Some of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’s finest will select their favorite Judas Priest tracks as part of a new compilation album called, “The Chosen Few”, on October 11 via Legacy/Sony. KISS’ Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper, Slipknot/Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor and many more have contributed to the album.

“This is a collection of songs chosen by our friends and respected peers,” Priest frontman Rob Halford told RollingStone.com. “So we hope all the metal maniacs out there will rock out to the tunes enjoyed by metal legends.”

“The Chosen Few” will contain explanations from the artists about each of their selections, including Taylor making the argument that Priest’s early MTV anthem “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming” established the group as “the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band.”

“The Chosen Few” track listing:
1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)
2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai and Geooff Tate (Queensryche)
3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept
4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)
6) The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb of God)
7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne
8 ) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metallica)
9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)
10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)
11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)
14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)
17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

Judas Priest will launch their farewell Epitaph tour in the U.S. on October 12th in San Antonio, with the latest confirmed set of dates running through December 3rd in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Rob Halford recently told billboard.com that he and guitarist Glenn Tipton “began writing new music early on this year, before we went out on the road. We have about 12 or 14 tracks completely mapped out, four of which have been recorded and mixed and are ready to go… so the good news is that there will be a brand new Priest record next year.”

Halford adds: “I think it’s fair to say that this is going to be just another great, traditional British heavy metal album from Priest with what you love about the band – the riffs, the screaming vocals, all of the tradition and heritage that we try to keep somehow in our music as we’ve moved along.

The Epitaph World Tour is hardly the last we’ll see of Judas Priest, and Halford acknowledges that the group is “taking every opportunity to let our fans know this is not the end of Judas Priest. We’re just cutting back on these big, long treks around the world that we love to do. But yet we’re facing mortality; as a metal singer I’m still able to do the vast majority of things that have laid out before me…but I’d be the first to admit that I’m finding it more challenging now, and I don’t want to get into that syndrome where you end up a little bit punch-drunk and you’re not giving the performance that you want to give. I’m delighted that we’re taking this approach because the inevitable payoff is that it gives the band more life. We’re able to continue doing selective shows in the future and, as importantly, keep recording and making new metal records.”