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Fun Cards: 1974 Topps Judas Priest “Rookie Rockers”

1974 Topps Judas Priest

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees have been announced, and heavy metal icons Judas Priest appear for the second time. They were previously nominated in 2018.

The other nominees are Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T.Rex, and Thin Lizzy. Fans can vote via Google…just type in “Rock Hall” or one of the nominees, and the ballot appears. You can select up to five nominees.

I expect NIN and B.I.G. to get in, and probably Soundgarden. Past that, it’s a toss-up. I would love to see Priest and Motörhead make it in, but the Hall is notoriously anti-metal.

Judas Priest unleash new live CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25

Judas Priest Battle Cry

Judas Priest‘s tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, Redeemer of Souls, was one of the most extensive of the group’s entire career—consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries, and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of their classic albums. And now, fans can relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, Battle Cry, on March 25th, 2016, via Epic Records.

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany’s Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.

What makes the show’s track listing so appealing is it balances new classics (“Dragonaut,” “Halls of Valhalla,” “Redeemer of Souls”) along with headbanging classics (“Metal Gods,” “Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear (“Devil’s Child,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Jawbreaker”).

Originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Priest is responsible for offering metal fans worldwide some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s British Steel, 1982’s Screaming For Vengeance, 1990’s Painkiller, etc.), while helping spread metal music to audiences not normally associated with the genre (Live Aid in 1985, and a surprise appearance on American Idol in 2011), and helping popularize the now instantly recognizable “denim and leather” look.

For decades, Judas Priest has been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. And as evidenced by Battle Cry, Priest rock harder and more ferociously than ever.

Battle Cry CD sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Redeemer of Souls
8. Beyond the Realms of Death
9. Jawbreaker
10. Breaking the Law
11. Hell Bent For Leather
12. The Hellion
13. Electric Eye
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
15. Painkiller

Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
2. Dragonaut
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Jawbreaker
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
16. Painkiller
17. Living After Midnight

Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.

18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains

Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.


Pre-order Judas Priest – Battle Cry.

Christmas gift ideas for your rock ‘n’ roll fan

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.


Of course, if your special rocker is into stuff off the beaten path, check out these bluegrass records that really rock:
Possum Kingdom Ramblers

And then there are books about music…

Defenders of the Faith – Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition by Judas Priest (2015)


Defenders of the Faith – Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
by Judas Priest
Legacy, 2015
3 discs, 144 minutes

Released in January 1984, Defenders of the Faith was an immediate success for Judas Priest. The album is strong from beginning to end, but does not contain a standout anthem like many of the heavy metal band’s prior albums. Nonetheless, Defenders of the Faith is still popular with hard rock fans, prompting the“Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” released two weeks ago.

The original album is remastered, but another remastered release was made available as recently as 2001. What makes this reissue significant is the inclusion of the group’s performance in Long Beach to promote the album. Recorded on May 5, 1984, at the Long Beach Arena, the concert is twenty-one songs over two discs, and contains every song from the studio release except “Eat Me Alive” along with some of Judas Priest’s most memorable songs from other records such as British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance.

The band fires on all cylinders during the concert; Rob Halford is in top form while the dual guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton sounds fantastic. Having seen the band live (although not during this classic era), I can attest that they sound fantastic and this is a genuine performance. Fans who already own the original Defenders of the Faith release from 1984, or the remastered reissue from 2001, the “Special 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” is well worth the purchase price to add this live performance to their collections.

Disc 1 Disc 2 Disc 3
1. Freewheel Burning
2. Jawbreaker
3. Rock Hard Ride Free
4. The Sentinel
5. Love Bites
6. Eat Me Alive
7. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
8. Night Comes Down
9. Heavy Duty
10. Defenders Of The Faith
1. Love Bites
2. Jawbreaker
3. Grinder
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking The Law
6. Sinner
7. Desert Plains
8. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
9. The Sentinel
10. Rock Hard Ride Free
1. Night Comes Down
2. The Hellion
3. Electric Eye
4. Heavy Duty
5. Defenders Of The Faith
6. Freewheel Burning
7. Victim Of Changes
8. The Green Manalishi
9. Living After Midnight
10. Hell Bent For Leather
11. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming

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Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (2014)

Judas Priest Redeemer of Souls

Judas Priest
Redeemer of Souls
Epic Records, 2014
62 minutes

When one discusses classic heavy metal bands, Judas Priest must be mentioned. Rob Halford’s flair on vocals and the dual-guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton are instantly recognizable, and the songs they have composed are some of the most influential in the genre. When Downing announced he was leaving prior to the band’s most recent Epitaph tour, fans were discouraged; after watching Richie Faulkner on stage with the band, however, it was evident that these legends still had something to offer. Halford, Tipton, Scott Travis and Ian Hill brought Faulkner into the fold and recorded one of the best Judas Priest albums in the past twenty-five years.

The songs, co-written by Halford and the two guitarists, are a throwback to the classic JP sound with bombastic riffs and soaring solos along with Halford’s vocals of mythical beasts and fantasy worlds. Halford does not reach the higher register as often as he once did, but he handles his duties very well with a few wails here and there. What is truly amazing is how well these songs fit into the band’s back catalog; many could have easily been released on British Steel or Screaming For Vengeance without disrupting the flow of those albums.

The best songs in this writer’s opinion are “Dragonaut” (listen below), “Metalizer,” and “Halls of Valhalla.” The weakest track is “Cold Blooded,” a song that is all but mailed-in until the guitar solos redeem it more than three minutes in. All in all, Redeemer of Souls is a welcome return to form for Judas Priest after a number of less-than-stellar releases. Hopefully more will follow with Faulkner on board.

Listen to “Dragonaut” from Redeemer of Souls below:

1. Dragonaut
2. Redeemer of Souls
3. Halls of Valhalla
4. Sword of Damocles
5. March of the Damned
6. Down in Flames
7. Hell & Back
8. Cold Blooded
9. Metalizer
10. Crossfire
11. Secrets of the Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning of the End

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Judas Priest announce confirmed dates for “Redeemer of Souls Tour 2014”

Judas Priest

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.

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 and sign up now for further information!


Another new Judas Priest song released on YouTube

Guitarist Richie Faulkner nails it: “It’s unmistakable Judas Priest.”

Redeemer of Souls is slated for a July 8 release. Pre-order it here!

Judas Priest is back with a vengeance!

The latest from Judas Priest, “Redeemer of Souls,” is the title track from their forthcoming album due out in July. Singer Rob Halford sounds fantastic, and guitarist Richie Faulkner more than competently fills the shoes of the departed K.K. Downing. This is the best Priest has sounded in years. I can’t wait to hear the entire album, and hopefully see the boys back on the stage soon!

Rob Halford Judas Priest US Bank Arena Cincinnati November 8 2011

Richie Faulkner Judas Priest US Bank Arena Cincinnati November 8 2011

Spooky Songs: “The Ripper” by Judas Priest

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.

Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest

I overlapped six photos that I took of Richie Faulkner last week, just playing around in Photoshop.

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