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Judas Priest US Festival 1983 “Heavy Metal Day” clips posted from ‘Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition’

by on Aug.22, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Judas Priest US Festival 1983 “Heavy Metal Day” clips posted from ‘Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition’

The 'Electric Eye/Riding On The Wind' performances from Judas Priest at the 1983 US Festival were posted on and can be viewed below. The entire show on DVD is part of Priest's 'Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition,' due September 4th .

A vital part of rock history, British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have spent four decades writing classic songs and putting on spectacular live shows. During this period, the band has sold in excess of 30 million albums, and played to countless millions of fans across the globe. In 1982, they released their eighth studio album, "Screaming For Vengeance", containing their hugely successful "You've Got Another Thing Comin'", the single which proved that metal could get mainstream radio airplay in the U.S. — leading the way for a whole generation of new metal bands.

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of this epic release, JUDAS PRIEST present you with "Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition", containing not only the remastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernadino CA on May 29, 1983.

The US Festival was intended to be a celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people — organized by Steve Wozniak, formerly of Apple.

The "Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition" live DVD was filmed at the second, and what turned out to be last, US Festival in 1983. The Sunday was the Heavy Metal Day. "It was the day new wave died and rock 'n' roll took over." It set the single-day concert attendance record for the U.S. with an estimated 375,000 people.

JUDAS PRIEST had this to say about this memorable day in metal history: "On the day that we performed, we flew in by helicopter — and the first sight we saw was that of thousands of abandoned cars piled up around the crests of the hills that surrounded the festival arena, which as we went over took our breath away. For there below us, spread throughout hundreds of acres was a massive crowd — over three hundred thousand strong! The summer heat was raging and combined with the hot Santa Ana winds made for a scorching metal furnace on stage."

CD track listing:

1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Riding On The Wind
4. Bloodstone
5. (Take These) Chains
6. Pain And Pleasure
7. Screaming For Vengeance
8. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
9. Fever
10. Devil's Child, Batteries for Everything!

Bonus tracks:

11. Electric Eye (live) *
12. Riding On The Wind (live) *
13. You've Got Another Thing Comin' (live) *
14. Screaming For Vengeance (live) *
15. Devil's Child (live)
16. Prisoner Of Your Eyes

* Live from the San Antonio Civic Center - September 10, 1982

DVD track listing:

US Festival Show - San Bernadino, California - May 29, 1983

1. Electric Eye
2. Riding On The Wind
3. Heading Out To The Highway
4. Metal Gods
5. Breaking The Law
6. Diamonds And Rust
7. Victim Of Changes
8. Living After Midnight
9. The Green Manalishi (with the two-pronged crown)
10. Screaming For Vengeance
11. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
12. Hell Bent For Leather

* Plus booklet featuring photos from Mark Weiss and sleeve notes written by Eddie Trunk

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Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing commemorates the 30th anniversary of the ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ album

by on Jul.16, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing commemorates the 30th anniversary of the ‘Screaming For Vengeance’ album

Judas Priest released the Heavy Metal classic album 'Screaming For Vengeance' 30 years ago this week and to celebrate the event, former guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing has posted a new blog on the recording, impact and legacy of the legendary album. Read it in its entirety:

"'Screaming For Vengeance' is still the band's biggest-ever-selling record. This may come as a surprise to many, but if you ask me why this might be, I would give you quite a few reasons:

"Firstly, I would say that 'Screaming' has an undeniable completeness about it. By that, I mean a good and varied selection of songs, a cool cover and an overall uplifting feel that was perfect for the time when it was released.

"Timing! Now there is a very interesting topic when it comes to releases. I have a theory that timing plays a very crucial role in a bands career. In fact, I am convinced that even some PRIEST albums have been released before their time. Typically, a lot of bands have released albums that did not have a particular impact at the time of release but went on to be revered as classic albums for me! Although one could argue 'Painkiller' was just such an album for PRIEST and I am optimistic that 'Nostradamus' will follow.

"Back to 'Screaming'; there is no doubt that without 'You've Got Another Thing Comin'', the album may not have been the success that it was, but I guess we will never really know., Batteries for Everything!

"As it happened, I seem to remember that we were quite happy with the album but decided late on that we could add one more song. I know we had some of the parts but we set about completing 'Another Thing Comin'' during the mixing sessions at Bee Jay studios. It came together quite quickly, and I seem to remember that we all had a good feeling about it as it did sound like a good driving song and possibly a good radio track.

"There is no particular secret as to how a band puts its sound together. Quite simply, each player does his best to achieve his own individual sound and then when everyone plays together there you have it: the bands unique sound. Then, if you are lucky, the studio that you choose to use will have some good-sounding rooms with acoustics that will complement the sounds from each instrument, including vocals. There is no doubt that you will see artists recording in the bathrooms, kitchen, offices, etc., or in fact anywhere that they can to achieve the right acoustics, reverb and so forth that is to their liking. It's no wonder that there is such a wide variety in the sound of bands' albums. Not only are they changing their instruments and equipment throughout time, but they are also using different studios around the world and I can honestly say that no two kitchens sound the same.

"For sure the band was enjoying life at the time. Personally, I felt that we were on a roll and nothing could stop us and it didn't. We also got to make the record in Florida, which, for us English lads, was a real treat. The atmosphere and weather was definitely rock and roll. Although the material was written back home, there is nothing better than recording in a warm sunny climate. It certainly helped to be able to spend a little down time at the pool.

"Sadly, it is too long ago for me to remember the exact details and events that surrounded the making of this record. I can only sum it up by saying that I sincerely wish that I could turn back time and experience the whole thing again as it certainly was the year that JUDAS PRIEST was Screaming for Vengeance!"

Check out K.K Downing's Steel Mill at

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Judas Priest film final date of ‘Epitaph’ world tour for future DVD release


Judas Priest film final date of ‘Epitaph’ world tour for future DVD release

Judas Priest have filmed their sold out show on May 26th in London at the Hammersmith Apollo for a future DVD release. The show was the final night of their ‘Epitaph’ world tour.

Judas Priest's setlist for the final night of the tour in London:

Rapid Fire
Metal Gods
Heading Out To The Highway
Judas Rising
Victim Of Changes
Never Satisfied
Diamonds & Rust
Night Crawler
Turbo Lover
Beyond The Realms Of Death
The Sentinel
Blood Red Skies
The Green Manalishi
Breaking The Law
Painkiller, Batteries for Everything!

The Hellion / Electric Eye
Hell Bent For Leather
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’
Living After Midnight

Here's fan filmed footage from the show:

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Metallica News: Rocking on upcoming tribute albums, autographed guitar being auctioned for MUSE School

by on Apr.24, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Metallica News: Rocking on upcoming tribute albums, autographed guitar being auctioned for MUSE School

Metallica will be a part of two upcoming tribute albums to rock legends Ronnie James Dio and Deep Purple. The Ronnie James Dio tribute album is being put together by his widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio. James Hetfield told UK's Metal Hammer magazine: "We reached out to Wendy Dio about wanting to be a part of the Dio tribute that's getting put together. We're very honored to be a part of that, and to be a part of a celebration of Ronnie's life and his great contribution."

Other artists slated to appear on the Dio tribute album include Anthrax, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan.

The Deep Purple tribute album will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Deep Purple’s sixth studio album, 'Machine Head.' "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of Machine Head...we can't turn that down," Metallica drummer and massive Purple fan Lars Ulrich said. "We're circling the Dio and Purple catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men.'

I think you'll do fine Lars! Sounds like two killer tribute albums on the way., Batteries for Everything!

Currently up for auction via is an ESP EC-200QM black quilted maple guitar signed by all four band members with a special note from James Hetfield: "Stay in Skool." The auction ends May 10th. To make a bid and get more info check out:

All proceeds for this item benefit MUSE School in Calabasas, California.

At MUSE, every child is truly known. We understand and honor students as individuals – dreamers, observers, envelope pushers, and everything in between. We give each a voice in choosing curriculum based on what they like, how they learn, where they find fun, and what they need. We honor and celebrate creativity. We encourage exploration and imagination. We foster compassion and optimism. We focus on preserving the environment and building community. We believe absolutely that the freedom to follow one’s own path every day is essential in nurturing fully invested, absorbed, and passionate learners.

Community is key

MUSE students work with faculty-led teams that include industry experts, expert practitioners, and other passionate, knowledgeable and playful adults from the extended community. In the process, we foster courageous, imaginative, spirited, thoughtful, healthy, responsive, skilled contenders who will take the lead in a world that’s hungry for their unique talents and perspectives. MUSE students launch from our program with a sound academic foundation, skilled in reading, communication, math, art, and design. They’re literate about green technologies, dedicated to preserving the planet, and conscious about what they eat and where it comes from. They’re eager to contribute everything they know to their communities and to the world at large.

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Quiet Riot News: Band names new singer, ‘Quiet Riot – Live At The US Festival 1983′ to be released

by on Mar.14, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Quiet Riot News: Band names new singer, ‘Quiet Riot – Live At The US Festival 1983′ to be released

Quiet Riot announced this week that Scott Vokoun will be their new frontman, replacing Keith St. John (Montrose), who was filling in after the firing of Mark Huff. Vokum will perform with the band for the first time on March 28 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Vokum will hopefully add some stabilty to the singer position in the band. Keith St. John had been filling in as Mark Huff, who was with the band for two years and was fired in January.

Drummer Frankie Banali posted on the band's Facebook page: "I spoke several weeks ago with my friend and vocalist Keith St John to once again thank him for lending his talents to Quiet Riot during our time of need. Keith knocked it out of the park with great vocals and performances and we are forever in his debt., Batteries for Everything!

'Quiet Riot - Live At The US Festival' will be released on March 27 as a two disc CD/DVD set and also as a digital download. Shout! Factory has aquired the rights and will be rolling out additional US Festival releases in the future. Quiet Riot were the opening band on 'Heavy Metal Day,' hitting the stage at 12:10pm in the afternoon on a bill that featured Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph, Scorpions and Van Halen. I am especially looking forward to the release, as I was fortunate enought to be in attendance at a concert I will never forget. Check out my entire US Festival 'Heavy Metal Day' recap here.

Over 300,000 people were in attendance on a summer day in San Bernadino, with temperatures that topped 115 degrees. The US Festival was the brainchild of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who financed and organized the festival, a technology exposition and the construction of a new open-air venue. The US Festival intended to be a celebration of technology and culture.

I remember when highlights from the festival were originally broadcast on Showtime, but this will be the first official release of Quiet Riot’s full nine-song set. Both Quiet Riot and Motley Crue were at the beginnings of a huge upswing in popularity. There was a huge buzz for Quiet Riot's performance.

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