SMASHING PUMPKINS To Release ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.’ Album In November

Grammy Award-winning, acclaimed alternative rock luminaries THE SMASHING PUMPKINS announced their new LP “Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.”. Recorded at Shangri La Studios with legendary producer Rick Rubin, the LP is the band’s first in over 18 years to feature founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

“Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” will be released will on November 16 on Billy Corgan’s own Martha’s Music under exclusive license to Napalm Records via a strategic worldwide partnership.

“Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.” track listing:

01. Knights of Malta
02. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
03. Travels
04. Solara
05. Alienation
06. Marchin’ On
07. With Sympathy
08. Seek And You Shall Destroy

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS recently sat down with Zane Lowe for an exclusive interview on Beats 1 on Apple Music to discuss reuniting, their new LP, touring together for the first time in 18 years, and more. Tune in to hear the conversation in full on Monday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Earlier this summer, the newly reformed lineup shared the first glimpse of their new music with the LP’s lead single “Solara”. “Solara” is available now to stream and download now via all digital services. The track’s dreamlike music video was directed by Nick Koenig and expands on the theatrics of the band’s catalog of iconic music videos.

Last week, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS wrapped their monumental “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour”, which sold over 300,000 tickets across North America and sold-out arenas, including The Forum, United Center, and Madison Square Garden. Produced by Live Nation, the tour was the band’s first in nearly two decades to feature Corgan, Chamberlin and Iha, alongside Schroeder, bassist Jack Bates and keyboardist Katie Cole.

This fall, the band will perform in London, United Kingdom, and Bologna, Italy, before returning to Chicago, Illinois for a special 30th-anniversary series performance for WKQX’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas”.

Formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS released their heralded debut album, “Gish”, in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993’s four-times-multi-platinum “Siamese Dream” and 1995’s 10-times-platinum “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”.

NEAL MORSE Signs With Frontiers Music SRL For Next Release

Frontiers Music Srl is honored to announce the signing of a monumental project entitled Jesus Christ – The Exorcist,a Progressive Rock Opera written and produced by legendary musician and singer Neal Morse with performances by Neal and an all-star cast of singers and musicians.


Neal explains, “Sometimes providence comes with a whisper; sometimes it comes with an unexpected phone call. A friend of mine who works in the music business called me from New York one day in 2008 and said, “‘Hey man, a friend and I were listening to Jesus Christ Superstar last night and were saying, ‘Man, somebody ought to do a new rock opera based on the Jesus story’. I told my friend, ‘I know the guy!’ He went on to tell me I ought to write an epic prog piece based on the gospels. With a New York accent he said, ‘Ya gotta do it!’ I laughed and said, ‘Well, I’m busy right now, but I’ll think about it.’ Over the next couple of months, I began to feel that “yes” inside and spent a few months writing the first draft. The strong sense that I was onto something continued to grow and the people that sang on the original version were really into it. However, my friend from New York, (Michael Caplan) shopped it around and a lot of people loved it, but it never found a home….until NOW! Again, the phone rang and it was Michael. He said, ‘You’re not gonna believe this, but I’ve got a company interested in the musical!’ I replied, ‘That’s great, ’cause I am in the middle of a rewrite as we are putting it on at Morsefest 2018 in a few months.’ Very timely! The company is called Frontiers Music Srl and after some communication, we struck a deal! Cool! So, here we are…ready to record and release this collection of songs and themes that is very dear to my heart and I believe tells the greatest story ever told in a powerful, new way.”


With a cast of amazing singers and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”


With recordings set to commence imminently, the record will be released in 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. In the meantime, you can hear an audio sample of DEMOS of the musical here.


Additionally, the project will be performed live for the very first time on Saturday, September 15th at [Morse]Fest 2018 in Cross Plains, TN! “JESUS CHRIST – THE EXORCIST”, the world premiere of a musical written by Neal Morse will be performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists will include Ted Leonard (Spock’s Beard, Enchant), Nick D’Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock’s Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
FULL CAST:
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David – Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio – Judas
Rick Florian – The Devil
John Schlitt – Caiaphas
Matt Smith – John the Baptist, Pharisee 3
Jake Livgren – Peter, Pharisee 4
Neal Morse – Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue – Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse – Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1,
Gabe Klein – Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein – Demon 4
Julie Harrison – Servant Girl


Plus strings, horns, orchestral percussion, vocal ensemble, and choir!


Visuals by Christian Rios.


More info and ticket information for [Morse]Fest 2018 is available here.


Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Progressive (“Prog”) Rock musicians, there is now no doubt that Neal Morse is a prolific musical driving force and his desire to move people through his music burns brighter than ever before. Born in California in 1960 to a musical family, Morse played in many bands during his youth, learning and mastering several instruments along the way. In 1995, he wrote and recorded The Light with his then new band, Spock’s Beard. It was an album grounded strongly in the then-unfashionable progressive rock genre, but the album and especially the title track became modern prog classics and brought Morse and the band global recognition. Over the next seven years, Spock’s Beard released six critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings, while establishing a passionate fan base in the Prog Rock community.


In 2000, he formed the prog supergroup Transatlantic with drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Marillion‘s Pete Trewavas, and The Flower KingsRoine Stolt. In a remarkably brief but productive few days together, they knocked out SMPTe, a richly received, massive work of vintage, long form prog. Two years later, the sophomore release, Bridge Across Forever, solidified Transatlantic’s global appeal. Additionally, in 2008 he also joined another prog rock supergroup, Flying Colors featuring Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic), and Casey McPherson. The band has released two studio albums and two live releases.


In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from secular music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After success with Spock’s Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his Christian faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn’t have worried. As the Testimony Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply life affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004’s One, a conceptual album that was a vast, rewarding piece of music that reached new heights. Morse, Portnoy, and George stayed on this musical journey together until Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band in 2015 on The Grand Experiment album. This collective effort saw collaboration between all of the members and has subsequently yielded another studio album, the astonishingly brilliant Similitude Of A Dream, and two live releases.


Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.

AUDIOTOPSY Reveal Grooving New Track “What Am I?”

AUDIOTOPSY, the American heavy rock quartet featuring the deft musical talents of guitarist Greg Tribbett and drummer Matt McDonough – both of Grammy-nominated metal band Mudvayne – as well as Billy Keeton of Skrape and bassist Perry Stern, will release their second full-length release, The Real Now, on November 2, 2018 via Megaforce Records. Self-produced with vocal production and mixing completed by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot, Mudvayne), The Real Now is available for pre-order now via Amazon, and will be available via more digital retailers very soon.


The band is pleased to reveal the first single cut from The Real Now, the grooving “What Am I?”, via Guitar World. Listen here.


Guitarist Greg Tribbett says about the track: “‘What Am I?’ touches upon finding yourself and the true meaning of life. Life is ever-changing and you never know what is around the corner. Musically, I really wanted to concentrate on single note riffs in the verses. Something easy but mesmerizing. Then to a wide-open chorus. The bridge is single-noted as well with underlying picking patterns leaving room for vocal melodies.”
 
“This record is really well rounded with the AUDIOTOPSY sound. There are very cool atmospheric vibes as well as old school metal riffs! Enjoy.”


He adds information regarding the guitars used on the album: “The guitars on this album were recorded at Valve Studios in Dallas. I used my Legator Guitars along with a Mesa Dual Rectifier and an Egnator Armageddon Head. This is a combined sound you will hear. Also used DR Strings for that crisp attack. I tried something different on this record and tuned down to A for all the songs. Low aggressive vibe.”


Featuring both fast-paced headbangers and melodic, grooving anthems, The Real Now conjures nostalgic turn-of-the-century alt-metal influences while never sacrificing crystal clean, modern metallic drive and swagger. Heart-clenching vocals and unforgettable guitar riffs grip the listener from track one. Tracks like “Panic On The Airwaves” and “What Am I?” summon deep, numbing grooves while driving anthems like “Hologram” feature non-stop power rhythms and energy. No AUDIOTOPSY release would be complete without a melodic climax, which comes in the form of the chill-inspiring track “Hurt Down”.
The Real Now track listing:
1) War
2) Hologram
3) Panic on the Airwaves
4) Fade Away
5) Hurt Down
6) What Am I?
7) If Only
8) A Death Benefit


AUDIOTOPSY began writing together in 2014 with the goal of setting themselves apart with their songwriting and dynamic presentation. Upon quickly recognizing the chemistry, they began the journey of recording their debut album, Natural Causes. Metal Injection praised the album’s energy, describing it as “remarkable”, while Metal Wani called it “a welcome surprise to the metal scene” and New Noise Magazine dubbed it “an artfully inspired rock and metal mixture”. The Real Now builds upon that praise, and then some.

VESSEL OF LIGHT, Featuring Founding Members of Hades, Non-Fiction and Ancient VVisdom, Release New Single

VESSEL OF LIGHT are pleased to reveal their new single, “One Way Out”, which can be streamed here.


VESSEL OF LIGHT features Ancient VVisdom‘s Nathan Opposition on drums and vocals and founding member of Hades and Non-Fiction, Dan Lorenzo, on guitars and bass. Lorenzo was also in The Cursed with Overkill‘s Bobby Blitz.


Coincidentally, Blitz is a huge fan of VESSEL OF LIGHT. Says Blitz, Dan and Nathan‘s collaboration is a marriage made in hell. Riffs from the depths and vocals in the twilight. What the devil has put together, may no man put asunder. I can’t wait for the reception.”


 
VESSEL OF LIGHT released their debut self-titled EP in November of last year. “One Way Out” is cut from their new LP/CD/DD release, Woodshed, out September 21 on Argonauta Records.


VESSEL OF LIGHT will perform their first ever show Saturday, September 29 at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC, opening for Life Of Agony. The show is already sold out.


Dan Lorenzo says, LOA used to open for Non-Fiction all the time and Joey Z has always been really supportive of my music. We are so happy they invited us to open for them. My former Hades buddies Jimmy Schulman and Ron Lipnicki (who was also in Overkill for ten years) will be playing with us live.”

DEE SNIDER Is “American Made” With New Video

DEE SNIDER released his critically acclaimed and metal radio topping new album For The Love Of Metal on July 27 via Napalm Records. Today unleashes his brand new music video for the track “American Made”.  Watch it HERE.


SNIDER speaks about the meaning behind the song, “I was watching the Olympics and couldn’t help but notice that no matter how ‘at each other’s throats’ we all appear to be politically these days, amazingly we are all unified when it comes to our country against another.  It made me realize that countries are like dysfunctional families: we may argue and fight amungst each other (You should have seen the extended Snider family Christmas this year.  People literally almost came to blows.  On Christmas!?), but should someone dare attack any one of us and the entire family will band together against the aggressor.  This goes for all countries.  This song is a song on unification – recognizing that there is a very important something we all share and should be proud of: where we are from.”


For The Love Of Metal was produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow).

Order For The Love Of Metal HERE!


For The Love Of Metal Track listing:
1. Lies Are A Business
2. Tomorrow’s No Concern
3. I am The Hurricane
4. American Made
5. Roll Over You
6. I’m Ready
7. Running Mazes
8. Mask
9. Become The Storm
10. The Hardest Way
11. Dead Hearts (Love Thy Enemy)
12. For The Love of Metal


Dee Snider Live:
9/14: Mixx360 Malden, MA
9/15: Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Festival show in East Durham NY
9/21: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ
9/22: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ
9/23: Horror Con – Atlantic City NJ


10/7: Forcefest, Mexico City
10/18: Rocktopia  Bergen Performing Arts Center  Englewood, NJ
10/20: Rocktopia Tiles Center, Greenvale,  NY
10/24: Rocktopia The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
10/25: Rocktopia Akron Civic Theatre, Akron, OH
10/26: Rocktopia Powers Memorial Auditorium, Youngstown, PA
10/27: Rocktopia Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH


11/2 – 11/4: Rhode Island Comicon
11/10 – 11/12: Ottawa Tattoo Convention in Canada
11/17:  La Generala Biker Fest 2018 – Zapopan , Jalisco, Guadalajara



12/1: Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, El Paso, TX
12/5: Pakkahuone – Tempere, Finland
12/7: Oulo, Finland
12/8: Helsinki, Finland


2019
1/31: Sydney – Manning – SPOKEN
2/1:  Sydney – Manning – SHOUTED
2/2:  Melbourne – Croxton – SHOUTED
2/3:  Melbourne – Croxton – SPOKEN


3/2- 3-9:80’s Cruise Cruise to Ft Lauderdale, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, Key West


3/23: São Paulo, Brazil


6/2:  Metalfest Open Air Festival,  Plzen, Czech Republic

RIVERS OF NIHIL To Kick Off North American Tour With Revocation, Exhumed, And Yautja

RIVERS OF NIHIL will take to the streets again next week on a month-long North American trek supporting labelmates Revocation. The journey begins September 17th in Baltimore, Maryland and will run through October 20th in Boston Massachusetts. Additional support will be provided by Exhumed and Yautja. See all confirmed dates below.


RIVERS OF NIHIL will be touring in support of their latest full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, which debuted on the Billboard and Canadian music charts upon its first week of release earning #3 Top New Artist Albums (Billboard/US), #9 Current Hard Music Albums (Billboard/US), #57 Top 200 Current Albums (Billboard/US), #61 Top 200 Albums (Billboard/US), #50 Top 200 Chart (Canada), and #10 Top Hard Music Charts (Canada). Named, “one of the best progressive death metal albums in years,” by Heavy Blog Is Heavy and one of, “2018’s best metal albums…so far,” by Loudwire, Where Owls Know My Name can be previewed and purchased at metalblade.com/riversofnihil.

RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Revocation, Exhumed, Yautja: 

9/17/2018 Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
9/18/2018 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
9/19/2018 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
9/21/2018 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/22/2018 Come & Take It Live – Austin, TX
9/23/2018 Rail Club – Ft Worth, TX
9/24/2018 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK
9/26/2018 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
9/27/2018 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/28/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/29/2018 Union – Los Angeles, CA
9/30/2018 Phoenix Theatre – Petaluma, CA
10/01/2018 Holy Diver – Sacramento, CA
10/03/2018 Astoria – Vancouver, BC **
10/04/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
10/05/2018 Highline – Seattle, WA
10/06/2018 Dante’s – Portland, OR
10/07/2018 Shredder – Boise, ID
10/09/2018 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
10/10/2018 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
10/11/2018 Amsterdam Bar & Grill – Minneapolis, MN
10/12/2018 Reggies -Chicago, IL
10/13/2018 The Outpost – Kent, OH
10/14/2018 Loving Touch – Detroit, MI
10/15/2018 Hard Luck – Toronto, ON **
10/16/2018 Mavericks – Ottawa, ON **
10/17/2018 Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC **
10/18/2018 Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
10/19/2018 Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
10/20/2018 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
** No Exhumed

TENACIOUS D Announces New Album ‘Post Apocalypto’

Acclaimed rock duo and basically everyone’s favorite band ever TENACIOUS D — comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass — will release not one but two incredible works this fall. Both are called “Post-Apocalypto”. Both are amazing. Here’s what you need to know:

“Post-Apocalypto” — the series — is an original, six-part animated video series from the minds of TENACIOUS D. Each frame of every episode was hand-drawn by Jack himself, with every character voiced by Black and Gass. The series begins rolling out on September 28 via TENACIOUS D‘s YouTube page, with a new episode every Friday after that.

All six episodes feature new TENACIOUS D songs, culminating in a new TENACIOUS D album — also called “Post-Apocalypto” — released on November 2. As each episode goes up, a song from that episode can also be heard via all DSPs. Produced by John Spiker, and featuring longtime collaborator Dave Grohl on drums, “Post-Apocalypto” — the album — is a genius addition to the D‘s already-scintillating catalogue of rock greatness.

True to the title, “Post-Apocalypto” finds TENACIOUS D thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction following the drop of an atomic bomb. Surviving the attack in classic cinematic fashion (a good old imperishable 1950s refrigerator), the duo quickly learns that new forms of evil have spawned from the blast. One thing becomes apparent — for humanity to prevail, TENACIOUS D must save the world.

With unimaginable twists and turns, an insane visit to the White House, a time machine, a space adventure, and the help of some tried and true daddy issues, “Post-Apocalypto” is as hilarious as it is political, and as brilliant and multi-faceted as its incredible creators. The songs are damn good, too.

“Post-Apocalypto” (the album) will be available digitally, on CD, and on translucent green vinyl. There is also a limited-edition “Post-Apocalypto” vinyl picture disc that will only be available on the band’s online store.

TENACIOUS D will be playing sold out shows across the country this fall. Tour dates are below.

The dates are:

Oct. 06 – San Bernardino, CA @ Cal Jam 18
Nov. 03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov. 04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
Nov. 05 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Nov. 07 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
Nov. 08 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Nov. 09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Nov. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
Nov. 12 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Nov. 13 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Nov. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Dec. 10 – Calgary, Canada @ Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
Dec. 11 – Edmonton, Canada @ Show Conference Centre
Dec. 13 – Vancouver, Canada @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Dec. 14 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Dec. 15 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Dec. 17 – Oakland, CA @ FOX Theater
Dec. 31 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint

OZZY OSBOURNE Joins Forces With JUDAS PRIEST For European Tour

OZZY OSBOURNE will embark on the next European tour of the “No More Tours 2” in early 2019. “Special guests” on the trek will be British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST.

Ozzy said in a statement: “I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”

The dates are as follows:

Jan. 30 – 3arena, Dublin, Ireland
Feb. 01 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, UK
Feb. 03 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Feb. 05 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK

Feb. 07 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
Feb. 09 – Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK
Feb. 11 – O2 Arena, London, UK
Feb. 13 – Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany
Feb. 15 – Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Feb. 17 – Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany
Feb. 19 – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany
Feb. 22 – Tele2, Stockholm, Sweden
Feb. 24 – Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Feb. 27 – Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
Mar. 01 – Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Mar. 03 – Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain

Tickets will go on sale this coming Friday, September 7.

Despite the fact that “No More Tours 2” is being billed as his farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne insists that he is not calling it quits. “I’m not retiring,” he told Rolling Stone in an interview. “It’s ‘No More Tours’, so I’m just not doing world tours anymore. I’m still going to be doing gigs, but I’m not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I’d like to spend some time at home.”

Osbourne, who spent the last few years touring with BLACK SABBATH before the legendary heavy metal act retired from the road, said that he wanted to “slow it down a little” and be there for his family. “I enjoy being a grandfather. I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”

After he completes the tour, Ozzy said that he would consider possibly making a new album. He told Rolling Stone that he had “eight or nine good song ideas” for the follow-up to 2010’s “Scream”, including “Mr. Armageddon” and “Crack Cocaine”.” He will also play sporadic one-off shows but will not stay on the road for months at a time.

“It’s what I do,” Ozzy said. “It’s my job. And when I say, ‘It’s my job,’ I mean it’s a passion for me. It’s the greatest love affair I ever had, being in a rock band and playing for the people who come to the shows.”

“No More Tours 2” is a reference to Ozzy‘s 1992 “No More Tours” trek, which marked the first time the singer announced the end of his days as a touring artist. The tour name was a pun based on the title of his then-most recent solo album, “No More Tears”. Ozzy returned to action three years later and has been on the road ever since.

Last year, Ozzy reunited with guitarist Zakk Wylde, who played on studio albums such as “No Rest For The Wicked”, “No More Tears” and “Ozzmosis” and who has toured on and off with Ozzy for nearly thirty years.

Ozzy has played a number of solo shows since doing his final concerts with BLACK SABBATH a year and a half ago. The legendary band wrapped up its forty-nine-year career with a year-long farewell tour, ending with two shows in its hometown of Birmingham, England.

JUDAS PRIEST is touring in support of its latest album, “Firepower”, which was released in March via Epic.

“Firepower” entered the Billboard 200 chart at position No. 5, making it the band’s highest-charting album ever. 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” debuted and peaked at No. 6, while 2008’s “Nostradamus” landed at No. 11 and 2005’s “Angel Of Retribution” came in at No. 13.

“Firepower” moved 49,000 equivalent album units in first week of release. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales, just shy of the 54,000 copies sold by “Angel Of Retribution” in that album’s first week. The “Firepower” chart position was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band’s spring 2018 North American tour.

Longtime JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton found out he had Parkinson’s disease four years ago — after being stricken by the degenerative condition at least half a decade earlier — but only recently announced he was going to sit out touring activities in support of “Firepower”. The guitarist, who is now 70 and has performed on every PRIEST LP since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka Rolla”, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live. He is being replaced on the road by “Firepower” producer Andy Sneap, who is also known as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrashers SABBAT.