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Former Manager Sues Judas Priest Star Rob Halford For $50 Million

November 3rd, 2011 8:44am EDT
Rob Halford
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's longtime manager has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the rocker and his bandmates.

John Baxter, who was fired in August after representing the metal star since 1982, claims Halford owes him millions for contract breaches and commissions, as well as salary and expenses dating back to 1992.

Baxter accuses Halford of misleading him by telling the manager he couldn't pay him.

In a letter terminating his employment with Judas Priest from the band's lawyers, Baxter was accused of withdrawing his sponsorship of Halford's U.S. visa in order to prevent the...
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Judas Priest Promise New Music After Farewell Tour

September 1st, 2011 10:19pm EDT
Judas Priest
Rockers Judas Priest have assured fans their global farewell tour does not spell the end of the band - they have vowed to release a new album next year.

The metal gods, who formed in 1969 and have sold more than 40 million albums, announced last December they were planning to pack up their tour bus for good after one last jaunt around the world.

They kicked off the final Epitaph World Tour trek in Sweden in June and will wrap up the live shows on December 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

But Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford insists their decision to quit performing doesn't mean they won't cont...
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Rob Zombie Rules The 2011 Golden God Awards

June 14th, 2011 1:42pm EDT
Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie was the toast of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London on Monday as he was handed the night's top prize in front of an audience dressed as the undead in his honor.

The rocker/director was presented with the Golden God 2011 prize by music veteran Alice Cooper during a ceremony at the British capital's IndigO2 venue to mark his stellar 26-year career.

The night was made extra special for the star as hundreds of attendees turned out in zombie costumes as a special tribute.

Other awards went to Iron Maiden, who claimed the title of Best U.K. Band, and Judas Priest, who l...
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win

May 26th, 2011 9:50am EDT
Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol
Last year, I wondered if, in the midst of Simon’s departure and one of the show’s worst seasons both from a quality and ratings standpoint, if the finale of this show was going to be worth the mega-diary treatment next year.

Well, it turns out it is, as ‘Idol’ came back better than anyone could have realistically expected. I couldn’t be happier, and here’s the mega-diary to prove it!

8:04 – 4 Minutes in and we still haven’t finished the introductions. But at least we got a Lori Loughlin sighting!

8:04 – Really? Scotty fans packed the RBC Center to do…nothing? They can’t even do that for ...
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Rob Halford: 'The Gay & Lesbian World Is Very Different Now'

December 16th, 2010 9:07am EST
Rob Halford
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is adamant he helped change some rock fans' views of homosexuality after he 'came out' in 1998, but insists there's "still a lot of issues to be addressed."

The rocker came clean about his sexuality during an interview with MTV 12 years ago, and hopes he helped to challenge the view that the heavy metal community was homophobic after fans expressed their support.

But Halford admits not everyone was comfortable with his lifestyle, and he lost some followers because he made them "confront" topics they weren't willing to deal with.

He tells the San Diego Ga...
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Judas Priest Announce Their Final Tour

December 7th, 2010 1:16pm EST
Judas Priest
Rockers Judas Priest are preparing to hit the road for the band's last ever world tour next year.

The heavy metal legends, who formed in 1969 and have sold 40 million albums, announced on Tuesday they will pack up their tour bus for good after completing a global jaunt in 2011.

A statement on the group's website reads, "After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking its very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, Judas Priest has announced plans to embark on a final world tour."

"However, the mighty Priest will certainly be going out strong as they r...
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Rob Halford: 'I Saw Bullying When I Was A Kid Growing Up'

October 19th, 2010 4:31pm EDT
Judas Priest
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has waded into the bullying debate - he's demanding school officials do more to educate youngsters about the dangers of taunting their peers.

Teen bullying has hit headlines in the U.S. in recent weeks following a spate of suicides among depressed gay youths who had been taunted by their classmates. And Halford, who witnessed bullying first-hand as a kid, is calling on U.S. school officials to implement more effective programs to reach out to troubled youngsters and their bullies.

He tells About.com, "It's important to look after each other and to nurtu...
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Ozzy Osbourne & Rob Halford To Tour Together

September 10th, 2010 3:30pm EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Birmingham, England's most famous sons are to team up for a rocking North American tour - Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford are hitting the road together this winter.

Ozzy will headline the month-long jaunt, supported by Judas Priest star Halford's eponymous heavy metal act.

Dates begin on November 12th in Victoria, British Columbia and wrap up in Minnesota on December 12th.

The trek will include a concert at New York music mecca Madison Square Garden Arena on December 1st.

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Get Married At OZZFest!

July 29th, 2010 9:03am EDT
Ozzy
Ozzy Osbourne is offering romantic fans the chance to get married at his upcoming OZZfest gigs by creating a ticket package just for them.

The rocker and sponsors of the touring festival have teamed up to create a special registry and concert deal.

The Unholy Matrimony Package will include everything except a marriage license, including 10 general admission pit tickets for the bride and groom and eight guests, an official OZZFest wedding ceremony conducted by an ordained minister, an OZZFest cake and champagne toast, and access to the OZZFest VIP lounge.

They will also be handed gifts ga...
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KISS Return To North America With 'The Hottest Show On Earth Tour'

May 25th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
KISS
Throughout their 37-year career, KISS has sold 80 million albums, played in front of millions of people and become an integral part of American culture. (Tour Dates Below) Now, rock's most iconic band is unleashing another assault on North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour starting on July 23. KISS will perform such classics as "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" as well as hits that they haven't played in the US in many years.

The Hottest Show on Earth tour, produced by Live Nation, will trek through a mix of arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America. Tic...
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Lemmy & Rob Halford Named 'Golden Gods' Top Honorees

February 18th, 2010 10:08am EST
Lemmy & Rob Halford Named
Motorhead star Lemmy and Judas Priest's Rob Halford are to be honored with top prizes at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April. Ace of Spades singer Lemmy will be the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while fellow Brit Halford will take home the event's Golden God Award.

Rob Zombie, Fear Factory and Zakk Wylde will provide the performances at this year's show, which will be held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, while Andrew WK and professional wrestler-turned-musician Chris Jericho will co-host.

Nominees for awards were announced on Wednesday and Heaven...
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Metallica, Jeff Beck, Run DMC Headline 2009 Rock and Roll HOF Inductee Class

April 7th, 2009 2:41pm EDT
Jeff Beck
It took all of 27 years to happen, but as they say 'there is no time like the present,' as perhaps the most recognizable of rock acts, Metallica, are taking their rightful spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band, alongside hop-hop visionaries Run DMC, headlines the 2009 class of inductees to the monument of rock. As for performers, the rest of the class shakes out like this, former Yardbirds axeman Jeff Beck, famed singer/songwriter Bobby Womack and doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

In the Early Influence category, Wanda Jackson will be inducted and in the Sidem...
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Armoury Records Wishes You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

November 19th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Foo Fighters
Armoury Records, distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment, released one mighty molten metal blast of good CD cheer: We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year.

It's an all-star assemblage as members of such great hard rock bands as Foo Fighters, Queensryche, Dio, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, Dokken, Kiss, L.A. Guns, Marilyn Manson, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, King's X, Judas Priest, Anthrax, Ratt, Styx, Toto, Shadows Fall and more all jam out together on some of the most beloved holiday songs of all time (including "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer")..

The kick is in the chemist...
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Tesla Kicks Off 'Forever More' Tour

October 1st, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Tesla
Multi-platinum rockers Tesla, Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar) begin their "Forever More" tour today, Wednesday, October 1, at The Depot in Salt Lake City. Tour is named for their seventh studio album, Forever More, set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).

"I Wanna Live," the new album's first single, is accompanied by a video featured on the band's site, aptly named, teslatheband.com where new updates are posted daily.

Tesla reunited with...
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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

October 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to singer Ciara (1985), New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (1971), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1962), voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons Nancy Cartwright (1959), Judas Priest co-lead guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948), Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944), Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941), Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928), country singer Minnie Pearl (1912), artist Pablo Picasso (1881).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

August 25th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to "The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981), "Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978), German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970), "All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969), Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968), Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968), Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967), actor Blair Underwood (1964), country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), "The Corpse Bride" director Tim Burton (1958), English musician Elvis Costello (1954), Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952), Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (1951), Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949), "Alien Loc...
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Get Your Weekly Metal Dose With 'Rocknation' TV

April 8th, 2007 11:00am EDT
Judas Priest
Coming soon to a TV near you will be the weekly 30-minute metal program, 'Rocknation.' Put together by the Perris Records label, the program will air weekly Saturday night at midnight, and will feature only the best metal videos - of artists from other labels as well as on Perris. The show will be made available on both Time Warner and Comcast.

Cities confirmed thus far to carry 'Rocknation' include Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Tyler, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, and Omaha, with more to soon follow. The first artist to be featured on 'Rocknation' will be none other than the legendary vo...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

October 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to singer Ciara (1985), New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (1971), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1962), voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons Nancy Cartwright (1959), Judas Priest co-lead guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948), Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944), Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941), Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928), country singer Minnie Pearl (1912), artist Pablo Picasso (1881).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 25

August 25th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gene Simmons
Happy Birthday to "The O.C." actress Rachel Bilson (1981), "Kenan & Kel" star Kel Mitchell (1978), German supermodel Claudia Schiffer (1970), "All My Children" actor Cameron Mathison (1969), Powerman 5000 singer Spider One (1968), Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch (1968), Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy (1967), actor Blair Underwood (1964), country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (1961), "The Corpse Bride" director Tim Burton (1958), English musician Elvis Costello (1954), Asia keyboardist Geoff Downes (1952), Judas Priest singer Rob Halford (1951), Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons (1949), "Alien Loc...
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Judas Priest To Release Vintage Concert DVD "Live Vengeance '82" On April 4

March 3rd, 2006 5:14pm EST
Judas Priest
Judas Priest had steadily been building a worldwide audience for eight long years when the 1982 album 'Screaming For Vengeance' exploded and became a smash commercial and critical hit. The mainstream had finally caught on and realized what die-hard fans had known all along: Nobody rocked harder or better than the British heavy metal quintet. The single ‘You've Got Another Thing Comin' was embraced by radio and the music video earned heavy rotation on MTV.

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release the DVD 'Live Vengeance '82' on April 4, 2006. It was previously only available ...
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'Essential Judas Priest' Collection Due In April

January 31st, 2006 7:39pm EST
Judas Priest
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the two-CD set 'The Essential Judas Priest' on April 4, 2006. Judas Priest rocketed out of the tough steel town of Birmingham, England, more than three decades ago, and the 34 songs collected here form nothing less than the very backbone -- the pure essence -- of heavy metal. This uncompromising style of rock 'n' roll has earned a remarkably loyal fan base worldwide and no other band defines heavy metal better than Judas Priest.

The core of vocalist Rob Halford, lead guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing and bass guitarist Ian Hill wor...
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Roadrunner Concert Features Impressive List of Metal Legends

December 9th, 2005 10:37am EST
Slipknot
The lineup for the Roadrunner 25th Anniversary concert at the Nokia Theater in NYC on 12/15/05 is now official. Until now a closely-guarded secret list of metal luminaries, the rumors that have been circulating within the rock community and on many websites are being confirmed as this new information is brought to light...

Boasting one of the most impressive line-ups ever assembled on one stage, the concert will feature over 35 artists who will perform 24 classic Roadrunner songs ranging from the King Diamond era, all the way through the recently released Roadrunner United album.

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Celebrity Birthdays, October 25

October 25th, 2005 9:30am EDT
Ciara
Happy Birthday to singer Ciara (1985), New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (1971), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith (1962), voice of Bart Simpson on TV's The Simpsons Nancy Cartwright (1959), Judas Priest co-lead guitarist Glenn Tipton (1948), Yes lead singer Jon Anderson (1944), Australian singer Helen Reddy (1941), Happy Days actress Marion Ross (1928), country singer Minnie Pearl (1912), artist Pablo Picasso (1881).
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