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If you read our story earlier today (read it right here) Jack Russell is going out with GREAT WHITE, not THE Great White, but his new version of the old Great White. But the old Great White came back and said, Neh Neh Jack Russell you can’t use the name Great White, because WE are still using it (again, you can read it all right here).
Well, ol’ Jack sent an email to Blabbermouth and told them the following:
“I am deeply hurt and saddened by the fact that my old friends and bandmates would purposely exploit my personal and private medical conditions to try to prevent me from doing what I love. I can’t even fathom as to why they would do such a thing and why they would want to personally hurt me so much. This is very upsetting considering that more than half of the band has had their own issues, demons, or personal problems at some point, all of which affected the band at one time or another.” He added, “I am excited about the future and look forward to seeing all my friends on the road. My interview with Metal Sludge is the only one I will be doing right now, and I will make no further comments regarding this matter.”
As with the Judas Priest/Rob Halford Management lawsuit saga, I am sure there is more to come of this. Grab your popcorn, you’ll thank me later.
First on Saturday December 10th we read this update by Jack Russell (original Great White vocalist):
“To all my friends:
Just wanted to announce that I will be coming back with my band, GREAT WHITE, and a BRAND NEW lineup.
“My new bandmates are some of the most incredible musicians I have ever had the privilege to play with: Matthew Johnson, former guitarist for GREAT WHITE; Derrick Pontier, former drummer for GREAT WHITE; Dario Seixas, former bassist for FIREHOUSE and the Stephen Pearcy band; and Robby Lochner, former guitarist for Rob Halford‘s band and Cherie Currie.
“I am very excited about this new beginning.
“I am feeling better than ever, despite any rumors you may hear to the contrary.
“Unfortunately, and as confusing as it will be, my former bandmates and their manager have decided to continue to tour next year under the name I created, GREAT WHITE. I will be touring under the name GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL to try avoid any confusion.
“So now the true fans will know the difference.
“I will be announcing tour dates as soon as they become available.
“Our first performance will be at the pre-NAMM Jam on January 14, 2012. Only shows advertised as GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL will include myself on vocals.
“I have missed all of you terribly and look forward to seeing you all on the road. You have no idea how much your love and devotion has meant to me during what has been one of the hardest periods of my life.
“Happy holidays! Much peace and love to you and your families. Have a blessed New Year.
“Yours, as always, Jack Russell, founder and lead vocalist, GREAT WHITE
“P.S.: JACK IS BACK!!!!!!!!”
Ok, so Jack Russell has undergone several surgeries over the last couple of years, and according to the actual GREAT WHITE band, it is all because of rampant drug use. The ‘original‘ GREAT WHITE released this statement yesterday in response to Jack‘s announcement on Saturday:
“First and foremost, our main concern is our fans.
“We have spent 30 years trying to be the best we can be and bring our fans the top quality of music they have become accustomed to and deserve.
“It saddens us today to have to respond to Jack Russell‘s announcement.
“Jack Russell announced on Facebook on Saturday, December 10, 2011 that he was returning to GREAT WHITE with a new lineup. This was a complete shock to the entire GREAT WHITE family.
“This couldn’t be further from the truth.
“As we all know, Jack Russell has been fighting drug and alcohol abuse for many years. He has had numerous stints in and out of treatment facilities and hospitals.
“In 2010 Jack‘s physical condition deteriorated to the point that he routinely fell on and off stage, forgot lyrics and we had to cancel shows due to his inability to perform.
“In the past two years, Jack has had five major surgeries and has almost died three times. His drug abuse was so bad that his body began to shut down and ultimately resulted in colostomy surgery from a perforated bowel (he nearly died during this procedure). The colostomy surgery saved his life, but vanquished him with a colostomy bag for a year.
“We stood by Jack; we supported his sobriety and eagerly awaited his return.
“Jack was first slated to return to GREAT WHITE this past summer. Unfortunately, his frail body and his drug abuse prohibited this event. In the following months, Jack had three more surgeries that delayed his return. Finally, he chose February 2012 as his target return date.
“We had five clear conditions for Jack‘s return:
1. Jack had to be drug free. Off all opiates, methadone, Valium or Xanax.
2. Jack had to be off prednisone (a steroid that ate away at Jack‘s internal organs that caused the perforated bowl).
3. Jack had to be sober and off crack cocaine and all alcohol.
4. Jack had to agree to weekly drug tests.
5. Jack must attend weekly meetings for AA and NA.
“Last week Jack notified management he would not make it back by February 2012. Jack referred to his doctor’s opinion that he would not be ready. He had just started physical rehabilitation again and his legs and back needed more rehab to handle the rigors of touring. Jack thought he would be ready by May to start the summer touring season. However, he wasn’t sure if he could be off the methadone by then or ever. Management reiterated that he had to be completely drug-free for his return. He owed it to the fans. He owed it to us. He owed it to himself.
“Out of nowhere, we all received an email on Saturday, December 10, 2011 stating that he was coming back now and that he was starting his own (a different lineup) GREAT WHITE. As you can imagine, this was shocking, to say the least. We were saddened and hurt from this shocking announcement.
“We only want to do right by our fans.
“We aim to give the best possible show and have every fan leave the show feeling they got their money’s worth.
“This band is sober and music is our passion. With Jack Russell not being drug-free and unable to physically perform on stage, it will only let down our fans.
“Time and again, Jack Russell has let down his band and fans. His addictions have ruined his life the past eight years.
“We will not sit by and enable our brother to abuse alcohol and drugs to kill himself. We have lost too many loved ones to this madness. After the passing of our dear friend, the talented Jani Lane, it has become more evident that this has to stop. It must end.
“Since Jack‘s departure in August 2010, GREAT WHITE has performed almost 100 concerts. We’ve had no shortened sets, cancelations or song choice limitations due to vocal issues.
“In this struggling economy, fans need and deserve more — not less. We owe it to our fans and the promoters to not to allow Jack Russell and some garage band to hurt GREAT WHITE‘s classic rock legacy and bright future.
“Jack Russell does not have the right to start his own GREAT WHITE or use the name without our names in the lineup.
“We will litigate any promoter that books ‘Jack Russell’s GREAT WHITE‘ or uses any logo featuring the name GREAT WHITE.
“We give you our word, we will continue through 2012 and beyond to provide you with the top-quality musical performances you have been accustomed and deserve.
“We hope and pray that Jack gets healthy, happy and sober. His health and well being is the only thing that matters.”
GREAT WHITE featuring Terry Ilous
The ‘original’ GREAT WHITE currently consists of: Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Scott Snyder (bass), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) and Terry Ilous (lead vocals).
Ok, so we have two L.A. Guns which nobody wants. We want one L.A. Guns with Phil Lewis singing. Who cares who the guitarist is? Tracii Guns was never Yngwie, Eddy, or Jimi so who cares if he is in the band or not? We don’t need two different bands playing the same music under the same name. Get that Jack Russell? We don’t need two GREAT WHITE bands! We need one (well, do we really even need one???) band playing the hits we’ve loved for the last 20 years. And if you can’t get your shit straight and get healthy enough to join the actual band that is touring under the GREAT WHITE name, then you don’t need to be touring under another GREAT WHITE band name.
There’s some stupid shit that goes on in the music industry, but this has got to be the dumbest.
Friday December 9th METALLICA took to the stage at the Fillmore in San Francisco for their 3rd night of 4 to celebrate their 30th Anniversary with their Fan Club. The night’s guests included Jerry Cantrell, Jim Martin, Pepper Keenan, Glenn Danzig, Jason Newsted, and Rob Halford.
The setlist for the night:
2. Master of Puppets
3. …And Justice for All
4. Of Wolf & Man
5. Fade to Black
6. The Thing That Should Not Be
7. I Disappear
8. The Outlaw Torn
9. Hell and Back
10. Blitzkrieg (w/ MetClubber Joseph Guariglia)
11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (w/ Jerry Cantrell)
12. Nothing Else Matters (w/ Jerry Cantrell)
13. So What (w/ Animal)
14. Tuesday’s Gone (w/ Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan, Jerry Cantrell, and Jim Martin)
15. Fuel (w/ Jason Newsted)
16. Fight Fire With Fire (w/ Jason Newsted)
17. Die, Die My Darling (w/ Glenn Danzig)
18. Last Caress (w/ Glenn Danzig)
19. Green Hell (w/ Glenn Danzig)
20. Rapid Fire (w/ Rob Halford)
21. Seek & Destroy (w/ Jason Newsted, Jerry Cantrell, Pepper Keenan, Jim Martin, Glenn Danzig, Animal, Laaz Rockit, and the Soul Rebels Brass Band)
The fourth and final night METALLICA pulled out all the stops and history was truly made as none other than DAVE MUSTAINE joined the band for Jump In The Fire, Phantom Lord, and Metal Militia. Then Dave and Metallica were joined by Ron McGovney and Loyd Grant for Hit The Lights! Geezer Butler and Ozzy himself joined Metallica for Iron Man, Paranoid, and Sabbra Cadabra. Jason Newsted was once again on hand and played on King Nothing and Whiplash. Death Angel started the show off and joined the band for Seek and Destroy finale. The setlist for night four:
2. Through the Never
3. Ride the Lightning
4. The God That Failed
5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
6. Rebel of Babylon
7. Blackened (w/ MetClubbers Dennis & Annette Diaz)
8. Dirty Window (w/ Bob Rock)
9. Frantic (w/ Bob Rock)
10. Sabbra Cadabra (w/ Geezer Butler)
11. Iron Man (w/ Ozzy Osbourne & Geezer Butler)
12. Paranoid (w/ Ozzy Osbourne & Geezer Butler)
13. King Nothing (w/ Jason Newsted)
14. Whiplash (w/ Jason Newsted)
15. Motorbreath (w/ Hugh Tanner)
16. Phantom Lord (w/ Dave Mustaine)
17. Jump in the Fire (w/ Dave Mustaine)
18. Metal Militia (w/ Dave Mustaine)
19. Hit the Lights (w/ Lloyd Grant, Dave Mustaine, & Ron McGovney)
20. Seek & Destroy (w/ Jason Newsted, Dave Mustaine, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovney, Hugh Tanner, Mark Osegueda, and the Soul Rebels)
This is Judas Priest on 11-27-11 at the LJVM Winston Salem, NC. Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society opened the show with DJ Lady Starlight between sets.
I’ve seen Judas Priest nine times over four different decades. Plus a few incarnations of Halford or Fight. And yes, it’s true, I’ve walked through camera shots in one of the most important documentary films ever made (heavymetalparkinglot.com). So when I say this was one of the best Judas Priest concerts I’ve seen I have my reasons.
Halford’s presence on stage goes from screaming madness in a song like Painkiller to calm grandpa delivering between song monologs about the old days, the history of Priest and just being thankful for the fans endurance. A man grateful for the career he has had.
SHOW / STAGE
Lasers. Fire. Metal. This was easily the most excessive use of lazers I’ve seen at any concert and definitely the most fire I’ve witnessed at a Judas Priest show. The screensaver back screen could of been more interesting. Stage basically consisted of lot of chains, lights and disco balls.
For the band and the fans there was always a fine line between the “hits” and the songs everyone wanted to hear live. Here it was. A set list you could put together an Epitaph with that was appropriate and true.
Rapid Fire / Metal Gods / Heading Out to the Highway / Judas Rising / Starbreaker /
Victim of Changes / Never Satisfied / Diamonds & Rust (Joan Baez cover) / Dawn Of Creation / Prophecy / Night Crawler / Turbo Lover / Beyond the Realms of Death /
The Sentinel / Blood Red Skies / The Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac cover) / Breaking the Law (No vocals) / Drum Solo / Painkiller / The Hellion / Electric Eye / Hell Bent for Leather / You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ / Living After Midnight
Back in august I posted a ‘What the Metal Fuck?!?!‘ about Judas Priest‘s frontman Rob Halford firing his manager right after said manager, John Baxter, posted some cryptic musings on some of Rob‘s websites. You can read the first story right here.
Then yesterday we saw this:
Rob Halford‘s longtime manager John Baxter has filed a lawsuit against Halford and other members of the band and its management team, alleging fraud, breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual relations – and asking for around $50 million in damages.
Baxter, who had been Halford‘s personal manager since 1982 until he was fired in August, claims he discovered in August that frontman Rob Halford owes him millions of dollars for contract breaches, including failure to pay commissions, salary and expenses dating back to 1992. He alleges that Halford actively misled him by saying that he was simply unable to fulfill his financial obligations to his manager, promising that he would pay Baxter when he was able.
On August 9th, Baxter was fired from his job as manager via a letter from a British law firm that reads, in part: “It has become clear over recent weeks that the relationships between our parties has run its course and that you are not acting in our clients’ best interests.” The letter also claims that Baxter, who lives in Arizona, withdrew his sponsorship of Halford‘s U.S. visa in order to prevent his entry into the country and that he posted cruel comments on Halford‘s official website, actions that “placed an intolerable strain upon our clients’ ability to maintain constructive and professional relations with the remaining members of Judas Priest and their representatives at this crucial time.”
Defendant Andrew Thompson, a British lawyer whose firm sent Baxter the termination letter, tells Rolling Stone via email that he never interfered, intentionally or otherwise, with the Halford and Baxter relationship. In the suit, Baxter claims that Thompson and the suit’s other defendants (who include Judas Priest manager Bill Curbishley and Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill) intentionally tried to interfere with the Baxter/Halford contractual relationship because they wanted to be Halford‘s global managers and to influence Halford‘s relationship with Judas Priest, his participation in the Judas Priest farewell tour and Halford‘s post-Judas Priest career.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rob-halfords-longtime-manager-suing-him-for-breach-of-contract-20111102#ixzz1ceWedPox
You can read the whole article right here.
Not one to say I told you so.. but… Ok, I am totally the one to say it, and I will say it here, I told you so. The last paragraph says it all. And it is exactly what I thought was happening back in August when Baxter posted all over Halford‘s websites. Curbishley and Co want Halford to themselves, and that is the stance Baxter is taking on this. I’m not saying he is right, and I’m not saying his lawsuit is valid, but it is all so very entertaining…
Can’t wait to see what Miss Jayne Andrews says about this as she was named as a defendant too!
You can follow along at JudasPriest.com yourself.
WTF is going on in the world of JUDAS PRIEST?
First we have this diatribe (that I had to go find on a Polish website because Metal Gods et al had taken it down already):
Dear Visitors of RH.com:
Metal God Entertainment, Metal God Records and its affiliated companies and web properties will begin removing Judas Priest related topics from its web sites in protest of Glenn Tipton (decision maker), Jayne Andrews (amateur thug for Glenn, can’t trust, leach), Bill Curbishley (apathetic leach) and John McBride (Unlicensed, Unregistered Accountant, leach) for lack of Professional and Ethical conduct as it relates to Rob Halford‘s business matters for much of the last six (6) years.
Rob will publicly deny the above, so we will take a seat next to K.K. Downing and watch how the Glenn and Jayne show plays out.
I’m sure you’ll read about the details of this matter more in future.
For those that don’t know, John Baxter is Rob Halford‘s Manager. And SUPPOSEDLY this missive came straight from him, and was at one time posted on some of Rob Halford‘s websites.
So, in response to the above message, we get this from JudasPriest.com:
There has recently been some nonsense and propaganda posted on the internet including on Rob‘s website, regarding the band and management. (Rob currently is not controlling his website and absolutely does not agree with the comments)
We refuse to get drawn into any public arguments – it is below us and will be dealt with legally. The band have always jointly made any major decisions and have been with the same management team for over 25 years. Everyone knows and respects them in the music business and we have ultimate faith and trust in the way they have always guided us.
We are totally focused now on the Epitaph tour and the reactions every night have been incredible. The shows have been amazing and we’re having the time of our lives! Our intention now is to travel the world one last time and perform Judas Priest style Heavy Metal for all the fans out there. The mood and atmosphere in the band has never been better!
We have just completed the European/UK first leg of our world tour and now after a short break are going to South America and then the States – come along – join in and keep the Faith !!
ROB, GLENN, IAN, SCOTT & RICHIE
Let’s not forget K.K. Downing‘s post about his departure from Judas Priest:
“There has been an ongoing breakdown in [the] working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time. Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans.”
Ok, so apparently Rob‘s personal manager has beef with K.K. and the Management team of Judas Priest. (Jayne works for Bill who is listed as their manager).
I’ve heard stories about her for years, none I can print, but trust they are pretty good, and do not paint fair Jayne in a good light.
But, don’t take my word for it. Read the press releases she puts out herself. They are HILARIOUS…
You can scour the Judaspriest.com news for her posts. Which I’ve always found a little odd, is their manager running their website? Is Judas Priest‘s manager K.K. Downing’s personal manager too? Is that not some kind of conflict of interest?
You don’t see Q-Prime running Metallica‘s website, or posting on Queensryche‘s website about quashing rumors or ‘setting the record‘ straight. Every second post by Jayne, and every press release we ever get from her is ‘setting the record straight‘ on something. Most press releases are about positive things, new single/album/video/show date, etc. But not hers, they are ensuring that everyone knows who she is, and that she is ‘currently with the band‘ at such and such a place, and oh, while I’m writing this, let me spew some negative crap, and ‘quash‘ this rumor.
Most bands, and most certainly their managers simply don’t dignify the rumors with a response. If there is no fuel, the fire dies. But not Jayne, she’s online ASAP running roughshod over everything to make sure no one has the wrong idea about her, or ‘the band‘.
Looking forward to how this plays out… and I’m hoping John Baxter is wrong and it isn’t all done behind closed lawyer doors.
For more JUDAS PRIEST (and more Jayne Andrews than you probably care for) click here.
It is with regret that Judas Priest announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming tour. The band respect his decision and naturally wish him well.
Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour and not let fans around the world down.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 year-old British guitar player Richie Faulkner – he has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to set the stage on fire, according to a press release.
The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Priest studio album and also tracks that they have never before performed on stage plus all the old favourites.
With a new album due to be released next year, the ‘METAL GODS‘ are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy metal at it’s best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire! It’s a show not too be missed!
For more JUDAS PRIEST click here.
HALFORD — the band fronted by JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford — took part in a rare television performance Wednesday, December 8 on WGN-TV — the CW-affiliated television station in Chicago, Illinois.
When asked about the announcement that JUDAS PRIEST was embarking on its final tour beginning next year, Halford replied, “Well, they do say that all good things come to an end and that’s probably the case in this case. But I’m delighted that, of course, the HALFORD band is gonna be storming forward in the metal future, and that’s gotta be good news.” He added, “I’ve been doing this now for close to 40 years and it’s a real thrill to think that I’m part of the roots of it all. Not just myself — many, many other people have been responsible for putting the whole heavy metal scene onto the map. It’s as strong now as it’s ever been.”
For more JUDAS PRIEST click here.
For more ROB HALFORD click here.
For more HALFORD click here.
HALFORD, led by JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD, have premiered their new video for the song Like There’s No Tomorrow.
Like There’s No Tomorrow off Halford IV – Made Of Metal is out now on Metal God Records.
Produced by Roy Z. Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features 14 new Halford studio tracks including ‘The Mower‘, ‘Made Of Metal‘, ‘Fire And Ice‘, ‘Till The Day I Die‘, ‘Undisputed‘, ‘Heartless‘ and ‘Thunder And Lightning‘.
“It has been a long wait for the global Halford fan-base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with Halford IV – Made Of Metal this September 2010“, comments Rob Halford.
“It is probably the most personal release of my solo career; in terms of my writing and performances. Halford IV – Made Of Metal hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year, and re-connecting the Halford band with its legions of Metal fans.”
To order HALFORD IV – MADE OF METAL click here.
For more HALFORD click here.
Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal will be released on April 1st, 2011 via Abrams Image.
Known as a leading expert on all things hard rock and heavy metal, Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic‘s hit television program That Metal Show with his passion for music. In his debut book, Eddie discusses his most essential bands, his unique personal experiences with them, his favorite “Stump the Trunk” anecdotes and trivia, as well as his favorite playlists.
Whether you’re a classic METALLICA or MEGADETH metalhead or prefer the hair metal of old-school BON JOVI or POISON, Eddie Trunk‘s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal salutes all who are ready to rock!
The new book also features a foreword from JUDAS PRIEST frontman ROB HALFORD.
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford was asked by about.com on the recent string of highly publicized suicides by gay teenagers and what he thinks can be done to help prevent them.
“I think, more than anything, it’s a picture of the way life is,” Halford replied. “You have all this sexting going on, and cyberbullying going on. It’s absolutely heartbreaking when people are driven to the point where they are taking their own lives.
“I’m pleased that talented people like Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are speaking out. They are far more articulate than I am.
“The most imporant thing is to show the love and support that is out there for everybody, whether you’re being bullied or not. It’s important to look after each other and to nurture each other, especially in your school years.
“I saw bullying when I was a kid growing up in school. It has always been there.
“It’s a very peculiar thing.
“It’s a shame that it takes horrible tragedies like this to bring the spotlight back on. It has to stay there now. It can’t just fizzle out in a couple weeks, like things tend to do in the media.
“Programs need to be installed in schools, or reinforced. Parents need to keep an eye on their kids a little bit more. The social interaction that’s available 24 hours a day has to be utilized in a strong, educating, promotional way to let people who are going through those periods of their lives know that there’s always somebody you can talk to.
“Don’t feel alone. There’s a way we can help each other get through these types of difficulties.”
HALFORD‘s new NASCAR-themed, animated-music video, “Made Of Metal“, created by London-based animator Dean Wright, can be viewed below.
HALFORD, the band fronted by JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, will release its new album, “Halford IV – Made Of Metal“, on September 27 (Europe), September 28 (North America) and October 13 (Japan).
Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, “Made Of Metal” features 14 new songs penned exclusively by Rob Halford.
Commented Halford: “It has been a long wait for the global HALFORD fan base, and of course I’m very pleased to return with ‘Halford IV – Made Of Metal’ this September. It is probably the most personal release of my solo career in terms of my writing and performances.
“‘Halford IV – Made Of Metal’ hits hard on many musical and emotional levels. I’m certain it will be recognized as one of the band’s best releases, and I’m looking forward to performing the new tracks this year and reconnecting the HALFORD band with its legions of metal fans.”
“Halford IV – Made Of Metal” track listing:
02. Fire and Ice
03. Made Of Metal
04. Speed Of Sound
05. Like There¹s No Tomorrow
06. Till The Day I Day
07. We Own The Night
09. Hell Razor
10. Thunder and Lightning
11. Twenty-Five Years
13. I Know We Stand A Chance
14. The Mower
For more HALFORD click here.
OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows — in support of his album “Scream” (Epic Records) and latest single, “Life Won’t Wait” — are part the of the rock legend’s in-progress 18-month world tour on which he’s earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G.). HALFORD, featuring legendary JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark Ozzy‘s first headlining North American tour since 2007′s trek for his “Black Rain” album. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available for each show on the North American tour through two unique meet-and-greet packages. VIP packages go on sale Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. (local venue time) and are limited to four per show date for the met-and-greet package and eight per show date for the party package. Descriptions of the two VIP packages are as follows:
* The “Ozzy Osbourne Meet-And-Greet Package” is limited to 30 tickets per show and amenities include: premium seating within the first three rows of the stage, meet-and-greet and personal photograph with Ozzy, VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave and a variety of Ozzy tour- related items.
* The “Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package” — available to the first 200 buyers —-includes a ticket located within the first 10 rows of the stage, VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave and a variety of Ozzy tour-related items.
The preliminary tour dates are as follows (with more dates to be announced):
Nov. 12 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 16 – Calgary, AB – Pengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 18 – Edmonton, MB – Rexall Place
Nov. 20 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Nov. 23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 25 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place
Nov. 27 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Dec. 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
Dec. 03 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
Dec. 05 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Metal God Entertainment and ROB HALFORD have announced the release of Halford IV – Made Of Metal, featuring 14 new Halford studio recordings, debuting world-wide September 27th (UK, EU), September 28th (North America) and October 13, 2010 (Japan).
Produced by Roy Z. and recorded during 2009 and 2010, Made Of Metal showcases a bulk of material (words and music) penned exclusively by Rob Halford. Made Of Metal features 14 new Halford studio tracks including ‘The Mower’, ‘Made Of Metal’, ‘Fire And Ice’, ‘Till The Day I Die’, ‘Undisputed’, ‘Heartless’ and ‘Thunder And Lightning‘.
For more ROB HALFORD click here.
From June 21st – June 29th, Metal God Records and Rob Halford invite all unsigned, North American hard rock and metal bands to send an e-mail which must include: Your name and contact details, urls to your photos and music to: SFOpeningAct@RobHalford.com
The selected band will receive $500 for its performance, and the selected band must cover all expenses to and from the San Francisco Regency Ballroom on July 17th, 2010. Additional conditions apply.
Rob Halford will select the winning band on Thursday, July 1st.
For more information go to robhalford.com
14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (OZZFest)
17 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park (Chicago), IL (OZZFest)
19 – First Niagra Pavillion – Burgettstown, PA (OZZFest)
21 – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT (OZZFest)
22 – Susquehanna – Camden, NJ (OZZFest)
24 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (OZZFest)
For more information on Rob Halford visit his official website here.