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Halestorm’s Arejay Hale Reacts to Grammy Win + Hater Backlash

Mary Ouellette, Halestorm have joined the ranks of Iron Maiden , Judas Priest , Foo Fighters , Metallica , Slayer , Rage Against the Machine and Slipknot among others in the metal and hard rock genres who can call themselves Grammy winners . But the reality of the situation is still setting in for drummer Arejay Hale. He tells Noisecreep , “We still don’t believe it. I’m still waiting for someone to tell us that we were punked. I know a lot of people get up there and say they’re shocked and didn’t expect to win, but I’m here to tell you, we were shocked and in no way did we expect to win! When you look at who we were up against, I know it’s hard to make sense of, and I think we may have been as surprised as everyone else.” The drummer adds, “Honestly, I thought Lamb of God would’ve won. What’s interesting is that they influenced the song we won for. We love Lamb of God, in fact all the other nominees are bands we grew up looking up to. There were such legendary artists in that category and maybe we’re just the ones that got picked to represent the new guard, but that’s not our call.” There have been some who’ve criticized the Grammys for rewarding the relative newcomers against their more veteran competition, but Hale has no problems with the haters questioning their victory. He explains, “I learned a long time ago that you have to embrace the hater, because it means that the band is getting bigger. Like Nickelback , I love them and I see people hate on them and all it says to me is that they have become massively huge, and what’s wrong with that? So if people have to take the time to say something hateful or mean for whatever reason, it means the band is growing more and more and that more fans are finding out about us and that’s a valuable thing.” Hale says after 16 years of playing music with his sister Lzzy , the Grammy serves as some sort of vindication that they made the right choice pursuing music as a career. [button href=”” title=”Next: Rockers Criticize the 2013 Grammy Awards” align=”center”]

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Returns to Music as a Promoter

Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Guitarist  K.K. Downing may have officially retired from  Judas Priest  in 2011, but the rocker apparently isn’t one to stray too far from the stage. After spending time in the last few years pursuing various business opportunities , Downing is returning to the music scene as a promoter. The guitarist tells the Shropshire Star that he’s interested in finding new, young talent and providing them with a showcase to get their music heard. As such, he’s announced a pair of shows in Wolverhampton and Birmingham where he’ll highlight some rising stars. Downing’s promotion firm will operate under the moniker The Future of Heavy Metal, and it finds him collaborating with industry veteran Dave Coleman to discover the talent. The guitarist says, “The Black Country and Birmingham are known as the home of heavy metal. Back in the ’70s and ’80s the area produced so many good bands from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to Judas Priest and even Slade. In some ways it’s been difficult for other bands to fill the void. Now it’s time for the next generation to step up to the plate.” Among the bands he’s currently promoting are local acts such as Hostile, Left Unscarred and Under Blackened Skies, as well as French outfit Moray Firth. The first show will take place May 15 at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, with the second show scheduled for May 17 at the Asylum in Birmingham. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Judas Priest Songs” align=”center”]

Judas Priest, Sebastian Bach + Chris Jericho Highlight VH1 Classic’s 2012 ‘National Metal Day’

Theo Wargo / Ethan Miller / Frazer Harrison , Getty Images VH1 Classic is bringing back “National Metal Day” for its second year, as the network will deliver a daylong celebration of all things metal on Nov. 11 (aka 11-11, as in ‘Turn It Up to 11″). The lead-in to ‘National Metal Day’ actually begins on Nov. 1 at 8PM ET/PT on the network with a series of concerts and documentaries from some of metal’s finest, as well as ‘America’s Hard 100,’ hosted by Fozzy ‘s Chris Jericho . The viewer-voted countdown kicks off Nov. 1 and airs each night at 9PM, with the final 10 being revealed on Nov. 10, the night before “National Metal Day.” The entire 10-hour countdown will re-air on Nov. 11 beginning at 10AM. ‘National Metal Day’ wouldn’t be complete without ‘That Metal Show,’ and hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine will look back at the past 11 seasons of the show with ‘That Metal Special,’ which features special guests Sebastian Bach and Ace Frehley . Look for ‘That Metal Special’ at 8PM on Nov. 11. Rounding out the metal programming will be the premiere of the concert film, ‘ Judas Priest at the US Festival 1983,’ which revisits one of the band’s most memorable shows. The film starts at 9PM, followed by an encore of Iron Maiden ‘s documentary, ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666,’ that concludes ‘National Metal Day.’ So get ready to turn it up to “11″ for VH1 Classic’s ‘National Metal Day’ programming on Nov. 11. [button href=”” title=”Next: Top 10 Judas Priest Songs” align=”center”]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Comments on Possible Legal Fight Over Gap T-Shirt

As Judas Priest and metal fans celebrate the 30th anniversary of ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ The Gap is being scrutinized for perhaps borrowing some artwork from the iconic disc three decades later. And now, there’s reports of the band taking legal action against the clothing franchise. With a t-shirt that bears a striking resemblance to artwork on the disc released back in 1982 (compared in this image), Priest frontman Rob Halford

Judas Priest Singer Rob Halford Goes In-Depth on 30th Anniversary of ‘Screaming for Vengeance’

Rob Halford was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. He spoke all about the 30th anniversary of the Judas Priest‘s landmark album ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (which was recently reissued), the significance of the track ‘You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ and how it impacted American radio in the ’80s and much more. If you missed Jackie’s show, read the full interview with Rob Halford below: ‘Screaming

Former Judas Priest Guitarist K.K. Downing Thriving With New Golf Venture

Fans holding out hope that retired Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing might find himself missing the stage and return to the band should probably put that notion to bed. Downing, who gave up his career with Judas Priest to focus on his love for golf and developing a multi-million dollar sporting complex complete with luxury hotel and world class golf course, seems to be pretty happy with his current venture.

10 Best Judas Priest Songs

The process of choosing the 10 Best Judas Priest songs comes with many sacrifices. After 43 years, 30 singles, 16 studio albums and a mass of studio and live material to take into consideration, all of which has constantly evolved since the band's inception, you'll find your brain in a panic in attempting to judge dozens of monumental tracks, which shaped the entire genre of metal. You may even find yourself cowering in the fetal position after many coffee-induced, sleepless nights of arranging and rearranging tracks in a seemingly endless rotation. However, we're happy to report that we've returned from the psychogenic abyss with our final list of the 10 Best Judas Priest Songs!

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