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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Metal God Rob Halford Turns 60!

Metal God Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford from British Heavy Metal legends Judas Priest, is celebrating his 60th birthday today! Halford made the world more Metal when his mother gave birth to him on August 25, 1951 in Sutton Coldfield, England, but was raised in Walsall (which was then a part of Staffordshire).

Halford sang in numerous bands before joining Judas Priest in the early 70s, and single-handily changing Heavy Metal forever. Some of the bands he sang with before joining Judas Priest, were Athens Wood, Lord Lucifer, Abraxas, Thark and Hiroshima.

Thanks to his hard work with Judas Priest, the Grammy Award-winning band became a cult within the Heavy Metal. As a result, Halford was nicknamed the "Metal God" after the Judas Priest song of the same name from 1980's British Steel.

The Metal God is is considered one of the most consistently powerful singers in Rock, and he possesses a wide vocal range, and is famous for his high-pitched, operatic, soaring screams. In addition to his work with Judas Priest, he has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, 2wo and Halford. He is also credited as the first openly gay mainstream Heavy Metal star, having come out in 1998.

HEAVY Birthday Rob and we wish you many more Metallic years!

Judas Priest tour-dates:

- South America/Mexico Leg Of Epitaph Tour 2011:

\m/ 10th September: Portuguesa Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil
\m/ 11th September: Citibank Hall, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
\m/ 13th September: Chevrolet Hall, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
\m/ 15th September: Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil
\m/ 18th September: Racing, Buenos Aires, Argentina
\m/ 20th September: Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile
\m/ 23rd September: Coliseo El Campin, Bogota, Colombia
\m/ 25th September: Terraza Ccct, Caracas, Venezuela
\m/ 27th September: Nuevo Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica
\m/ 30th September: Mexico City Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico
\m/ 1st October: Telmex Theater, Guadalajara, Mexico
\m/ 3rd October: Banamex Theater, Monterrey, Mexico

- US/Canada Leg Of Epitaph Tour 2011:
\m/ 12 October: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
\m/ 14 October: Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi, TX
\m/ 15 October: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
\m/ 16 October: Allen Event Center, Dallas, TX
\m/ 18 October: Ava Amphitheater, Tucson, AZ
\m/ 19 October: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, San Diego, CA
\m/ 21 October: AZ State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
\m/ 22 October: San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA

\m/ 23 October: Hard Rock, Las Vegas, NV
\m/ 25 October: To be advised
\m/ 27 October: Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
\m/ 29 October: WaMu Theater, Seattle, WA
\m/ 30 October: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
\m/ 1 November: Shaw Conference Center, Edmonton, AB
\m/ 2 November: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB
\m/ 4 November: Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, UT
\m/ 5 November: 1STBANK Center, Denver, CO
\m/ 8 November: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
\m/ 9 November: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL
\m/ 10 November: The Family Arena, St. Louis, MO
\m/ 12 November: The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, Chicago, IL
\m/ 13 November: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
\m/ 15 November: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
\m/ 16 November: The Armory, Rochester, NY
\m/ 18 November: Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
\m/ 22 November: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
\m/ 23 November: Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QC
\m/ 24 November: Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
\m/ 27 November: Lawrence Joel Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
\m/ 30 November: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa
\m/ 1 December: Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, Miami
\m/ 3 December: Hard Rock Biloxi Hotel & Casino, Biloxi

- European Leg Of Epitaph Tour 2011:

\m/ 7th June: 013, Tilburg, Holland
\m/ 9th June: Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
\m/ 11th June: Sauna Festival, Tampere, Finland
\m/ 14th June: Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
\m/ 15th June: Edward Greig Plass, Bergen, Norway
\m/ 17th June: Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
\m/ 19th June: Hellfest, Nantes, France
\m/ 20th June: Le Zenith, Paris, France
\m/ 22nd June: Fiera Arena/Gods of Metal, Milan, Italy
\m/ 23rd June: Sonisphere Festival, Basel - St. Jakobs, Switzerland
\m/ 25th June: Graspop Festival, Dessel, Belgium
\m/ 27th June: Zenith, Munich, Germany
\m/ 28th June: 02 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
\m/ 29th June: Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
\m/ 1st July: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
\m/ 3rd July: Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
\m/ 5th July: Water Park, P Faliro, Athens, Greece
\m/ 6th July: Kautatzogleio Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece
\m/ 8th July: National Hippodrome Of Bankya, Sofia, Bulgaria
\m/ 10th July: Kazlicesme Festival Site, Istanbul, Turkey
\m/ 15th July: Newport Centre, Newport, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 16th July: The Apollo, Manchester, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 17th July: The Dome, Doncaster, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 19th July: SECC, Glasgow, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 20th July: Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 21st July: Wolverhampton Civic, Wolverhampton, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 23rd July: High Voltage Festival, London, UK
\m/ 24th July: BIC, Bournemouth, UK (with QUEENSRYCHE & Rival Sons)
\m/ 27th July: Atlantico Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal
\m/ 29th July: Coliseum, La Coruna, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
\m/ 30th July: La Cubierta, Madrid, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
\m/ 31st July: Bec, Bilbao, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
\m/ 2nd August: Badalona, Barcelona, Spain (with Motorhead and Saxon)
\m/ 5th August: Wacken Festival, Germany
\m/ 7th August: Colmar Wine Festival, Colmar, France
\m/ 9th August: 02 World, Berlin, Germany
\m/ 10th August: Spodek - Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice, Poland
\m/ 11th August: Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

Related links:
Rob Halford's Official Site
Judas Priest's Official Site

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