Rumor: HEAVEN AND HELL, JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD To Tour Together This Year

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HEAVEN AND HELL, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD are strongly rumored to be teaming up for a North American tour later in the year (as partially predicted by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on January 17, 2008). It should be noted, however, that this information has not yet been corrobated by an official source and should be considered a rumor only at this point.

HEAVEN AND HELL is currently writing material for a full-length studio album, tentatively due late 2008/early 2009 via an as-yet-undisclosed record label.

HEAVEN AND HELL played the final show of its U.S. tour with ALICE COOPER and QUEENSRŸCHE on October 6, 2007 at the Verizon Wireless in Irvine, California. Before the encore, Indie 103.1's Full Metal Jackie presented the band with gold plaques on stage to honor U.S. sales in excess of 25,000 copies of the group's "Live at Radio City Music Hall" DVD. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio thanked the fans for their support, then dedicated the encore song ("Neon Knights") to veteran KNAC DJ Tawn Mastrey, who died in early October of liver failure brought on by hepatitis C.

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming tour will include shows where the group's entire upcoming "Nostradamus" album (based on the legendary 16th century prophet Nostradamus) will be performed as well as concerts featuring the band's classic songs.

MOTÖRHEAD entered the studio in January to begin recording the follow-up to 2006's "Kiss of Death". A late spring/early summer release is expected.

"Kiss of Death" entered the national album charts in the following countries: Germany: #4, Norway: #9, Sweden: #13, Austria: #20, Switzerland: #26, U.K.: #45, Denmark: #53. The CD was recorded at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles with Cameron Webb, who also worked with the group on 2004's "Inferno". The album includes guest appearances by POISON guitarist C.C. Deville and ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=93418
 

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That's pretty fucking cool. Now there's a show I would pay $100 a ticket for. I have never seen Motorhead, never saw Priest with Halford, and then I get to see the second version of Black Sabbath. Maybe since Ronnie's wife manages Tim "Ripper" Owens, maybe have Beyond Fear open the show.
 
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Somebody mentioned a rumor of Testament joining this as well.
 

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i just came, i heard about the priest/h&h from eddie trunk last week but with motorhead too?

i saw h&h 3 times last year and it was amazing, once with megadeth and once with alice cooper and queensryche which was amazing but alice kinda stole the show.

ive never gotten a chance to see motorhead or priest i can't wait.
 

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That's pretty fucking cool. Now there's a show I would pay $100 a ticket for. I have never seen Motorhead, never saw Priest with Halford, and then I get to see the second version of Black Sabbath. Maybe since Ronnie's wife manages Tim "Ripper" Owens, maybe have Beyond Fear open the show.
Ripper is singing with Yngwie Malmsteen. Beyond Fear is on the back burner for now. This will definitely be a fantastic tour if it happens. As nobody comes to Nashville anymore, it looks like another road trip is looming in my future. Saw Maiden in Chicago, will be seeing them in Cincinnati, and now waiting to see if this rumor pans out.
 

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Ripper is singing with Yngwie Malmsteen. Beyond Fear is on the back burner for now. This will definitely be a fantastic tour if it happens. As nobody comes to Nashville anymore, it looks like another road trip is looming in my future. Saw Maiden in Chicago, will be seeing them in Cincinnati, and now waiting to see if this rumor pans out.
I know about the gig with Yngwie, but Beyond Fear is doing two shows opening for Queensryche in Mexico in April. If they could possibly fit it into the schedule, I think Ripper should see if he can Beyond Fear to open a few times on this rumoured tour.
 

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How many Priest fans will be wearing ass chaps in support of Mr. Halford? "whaa"
 

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JUDAS PRIEST Singer Says Tour With HEAVEN AND HELL And MOTÖRHEAD Is 'Looking Very Rea

JUDAS PRIEST Singer Says Tour With HEAVEN AND HELL And MOTÖRHEAD Is 'Looking Very Real'

A 29-minute audio interview with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford which aired on last night's (March 29) edition of "The Classic Metal Show" is available for streaming in three parts below. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

The Classic Metal Show: I interviewed you back when TWO [Rob's one-off industrial metal project] was being released, and obviously there was a lot going on with the new sound, the new look and you coming out with your sexuality. The way you referenced it at that point that the whole episode, from the change in musical direction to the look to you addressing your sexuality, was all part of a lifestyle switch, freeing yourself from, as you put it, your "own little prison." With that being said, and given the fact that you went back to HALFORD and back to doing a metal-style record, if that meant that you felt that you had made a mistake or you had something that was missing or you hadn't meant to cut off from your life?

Rob: Well, that's a really interesting question. I'll premise it with the fact that when I made my "coming out" statement, it could have happened at any time. It just kind of happened to coincide with what I was doing with TWO. It could have just as easily never happened, or it could have just as easily have happened with PRIEST or the HALFORD band or whatever. Trying to look back at the interview at the MTV studios in New York City, I made the remark... It was not a premeditated thing. I didn't think before I took the interview that, "I'm going to say this," or "I'm going to say that, because I never do that. I never prepare for interviews. What you get coming out of my mouth is a conscious stream of thought. I think that's more interesting, and it's more genuine and more real and more honest, which is the way people know me to be. As far as how that resonated for me on a personal level, afterwards I reflected on what I had said. I didn't really consider... it wasn't really repercussions… .it just flew around the world like a firestorm for a few days until it settled down. I supposed, having done what I did and reflecting on the feedback that I got, it was a very cathartic moment for me. It was definitely a release from having to hide and dealing with reactive innuendo and snide little remarks and comments behind your back. All that vanishes in a puff of smoke. There's a lot of baggage that goes with that, but it was a relief to let all of that kind of evaporate. Great things came out of it. But I just have to say that it just happened at that moment in time. I could really have happened at any other time. The inference is that I had to put myself into that kind of music and have that particular style of look to have the courage to make that statement, which does take a tremendous amount of courage. I have nothing but praise for people that step forward and claim who they are. So there it was, you know. It's a bit of mixed feelings about where the music was and what the look was and how I was feeling at the time, and the music scene at the time. Lots of different issues. That brings in a whole broad-based discussion about metal on a sexuality level; now with more of an acceptance to female… girls going at it to metal, like ARCH ENEMY or EVANESCENCE or NIGHTWISH or WITHIN TEMPTATION. Doro's [Pesch] been around a long time and been at the forefront. A lot of issues that have are kind of demystifying the perception of metal music. At the end of the day, metal is for absolutely everybody from all walks of life. That's a good thing.

The Classic Metal Show: You mentioned that you watch "Metal Mania" on VH1 Classic. What do you think when you see videos of yourself with the mullet?

Halford: (laughing) And the mustache. I smile. One thing I learned many, many years ago is to be able to have a "Spinal Tap" moment. If you can't do that, then you've got something seriously wrong with you. I love satire, and I think that satire is... in fact, I think satire is one of the biggest compliments you can get because it's only successful things that get satirized, if that's a word. I'm pleased to look back on all of those different expressions and visions on video because it reinforces the choices of what we've done in PRIEST, for example, which is to really try to do as much as we possibly can and explore all of the great possibilities in heavy metal music. If you go on YouTube and put in "Judas Priest Japan 1976" or "1975", you'll see PRIEST in a way that you've never seen PRIEST before; the way we were looking then. Then, all the way through from our first video that we made to the last visual display on "Rising From The East" DVD. it's good. It's interesting. We hate repetition in JUDAS PRIEST. That's how I am in whatever I do musically. Keep it fresh. Keep it interesting.

The Classic Metal Show: From everything I've read, you've been very cordial about Tim "Ripper" Owens and his time in JUDAS PRIEST. I'm curious if in a show you would ever be willing to throw in a song like "Blood Stained" and putting your own spin on it.

Rob: Yeah. Well, why not? It's a PRIEST song. "Jugulator" and "Demolition" are part of the PRIEST catalog. I made that clear to Ken and Glen and Ian and Scott that we should look at everything when we put together this new setlist. We're about to start the new tour in Finland on the second week of June, I think it is. It will be in the states on the middle end of July for a month or so. Why not? Just because Ripper was doing his great work at that time, it's still a PRIEST song. I think that would be cool to do, actually. I guess we'll look at that. I'll be going back to the UK to start prepping for the monster PRIEST tour, so anything's possible.

The Classic Metal Show: Is there anything you can tell us about this JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL and MOTÖRHEAD tour? (As previously reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on January 17, March 22 and March 27.)

Rob: I can only tell you that suddenly I got a flood of e-mails, "Have you checked Blabbermouth?" I'm like, "No." "Go into Blabbermouth right now." And I did. Blabbermouth is the TMZ of [heavy metal]. And I saw it. Live Nation are promoting the tour, and I guess the professional way of dealing with this is to say that Live Nation will be making an official announcement probably a few days from now. But it's difficult to keep that kind of thing quiet 'cause… If it does happen, and it's looking very real, it's gonna be one of the biggest metal shows in the States this year.

The Classic Metal Show: This year? How about ever, Rob? Jeez… You guys and BLACK SABBATH? Wow!

Rob: Well, I see what you're saying. It's HEAVEN AND HELL, but I know what you're saying. Yeah, it is reminiscent of that Ozzfest when you had PRIEST and SABBATH and SLAYER all on the same bill. Yeah, if it happens, it's gonna be great — MOTÖRHEAD, PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL… That's a killer metal show.

The Classic Metal Show: I think TESTAMENT are supposed to be on that bill too.

Rob: Yeah, that's what I'm hearing as well. There's tons of e-mails flying back and forth and you just have to… You have to wait for the official announcement because it has to be sanctioned by management and the lawyers in the suits and that other rubbish. But if we get what we are hoping to get, I think it's gonna be an absolutely sensational, killer American tour — 'cause it won't happen anywhere else in the wodrld, this lineup. It'll just be for the States.

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=93904
 

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here are the official unofficial dates:

8/6-Camden, NJ-Susquehanna Bank Center
8/7-Bristow, VA-Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
8/9-Holmdel, NJ-PNC Bank Arts Center
8/10-Wantagh, NY-Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/13-Toronto, ON-Molson Amphitheatre
8/15-Uncasville, CT-Mohegan Sun
8/16-Burgettstown, PA-Post-Gazette Pavilion
8/18-Clarkston, MI-DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/19-Tinley Park, IL-First Medwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/22-Dallas, TX-Superpages.com Center
 

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I read yesterday that Testament said they will open but only do a 30 min set. So this tour is looking like it going to happen.
 

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yea testament and rob halford have really been the only ones making references to this tour happening. For whatever reason its still supposed to be a secret i guess.
 

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It's Ofiicial: JUDAS PRIEST, HEAVEN AND HELL, MOTÖRHEAD, TESTAMENT: U.S. Dates

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have finally officially confirmed that they will be teaming up with HEAVEN AND HELL for a U.S. tour this summer (as BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported back on January 17). Also appearing on the bill are MOTÖRHEAD and TESTAMENT.

According to LiveNation.com, the following dates have been confirmed for the trek:

Aug. 06 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug. 07 - Nissan Pavilion - Bristow, VA
Aug. 09 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 10 - Nikon at Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
Aug. 13 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Aug. 15 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT *
Aug. 16 - Post Gazette Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 18 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
Aug. 19 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
Aug. 22 - Superpages.com Amphitheatre - Dallas, TX
Aug. 23 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX
Aug. 24 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - San Antonio, TX
Aug. 27 - Journal Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 28 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 30 - Glen Helen Pavilion - San Bernardino, CA
Aug. 31 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
Sep. 01 - Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort - Las Vegas, NV *

* Not yet listed by LiveNation.com

JUDAS PRIEST will release its 16th studio album, "Nostradamus", on June 17 via Epic in North America and a day earlier internationally. The double-disc set that tells the story of the 16th century prophet, Michel de Nostredame (whose name is often "Latinized" as Nostradamus) is PRIEST's first-ever concept album, and was recorded throughout 2006 and 2007 at Old Smithy Studio in the UK.

JUDAS PRIEST's 2009 tour will include shows where the group's entire "Nostradamus" album will be performed while this year's concerts are expected to focus primarily on the band's classic songs.
 

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Looks like I'll be making a road trip to either Chicago or Dallas. Have friends in both cities. Chicago is closer, but have more friends and family in Dallas. This will be a fantastic show. I just wander how much time will each act get. I know Testament will only get 30 minutes, Motorhead will probably be held to something similar, but how do you ask Heaven and Hell or Priest to limit themselves to anything less than 90 minutes?