JUDAS PRIEST Scores Highest Charting Album Ever In U.S. With ‘Firepower’

According to Billboard, JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Firepower” has 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 current North American tour.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

As previously reported, “Firepower” landed at position No. 5 on the U.K. album chart. It marks the band’s highest ranking, and first time in the Top 10, since “British Steel” reached No. 4 in 1980. Elsewhere, “Firepower” has also become PRIEST‘s first-ever No. 1 in Sweden.

“Firepower” was released on March 9 via Epic. The disc was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for “Firepower” was created by the Chilean/Italian artist Claudio Bergamin.

JUDAS PRIEST “Firepower” world tour marks the band’s first run of dates since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was retiring from the road due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is being replaced on tour by Sneap, also known for his work as the guitar player in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT.

Tipton was diagnosed with 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 album since the band’s 1974 debut set, “Rocka Rolla”, is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.

The North American leg of the “Firepower” tour will wrap on May 1 in San Antonio, Texas.


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Announces 2nd Leg Of North American Tour

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will embark on the second leg of its North American tour with CORROSION OF CONFORMITY and EYEHATEGOD this summer. Set to commence July 14 in Cadott, Wisconsin, the trek will make its way through nearly two dozen cities, coming to a close on August 11 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. local time and end on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “Blabbermouth” to access tickets before the general public.

Tour dates:

Jul. 14 – Cadott Rock Fest – Cadott, WI
Jul. 15 – Inkcarceration Music Festival – Mansfield, OH
Jul. 16 – Monarch Music Hall – Peoria, IA *
Jul. 17 – The Forge – Joliet, IL *
Jul. 18 – 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, MI
Jul. 20 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE
Jul. 21 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
Jul. 22 – Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS
Jul. 23 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
Jul. 25 – The Clyde Theatre – Wayne, IN
Jul. 27 – Si Hall At The Fairgrounds – Syracuse, NY
Jul. 28 – Impact Music Festival – Bangor, ME
Jul. 29 – The Webster – Hartford, CT*
Jul. 30 – The Queen – Wilmington, DE
Aug. 01 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Aug. 02 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Aug. 03 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
Aug. 05 – The Norva – Norfolk, VA
Aug. 07 – Rebel – Toronto, ON
Aug. 08 – Metlus – Montreal, QC
Aug. 09 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Aug. 10 – Paramount – Huntington, NY
Aug. 11 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ


BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s tenth full-length album, “Grimmest Hits”, was released on January 19 via Entertainment One (eOne).

Regarding the songwriting process for “Grimmest Hits”, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY frontman Zakk Wylde told the Omaha World-Herald: “The only ideas I really had [prior to going into the studio] were ‘The Only Words’. I wrote that when I was sitting in a hotel room. It reminded me of a CREAM thing. The only other riff I had laying around was ‘Trampled Down Below’.

“Every record that we do, it’s like a box of cracker jacks,” he continued. “We don’t know what we’re gonna get till we get there.

“That’s the whole fun thing about making records. You’re going in with, ‘Let’s see what happens.’

“You could be listening to ‘Heart Of Gold’ on the radio and then me and you listening to that, it’d be cool if we wrote something like that.

“A lot of things happen like that. You get sparked off by writing the riff. Listening to [LED] ZEPPELIN or [BLACK] SABBATH or THE ALLMAN BROTHERS. What you end up coming out with can be something different.”

In a separate interview with Beatroute, Zakk talked about how he came up with the title for the new BLACK LABEL SOCIETY album.

“The record company was like, ‘Are there any hits on this record?'” he said. “I said, ‘No. It’s rather bleak and rather grim.’ That’s why I went with ‘Grimmest Hits’. You see, in order to have greatest-hits album, you need to have one special ingredient: good songs. We don’t have any of those.”


Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar
John DeServio – Bass
Dario Lorina – Guitar
Jeff Fabb – Drums

ROB ZOMBIE’s ‘Devil’s Rejects’ Sequel Begins Shooting

ROB ZOMBIE's 'Devil's Rejects' Sequel Begins Shooting; Title Confirmed

Rob Zombie has confirmed “The Devil’s Rejects 2: Three From Hell” as the title of his next movie, a sequel to his 2005 horror hit “The Devil’s Rejects”. The film, which started shooting earlier today (Tuesday, March 13), is said to continue the story of the Firefly clan — Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, Bill Moseley as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby — whom we saw go down in a torrent of bullets at the end of the first film.

It’s not clear whether Zombie plans to resurrect the Firefly trio from the dead in some kind of supernatural fashion in the new film or has found a way to explain that they survived the original movie’s climactic shootout.

“The Devil’s Rejects” is widely considered Zombie‘s best film. It’s a semi-sequel to his directorial debut, 2003’s “House Of 1,000 Corpses”, which introduced the Firefly family.

Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was approached by the studio in record time about making a sequel to “House Of 1,000 Corpses”. “I went away for the weekend [the film opened], so they couldn’t find me till Monday,” he said. “So it was basically Monday. I think the film opened, like, on Thursday and I was gone, and they couldn’t find me, so by Monday they were already talking about it. Depending upon what you spent and what you made, I mean, that movie was profitable after one day. Whereas you get these other movies where they’re, like, ‘Oh my God, it made $100 million!’ and it’s still $100 million in the hole because they just spent so much.”

According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie is in negotiations with Saban Films and Lionsgate to release “The Devil’s Rejects 2” in theaters, VOD, and home video. Zombie distributed his last movie, the partially crowdfunded “31”, through both companies.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH To Release ‘And Justice For None’ Album In May

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will release its seventh full-length studio album, “And Justice For None”, on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order today in the following formats: standard physical CD (13 tracks), deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles. The digital album pre-order for “And Justice For None” will launch on April 6. Fans who pre-order the new album will also receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH‘s just-announced 32-date North American summer co-headlining amphitheater tour with BREAKING BENJAMIN.

“And Justice For None” (standard album) track listing:

01. Fake
02. Top Of The World
03. Sham Pain
04. Blue On Black

05. Fire In The Hole
06. I Refuse
07. It Doesn’t Matter
08. When The Seasons Change
09. Stuck In My Ways
10. Rock Bottom
11. Gone Away
12. Bloody
13. Will The Sun Ever Rise“And Justice For None” (deluxe album) track listing:

01. Trouble (Bonus Track)
02. Fake
03. Top Of The World
04. Sham Pain
05. Blue On Black
06. Fire In The Hole
07. I Refuse
08. It Doesn’t Matter
09. When The Seasons Change
10. Stuck In My Ways
11. Rock Bottom
12. Gone Away
13. Bloody
14. Will The Sun Ever Rise
15. Bad Seed (Bonus Track)
16. Save Your Breath (Bonus Track)

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is thrilled to be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with BREAKING BENJAMIN this summer. As special guests, they will bring along two of the most exciting new rock acts in the world: three-time-Grammy Award nominees NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES who are currently dominating the No. 1 spots on the mainstream, rock and metal charts in multiple countries around the world with their cover version of THE CRANBERRIES“Zombie”.

The summer amphitheater tour, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Productions, kicks off on July 16 in Seattle, Washington and will make stops in 32 North American cities. Last week, select dates were announced via Live Nation‘s “Ticket To Rock” program. Today, all dates are now available and VIP presale begins today at 12:00 p.m. EST. Fan-club members have access to the presale tomorrow, March 14 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at LiveNation.com. Watch a world premiere sneak peek of music from the new FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH album in the tour trailer below.

“When I’m asked for a tour quote I’m always scratching my head… Is there anything to add?” says FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist, Zoltan Bathory. “We are putting together 2018’s biggest hard rock tour of the summer; where even the first band on the bill has a massive hit single around the world. There will be fire, there will be lights and it’s going to be loud. An experience you can’t just download, you have to be there. We all get about 80 summers in our lifetimes, so make them count.”

“This is the type of tour package that is all too rare nowadays,” adds Larry Frank, owner, Frank Productions/Live Nation. “FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN, NOTHING MORE and BAD WOLVES is the kind of tour that keeps music alive and exciting and at the same time introduces the audience to newer bands that will become the next generation of arena rock acts.”

Fans purchasing a ticket to the tour will also support a good cause. The co-headliners will donate $0.50 from each ticket sold to two charity organizations close to their hearts. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has chosen C.O.P.S – Concerns Of Police Survivors, an organization whose mission is rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths, through partnerships with law enforcement and the community. BREAKING BENJAMIN has chosen Prevent Child Abuse America to help counteract the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children by promoting services that improve child well-being and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect.


Jul. 16 – White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA **
Jul. 18 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA **
Jul. 20 – Taco Bell Arena – Boise, ID
Jul. 21 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul. 24 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – San Francisco, CA
Jul. 25 – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
Jul. 27 – FivePoint Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
Jul. 29 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM **
Aug. 01 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Aug. 03 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX **
Aug. 04 – Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Aug. 06 – BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove – Southaven, MS
Aug. 07 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Aug. 09 – Heritage Park Amphitheatre – Simpsonville, SC
Aug. 11 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Aug. 12 – Verizon Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 14 – KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 15 – BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
Aug. 17 – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Aug. 18 – Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
Aug. 20 – Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
Aug. 22 – Lakeview Amphitheater – Syracuse, NY **
Aug. 24 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Aug. 25 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ **
Aug. 28 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Aug. 29 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Aug. 31 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center – Indianapolis, IN **
Sep. 01 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
Sep. 03 – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Center, NY
Sep. 06 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY **
Sep. 07 – XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT
Sep. 09 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH **


Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH spring festival dates

Apr. 20 – KUPD’s UFEST – Tempe, AZ
Apr. 21 – Las Rageous – Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 27 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
Apr. 28 – Fort Rock Fest – Sunrise, FL
May 05 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC

Previously announced FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH / SHINEDOWN spring U.S. tour dates:

May 06 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
May 08 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
May 10 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
May 11 – Westfair Amphitheatre – Council Bluffs, IA
May 12 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI *
May 14 – Salem Civic Center – Salem, VA
May 16 – Legacy Arena – Birmingham, AL
May 17 – Ford Center- Evansville, IN
May 18 – Mark of the Quad – Moline, IL
May 20 – Alerus Center – Grand Forks, ND
May 30 – Casper Events Center – Casper, WY

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Deluxe cover:

PARKWAY DRIVE To Release ‘Reverence’ Album In May

Australian metal band PARKWAY DRIVE will release its new studio album, “Reverence”, on May 4 via Epitaph Records.

Frontman Winston McCall states about the follow-up to 2015’s “Ire”: “‘Reverence’ represents the most honest and personal record we have ever created. It has been born through pain, sacrifice, and conviction, with the ultimate goal of expanding not only what PARKWAY DRIVE stand for musically, but who we are as people. Thank you for listening.”

01. Wishing Wells
02. Prey
03. Absolute Power
04. Cemetery Bloom

05. The Void
06. I Hope You Rot
07. Shadow Boxing
08. In Blood
09. Chronos
10. The Colour Of Leaving

The official video for “The Void” can be seen below. Directed by Allan Hardy, the clip fully channels the furious energy of “The Void”, a track built on thrashing rhythms, ferocious vocal work, and deeply infectious melodies.

Last month, PARKWAY DRIVE released the“Wishing Wells” single and video, featuring McCall giving a powerful close-up performance with fierce intensity.

PARKWAY DRIVE is McCall, guitarists Luke Kilpatrick and Jeff Ling, bassist Jia O’Connor and drummer Ben Gordon.

PEARL JAM Confirms New Album

PEARL JAM Confirms New Album

PEARL JAM has confirmed that its first new studio album in nearly five years is on its way. A song called “Can’t Deny Me” from the upcoming disc was first released as a surprise early download to active members of the band’s fan club over the weekend and has since been made available for purchase at PearlJam.com and via all digital stores and streaming services.

“Can’t Deny Me” was co-produced by the band and longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien and was recorded in Seattle in February. The music for the track was written by guitarist Mike McCready and lyrics by singer Eddie Vedder. Artwork for the single was created by bassist Jeff Ament and videographer Kevin Shuss. The song appears to take direct aim at President Donald Trump — albeit without mentioning his name.

Additional song credits:

Jeff Ament – Bass
Matt Cameron – Drums, Percussion
Stone Gossard – Guitar
Mike McCready – Guitar, Percussion, Typewriter

Eddie Vedder – Vocals, GuitarPEARL JAM kicks off a South American tour later this week. They also have shows scheduled for Europe and North America in the coming months.

Vedder had previously called out Trump during the singer’s solo performances over the last year, including taking a knee in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Photo credit: Danny Clinch

ALICE COOPER Announces Summer 2018 North American Tour

ALICE COOPER Announces Summer 2018 North American Tour

Rock icon Alice Cooper, who released his 27th album, “Paranormal”, last July via earMUSIC, has announced his summer 2018 tour plans. Following on his current “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper” March run, the tireless legend will embark on another North American trek. The summer tour kicks off on August 3 at the Wisconsin State Fair and winds through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up in September.

This leg is also “A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper”. The Las Vegas and Los Angeles dates will feature special guest — guitarist Ace Frehley.

Tour dates:

Aug. 03 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 05 – Sioux Falls, SD – Washington Pavilion
Aug. 06 – Kansas City, MO – Kauffman Center for The Performing Arts
Aug. 08 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pike’s Peak Center
Aug. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea
Aug. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Aug. 14 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic
Aug. 15 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino
Aug. 18 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Everett, WA – Angel of the Winds Arena
Aug. 20 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Aug. 22 – Calgary, AB – Southern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 23 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Jubilee Auditorium
Aug. 25 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
Aug. 26 – Estevan, SK – Affinity Place
Aug. 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Aug. 29 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
Aug. 30 – St. Paul, MN – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Sep. 01 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre
Sep. 02 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
Sep. 04 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Sep. 06 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Sep. 07 – York, PA – York Fair

In other Alice Cooper news, he will portray King Herod in the upcoming live television production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. The show is set to air on Easter Sunday (April 1) on NBC.

Produced by Bob Ezrin, “Paranormal” was immediately saluted as a classic album, strong of the collaboration with iconic guests such as ZZ TOP‘s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen and DEEP PURPLE‘s Roger Glover.

Cooper, who turned 70 last month, said in a 2017 interview that he has no plans to retire from touring. “The live show is something I’ll never give up,” he said. “To me, the lyrics to the songs are the script to what’s going to happen on stage. If you sing ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’, you have to give the fans something. There are places where you have to kill the ballerina, you know. That’s how I design the show. It’s all about the lyrics.”