ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP CELEBRATES IT’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH TWO AMAZING SUMMER CAMPS:
ROCK ICONS PAUL STANLEY ALONG WITH DON FELDER formerly of THE EAGLES -LOS ANGELES, JUNE 23-26, 2016 and JUDAS PRIEST -HELL BENT FOR HOLLYWOOD August 4-7, 2016
As headliners at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, attendees will jam and perform with PAUL STANLEY and members of JUDAS PRIEST at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp facility, as well as at the legendary Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. They will also jam with Don Felder at the RRFC facility on some of the biggest rock and roll songs in history.
“We had such a blast last time with the fantasy camp it’s time for an encore! Four of Judas Priest are primed to bang out some more metal adventures at this one of a kind experience!” – Judas Priest
Over the course of four days, attendees will be placed into bands led by rock star counselors including Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake), Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath) and many more. Musicians will hone their stage presence, learn to play some of music’s greatest songs, get tips and hear stories of life on the road from their rock star counselors, attend master classes and jams rooms with these renowned musicians and then perform live with their band in front of a packed house at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.
“To be part of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp isn’t just a fantasy for the people who are here, it’s my fantasy too, it’s really a gift to me as much as anybody else” –Paul Stanley
For more than 30 years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. He continues to be thechief songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS.
Don Felder is renowned as a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time. A member of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1998, Felder served as a member of The Eagles for 27 years. Felder originated the music and co-wrote The Eagles’ biggest hit – the iconic, Grammy-studded smash “Hotel California”.
Judas Priest has sold over 45 million albums to date. MTV ranked them the second greatest metal band of all time. This hard and heavy camp features four members of Judas Priest including vocalist Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Richie Faulkner and drummer Scott Travis.
“Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is where adults come to live their rock and roll dreams and jam with their musical heroes, and where our Jr. Rockers come to begin their rock and roll dreams. The camp is open to all levels of musicians, vocalists, from beginners to expert. There is a spot in a band for everyone.” David Fishof, owner of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.
Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is a non-competitive atmosphere designed for all levels of musicians and music enthusiasts. Participants are placed in bands with like-minded people and skill level to make for an off-the-charts experience.
About Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
For our attendees, this is a life changing experience. Some of the campers play well and even gave up careers as musicians to become CEOs and lawyers. Some campers can’t play at all. What they all have in common is passion for rock music. At Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp they all get to pursue their passion – and meet, and play with the artists who became the soundtrack of their lives
David Fishof is the founder and creator of the famed Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp where rock dreams become reality. Past rock star camp headliners have included Jeff Beck, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Def Leppard, and many more.
Lead singer and guitarist Michael Sweet of STRYPER recently joined Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon on Canada’s The Metal Voiceto review the new album by Avantasia entitled Ghostlights and to give a first impression on the new live DVD/CD/Blu Ray by Judas Priest called Battle Cry
On Michael Sweet’s review on the new Avantasia album Ghostlights
“My first impressions, there are good and bad. The good being there is no denying the talent that is involved in that makes up the band, everybody, the musicianship levels are high, the vocals levels are high. Everything is obviously top notch in that regard . What didn’t do it for me, I guess as a producer, I wasn’t 100% floored by the production. As I kept listening to it, I kept thinking gosh I would have loved to produced this, just to see what it would have sounded like. My first impression it almost sounds like a modern day Meatloaf, that rock opera Jim Steinman, very complicated songs, parts and structures. I just felt like the production was lacking a little bit. I wanted to hear a little more punch, a little more crispness, it just sounded flat in that regard. ”
On Sweet’s first impression on Judas Priest’s new live album/dvd
“My first impression was how great the band sounds, how great the guitar tones sound, the drum tones. Rob being who he is and how old he is, what he has done. I’m thinking gosh this guy sounds amazing, he sounds incredible and I just love Priest. There is an energy, the minute you hear them start playing there is this energy they have that not very many bands have. So I love it, I love Priest. For a live album for what it is it’s awesome.”
Where to start when talking about a vocalist and front man who has had the most phenomenal career, starting way back in 1969, before going on to achieve super stardom and success with one of the biggest, best known and loved metal bands on the planet! He is an idol to millions and was rocking and performing before so many bands that are around today. He is looked up to by peers, fans and critics – he is like a walking manual for metal. Of course I can only be talking about the one and only METAL GOD, JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford!
Rob has one of the most, if not THE most recognisable voice in metal, showing no signs of letting up any time soon, much to the delight of PRIEST fans around the globe. With an impressive seventeen studio albums under their belt, the most recent being “Redeemer Of Souls” released in 2014, JUDAS PRIEST are now set to unleash a new live album “Battle Cry”, on CD, Blu-ray and DVD on 25th March via Epic Records. The album was recorded at the Wacken Open Air festival in 2015, with some bonus clips filmed in Poland.
I was very fortunate to be able to have a chat with Rob about this forthcoming release, as well as PRIEST‘s past work, touring and plenty more. You can read some excerpts from our conversation and listen to the full audio below:
Regarding “Battle Cry”, Rob discussed the whole experience:
“As all of our metal maniacs are aware, we were out for the last eighteen months, one hundred and thirty three shows and umpteen countries, thousands of miles travelling to see all the Priest maniacs around the world on the Redeemer Of Souls tour. Thanks to everybody for supporting the Priest on that release. It was a very important record for Priest because it was our first studio album in quite a while and we were so thrilled with the way it turned out. It becomes extra qualified when your fans get behind you to give you such incredible support, so thank you everybody for doing that.
So along the way we went all over the world and did many, many kinds of shows, different kinds of venues and what we were hoping to get was a festival experience that we could film, consider for release, as we haven’t done anything like that for quite a while. So were were aware there’s the festival in Germany called Wacken, which is the premier European metal festival and we had an opportunity to work something out with all the production that was already in place and to film it all and record it all and really just use the environment and all of the great vibes, the atmosphere that exists in festivals wherever you might go in the world, but this particular one in Wacken.
It’s kinda cool, it’s kinda special in the way it’s put together. So there you go, that’s all we needed to do to plan ahead. We just went out there and did what we always do, played our hearts out everywhere we go and got it all captured live in the flesh, on the DVD, the Blu-ray and the separate audio CD. It’s a celebration of Priest to share with our wonderful fans, just add it to your Priest collection.“
Discussing the “Battle Cry” track list, Rob stated:
“Yeah it gets increasingly difficult you know, with so many albums and hundreds of songs recorded. It’s such a challenge that when we get together and decide what we’re gonna play and write a set list that we all agree on and that really is part of trying to find the balance there and then. Because I’ve got my favourite songs, Glenn’s got his, Richie’s got his, so has Ian and Scott and we try to find a balance. Any show that you go to for any of your favourite bands, it’s largely thought out in terms of dynamics – you know you start out something very strong and recognisable and powerful and then in Priest’s case, you try and take your fans through a little bit of a Dr Who and the TARDIS thing you know, jumping about from this decade to that decade. And you try to do as much as you can in the time that you’ve got to please as many people as you can. That’s very hard, ‘cos we know people go ‘oh they didn’t play so and so’, but it’s just the way it goes.
So here we were, really what was the Redeemer Of Souls tour, that was the release that we were consistently supporting and we weaved songs from that album into material from Painkiller and British Steel and so on and so on and it worked really well. It was a good solid show from a musical point of view.“
On the subject of undertaking such a huge tour in 2015, Rob expressed:
“(Laughs) It got a bit scary at the end when you look at your face in the mirror! You forget about that once the intro tape starts and your fans start roaring, you feel like a million dollars. It was pretty intense, it was a strong tour especially for some gods of our generation. And that’s what I love about metal you know, we’ve said it before – metal’s for everybody from all walks of life, all different generations. We’re still so grateful to have this opportunity all of these years later, to have our glorious fans giving us such overwhelming support. It always comes back to the fans, you can’t do anything without the fans, we can’t thank our fans enough for that.“
I asked Rob how the ever changing world of rock and metal has an impact on him:
“I think it makes you realise your music is immortal, your music is eternal but a different perspective from a physical point of view. Without being morbid, God bless Lemmy, Bowie, all these really amazing important real legends, icons in rock and metal, they’ve left us with all their wonderful music and still remain very influential. What you do really is putting one foot in front of another and it’s also celebrating what they did, what they achieved. I mean, I was always inspired by Lemmy, with what he stood for, just looking at him on stage.
Bowie was one of my all time heroes from a singer’s point of view, but also in the amazing work that he created in his life. And my mate Ronnie, the same deal with Ronnie, all these beautiful people that left us with all of these treasures to really still enjoy and to bounce off, to get ideas and get a rush from. You’ve really got try and get over the hurdle of the sadness and then how great it is that we’ve got the music left to enjoy, to bang our heads to and have good times together with.“
When asked about new material to come from our metal legends, Rob revealed:
“The writing sessions will come first and I think much like any band, you start off the day in a writing session and you’ve got nothing you know. You turn the amps on and you start riffing and jamming and maybe by the end of the day you’ve got something that will turn into a really good piece of music, that’ll potentially last forever. So that creative side of Priest is as strong as it ever was and we’re all very very pumped up and thrilled for the opportunity that’s about to come to us again. There’s a new Priest record on the way and when it’s ready we’ll be letting everyone know it’s on the horizon. I would like to think that by the end of this year we’ll have the bulk of it created, but you can’t say for certain. The thing about Priest is that we treasure everything that we do, we so love being in this band Judas Priest. We can guarantee that we’ll give you a big solid dose of Priest metal!“
Regarding KK Downing‘s recent statement about playing with JUDAS PRIEST again, Rob said:
“It’s funny that is because I think that’s a dream of a lot of people, to imagine Maiden and Sabbath and Priest and Zeppelin. Can you imagine what that would be like at Wembley? Oh my God, it would be mad, it would be like multiple nights! Forget about fifty shows Michael Jackson didn’t do, it would be like a hundred shows at Wembley. It’s great to hear there’s that passion still in KK’s voice for Priest. We go around the world slogging away working really really hard playing the songs that we wrote together and really forging that back catalogue, just putting on incredible shows night after night with so much strength and power and energy. It’s beautiful that Priest still has conviction and still has that desire and passion and love for what we do in metal, so it’s all good vibes.“
Talking about what else Rob has left to achieve, he stated:
“Well I’m still very hungry to do a blues record, I love the blues. Before I joined Priest, in my early years as a musician, I listened to a lot of blues like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, John Lee Hooker, the people that invented it of course. The story goes everything comes from the blues.
I’m just curious to see what my take could be. I’ve no idea – would it be traditional, would it be heavy, a metal blues, what could it be? I think the best thing for me to do would be to do it with people that could direct me, give me some ideas as to where they think this voice, ‘cos it’s all about the voice, could be best utilised. That’s one of the things on the bucket list yeah, doing a blues album.“
Discussing the recently published interview with ACCEPT‘s Mark Tornillo, Rob enthused:
“Yeah great, he’s a brilliant singer, great front man, love that band Accept. It was unusual, a call to have a chit chat from two guys that do the same type of work, it was a lot of fun to do. I think there should be more of that ‘cos we love having chit chats with our friends in the business and with journalists like yourself. When you’ve lived the life there’s a lot of common ground, but it’s also an opportunity to pick up on stories that you probably don’t know about, you know, things you wouldn’t know about if you’re kind of outside what it’s like to be in a band.“
KK Downing says he’d like to return to Judas Priest – but only if they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, or went on a “greatest” metal tour with Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, according to classicrock.com.
The guitarist, who was replaced by Richie Faulkner when he left Judas Priest in 2011 after 41 years with the band, previously said it was unlikely a reunion would ever happen.
But he says he’d like to reunite with his former bandmates – but only under certain circumstances.
He tells Blastecho: “Obviously they have Richie there. Maiden has done the three-guitar player thing, but I don’t think there’s room for an extra guitar player in Priest. Priest has always been a two-guitar band so I can’t see that working. We’ll have to see what happens next.”
“The tour would be something I would have to be part of – only because I’d like to see the greatest heavy metal tour happen, because it’s never happened. And it’s never gonna happen.
“Unfortunately, that chapter of history won’t be there forever, which is kind of sad.”
And when asked if he’d be happy to join the band onstage should they be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he says: “I’d be fine with anything like that.”
Judas Priest released a video featuring their performance of ‘Breaking The Law’ from their DVD, “Battle Cry”, due out on March 25.
Frontman Rob Halford previously hinted they’d return to the studio this year to record the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls”.
Last year when metal giants ACCEPT were in Finland as part of their “Blind Rage” world tour, vocalist Mark Tornillo had an interview with Metal God Rob Halford from JUDAS PRIEST.
The interview has just been released via the official ACCEPT website here and you can check it out below:
With kind permission by Jayne Andrews, Holger Stratmann and Thomas Kupfer.
Before ACCEPT embark on the next chapter of the band, writing new material, the band accepted invites to play two special US shows. On March 3rd, ACCEPT are heading to Sioux Falls to play at Badlands then make their way to The Arcada Theatre in St Charles, Illinois on March 5th!
“After touring so much, we thought it would be great to have a long break to write songs,” commented guitarist and main songwriter Wolf Hoffman. “But than – we changed our minds and thought – it would be great to do a few shows – just to stay sharp and keep up with the cool dynamics between us! May be – we just need to get hot and sweaty on stage again. See ya all very soon!”
Upon the completion of the US dates, ACCEPT will cross the Atlantic to play in Austria then make their way to South America where they will play in Argentina followed by five dates in Brazil! Don’t miss your chance to watch Accept live in all their glory.
Confirmed dates for the ACCEPT 2016 Blind Rage Tour are:
3/3/2016 Badlands – Sioux Falls, SD USA
3/5/2016 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL USA
4/2/2016 Full Metal Mountain – Hermagor-Presseggr See, Austria
4/6/2016 Teatro Vorterix – Buenos Aires, Argentina
4/8/2016 Carioca Club – Sao Paulo, Brazil
4/9/2016 Imperator – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
4/10/2016 Music Hall – Belo Horizonte, Brazil
4/12/2016 Teatro Manauara – Manaus, Brazil
4/14/2016 Opera de Arame – Curitiba, Brazil
JUDAS PRIEST‘s tour in support of their 17th studio album overall, “Redeemer of Souls”, was one of the most extensive of the group’s entire career – consisting of 130 shows in 33 countries, and offering a setlist that touched upon selections from nearly all of their classic albums. And now, fans can relive the live Priest experience once more, with the release of the new CD/DVD/Blu-ray, “Battle Cry”, on March 25th, 2016, via Epic Records. A preview clip can be seen below:
Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Germany’s Wacken Festival in front of an audience of 85,000, Battle Cry is available on a 15-track CD, with the entire show on Blu-ray and DVD (running over 94 minutes), as well as digital audio and video formats. The DVD and Blu-ray also contains 3 bonus tracks shot in Poland on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.
What makes the show’s track listing so appealing is it balances new classics (“Dragonaut,” “Halls of Valhalla,” “Redeemer of Souls”) along with headbanging classics (“Metal Gods,” “Electric Eye,” “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”), as well as key album tracks from yesteryear (“Devil’s Child,” “Beyond the Realms of Death,” “Jawbreaker”).
Battle Cry CD sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Redeemer of Souls
8. Beyond the Realms of Death
10. Breaking the Law
11. Hell Bent For Leather
12. The Hellion
13. Electric Eye
14. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
Battle Cry DVD/Blu-ray sequence:
1. (Intro) Battle Cry
3. Metal Gods
4. Devil’s Child
5. Victim of Changes
6. Halls of Valhalla
7. Turbo Lover
8. Redeemer of Souls
9. Beyond the Realms of Death
11. Breaking the Law
12. Hell Bent For Leather
13. The Hellion
14. Electric Eye
15. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
17. Living After Midnight
Recorded live on August 1st, 2015 at Wacken Festival, Germany.
18. Screaming for Vengeance
19. The Rage
20. Desert Plains
Recorded live on December 10th, 2015 at The Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.