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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 Billboard.com, 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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GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal was interviewed on the latest episode of “Totally Driven Radio”, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST on the VOC Nation Radio Network. You can now listen to the podcast using the audio player below.

Asked about GUNS N’ ROSES‘ continual stage tardiness, with long waits for singer Axl Rose just as much a definite at a the band’s concerts a couple of years ago as hearing “Paradise City” or “Welcome To The Jungle”, Thal said: “That hasn’t happened for a long time. But it did for a long time. And that’s not something that I can ignore and pretend hasn’t happened or didn’t happen.

“I absolutely had the hardest time out of anybody in the band with that stuff — with ‘late’ stuff.

“I’m always in touch with one very simple thing: you make music to make people happy. You put on a show, you entertain — whatever you wanna call it — you do it to make people happy. And to be happy, and to just share this great moment together. And anything that takes away from that or undoes that or creates the opposite of that is completely just anti why you’re doing what you’re doing. So if there are 20,000 people that are pissed off, ’cause we just left them…

“I mean, hell, if I have to wait five minutes longer in a doctor’s office, or in traffic or something like that, I’m starting to get annoyed. So imagine, if that’s five minutes, imagine two hours. Yeah, I get it; I totally get it. It’s not like I don’t care, it’s just… there’s nothing I can do.

“But that was something I had a very hard time with, and there’s been times when I just walked off stage and just started throwing a fit on the side. I had a really hard time with that, and I understand, and I know. And it’s not just that, it’s not just the waiting, it’s the fact that.. if you’re gonna do that to someone that isn’t expecting that and has a babysitter waiting, or you have to be up in four hours for work, or whatever it is, or the buses are gonna stop running soon, or whatever it is.

“It’s, like, you didn’t go out that night and buy those tickets and do us the honor of having your presence there just to stain our existence so that we could completely fuck you and inconvenience you and put you in this position wher, alright, ‘My life is gonna be really annoying, and I have to choose between missing the show after waiting for it, or seeing it.’

“I’ve gotten so much resentment over that from people. And they have the right. And I’m just happy that that’s not happening anymore. And I’m really, really happy that we’ve been going on time, close to on time, sometimes early. And I know the fans are very happy; the people that come to the show are much happier about that.

“There’s always the fans that are, like, ‘Nah, it’s a rock concert. They should be three hours late.’ Maybe for you, but not for the other 20,000 people… Everyone’s got responsibilities. Rent isn’t what it was in the ’70s. There’s a lot more living hand to mouth, and you can’t fuck with that. And I get it. And this is not some kind of, like… I’m not trying to bash Axl or anything. I get it. And I’m just glad that we’ve been doing better with that.”

In an August 2010 radio interview, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, a close personal friend of Axl Rose, offered an explanation for why the GUNS N’ ROSES frontman is persistently late going on stage. “Everybody has all these theories as to why he acts the way he acts, and there’s no big mystery,” Bach said. “He tells me the source of all of the insanity — it’s his voice. It’s his job to sing like that, and sometimes that sound is hard for him. And a lot of singers, you know… To sing in that range is just not an easy thing to do. And he does what he can, and it takes him 45 more minutes to warm up his pipes so he can sing ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’.”

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Singer Rob Halford of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST spoke to Billboard.com about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band’s long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s “Nostradamus”.

“The writing process is complete,” he said. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”

Regarding the sound of the new PRIEST material, Halford said, “[It’s] 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.”

In an interview with VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner, Halford spoke about what fans can expect from JUDAS PRIEST‘s next release: “We felt it was very important to follow up ‘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.” ]

As for when fans can expect to get the new PRIEST album, Halford explained that he and his bandmates aren’t going to set dates for themselves. “I think that’s the best way to approach it, because it would be wrong to say, ‘On this date, at this moment, the record is coming out.’ But where we’re at now, we’re very, very confident. We’re forging ahead and everything’s looking good, and yeah, it’s looking right. So in the not-too-distant metal future, there will be new PRIEST to listen to.”

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Steve Truglio of “My Show” on the Rock Hard Radio Network recently conducted an interview with bassist Dan Maines of Maryland rockers CLUTCH.

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Rush will bring the prog, baybay!

Canadian prog legends Rush play their first Euro fest in 34 years when they land at Sweden Rock Festival next month, and according to Geddy Lee, it might not be so long before they don their tents and wellies again…

“The way festivals used to be, we were always prevented from bringing our full show to them, so things changed in the last couple of years,” the frontman tells VH1′s Radio Network. “We’ve started playing a couple of outdoor venues that allow us to do our full show. We did a few in Canada that are multiple-day festivals, where you have a stage to yourself that can accommodate, so that started to turn us around a little bit about playing festivals.

“We’ll see how this one,” he adds. “This one in Sweden is kind of a test case for the European festivals, and if we like the end result, then I think we might start doing more of those, because we can play to more people and shorten the show a little bit and just hit more countries that way. That’s kind of what’s at the back of our minds — if this goes well, maybe we can go to some countries we haven’t visited yet.”

So, could we be seeing Rush at Download or Hard Rock Calling next year? Let the rumours commence…

Rush kick off their UK tour this week, with Geddy and the boys hitting the following UK venues:

2013
Wed May 22nd Manchester Arena
Fri May 24th London, O2 Arena
Sun May 26th Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues May 28th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs May 30th Glasgow, SECC

Get your tickets from the link below…

Rush tickets

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Sebastian Bach: Skid ROWND?

Former Skid Row frontman and owner of lovely hair Sebastian Bach has commented on rumours that Skid Row have been close to a reunion of their classic lineup for some time now.

“It would be very simple,” says the singer to told VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner. “It’s like a no-brainer. I mean I make my living still singing those songs along with my solo material and so it’s very easy for me to walk up to the microphone and sing my own songs that I’ve been singing for 25 years. So I don’t see what the hold-up is. You’d have to ask them.”

Bach has previously stated that he is now open to the idea of rejoining his former bandmates, saying back in July 2012; “For the fans, I would be willing to put my ego aside and do something that would be special for the people who put us where we are today,” he wrote. “I do not personally want it myself. But it’s not always about ‘what I want.’ If the fans really want to see us together, I would do it for the fans. Sometimes you can do things for people other than yourself.”

Come on, lads. Sod Solinger off and get Bach back in. At least long enough for us to use a cheesy ‘Bach For Good’ headliner.

Anyhoo, here’s our interview with Seb from Download 2012:

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Bosses at the biggest radio network in the UK say they expect rock to make a big comeback soon. Does it prove that the naysayers who said ‘rock is dead’ last year were wrong?

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Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will be the guest host on Swedish national radio Sveriges Radio, the country’s most prestigious radio network with over one million listeners.

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This spring, the U.K.’s biggest radio network, BBC Radio 2, is going rock for six weeks with one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, Slash.

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This spring, the U.K.’s biggest radio network, BBC Radio 2, goes rock for six weeks with one of the most iconic guitarists of all time, Slash.

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