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JUDAS PRIEST SET TO ROCK U.S. AND CANADA THIS FALL
Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal's top bands, Mastodon. 'Redeemer of Souls' also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band's career, with Rolling Stone stating, "Above all, 'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, "Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade." Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.). Ever since the release of 'Redeemer of Souls,' Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates! JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES: October 16th, 2015 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amp October 17th, 2015 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl October 20th, 2015 San Francisco, CA The Warfield Theatre October 21st, 2015 San Jose, CA City National Civic October 23rd, 2015 Fresno, CA William Saroyan Theater October 24th, 2015 San Bernardino, CA Knotfest October 27th, 2015 Vancouver, BC Hard Rock Casino October 28th, 2015 Vancouver, BC Hard Rock Casino October 31st, 2015 Regina, SK Brandt Center November 1st, 2015 Winnipeg, MN MTS Center November 3rd, 2015 Peoria, IL Civic Center November 6th, 2015 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater November 7th, 2015 Newark, NJ Prudential Center November 10th, 2015 Halifax, NS Scotiabank Center November 12th, 2015 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
GIANNOTTI MERGES PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS WITH SONGCRAFT ON 'THE GREAT UNKNOWN'
Admirers of such prog rock heavyweights as of Pink Floyd, earlier Genesis, Yes, Renaissance, and Jethro Tull are sure to enjoy the latest release from Giannotti, entitled 'The Great Unknown.' The Connecticut-based singer/guitar/flute (multi instrumentalist) has previously appeared on the Jasper Wrath Album, three of Cannata/Cannata-Arc Angel CD’s and the 1997 Jasper Wrath 'Anthology' release, before recently issuing his aforementioned solo debut. And Giannotti worked with the best in the business on 'The Great Unknown,' by enlisting Jonathan Wyner (who has previously worked with James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, etc.) to master the album, and having artist Ioannis (who has worked with Fates Warning, Dream Theater, AC/DC, Deep Purple, King Crimson etc.) to supply the artwork for the album cover. Speaking to the Classic Rock Revisited site, Giannotti was asked the meaning behind the album's mysterious title. "Well Jeb, the answer to that question is........ Unknown. Sorry, couldn't resist. No secret meaning, it sounded mysterious and I like a little mystery. The Unknown is really about the future, for better or worse. In the title track it's making it for the better. For the most part I like my lyrics to be positive and uplifting. Too much negativity out there." In the same interview, Giannotti was also asked if 'The Great Unknown' was written as a concept album. "It was never intended to be a concept album, although 'Sacred Ground' fits perfectly coming off 'The Great Unknown.' That said, because the theme of all seven pieces were written from the same perspective, they do seem to fit. The track order had to be in that sequence to make it work." Additionally, the reviews regarding 'The Great Unknown' have been stellar, as evidenced by a write-up in Progression Magazine by John Collinge, which stated "Giannotti is an excellent singer, player, and composer of melodies that register addictively from the first listen. He also writes enchantingly cogent lyrics, whose themes of inner/outer travels through time and distance impart a wistfully poignant sense of wonder." Additionally, Classic Rock Revisited gave it an "A" rating, and offered further praise - "This one is a winner from start to finish. Buy this one and support real music being made by real artists." And writer Jeb Wright has been a supporter of Giannotti and his music, stating that "What was created is a complex and multi-demensional album that is honest and pure in it's intention. This is a classy, thought and feeling provoking album from the opening note until the finale" and "'The Great Unknown' is a progressive, art rock masterpiece.”