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Issue #594.5

Mini-Issue #594.5
May 27, 2011

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-Just a few tidbits to send you off on your long Memorial Day weekend. – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Judas Priest Rocked “American Idol” Wednesday Night!

No, your eyes did not deceive you — the one and only Judas Priest just debuted their new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, tonight on “American Idol”! Ripping through a medley that included kick ass renditions of two BRITISH STEEL classics (“Living After Midnight” and “Breakin’ The Law”) with major Priest fan — and this season “American Idol” hopeful — James Durbin joining in on vocals.

This is the second time that Durbin has professed his admiration for Priest on the show, as he wowed judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler a while back with a rendition of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” Although Durbin was recently voted off the show, he undoubtedly has a bright rocking future ahead, as evidenced by his multi-octave vocal range.

Judas Priest recently announced plans to launch their farewell Epitaph Tour, which will take them around the world, including a just-announced US tour of arenas from October through December, which will also feature opening acts Black Label Society and Thin Lizzy.

Speaking on Wednesday to the Rolling Stone website, Priest singer Rob Halford had the following to say about what fans can expect on the group’s forthcoming trek. “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”

Few heavy metal bands have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest has during their nearly 40 year career. Responsible for not only issuing some of metal’s all-time classic albums (BRITISH STEEL, SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, and PAINKILLER) and anthems (the aforementioned “Breaking The Law” and “Living After Midnight,” and “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), the group has been one of the leading arena rock acts for decades, and single-handedly introduced the “leather look” to heavy metal.

And now Judas Priest are set to blast their way round the world one final time.

Confirmed Judas Priest US Tour Dates (more dates to be announced shortly):


12 – San Antonio, TX: AT&T Center
14 – Corpus Christi, TX: Concrete Street Amphitheater
15 – Houston, TX: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
16 – Dallas, TX: Allen Event Center
18 – Tucson, AZ: Ava Amphitheater
19 – San Diego, CA: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
21 – Phoenix, AZ: AZ State Fair
22 – San Bernardino, CA: San Manuel Amphitheater
23 – Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock
25 – Los Angeles, CA: Gibson Amphitheatre
26 – Oakland, CA: Oracle Arena
29 – Seattle, WA: WaMu Theater
30 – Vancouver, BC: Rogers Arena


1 – Edmonton, AB: Shaw Conference Center
2 – Calgary, AB: Scotiabank Saddledome
4 – Salt Lake City, UT: Maverik Center
5 – Denver, CO: 1STBANK Center
12 – Chicago, IL: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
13 – Detroit, MI: Joe Louis Arena
18 – East Rutherford, NJ: Izod Center

For more information, visit http://www.judaspriest.com/ .

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Magic Circle Music News

Discover Brand New And Restocked Items At The Kingdom Of Steel

In addition to multiple new and restocked items the Kingdom Of Steel now offers you the newest re-design of an all-time favorite: KINGS OF METAL — design 2011!

We have gone back to the original artwork, re-scanned at the highest resolution possible and in true Manowar style have re-done the entire shirt to bring you the best quality available anywhere.

This is the first in our new series of “modern classics.” Discover your favorite items as you’ve never seen them before.

Manowar – KINGS OF METAL T-Shirt – updated design!
KINGS OF METAL design 2011: An immortal classic with new touches! The front of this T-shirt showcases the majestic Manowar Warrior® (known as The King Of Metal) originally created by renowned fantasy artist Ken Kelly. The back showcases the world flags from the KINGS OF METAL cover, printed in vibrant full color on heavy weight rich black cotton.

Also available now:

Manowar – Poster BATTLE HYMNS 2011
Commemorate the triumphant BATTLE HYMNS 2011 tour with this eye-catching poster. A visual statement of strength and power!

Manowar – Ladies Zip Hoodie with Manowar Logo
Metal girls walk proud and look great wearing this hooded zipper with the Manowar logo in a light silver glitter on the chest is a subtle metal statement that can be worn anytime, anywhere. High quality and snug fit for every metal girl in the world.

Manowar – Hooded Sweatshirt “Die With Honor”
Finally! “Die With Honor” hooded sweatshirts, featuring the powerful artwork from the “Die With Honor” single on the front have arrived. The back features the anthemic words: “Fight With Blood, Fight With Steel, Die With Honor, Never Yield!”

Manowar – Patch Manowar Logo 3″ Silver/Black
Small only in size, grand in the message: The 3″ (ca. 7,6 cm) version of our quality logo patches, completely embroidered, identifies you as a true MANOWARRIOR! Get one on your favorite jacket or backpack or wherever you want!

Manowar – Pen Manowar Logo – Black/Silver
The ultimate Manowarrior’s roller ball pen featuring the Manowar logo. A must-have for all fans! This is sure to disappear if you ever set it down so HOLD ON TO IT!

HolyHell – Poster HolyHell
This amazing, apocalyptic dream captures the depth and soul of the band’s visions of the Holy and the Hellish. This is an original Ken Kelly artwork, designed exclusively for HolyHell.


HolyHell – Angel Wings Girlie T-Shirt White / Black
The name says it all: HolyHell! It’s about light and dark, good and evil, an angelic voice and powerful sound and lyrics. This girlie shirt features the band logo on the front, and an eye-catching design of the band’s “Angel Wings” across the whole back. Show the world that you have great taste in music AND in fashion!

HolyHell – Angel Wings Ladies Zip Hoodie Black / White
The high quality hooded sweatshirt features the band logo as a pocket print on the front, and an eye-catching design of the band’s “Angel Wings” across the whole back.

HolyHell – Demon Wings T-Shirt Grey / Black
A high quality T-shirt for men features the band logo all across the front, and an eye-catching design of the band’s “Demon Wings” across the whole black.

HolyHell – Demon Wings Zip Hoodie Grey / Black
This high quality zip hoodie features the band logo as a pocket print on the front, and an eye-catching design of the band’s “Demon Wings” across the whole back. Not just for men!

HolyHell – HOLYHELL CD – Limited “Jet Black” Edition
“Giving Satan one almighty kick in the balls” wrote a journalist about this album. HOLYHELL is a 13-song concept album that explores, both lyrically and musically, the eternal struggle between darkness and light, life and death, evil and divine. Get the Limited “Jet Black” Edition — a jewel case in hellish jet black with the band logo engraved in heavenly silver — as long as stocks last!

The Kingdom Of Steel is working on further great surprises for you that will be released in the forthcoming months.

Stay tuned on http://www.thekingdomofsteel.com/ and join us on Facebook for further constant news and updates:


More information:

Magic Circle Music


*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Twinspirits “Slave To This World” YouTube Video Competition

Watch the competition trailer:

Twinspirits and Lion Music are pleased to announce the launch of the “Twinspirits ‘Slave To This World’ Best YouTube Cover Competition.” This competition sees YOU the player get judged by the members of the critically acclaimed progressive metal band Twinspirits and their record label Lion Music.

This new competition allows YOU the chance to virtually perform with Twinspirits on the track “Slave To The World” taken from the band’s third and current release LEGACY, by performing your own take on the songs musical track in the following five categories:

o Bass
o Drums
o Guitar
o Keyboards
o Vocals

Each Twinspirits band member will select the best cover for his own instrument category.

The best cover of each category selected by the band will win the following prizes:

3 Twinspirits CDs
Twinspirits – LEGACY (2011)
Twinspirits – THE FORBIDDEN CITY (2009)

2 Twinspirits autographed posters for LEGACY and THE FORBIDDEN CITY
see http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoccommunity/5572479360/
and http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoccommunity/5356377531

1 Twinspirits FORBIDDEN CITY T-shirt

Lion Music staff will review all videos and select the best cover among ALL categories.

The winner of this Special Award will win:
10 CDs of the winners choosing from Lion Music’s current available label catalogue.

This is a great chance to have your skills assessed by the staff of Lion Music — the label synonymous with some of the best metal musicians in the world.

Download the following working files and develop the best cover of the Twinspirits song “Slave To This World” adding your personal taste and interpretation to the track.

Links to MP3 working audio files including click track, backing track for each category and full version as reference can be downloaded at the following:

o Full Version:

o Click track (160 bpm):

o Backtrack for Drummers:

o Backtrack for Bass players:

o Backtrack for Keyboard players:

o Backtrack for Guitar players:

o Backtrack for Singers:

o Lyrics doc file:

All MP3 working files are cut from the same starting point and contain 8 beats of count-in before the song starts, so you can get the synch just placing them at bar zero in your recording software session.

1) Record your track and upload to YouTube.

2) Video LINKS for all categories covers shall have the title “Slave To This World Competition.”

3) Once uploaded to YouTube post your video at the official Twinspirits Facebook page:


Alternatively post your YouTube link into the competition’s Facebook Group:


4) As an official confirmation of your entry it’s NECESSARY to send the YouTube video cover link to the following email: info@twinspirits.net

The contest is open to all musicians of 5 categories: Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keys and Vocals.

Each Twinspirits band member will select the best cover for each category instrument.

Lion Music staff will select the best overall performance and two best overall runners-up.

All judges decisions are final.

Competition ends on August 31st 2011.

For any question regarding technical stuff email info@twinspirits.net.

Good Luck!!!!!


Twinspirits – “Slave To This World” (official video)

Lion Music Links




-This week’s “American Idol” finale featured some cool performances:

Judas Priest & James Durbin – Priest medley

Jack Black & Casey Abrams – Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls”

Steven Tyler – “Dream On”

U2s Bono & The Edge with Reeve Carney – “Rise Above 1” from the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” musical

-Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent (real name: Vincent Cusano) was arrested earlier this week in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on charges of aggravated assault against his wife, Diane. Police also found four dead dogs at Vincent’s house. Check out various stories:


Thanks to Mike Usinger and Bill “Scream” Kotowski for help gathering some of this information.

*** OUT ***

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