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  • Blabbermouth reports JUDAS PRIEST members Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Richie Faulkner (guitair) and Scott Travis (drums) took part in the first all-metal edition of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, which ran from February 27 to March 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also serving as counselors were Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE), Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) and Phil Soussan (OZZY OSBOURNE).  Commented JUDAS PRIEST: "We had a great time at the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. [We] met some great fans and had a really good time performing with all the campers bands and seeing some old friends!"  Check out photos at this location. Video footage can be seen below. Halford told last August that the fantasy camp organizers wanted PRIEST to participate "for quite a long time, actually. Just because of various points on the colander, we were never able to attend and to be involved."  "I think they're just looking for some professional tips and want to hear from the voice of experience," Halford said about the campers. "It's one thing to sing in the shower and it's another thing to sing on stage. They're two totally different worlds. So it'll be an opportunity for me to do the best I can to answer questions — How do you sing this note? How do you manage to scream like that? How do you breathe? How are you able to keep up that type of intensity? I'll try to explain myself as best as possible and give some insight into what it's like to be a metal singer."  JUDAS PRIEST is putting the finishinig touches on its new studio album for a tentative late 2014 release. Halford described the CD's sound to as "hard. It's heavy. It's something we think our PRIEST fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about JUDAS PRIEST— I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered."










  • Blabbermouth reports singer Geoff Tate — who was fired from the Seattle progressive rock band QUEENSRŸCHE in 2012 after fronting it for three decades — has apologized to the group's fans for the "totally distasteful" war of words that played out in the press and court documents following the split, saying that there will be a "bright side" once a settlement has been reached over the rights to the QUEENSRŸCHE name.  During an appearance on last night's (Friday, March 7) edition of "Eddie Trunk Rocks" (formerly "Friday Night Rocks") radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM, Tate addressed QUEENSRŸCHE fans directly, saying: "Thank you for all the amazing letters and support people have given me in the last couple of years. It's been inspiring.  "I feel so sorry for people that have loved this band and watched this totally distasteful situation happen in the press." He continued: "It's so confusing for people, 'cause they can't discern what is hype and what is Internet rumor versus what is truth and what's a court case. In any other court case, there's so much untruth that gets said because people are trying to win. And the fans really get caught up in the middle of it. It's a very frustrating, confusing situation and I'm so sorry that it had to play out this way. But there will be a bright side, I promise everybody, and I'm looking forward to that as much as I'm sure they are."  Tate and his former bandmates recently requested more time to hammer out a settlement in their legal battle over the rights to the group's name.  King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus signed a new order continuing trial date, allowing the parties four more weeks to come to an agreement over the use of the QUEENSRŸCHE name and its associated trademarks. If they cannot reach an agreement during that period, the five-day, non-jury trial is set to begin on April 7.  Tate and his former bandmates were previously granted five additional weeks in two separate trial continuances in January and February to work on the details of their settlement agreement.  Tate and his wife, Susan, QUEENSRŸCHE's former manager, filed a lawsuit in June 2012 asking the judge to award them the rights to the band's name in exchange for Tate paying Eddie Jackson (bass), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) the fair market value for their interests in the QUEENSRŸCHE companies. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson filed a countersuit against the Tates in which they accused Geoff of creative obstruction and violent behavior, and Susan Tate of questionable business practices.  While ruling against Tate, the presiding judge determined that there was no legal hurdle in Tate also using the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. "I don't see any reason that Mr. Tate can't have the benefit, if he gets other members, of whatever name he uses of using the brand," Superior Court Judge Carol A. Schapira said during the July 13, 2012 court hearing. "I think [doing that would be] inherently confusing, although I'm sure the market can get these things sorted out," she added.  Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE now features Tate along with guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and the band's latest additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DIO, ANIMETAL USA) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET).  "Frequency Unknown", the latest album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE, sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on April 23, 2013, the CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California.  Read more at Classic Rock
  • Blabbermouth reports FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with Dutch singer Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER). You can now watch the chat in three parts below. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).  On what her role in NIGHTWISH is going to be now that she has been upgraded from a touring singer to a full-time/permanent member:  Floor: "I guess that's something that needs to be seen, how I can grow into my role within the band, because I have been a guest musician for the whole 'Imaginaerum' tour. So, of course, I knew I was gonna stay, but the whole concept of all that was already there. So for the upcoming album, I don't know how that will grow. I, of course, have my experience, and so do the guys, and I can't imagine myself, with my personality, sitting back and saying, 'Yeah, do whatever and I'll follow.' But on the other hand, they know exactly what they're doing — they've proven to be able to write great songs and to put out something that totally… where all the pictures match and where the whole concept is one. And I guess it's a process to see how I can add with my creativity and how my input is gonna be there. I can imagine, I have my feelings and ideas about stage outfits, but also with the songwriting, Tuomas [Holopainen, NIGHTWISH keyboardist] is definitely the master of the writing process, he's the guy in charge, but Marco [Hietala, NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist] also writes and the whole band comes together and makes the puzzle work. So somewhere in that puzzle I'll get my share."  On whether she will be moving to Finland from The Netherlands in order to be closer to NIGHTWISH's home base:  Floor: "Out of practical reasons, I don't have to move to Finland. I mean, it's quite nearby, and you're there always for certain periods of time, for either a show or now for the recording period and there are facilities there where I can stay. But I'm studying Finnish, and it's one of the five most difficult languages in the world. And the more I learn, the more I realize that's definitely true. [Laughs] So I might move to Finland, at least for a while, to learn the language a bit better, 'cause you don't learn any language better than in the country itself."  On why she is studying Finnish:  Floor: "Well, imagine being in a group of 25 people. There are 20 Finnish people, there's one German, there's one Dutchie, and there's one… Or 20 people, let's say… And there are only two or three people who do not speak Finnish… whether it's a group of German people, Dutch people — wherever you're from. You always speak the language you hear most. So if there are 20 people, and 18 of them are Finnish, most people will speak Finnish amongst each other. Regardless of how well the NIGHTWISHguys and everyone involved speaks English, and they're very willing to translate, they still need to translate. And I feel if I wanna be part of the whole circus even more, be more involved, understand everyone better, even now that I'm studying, understanding the culture a bit better, in the long run, it's gonna make me feel like I fit in a little bit better. Even though they have welcomed me with open arms and I already feel at home — I call them my brothers and my family — I think being able to speak the language makes the unity even bigger."



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