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British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have completed work on their brand new studio album, to be released later in the year.

Speaking to Artisan News at last night’s (Monday, March 17) VIP listening party for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album “This Is Your Life” and awards gala at the Avalon in Hollywood, California, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about the band’s new CD (see video below): “The record is finished; it’s absolutely finished as of today.” He added: “It’s a relief. It’s a relief because whenever PRIEST makes an album, like any band, you put your heart and soul into it; it is that typical ‘blood, sweat and tears.’ It’s not an easy thing to do 40 years later. But PRIEST has always been up for the challenge of that, and it’s one of things that we love to do more than anything else as we move on through our metal years. So this is a great time for PRIEST: 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn’t be better.”

In a 2013 interview with, Halford described the new PRIEST CD’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”

Speaking to VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford said about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next LP: “We felt it was very important to follow up [2008’s] ‘Nostradamus’, the last release, and that was a concept experiment and it was a real success for us and the fans loved it, but I think our fans and ourselves as a band, we want to get back to the side of PRIEST that we haven’t heard for a few years and reemphasize and remake those big, heavy metal statements again.”

PRIEST‘s next album will mark the band’s first release with Richie Faulkner, most recently guitarist in the backing band for Lauren Harris (daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris).

Faulkner joined PRIEST as the replacement for original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth “K.K.” Downing, who announced his retirement from the band in April 2011.

Asked how it has been collaborating on new music with Faulkner, Halford told Guitar World in a 2012 interview: “Really, really strong. Exciting. He’s riffing and saying, ‘Robby, I’m thinking of this and this and this.’ It’s really exciting to have that kind of energy, because you feed off of it.”

He added: “[Richie] went through the ritual on [the ‘Epitaph’] tour, did great work on stage, the fans embraced him, so it’s now time to see what we’re capable of, the writing trio of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie and myself.”

Regarding whether technology has changed JUDAS PRIEST‘s songwriting process at all, Halford said: “It’s dangerous to walk around with a flash drive on a bunch of keys. [Laughs] To a great extent, it doesn’t really change. The technology is amazing in terms of the advantages it brings to music now, some of it good, some of it very bad. It’s all about discipline and self-belief, determination, wanting to do the best you can do and not accepting anything that’s below par. We’ve always had that attitude in PRIEST. We’ve always felt really strongly about any track that goes out for our fans. We’re still doing it like we always have: firing up the riffs and finding a vocal melody to go with it, me going into me wonderful world of the Roget’s Thesaurus and trying to come up with a new lyric and a new idea. And that’s what we’ve been doing for four decades.”

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On October 17, Rock Against MS returns to the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California with yet another amazing all-star lineup. On the heels of a spectacular sold-out show last March 27, the rock stars return in support of longtime friend and publicist Nancy B. Sayle. This rock-fueled concert is to help raise awareness and funding for Sayle and her new foundation benefiting those living with MS. This show will also be in loving memory of Penny (Maglieri) Tuttle who passed from complication from MS just days prior to the first Rock Against MS concert. Penny is the daughter of Sunset Strip’s legendary rock and roll giant Mario Maglieri, owner of the Whisky A Go Go and the Rainbow Bar & Grill.

Penny‘s passing affected Sayle profoundly, as she herself is challenged with primary progressive MS.

“Being just diagnosed in 2009, I first ignored the disease and now with it progressing, I move forward doing all I can to cheat it and be positive,” explains Sayle.

Penny‘s death, just within days of a concert at her family’s venue that they so graciously donated to us really shook me. The Maglieri family are great longtime friends and I want to honor Penny and many others that have lost their lives due to this disease. We also thank the Maglieri family for all they have done for us.

“I really need all to know about MS. It is important that we fight and not lose hope.”

Scheduled performers at Rock Against MS on October 17:

* Steve Lukather (TOTO)
* Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES)
* Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (OZZY OSBOURNE)
* Marky Ramone (RAMONES)
* Jorgen Carlsson (GOV’T MULE)
* CJ Vanston (SPINAL TAP)
* Erik Eldenius (BILLY IDOL)
* Robert Sarzo (QUEENSRŸCHE)
* Jimmy D’Anda (BULLETBOYS)
* Nick Menza (MEGADETH)
* Gretchen Bonaduce

They are showing support for not only Sayle, but for so many others living with MS in our own community and around the world.

Many more artists will be announced in the coming weeks and a huge surprise guest is in anticipation.

In its finishing stages, the Rock Against MS Foundation will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis to live an independent and full life. There will also be an educational grant for kids with MS as well as kids that have parent with MS that are challenged with funding for college. These grants will support the physical and emotional needs of MS patients and their families — as well as creating awareness of multiple sclerosis to the general public.

When: Thursday October 17, 2013

Where: VIP Pre-Party
Rainbow Bar & Grill 4-6 p.m.

Concert / VIP Meet-And-Greet
Whisky A Go Go
8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

VIP Meet-And-Greet: 6:00 p.m.
Doors: 7:30 p.m.
Show Starts at 8 p.m.

Buy tickets at

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Renowned U.K.-based international rock festival booker and artist manager Seven Webster, owner of 7pm Management (worldwide manager of SKINDRED and booker of festivals such as Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest and other events) has teamed up with A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO founder and president Sat Bisla (who has worked as a rock DJ and was involved in the early support of artists such as WOLFMOTHER, RAMMSTEIN, H-BLOCKX, AIRBOURNE, THE TEMPER TRAP, MUSE and many others) to launch the first-ever Global Rock Summit (GRS) in Hollywood, California in April 2014.

The GRS is an international rock music conference aimed at bringing together all aspects of the multi-billion dollar global rock music industry in one annual, focused gathering with a view of helping to further stimulate a very buoyant but often much overlooked sector of the music industry .

With many global companies working in the rock sector regularly visiting Los Angeles to conduct commerce, the Global Rock Summit (GRS) will encourage these companies to enhance their business and creative activities around the time of the GRS, and in doing so, help draw more business opportunities to all in attendance.

The GRS will unite artists and companies from all sectors of the global rock music community including labels, publishers, digital aggregators, booking agents, festival promoters, media, merch companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, brands, PR companies, song pluggers, radio stations, the educational sector and all other aspects of the rock music community.

The GRS also will be inclusive of all areas of rock music, from classic rock and metal to screamo, AOR, alternative rock, black metal, progressive rock, doom, stoner, blues, punk, emo and hardcore. Seven Webster states, “If it’s heavy and it rocks and you want to network, trade and expand your business opportunities, then the Global Rock Summit will be the perfect community for you to connect with the world of rock!”

The conference will run April 4-5, 2014 and will take place in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where the first Oscars ceremony was held in 1928, amongst many other iconic music and entertainment events.

The Global Rock Summit will feature a cross section of expert panelists spanning a rich sector of the global rock industry. The event will discuss the future of the industry and look at solutions to further bolster and expand business opportunities. The conference will also discuss key topics with some of the most respected minds and figures within the rock sector, plus a number of keynotes with some of the industry’s most renowned and innovative figures. The evenings will feature key artist showcases from some of the best new rock acts from across the globe.

Speakers already confirmed:

* AJ Maddah – CEO & Founder, Soundwave (Australia)
* Andy Copping – Booker of Download Festival UK & Agent Live Nation
* Andy Gould – Founder, Spectacle Group (worldwide manager Rob Zombie);
* Billy Anderson – CEO, TeamRock;
* Chris Ingham – MD of Publishing/Content, TeamRock – (Publisher of Metal Hammer / Classic Rock magazines);
* Jim Morewood – Owner, EGO booking agency;
* Jordan Berliant – Partner, The Collective (worldwide manager LINKIN PARK and SLASH)
* Mandar Thakur – CEO, Times Music Group (India)
* Michael Chugg – Founder & CEO, Chugg Entertainment (Australasia)
* Mike Walsh – Deputy Program Director & Head Of Music Xfm (UK);
* Ron Burman – President, North America, Mascot Label Group;
* Steve Strange – Partner/Agent, X-Ray Touring

and many more to be announced soon.

A&R Worldwide‘s Sat Bisla stated: “After a meeting with Seven early last year, we discussed the idea of working on a rock music conference, as there seemed to be no central rock conference with a global vision. It also seemed obvious to us that its natural home had to be in Los Angeles due to its long and close association with rock music culture. After discussing this idea with influencers in the worldwide rock market, it was evident that there was an immediate need for a Global Rock Summit.”

7pm Management‘s Seven Webster added: “Sat and his team are, in my mind, the best people I know at delivering the highest quality conferences in whatever area they choose to work. So for me there is no one better I could wish to work with on delivering our first Global Rock Summit. Our aim is to help stimulate business within the rock music community in a positive and united environment. We want all in attendance to leave having forged new business relationships and enjoyed constructive dialogue with each other as well as helping define a stronger community and vision for the world of rock!”

The first Global Rock Summit takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, April 4-5, 2014. Conference registration, showcase tickets and more information are now available at

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The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS featuring LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington held a special rehearsal for its upcoming tour on Sunday, September 1 in Hollywood, California. Around 30 lucky fans were reportedly picked to attend the six-song session, which took place at LINKIN PARK‘s rehearsal space Third Encore.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS played the following tracks:

01. Sex & Violence
02. Pop’s Love Suicide
03. Out Of Time
04. Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart
05. Piece Of Pie
06. Church On Tuesday

Video footage of the rehearsal can be seen below.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will kick off a North American tour on September 4 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The opening act on almost all the dates will be FILTER. This will be the first major run of live dates, as well as the first official recording, since STP fired founding vocalist Scott Weiland earlier this year and recruited Bennington to take over.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS will release an EP, “High Rise”, on October 8 via 13Star Records. The effort will contain five new tracks:

01. Out Of Time
02. Black Heart
03. Same On The Inside
04. Cry Cry
05. Tomorrow

“Out Of Time” reached the No. 1 position on both the Mediabase Active Rock and Mainstream Rock chart last month.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Robert and Dean DeLeo recently revealed why STONE TEMPLE PILOTS parted way with Weiland. In a radio interview, Robert explained that he thinks that you get to a point in your life where your BS meter starts running down to a certain kind of tolerance and that it wasn’t just a musical decision, but it was a business decision.

Robert added: “It was a quality-of-life decision and that really what it’s about. That’s where we wanted to be. Chester is a person that’s really surrounded by good fortune and that’s something you want to be around. It’s no longer three guys in a room, trying to make a record or trying to get a tour together — it’s four guys in a room.”

Dean explained that they wanted to be able to fulfill their commitment through the band too. He said: “Robert, Eric [Kretz, drums] and I, we want to be able to come to town and give you everything we’ve got and it was getting to a point where we were unable to do that.”

STP fired Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.

The group sued Weiland in May, accusing him of using the band’s name to advance his solo career, while claiming that his poor performances, late arrivals, and addiction struggles harmed the band’s career.

Weiland has countersued, claiming that the band cannot use the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS name without him.

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After a 3-year lull since their last trek west, Poland’s extreme metallers Vader are returning to the U.S. to headline the “Back To The Black 2013” tour with Vital Remains, Sacrificial Slaughter, Execration, and Extremely Rotten. The tour launches on September 6th in Santa Ana, California and boomerangs back to The Whisky in Hollywood, California for the tour-closing show on September 29th.

The post Vader Announces “Back To The Black 2013″ Tour Dates appeared first on Daily Heavy Metal News.

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Madcap Music Review ‘s John Golden conducted an interview with former NEVERMORE guitarist Jeff Loomis on April 6 at Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan announced at the conclusion of the band’s concert last night (Monday, July 29) at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California that the group’s next appearance at the venue will be to promote a new studio CD.

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Taylor Younani of Metal Assault conducted an interview with guitarist and co-founder Ben Weinman of the New Jersey-based “mathcore” act THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN on July 20 at the Hollywood, California stop of the Summer Slaughter tour.

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Video footage of JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE performing the song “Save Your Love” on July 19 at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California can be seen below.

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A gallery of photos from last Thursday’s (May 23) public memorial celebration for SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California can be found at

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