PRIEST RULES! The House of Hair congratulates Judas Priest on making history – their 17th studio effort, ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ is set to land on the Billboard 200 charts at #6, which is the highest U.S. album chart debut of the legendary British band’s career!! Along with some of the best album reviews they’ve ever received, this is a massive accomplishment – we bow down and salute the Metal Gods!
It was also recently announced that Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) will be hitting the road this fall, along with special guests Steel Panther. Join us in the front row!
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford considers this the band’s “first encore.” Nearly four years ago, the band said that its Epitaph world tour at the time was its last. Said Rob in a recent interview with Halesowen News, “We went straight into writing and recording after the tour. Of course, it was called ‘Epitaph’ because we thought it was going to be the last thing we did, but we were in a different place then, and I think you have to get close to the end of something to realize that you don’t want it to stop. We didn’t want it to be a finale, so I suppose this album is our first encore.”
Lita Ford’s upcoming book will be called Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir. It follows Lita from her teen years and her time with The Runaways to her emergence as a heavy metal queen and beyond. It will also feature graphic and explicit insights into her catastrophic former marriage “that makes Ike and Tina Turner sound like life at the country club,” says the book’s publisher.
“Trapped in an increasingly terrifying marriage,” continues the description, “systematically stripped of her connections to the outside world, Lita Ford became a prisoner in her own life, a slave to her husband’s demands, living like a captive. She plotted her escape and her freedom cost her the boys she stayed in the marriage to protect. Her graphic, explicit story will terrify and horrify readers, but they won’t be able to put it down.” Look for it on bookshelves on November 11.
Also not wanting to call it quits despite announcing it with a worldwide farewell tour: Scorpions. Frontmas Klaus Meine said this in a new interview with Deutche Welle: “When you start a three-year farewell tour, you know you’ve got a long time ahead of you. But that long period went by much faster than we imagined. The closer we got to the goal — Munich in December 2012 — the stronger the feeling was that we hadn’t come to the end at all. There were so many images in our minds and so many emotions in our hearts. Everything we experienced between 2010 and 2012, the 200 concerts — it was all so powerful. You stand on stage, look down and see so many fans — including the younger generation, who are really getting into it and saying: ‘Guys, this is so cool. We’re seeing you for the first time. When will you be back?’ It’s so motivating and inspiring to play for three generations. We’re all having too much fun to put down the guitars.”
Speaking of the Scorps, one of the band’s best-known songs, “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” has turned up in a commercial for General Mills’ new Fiber One cookies.
Check out Metallica in the newest of ESPN’s ongoing “This Is SportsCenter” ads. Said drummer Lars Ulrich to Rolling Stone about doing the spot, “Sometimes it can be quite freeing to put yourself at the mercy of others. ESPN’s commercials have a tendency to be hilarious. We were like, ‘That sounds like a good time.’ The whole thing had an overriding impulsivity to it.”
Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum recently had a go at rocker Ted Nugent on Twitter, posting a post-hunting photo of Ted happily posing [along with a young boy] with a dead groundhog speared with Ted’s arrow.
It’s a go! KISS will be the latest hard rockers to enjoy a Las Vegas residency inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s The Joint. The nine-date stint kicks off on November 5 and runs through the 23. “Whatever you’re used to with KISS, this will pump it up that much more,” said guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley to USAToday.com.
“Usually, going into a smaller venue means eliminating things. The great thing about going into The Joint, it gives us the opportunity to add. Much in the same way as a Broadway show, when you have a permanent installation, you’re not breaking down every night to travel. So we can do things we wouldn’t normally do.”
Devil City Angels is a new band featuring Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns), drummer Rikki Rockett (Poison), bassist Eric Brittingham (Cinderella), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (Cheap Thrill). “All My People” is the first single, and you can check it out right here.
More killer Black Sabbath kicks from Converse are out! This is the band’s third series with the company, and it features three new styles, with album artwork from Never Say Die! and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath as well as an iconic live shot. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Black Sabbath Collection will be available at select Journeys and independent stores as well as Converse retail stores and Converse.com for $60.
Get well soon wishes to former Alice Cooper guitarist/songwriter Dick Wagner, who is recovering from surgery on a clogged heart artery and battling a lung infection.