JUDAS PRIEST – The Chosen Few

Album: The Chosen Few
Release date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

“Priest has always meant one thing – take no prisoners. For decades.  Across one continent to the next, they have never wavered in their commitment to treating the Stage as Holy Ground…”
 – Gene Simmons, KISS

Sony Music are proud to announce the release of a unique Judas Priest album.  The Chosen Few is an album curated by Judas Priest’s contemporaries in the music world – each artist picking their own favourite Priest track and explaining why it is special to them. Included are legends such as Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Joe Elliott, Slash, Lemmy, Kerry King and Corey Taylor. All build an album from the very best of Judas Priest – from 1977’s “Diamonds And Rust” through to 1990’s “Painkiller”. A selection of excerpts are below:

“The blueprint for the epic rock ballad. Copied thousands of times, never eclipsed.”

“This has always been one of my favorite Judas Priest songs…. I just want to know what the fuck that note is that Rob Halford hits in the beginning of the song. Fucking hell!! That note is probably just below what only dogs can hear.”

“For a metal band, Priest has always used tons of melody… when you have a singer as great as Rob Halford, you have to write great riffs WITH great melodies, you can’t just have riffs. Living After Midnight is the perfect example…”

“Judas Priest have put out their fair share of great albums to be sure. But my all time favourite is Screaming For Vengeance. It was and still is, one of the best metal records ever produced and the title track is in my humble opinion, still ahead of its time.”

“Judas Priest: the blueprint for the ultimate heavy metal band…..”

The Chosen Few tracklisting is as follows:

1) Diamonds And Rust (1977) – chosen by Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

2) Dissident Aggressor (1977) – chosen by Steve Vai

3) Exciter (1978) – chosen by Accept

4) Beyond The Realms Of Death (1978) – chosen by Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

5) Delivering The Goods (1979) – chosen by Kerry King (Slayer)

6) The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown) (1979) – chosen by David Coverdale (Whitesnake) & Randy Blythe (Lamb of God) 

7) The Ripper (1979) – chosen by Ozzy Osbourne

8) Victim Of Changes (1979) – chosen by James Hetfield (Metalliica)

9) Breaking The Law (1980) – chosen by Lemmy (Motorhead)

10) Rapid Fire (1980) – chosen by Vinnie Paul (Pantera & Hell Yeah)

11) Grinder (1980) – chosen by Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

12) Living After Midnight (1980) – chosen by Alice Cooper & Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

13) Screaming For Vengeance (1982) – chosen by Slash (Guns n Roses)

14) You’ve Got Another Thing Coming (1982) – chosen by Klaus Meine (Scorpions) & Corey Taylor (Slipknot)

15) The Sentinel (1984) – chosen by Chris Jericho

16) Turbo Lover (1986) – chosen by Jonathan Davis (Korn)

17) Painkiller (1990) – chosen by Joe Satriani

Confirmed North American concert engagements:

12 October    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
14 October    Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
15 October  The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
16 October    Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
18 October    Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
19 October    Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
21 October    AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
22 October    San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA  
23 October    Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
25 October    Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA  
27 October    Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
29 October    WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
30 October    Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
1 November    Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
2 November    Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
4 November    Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
5 November    1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
8 November    US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
9 November    Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
10 November  The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
12 November  The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
13 November  Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
15 November  Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
16 November  The Armory, Rochester, NY
18 November  Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
19 November  Cambria County War Memorial, Johnstown, PA
20 November  Paul E. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
22 November  Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
23 November  Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
24 November  Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
26 November  Sovereign Center Arena, Reading, PA
27 November  Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
30 November  1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
1 December    Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
3 December    Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi