Greg Prato of Heavy Consequence celebrates the 40th anniversary of Judas Priest’s amazing, [Dana’s note: and my favorite] Screaming for Vengeance, album. Highlights from the article appear below.

Recorded from January through May of ’82 (with Tom Allom once again handling production duties), two studios were utilized — Ibiza Sound Studios in Ibiza, Spain, and Beejay Studios in Miami, Florida. When asked about the Vengeance sessions today, [guitarist Glenn] Tipton recalls, “In Spain, we did drink heavily, and there wasn’t much work done. Also, we found out when we came back to listen to the tapes, a lot of it was not usable, so we had to go to Miami to finish it. And even then, we recorded in some strange places. We recorded in a warehouse and did our own soundproofing. One thing it does is it gives the album a unique sound. I remember some of Florida… but I don’t remember much of Ibiza, unfortunately.”

Despite the hurdles, Vengeance…proved to be an incredibly consistent listen, with the band sounding inspired and focused — starting off with Priest’s greatest one-two punch album-opener, an instrumental entitled The Hellion that goes directly into Electric Eye.

“It’s just a melody that came into our brains and we put multi guitars on it and some big chords,” said Tipton of The Hellion. “And it was written for an intro. I think it serves its purpose very well. It’s very dramatic and creates anticipation — you know something big is going to come to follow that. That was the idea in doing that.”

[Regarding one of band’s biggest hits, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,] Tipton states, “[It’s] just this attitude that we’ve always had in Priest, and I dare say, we’ve always had in our personal way of dealing with issues that are sent to challenge us. ‘One life, I’m going to live it up… If you think I’ll sit around as the world goes by, you’re thinking like a fool.’ All this kind of stuff… ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.’ It’s also wrapped up in the heavy metal community culture of the way we support each other with our metal. It’s very much a song of hope and rising above the issues or difficulties that come your way. It’s a song of resilience, as well.”

[Discussing the seminal record], Tipton adds, “It wasn’t an easy album to do, but in the end, it came out as one of the most successful albums.”

So taking everything into consideration, it would be quite understandable to declare Screaming for Vengeance as Priest’s best album. However, Tipton doesn’t feel it is such a clear-cut case.

“Not really. It’s close,” he said. “But I have to say there are a few landmark albums — like Sad Wings of Destiny; Sin After Sin in its own way was a unique album. Screaming for Vengeance definitely; British Steel. Even up to the current day, there’s been stepping stones where the band has touched on a slightly different style. And we’ve always been a band that was willing to experiment. I couldn’t give just one album to say — there were three or our four stepping stones where we changed direction slightly. But I think those are the most important: Sad Wings of DestinySin After Sin, and Screaming for Vengeance… up to the current day. I think that’s the right answer, really.”

Lastly, Priest’s longest-tenured guitarist unveiled the secret behind creating a bona fide metal classic: “It was a great deal of fun. And that’s what it’s all about, really — you’ve got to have fun. Writing and performing shouldn’t be a chore. It should just be a lot of fun.”

Read more at Heavy Consequence.

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Billboard reports:

Nearly 20 years after breaking up, Pantera‘s surviving members are hitting the road for a long-hyped reunion tour in 2023 and have signed with Artist Group International to book their North American dates. Dennis Arfa and Peter Pappalardo will be the responsible agents.

“We are thrilled to be working with such an iconic band and bringing their music back to the fans,” said Pappalardo.

Pantera is one of the most successful and influential bands in heavy metal history, combining elements of hardcore and thrash to create a menacing sound that many acts have tried to replicate. Created by late brothers Vincent “Vinnie Paul” Abbott on drums and “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on guitar, Pantera broke through following the release of their fifth album, 1990’s Cowboys from Hell, with new singer Phil Anselmo and the 1992 follow-up Vulgar Display of Power, with the simplicity of tracks like Walk gaining the band mainstream popularity.

Mixing raw aggression and energy with chunky thrash riffs and Anselmo’s deep growling range, Pantera gained a reputation for being one of the hardest-hitting major label acts of the 1990s. Their most successful album was 1994’s Far Beyond Driven, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. According to representatives for the band, Pantera has sold more than 20 million albums. They’ve also earned platinum status for five albums and three long-form videos and received four Grammy nominations. The band’s most recent album, Reinventing the Steel, was recorded in 2000 and followed by a hiatus in 2001.

“Dimebag” Darrell was murdered in 2004 while performing on stage during a show with his band Damageplan in Columbus, Ohio, while Vinnie died in 2018 from natural causes including heart disease. It’s unclear who will fill in for the brothers on the tour. Last year, Anselmo told podcaster Paolo Baron that he and bassist Rex Brown had been discussing a reunion tour for a few months, but didn’t give any hints other than Brown stating emphatically that a rumored comeback with Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on guitar was not happening.

Pantera is managed by Scott McGhee of 1 Degree Music Entertainment. The band’s legal representative is Nick Ferrara and Associates. Pantera is booked internationally by Rod MacSween at ITB.

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Ozzy Osbourne will make his debut at this year’s San Diego Comic Convention(Comic-Con International) on July 22nd. Osbourne and Todd McFarlane will reveal artwork for the limited-edition special McFarlane-designed comic book (that is available that is part of some of the special edition album packages) along with a signing at the Stern Pinball/Rebellion Republic booth, further details of which will be announced soon. In addition, today the two revealed the alternate cover [image above] for the limited-edition cover variant of Osbourne’s new Patient Number 9 (out September 9th on Epic) album with artwork by McFarlane and Jason Shawn Alexander.
This marks the latest collaboration with Grammy winner and multiple Grammy nominee McFarlane who recently directed the video for Ozzy’s new single Patient Number 9 (see it here). A special limited-edition black vinyl with the McFarlane artwork can be pre-ordered here. An exclusive version of Paitient Number 9 with a limited-edition special McFarlanedesigned comic book is also available for preorder here. Pre-order Paitient Number 9 here.
The album’s first single Patient Number 9 debuted at number one on Billboard’s “Hot Hard Rock Songs” chart and also tops the “Hard Rock Digital Song Sales” charts. It also sits in the Top 25 on the “Hot Rock Songs,” “Hot Rock & Alternative Songs,” “Rock & Alternative Airplay,” “Mainstream Rock Airplay” charts. The song earned 2.2 million radio audience impressions, 1.4 million official U.S. streams in the June 24-30 tracking week. Patient Number 9 features a riveting solo from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck (one of the notable guest stars on the album, additional details below).
Paitent Number 9 is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Osbourne’s new album and the first since his critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 Ordinary Man release. Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on Ordinary Man), the new album marks Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic–it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy Osbourne record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed a dynamic A-list featured guests. For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time Ozzy band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs.

Follow the Prince of Darkness on his: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify and YouTube.

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For over three decades, Grammy Award winning guitarist John Petrucci has been known for his work in the ground-breaking and influential prog-metal band Dream Theater. Now, John is adding another career milestone to his resume as he is embarking on his first headlining solo tour performing material from his recently released solo album, Terminal Velocityas well as songs from his widely acclaimed debut release, Suspended Animation. Terminal Velocity marked the first time that John and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recorded together since Mike left the band in 2010. Now, John will take his instrumental trio on the road performing live with Mike Portnoy, and legendary bassist Dave LaRue in an on-stage reunion that has been 12 years in the making.
The historic tour will run through October and November and promises to be an unforgettable night of live musicianship. The first three shows are scheduled for Boston, MA (October 7th); New York, NY (October 13th) and Washington, DC (October 15th). The recently reunited all-female Meanstreak will be the special guest openers for the tour. Meanstreak is comprised of guitarists Marlene Portnoy and Rena Sands, vocalist Bettina France, bassist Martens Myung and drummer Yael. More shows will be announced in the near future and tickets for the announced shows will be on sale to the general public on Friday, July 15th.  For more information on all shows and to purchase tickets, fans can head over to johnpetrucci.com
John Petrucci Solo Tour Dates with Dave LaRue and Mike Portnoy featuring special guests Meanstreak *

October 7th – Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
October 13th – New York, NY – Town Hall
October 15th – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater

* More dates to be announced
Find John Petrucci online at: johnpetrucci.com, facebook.com/johnpetrucciFB, twitter.com/JPetrucci and instagram.com/johnpetrucciofficial.
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Fresh off  The Monsters Of Rock Cruise and Creaturesfest, Punchlines & Backlines is set to make their Las Vegas debut on July 21st, at the world famous Count’s Vamp’d which is owned by History Channel’s Counting Cars’ host Danny Count Koker and his wife Korie Koker.  The first special guest as an official Las Vegas act is world famous bassist and Las Vegas native, Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch).

The show which is the creation of comedian & writer Courtney Cronin-Dold (Corey Taylor & Dee Snider Roasts, Wayne Brady Show, MTV) and is co-produced by Izzy Presley (Metal Edge Magazine’s Another FN Podcast / Monsters Of Rock Cruise) is a unique show which not only features well seasoned stand up comedians, but also features a musician doing stand up for the very first time.

Some notable players who have taken the Punchlines & Backlines stage are Kip Winger (Winger), Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat), from the Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons Bands,  Jeremy AsbrockRyan CookPhilip Shouse, also Todd Kerns (Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators/Bruce Kulick Band Zach Throne (Bruce Kulick Band / Ace Frehley ) and Jason Christopher (Prong / Ministry).

The headlining comic for the show is Hal Sparks from the shows Queer As Folk and Talk Soup.  The feature comic is the show’s creator Courtney Cronin-Dold and your host is Izzy Presley along with a musical performance by Spark’s Van Halen Tribute Nerd Halen.

The show has also featured headliners Craig Gass (Family Guy / Howard Stern Show) and Don Jamieson (That Metal Show).

Thursday July 21st.

Punchlines & Backlines with Chris Kael & Hal Sparks

Count’s Vamp’d Las Vegas, NV

Tickets – $15 Advance, $50 VIP, go here to purchase.

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David Lee Roth has released a new solo song titled Pointing At The Moon. The accompanying music video for the track, which includes some of Roth‘s artwork, can be seen below.

Roth previously released videos for songs,  Giddy-Up! , Lo-Rez Sunset and Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar And Grill, from the unreleased album he wrote, and recorded, with guitarist John 5 several years ago. 

Roth was scheduled to perform a series of retirement shows, at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, at the begininng of 2022, but canceled those shows. There has been no update as to whether he plans to eventually reschedule those performances.

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