On TV: Ra Ra Riot, Judas Priest, Shinedown

Rock acts on television this week include:

Ra Ra Riot, who perform on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Tuesday.

Judas Priest, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

The Airborne Toxic Event, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Tuesday.

Delta Spirit, who perform on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Wednesday.

Liars, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Friday.

Gene Simmons, who visits ‘Today’ (NBC) on Friday.

Shinedown, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (NBC) on Friday.

Judas Priest ‘War’ Video

Judas Priest are out with the video to their new single ‘War’, off the Birmingham, England heavy metal band’s concept album ‘Nostradamus’, out now on Sony Music. Watch it below.

Ian Hill Discusses Judas Priest’s Concept Album ‘Nostradamus’

Beat magazine spoke with Judas Priest founding member Ian Hill, asking the bassist about the veteran heavy metal band’s concept album ‘Nostradamus’, out today. “It’s a massive piece of work for us,” Hill explained. “After the ‘Angel Of Retribution’ album we were glad to have Rob Halford back in the band after a decade away. He is Judas Priest. As a band we started to write new material, when our manager came up with the idea of a concept album on the life and times of Nostradamus. We all kind of laughed initially, but K.K. [Downing], Glenn [Tipton] and Rob really got stuck into the project and it was like watching them go back to school. The research was exhaustive. We haven’t all come out of it devotees to the man, and I still think a lot of it is possibly a load of crap, but as a story of a man, it’s an immense one and musically it’s been such a challenge and progression for us. After all these years in this business it’s great to have that feeling. Oh, by the way the world ends in 2014, so don’t bother paying off any mortgages or debts – go and have the time of your life.” The full story at ravemagazine.com.au has since been removed.

Rob Halford Visits 107.7 The Bone In San Francisco

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was the in-studio guest on San Francisco’s 107.7 The Bone with host Nikki Blakk on November 28th. Halford talked about a lot of the reissue stuff with Metal God Entertainment, if he plans on any new material with Fight (“never say never”), hosting a viewing for the ‘Fight War Of The Worlds’ DVD at the Embarcadero Cinema later that night, and more. Watch the two-part interview below.

Halford: Judas Priest ‘Almost Done’ With Nostradamus Themed LP

Rob Halford spoke with Australia’s Time Off magazine about how Judas Priest are currently working on a new album, which would be the second release for the band he rejoined in 2003 after an 11-year absence. “It’s almost done,” Halford revealed. “I’ve done choirs, I’ve done so many multi-track takes, it’s been unbelievable, it’s been exciting and very exciting. Vocals are done; Glenn [Tipton] and KK [Downing] are working on their leads, all the embellishments.” The concept for the new disc is based on the astrologer Nostradamus. “I’m trying to tell the story of a bloke who lived 500 years ago,” Halford said. “Just a fantastic character with a great story to tell… He’s still a controversial figure and I like that.” The article at timeoff.com.au has since been removed.

2006 VH1 Rock Honors

KISS, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Jaime Pressly, Judas Priest, Queen, Rob Zombie, The All-American Rejects, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil and drummer Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, and Whitestarr attended the 2006 VH1 Rock Honors on Thursday (May 25) at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out pictures from RexFeatures and GettyImages (arrivals / show).

Tommy Vance Tribute Concert In London

The Teenage Cancer Trust Royal Albert Hall 2006 Benefit Concert Series featured a Tommy Vance Tribute with Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Ian Gillan and friends on March 31st at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Check out pictures from GettyImages and FilmMagic.

25th Anniversary Concert For Roadrunner Records

Scott Ian of Anthrax, Dino Cazares of Fear Factory / Ex Brujeria, Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, Ville Valo of H.I.M., Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens of Judas Priest, Andreas Kisser of Sepultura, Joey Jordison of Slipknot, and Robert Flynn of Machine Head performed at the 25th Anniversary Concert for Roadrunner Records in New York City on December 15th. Check out pictures from WireImage (show / backstage).

Rob Halford Q&A

The Times Record caught up with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford for a Q&A and asked the rocker about being able to meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. “I absolutely love the royal family. They’re just like the Osbournes to a different extent,” Halford said. “It was such a trip! Buckingham Palace is absolutely mind-blowing. It was unbelievable for the royal house to recognize the existence of metal. The queen actually asked me, ‘Why do you have to play the heavy metal so loud?’ The words ‘heavy metal’ actually came out of the queen’s mouth!” Read more.

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