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HALFORD Drummer: I Never Said ROB Was Rejoining JUDAS PRIEST

HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek has issued an official statement in an attempt to dispel some of the rumors surrounding frontman Rob Halford's possible return to JUDAS PRIEST. The following is Jarzombek's message to the HALFORD fans, originally posted on the group's official message board on Tuesday...
October 25, 2002

ANTHRAX Guitarist Writes In From The Road

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at "I'm on the bus heading to Glasgow. Tonight was the first show in Manchester. I'm currently basking...
October 22, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Hits Cover Circuit

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has been passing time recently by making several live appearances with an Ohio-based cover band THE SICKNESS, whose lineup includes two of Owens' former bandmates, bassist Dennis Hayes (formerly of Tim's pre-PRIEST band WINTERS BANE) and drummer Tim Semelsber...
October 21, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST To Issue Double Live CD In January

JUDAS PRIEST's forthcoming double live album, Live In London, is scheduled for release on January 13th, 2003 through Germany's SPV/Steamhammer Records. The set, which was recorded during the group's appearance at the London Brixton Academy on December 19th, 2001, will reportedly include tracks not f...
October 17, 2002

Veteran Rock Photographer Launches Official Web Site

Veteran rock photographer Ross Halfin has launched his official web site at this location. In the business since the late 1970s, Halfin began his career at the now-defunct publication Sounds and its off-shoot magazine Kerrang! and has worked with virtually every major rock band in existence, includi...
October 15, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST Representative: SANCTUARY Have No Say In Management Of Band

JUDAS PRIEST Management Coordinator Jayne Andrews has dismissed the suggestions that Sanctuary Group's recent acquisition of Trinifold Group — which handles PRIEST — will significantly impact the group's future activities. "Some of you will have read about The Sanctuary Group acquiring Trinifold Man...
October 9, 2002


The Sanctuary Group said Monday it has acquired the Trinifold Group, which handles such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, THE WHO, OPERABABES and LED ZEPPELIN alumni Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The Sanctuary Group, which earlier this year bought music company Air Edel, has diverse activities including records,...
October 8, 2002

TUFF To Appear On 'The Mullet Years 2'

The TUFF song "American Hair Band" is slated to appear on a Canadian compilation through Universal Records tentatively titled The Mullet Years 2. This CD will feature various tracks from MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, AEROSMITH, CINDERELLA, RATT, WHITESNAKE, KISS, SKID ROW, JUDAS PRIEST and more. TUFF will al...
October 7, 2002

'Rock Music Is Evil': Russian Priest Anatoly Berestov

Russian Celibate Priest Anatoly Berestov recently gave an interview to the web site Credo.Ru in which he blamed rock music for the rise of Satanism in Russia, citing aggressive mass culture that has poured into Russia from the West since the beginning of the 1990s as being a factor in drug addiction...
October 3, 2002

Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Joins Cover Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, who was in the band between 1977 and 1979 and who co-wrote the PRIEST classic "Beyond the Realms of Death", has reportedly joined a British cover band called THE SHAKERS, also featuring in its ranks ex-ALICE COOPER/THE ALMIGHTY guitarist Pete Friesen. Les playe...
September 30, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST To Take Lengthy Break, Pursue Outside Projects

JUDAS PRIEST have announced that they will be taking a lengthy break following the completion of the group's recent world tour to rest before beginning work on the band's next album, which is not expected to surface before late 2004. "I want to make at least two more albums with JUDAS PRIEST," guita...
September 23, 2002

SHAMAN Perform Special Hometown Gig

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals),Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums),performed the following songs during their special set at Via Funchal in Sao Paulo on Saturday, September 14th: 01. Ancient Winds 02. Here I Am 03. Distant Thunder 04. Time Will...
September 20, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST: Synthetic Leather Rebels?!

JUDAS PRIEST may look and act tough when performing onstage, but the legendary headbangers have big hearts when it comes to animals. In a recent letter to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),the band's manager revealed the hard rockers' softer side, noting, "The members of JUDAS PRIE...
September 16, 2002

QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, TESTAMENT Vocalists Among Frontmen Spotlighted In Singer Book

QUEENSRŸCHE's Geoff Tate, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy and JUDAS PRIEST's Tim "Ripper" Owens are some of the vocalists featured in the new book entitled Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing, which is being described in an official press release as "the first instructional sing...
September 4, 2002

JUDAS PRIEST: 'Live In London' Riding High On German Charts

After entering the German Music DVD charts at #1, JUDAS PRIEST are currently occupying position #3 with their much-acclaimed Live In London offering. As previously reported, Live In London contains performance footage recorded at the Brixton Academy in London on December 19th, 2001 in addition to be...
September 4, 2002