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Mini-Issue #573.5
December 17, 2010

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-Here we go with a couple cool press releases and my Halford live review. Have a great weekend. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Rock Stars Unite For New Year’s Eve Cancer Benefit Concert In Benefit For Bassist Phil Kennemore Of Y&T

New Year’s Eve @ The Avalon In Santa Clara, CA

Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Chuck Billy, Jimmy DeGrasso, Ron Keel, And Many More!

HOLLYWOOD, CA — A parade of rock stars is coming together to support beloved bassist, Phil Kennemore, founding member of Northern California’s legendary rockers Y&T.

Kennemore was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer while on tour this last summer. Having recorded and toured the world relentlessly since 1974, Kennemore has dedicated his life to making millions of people happy with his music. Now, he needs your help.

Due to the overwhelming medical bills, Y&T’s lead singer and best mate, Dave Meniketti, started the “Phil Kennemore Fund” to help Phil with his bills. This New Year’s concert is the ultimate fund-raiser for a friend who has made such a positive impact on the music scene.

This concert is an all-star lineup of many of Kennemore’s friends from bands such as Queensryche, Dokken, Ratt, Black Sabbath, Dio, Alice Cooper, Testament, and Y&T all donating their time to perform on New Year’s Eve. This is a must-see concert and is going to rock!

The lineup for the all-star extravaganza is as follows:

· Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
· Don Dokken (Dokken)
· Bobby Blotzer (Ratt)
· Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
· Sean McNabb (Dokken, Montrose)
· Loren Gold (Roger Daltrey)
· Chuck Billy (Testament)
· Paul Bostaph (Testament, Slayer)
· Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper)
· Joey Alves
· Leonard Haze
· Ron Keel
· Greg Kihn
· …and more (see YandTRocks.com for updates)

The show will take place at the Avalon (777 Lawrence Expressway. Santa Clara, CA), a 1,000+ capacity venue which Y&T has performed at several times on New Year’s Eve over the past five years. The club, like the performers, has generously volunteered to donate 100% of the ticket proceeds directly to Phil.

The doors open at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $75. For further information, call the Avalon at (408) 241-0777 or visit YandTRocks.com.

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Kamelot Announce Shows In North America!

In the ongoing Kamelot touring campaign for our newest release, POETRY FOR THE POISONED, we are announcing two shows as part of what will be a full US tour!

Aug 30 at the Grammercy Theater in New York City
Sept 2 at the Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

As part of our commitment to our fans, promoters will offer a special VIP ticket for these shows. This will include a pre-show meet and greet, and an autographed poster commemorating the show. Both shows are on sale exclusively through Enterthevault.com until January 22nd, when they will become available everywhere.

Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of POETRY FOR THE POISONED.

However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.

Fabio Lione is eager to get on the road, stating, “I am excited and pleased to be part of the next Kamelot tour. I always loved the sound of the band, and I think this will be a great experience for me, the band and for all the fans of great music and Kamelot… See you soon on tour and let’s rock!!!”

In addition, Kamelot’s “Pandemonium Over Europe 2011” is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe, and Sons Of Seasons to the already announced European tour schedule, with more dates to come!

Pandemonium Over South America Tour 2011

07.04.2011 – CHI – Santiago De Chile – Teatro Teleton
08.04.2011 – ARG – Buenos Aires – Velez Sarsfield – w/ Iron Maiden
09.04.2011 – BRA – Sao Paulo – Espaço Lux
12.04.2011 – COL – Bogota – Teatro Metropol
14.04.2011 – MEX – Mexico City – Circo Volador

Pandemonium Over Europe Tour 2011
special guests:
Evergrey, Amaranthe & Sons Of Seasons (On select dates, TBA)

22.04.2011 – FRA – Paris – Elysee Montmartre
23.04.2011 – NED – Amsterdam – Paradiso
24.04.2011 – BEL – Antwerp – Trix
27.04.2011 – GBR – Sheffield – Corporation
28.04.2011 – GBR – London – KoKo
29.04.2011 – LUX – Luxemburg – Den Atelier
30.04.2011 – SWI – Luzern – Schüür
01.05.2011 – ITA – Milano – Magazzini Generali
03.05.2011 – HUN – Budapest – Petöfi Hall
05.05.2011 – SVK – Bratislava – Majestic Music Club
06.05.2011 – POL – Krakow – Kwadrat
07.05.2011 – GER – Berlin – C-Club
08.05.2011 – GER – Stuttgart – Longhorn / LKA
10.05.2011 – GER – Köln – Live Music Hall
11.05.2011 – GER – Hamburg – Markthalle
12.05.2011 – SWE – Gothenburg – Trädgårn
14.05.2011 – NOR – Oslo – Sentrum Scene (plus Circus Maximus)
15.05.2011 – DEN – Copenhagen – Amager Bio

Go to Kamelot.com for more info!!

by Tim Wadzinski (tsw512@yahoo.com)

House Of Blues, Chicago, IL
December 9, 2010

I saw Halford several times when he was promoting his RESURRECTION debut a decade or so ago, but unfortunately I never saw him on the CRUCIBLE tour. Then came the Judas Priest reunion and the Halford band was put on ice for a few years, returning with last year’s WINTER SONGS and this year’s excellent MADE OF METAL. I couldn’t make his Chicago-area Ozzfest stop earlier this year, so I was *not* going to miss this one, which was billed as a “special Christmas show” by a local radio station. The day before this concert Halford’s band appeared live on WGN-TV’s “Midday News” program, performing acoustic/unplugged versions of MADE OF METAL tracks “Fire And Ice,” “Thunder And Lightning,” and “Like There’s No Tomorrow.” Hmm, not even a token Priest track… Perhaps a harbinger of things to come at this show?

PHILM (40 mins.)
/ band intro’s / / Symptom Of The Universe

PHILM is Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo’s new power trio project, where he’s joined by singer/guitarist Gerry Nestler (from “prog metallists” Civil Defiance) and bassist Pancho Tomaselli (from “funk rockers” War). The band has an industry-only four-song demo featuring the songs “Amoniac,” “Sex Amp,” “Vitrolize,” and “Mitch,” and I can only assume they played each of these, as I couldn’t make out any song titles during the set. The first things I noticed about PHILM were Lombardo’s small, retro drum kit and the fact that it was center-stage and lined up in a row with Nestler and Tomaselli. No taking a background role here. 🙂

The guys just came out and started playing; to be honest, at first I wasn’t sure if they were roadies tuning up, or the actual band starting the show. Nobody addressed the crowd directly until they were several songs into the set. The music was metallic-based with some Slayeresque tempos, to be sure, but there wasn’t much in the way of lead guitar and it sort of came off like a pseudo-metal jam band vibe. I don’t necessarily mean this in a bad way but the songs all felt like they were longer than they actually were. It’s hard to describe; the songs would lend themselves to extended jams/solos, but the actual jams and solos really weren’t that long. (Yes, I’m struggling here…) At times it was hard to tell when one song ended and another began; my best guess is eight songs were played.

For my money, Lomardo and the octopus-like Tomaselli were the highlights of PHILM this night. They are both monster players. The crowd was into them, and I was surprised to NOT hear anyone yell “SlllayyyyyyEEEERRRR!!” even once. Lombardo introduced his band mates towards the end of the set, and seemed genuinely soft-spoken and humble. A rousing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Symptom Of The Universe” closed the show on a high note.

Halford (90 mins.)
Resurrection / Made In Hell / Locked And Loaded / Made Of Metal / Nailed To The Gun / Fire And Ice / Thunder And Lightning / The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) / Diamonds And Rust / Jawbreaker / Like There’s No Tomorrow / band intro’s / Cyberworld // Drop Out / Undisputed / Golgotha / Heart Of A Lion / I Don’t Care / Saviour

The band — Rob Halford, Roy Z and “Metal” Mike Chlasciak on guitar, Mike Davis on bass, and Bobby Jarzombek on drums — came out in front of a simple “HALFORD” logo backdrop and hit the ground running, with the one-two opening punch from 2000’s RESURRECTION. I had an inkling the opening number would be Priest’s “The Hellion”/”Electric Eye” but as we’d find out over the course of the evening this show was about highlighting Rob’s solo work. Fine by me. A third straight RESURRECTION track, the crunchy “Locked And Loaded,” followed suit and proved to have just a phenomenal groove live.

The new album’s hyper-catchy title track came next, followed by a slammin’ version of Fight’s “Nailed To The Gun,” before more new stuff was presented in the form of the neoclassically-tinged “Fire And Ice” and the commercial “Thunder And Lightning.” Rob spent a fair amount of time before just about every song, either working the crowd or describing the track’s meaning. Rob can get predictable with his stage raps so this turn of events was a very cool surprise.

A trio of Priest songs was served next: the band’s iconic covers of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)” and Joan Baez’s “Diamonds And Rust,” and “Jawbreaker,” the set’s lone Priest original. (Well, maybe. More on that below.) Rob was in “VH1 Storytellers” mode again, talking about each cover song. Then during “Jawbreaker” I saw one of my personal highlights of the evening: a man in front of me, who appeared to be mentally handicapped, going *completely* bananas with joy, jumping around, smiling, dancing, throwing his fists high in the air. The magic of good music.

At some point Rob admitted he was under the weather. This explained why he was basically stopping after most every song to talk to the crowd, sip some water, and catch his breath. You would never know it from his vocal performance, though. And, strangely, he was a lot more active on stage than I’ve seen in the past, constantly rushing from stage left to right, and dancing around. I wish I had half that energy when I am sick! And he’s 59 years old!

After MADE OF METAL’s “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” Rob introduced the band members and said a “short break” was coming up soon, and then launched into RESURRECTION’s “Cyberworld.” At this point we were a dozen songs into the set and CRUCIBLE (2002) hadn’t been mentioned. I was getting worried…

The “short break” was just that, and upon returning to the stage the band treated the crowd to one of three surprises: the trippy-yet-heavy druggy anthem “Drop Out” from 2007’s METAL GOD ESSENTIALS VOL. 1. Maybe it’s just me but normally I feel bands tack extra/new songs onto “best of” sets merely as an enticement to buy stuff you already own, so it was cool to actually hear one played live. The song was intro’d briefly by a story about, naturally, Timothy Leary, and featured a “war dance” mosh from both guitarists.

Speaking of the six-stringers, the kick-off track from MADE OF METAL, “Undisputed,” was sped up (awesomely, I might add) and turned into a real tour-de-force for Mr. Z and Mr. Chlasciak. All night long they’d been trading off, dueling, and harmonizing expertly but something crystallized during this track. Put simply, they were just smokin’.

FINALLY… CRUCIBLE was acknowledged with the sledgehammer-to-the-head that is “Golgotha.” The opening section’s riff is just so sludgy and evil… Normally I don’t go for that sort of thing but Rob’s vocals kept everything from going off the deep end, and then a few minutes in the song kicked into another gear that started blazing.

The next two songs were the other surprises. First, we had the unreleased, mid-’80s Priest track “Heart Of A Lion.” It was covered in 1986 by Racer X (which eventually gave drummer Scott Travis to Priest, as we all know), done by the Halford band as a bonus studio cut on LIVE INSURRECTION (2001), and appeared in 1985 demo form on Priest’s METALOGY (2004) box set, but a “proper” Priest version has never surfaced. To be honest it did sound a bit dated, but as I never ever thought I’d hear it live I didn’t mind. Another song I never thought I’d hear live was the tongue-in-cheek, “Planes, Trains, And Automobiles”-inspired Christmas song “I Don’t Care,” from WINTER SONGS. In fact, Rob even told the crowd the band had never played that tune live, so there you go. While listening to Rob sing this one (as he once again danced around the stage, without abandon) I had a random thought: it sure would make for a good Alice Cooper song.

The killer RESURRECTION track “Saviour” closed the show in fine fashion. This is one of my favorite Halford songs and I don’t think I’d heard them do it before, so I was more than happy at its inclusion. It helped me suck it up and got over my disappointment of not hearing CRUCIBLE’s “Betrayal.”

The whole “Metal God” shtick does get old, but man, Rob Halford is a premier vocalist and worthy of your attention. I’m not sure what’s in store for the Halford band, given the recent announcement of Judas Priest’s upcoming global farewell tour. Perhaps Rob will take the guys out for some more dates early in 2011 before the Priest Machine starts rolling. If so, I *strongly* urge you to check them out because they were on fire this night, and I see no reason why that wouldn’t continue into the new year.

Relevant links:

Rob Halford


*** OUT ***

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