Black Label Society, Judas Priest, Slayer, and Superjoint Ritual performed at the OzzFest 2004 Tour Opener on Saturday (July 10) at CTNow Meadows in Hartford, Conneticut. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Judas Priest management co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the band’s official web site: “Hi everyone – I’ve just got back from spending the first few days on the road with the band in Europe! The shows have been phenomenal!! The PRIEST are well and truly back!”
“The ‘Gods of Metal’ festival in Italy caused some chaos!! After a day of brilliant sunshine there was suddenly the most horrendous storm – the sky turned black and the heavens opened – the roof was ripped off the outdoor stage – absolutely soaking through all of the band’s equipment – we thought we were going to have to cancel but when the rain finally stopped the band asked their crew to do everything they could so they could go on stage that night and not disappoint all of the fans!! The crew worked a small miracle and the band went onstage – that show was one of the best so far – the audience went wild – they were more than rewarded for waiting so long in the pouring rain!! I’ll be showing you all some photos very soon!”
Judas Priest management coordinator Jayne Andrews has posted a statement on the band’s official web site defending the group’s decision to take part in this year’s Ozzfest. “The band chose to do the Ozzfest during the Summer — nobody pushed us into it,” she writes. “We looked into everything and decided this was the way to go! Judas Priest are not ‘opening’ for Ozzy. Other than Ozzy (who is of course the headline act), they are the main act. We have many reasons why we chose to do this tour throughout the summer in the U.S. We will be playing at great venues to a lot of people. What’s the problem??? We could have gone out on our own headline tour and some of you may not have liked the bands we chose to take with us so it proves yet again — that you just can’t please everyone! Why not just enjoy the fact that you will see the band at a great venue instead of bitching all of the time!”
Members of Lamb of God, Judas Priest, Slipknot, Slayer and Dimmu Borgir appeared for the Ozzfest 2004 press conference with Ozzy Osbourne on Friday (February 20) at Avalon in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Former Judas Priest drummer David Holland faces one charge of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault on the teenage boy. All the alleged offenses are said to have taken place between June and December 2002. “He was aware that I am bisexual. I believed that he was of the same persuasion as myself,” Holland said in court. “He was very fond of me, the same as I was of him. He would even tell me I was his best friend. He would tell me that he loved me. It wasn’t a sexual thing, it was affection. There might have been the odd hug or something like that. I know it is politically incorrect nowadays but kids like to be shown a bit of affection.” Read more.
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens tells John Petkovic of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he isn’t bitter now that Judas Priest announced that it had replaced him and reunited with its original singer, Rob Halford, in advance of their 30-year anniversary tour slated for next year. “There had been talk of Halford rejoining for a while,” Owens said, via phone from his home. “There had been so many big-money offers for them to reunite.” Owens was on a family vacation in Pennsylvania when the announcement was made. But he wasn’t surprised. “I knew it was going to happen,” he says. “I knew this wouldn’t last. Rob is the original singer, and so he should also be the one there at the end.”
Associated Press reports Rob Halford and the original members of Judas Priest will reunite for a world tour and a new album next year. “All the grace, majesty and power you experienced with Judas Priest is about to happen again,” Halford told AP on Friday. “We want to go out there and slay people, and have them walking out of the building going, ‘Oh my God!'” Halford had been solo for the past 12 years.
Miami.com has since removed the article.
Jeff Kerby of KNAC.com spoke with Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton who discussed whether there would even be a band had they not found Ripper Owens to replace Rob Halford. “No, there wouldn’t be a Priest,” he said. “Ripper is the only guy in the world who could have taken over for Rob. There’s no doubt about it. We looked for five years, and we had a short list of ten incredible singers out of the thousands that we looked at. They were tremendous singers, but they weren’t Judas Priest singers. I knew that going into the auditions — these were great singers, but we didn’t have a Judas Priest singer until he walked in the door.” Read more.
Wayne Parry of the Canadian Press spoke with former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford about how being openly gay has effected his career having a heavy metal core audience. “The great thing is that the fans who support me are intelligent and rational and understand that this is a sexuality issue,” he said. “It has absolutely nothing to do with the music. I’m removing the stereotype. There are gay and lesbian people in all walks of life, in all different types of professions. I just happen to be a gay man who sings in a heavy metal band.” Canada.com has since removed the article.
Nate Nichols of Launch.com spoke with Rob Halford about how he’s kept close with his former Judas Priest bandmates, something unusual with broken up bands. “I was talking to Ken yesterday,” Halford says, referring to Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing. “We speak to each other on the phone–we usually end up reminiscing. But he did say, ‘Tell me what songs you’re doing, so we don’t do the same ones when we go out,'” Halford laughs.