Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 9: JUDAS PRIEST

As part of the 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the year.

Finalists for the 5th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, January 15.

2014 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10


hennemusic Rock News Artist of The Year No. 9 – JUDAS PRIEST

Judas Priest began 2014 with a guest appearance on The Simpsons that saw the band rocking a parody version of their 1980 classic, “Breaking The Law.”

A week later, the FOX animated sitcom backtracked on a “death metal” reference that encompassed Priest’s cameo in the show by including the group in the opening blackboard sequence.

In late February, the band hosted the first all-metal edition of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

April saw the first glimpses of information about a new album, which was revealed on April 28 when the group shared the cover art and streamed the title track to “Redeemer Of Souls.”

Singer Rob Halford confirmed in May that he would undergo a hernia operation before Priest headed out on tour in support of the project, which saw its release in early July.

Priest launched “Redeemer Of Souls” with an autograph session at New York’s Hard Rock Café, which saw Halford and guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner on hand to meet the fans.

The metal legends scored the first US Top 10 of their career with their 17th album, which debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold.

Priest launched their 40th anniversary tour in Rochester, NY on October 1, with shows wrapping up in Tacoma, WA on November 22 – where the group was joined by openers Steel Panther for their 1980 classic, “Living After Midnight.”

Last month, the rockers announced plans to release an expanded 30th anniversary edition of their 1984 album, “Defenders Of The Faith”, in March.

The 3CD package will include the original album, fully remastered and a complete live recording from the ‘Defenders’ tour, recorded at the Long Beach Arena in California on May 5, 1984.

2014 came to a close on December 31 with news that Priest will be joining Ozzy Osbourne and Motorhead on the 2015 Monsters tour, with the first show confirmed for Porto Alegre, Brazil on April 30.

See also:

2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards announced
Van Halen and Pearl Jam top the 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year