Rock isn’t dead, and here are ten records to prove it. If the rocker in your life likes classic hard rock, there’s a good chance he’ll love some of these albums. They are not all brand new, but there are some hidden gems that even the most grizzled rockers have not heard.
- Bulletboys – Elefanté
- Hollywood Vampires – Hollywood Vampires
- Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls
- Lynch Mob – Rebel
- Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson – United States
- Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
- Scorpion Child – Scorpion Child
- Scorpions – Return To Forever
- Triggerdaddy – Stereosonic Meltdown
- ZO2 – Ain’t It Beautiful
Of course, if your special rocker is into stuff off the beaten path, check out these bluegrass records that really rock:
And then there are books about music…
Ever since it was announced that metal icons Judas Priest would be unleashing their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls (on July 8, 2014), their legion of fans have been wondering if the band would be launching a supporting tour. And the answer is a resounding YES – Priest will be touring the US in the fall, with dates running throughout October and for most of November. Steel Panther will be “special guests” for all the dates.
Already, Redeemer of Souls is creating a deafening pre-release buzz, largely due to overwhelmingly positive reviews:
“The word ‘epic’ is thrown around too often in the world of music, but Judas Priest’s new album ‘Redeemer of Souls’ is, in fact, truly epic. From Rob Halford’s powerful vocals to Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner’s monster riffs and soaring guitar solos, ‘Redeemer of Souls’ takes listeners on a fantastical metal journey from beginning to end.” –Loudwire
“Galloping riffs, dueling solos and Rob Halford’s battle shrieks make it classic Priest at its metal core.” –Rolling Stone Magazine [review of “Redeemer of Souls” single]
“The gods of metal return with all cylinders firing on ‘Redeemer of Souls,’ a juggernaut of an album that features raw, unleashed power as only the mighty Priest can deliver. Valhalla, they are coming — and coming HARD.” –Mike Mettler, Sound & Vision Magazine
Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight,” “Breaking the Law,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” etc.) and albums (British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Painkiller, etc.).
And come the fall, the mighty Priest will be ferociously rocking the US once more – with more dates to follow shortly.
“REDEEMER OF SOULS TOUR 2014” DATES:
Oct-01 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Oct-03 Hammond, IN The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Oct-04 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Fest at Champions
Oct-09 Brooklyn, NY Barclays
Oct-10 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s
Oct-11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood’s
Oct-14 Lowell, MA Tsongas Center at UMass
Oct-15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
Oct-17 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Oct-19 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct-24 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
Oct-28 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
Oct-30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live Arena
Nov-06 Allen, TX Allen Event Center
Nov-07 Austin FunFunFun Fest
Nov-10 Los Angeles, CA Nokia
Nov-12 Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
Nov-13 Highland, CA San Manuel Casino
Nov-14 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl
Nov-16 San Jose, CA City National Civic
Nov-18 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
News about a special fan presale for tickets, merchandise bundles and more will be announced soon. Visit http://tickets.judaspriest.com/ and sign up now for further information!
Guitarist Richie Faulkner nails it: “It’s unmistakable Judas Priest.”
Redeemer of Souls is slated for a July 8 release. Pre-order it here!
Serial killers are a fascinating study, especially those who eluded capture. Jack The Ripper is one of the most notorious serial killers in history, and Judas Priest used him as the inspiration for “The Ripper” from 1976’s Sad Wings of Destiny.
More photos and my concert review of Judas Priest can be found at hardrocknights.com!