single, In Extremis, please click here.

Right after the release of Digital Noise Alliance, Queenrÿche will embark on another tour opening for the mighty Judas Priest on their 50 Heavy Metal Years tour, see tour schedule here.

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MEGADETH RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SONG, “NIGHT STALKERS,” NEW ALBUM “THE SICK, THE DYING…AND THE DEAD!” DUE SEPTEMBER 2ND

Megadeth is streaming their sophomore single, Night Stalkers, from their forthcoming album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, which is scheduled for release on September 2nd. The song features Ice-T, and can be heard below.

To watch a video from the band’s first single, We’ll Be Back, please click here.

The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! track listing:

1.  The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!
2.  Life In Hell
3.  Night Stalkers (feat. Ice T)
4.  Dogs Of Chernobyl
5.  Sacrifice
6.  Junkie
7.  Psychopathy
8.  Killing Time
9.  Soldier On!
10. Célebutante
11. Mission To Mars
12. We’ll Be Back
13. Police Truck (Dead Kennedys cover)
14. This Planet’s On Fire (Burn In Hell) (Sammy Hagar cover) (feat. Sammy Hagar)

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