According to Jayne Andrews, Management Co-ordinator for JUDAS PRIEST, the reason Sad Wings Of Destiny and Rocka Rolla are not included in upcoming The Remasters series through the Sony / Columbia label is because the rights to the aforementioned releases are owned by Gull Records and the band 'get nothing from them'. JUDAS PRIEST are also reportedly working with Sony on getting them to re-release all the group's old videos, but no details have been finalized as yet.
In related news, JUDAS PRIEST recently addressed the upcoming release of the Rock Star movie, a film that is loosely based on JP vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens' rise from a PRIEST cover band to being the frontman of his all-time favorite group. According to Andrews, 'we know that (actor) George Clooney's company bought the rights to an interview we did with The New York Times when Ripper first joined the band, so they had the basis for the story—local boy does good—but since then, we have been in communication with Warner Bros. on numerous occasions, and THEY absolutely deny any connection with JUDAS PRIEST. We, of course, know that there are a lot of similarities, but we also know that the story they are portraying has nothing to do with JUDAS PRIEST or the band's life story. They have taken a lot of their ideas from many bands—not just us—even though the original idea is about a guy who gets into his favorite band. We have our misgivings about this film, but we have, as I have explained before, letters from Warner Bros where they categorically insist the movie has nothing at all to do with JUDAS PRIEST, so there is not a lot we can do about it at this stage.'
Rock Star stars Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Flemyng, Timothy Spall and Dominic West, and it is due to get a theatrical release on April 13th.
Former FAIR WARNING vocalist Tommy Heart is releasing a CD with his new project SOUL DOCTOR through an unspecified Japanese label on April 25th. The full track listing for the self-titled album is as follows:
01. Soul Doctor
02. Shake 'Em On Down
04. Before The Night Is Over
05. Unspoken Words
06. What Do You Want
07. Who Will be There
08. You're All That I Want
09. Down The Boulevard
10. Emotion In Motion
11. Does It Feel Like Love
12. Wild On The Run (bonus track)
Joining Tommy in the band is guitarist Chris Lyne, drummer Zacky, and bassist J.D.
Tampa, Florida's NEUROTICA, featuring ex-ATHEIST guitarist/vocalist Kelly Shaefer, has been confirmed to play 98 Rock's Livestock 2001 festival on April 29th. NEUROTICA hits the stage at 2:20 p.m.—just before THE BLACK CROWES, according to the band's official web site. This is the fourth year in a row that NEUROTICA has played this coveted event. NEUROTICA will also be performing at the Rock Aids benefit at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 7th. In attendance at the latter show will be the WWF'S Benjie Gordon, who is taking 'one more look at the band' for a possible deal with the WWF's new rock and roll record company Smackdown Records.
NEVERMORE have officially been confirmed for this year's Dynamo Open Air festival. which will take place in the Netherlands between May 24th and May 26th. This is the full line-up of the bands performing at this year's event (in alphabetical order):
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Finland's AMORPHIS and Sweden's OPETH have lined up the following shows as part of their upcoming US trek:
April 06 - Metal Meltdown - Asbury Park, NJ
April 07 - Kathedral Room - Toronto, Canada
April 08 - Foufounes - Montreal, Canada
April 10 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
April 11 - I-Rock - Detroit, MI
April 12 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
April 13 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
April 14 - N. England Fest. @ Palladium - Worchester, MA
TheSTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, are playing a benefit show for KBLT radio at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on March 31st. DEFACTO and BLUEBIRD are also on the bill. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS guitarist John Frusciante is rumored to be performing a set as well.