The last few years have seen a lot of activity from Judas Priest. With their chart-topping album ‘Firepower,’ and its corresponding tour, the band have given its fans many reasons to celebrate. Now comes the announcement that they have collaborated with Rufus Publications for the publication of the first-ever official Judas Priest book documenting the band’s extensive history over the last 50 years. Titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years.”
The band has not skimmed details: the coffee table book is an incredible 648-pages, using hundreds of previously unseen, unpublished photographs from some of Rock’s greatest photographers including Halfin, Neil Zlozower, Mark Weiss, Fin Costello, and Oliver Halfin. With a text by journalist Mark Blake, the book chronicles the bands history on and off the stage in a unique photo documentary. Current bandmembers have all contributed to the book, with written pieces, making this an extraordinary artefact for their legions of followers.
Halfin said: “I’ve photographed Judas Priest from 1978 until now, and of all the bands I’ve worked with, they are one of the most enjoyable to me. You have to love the mighty Priest.” Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton added, “We spearheaded the visual image of metal, breathing new life into it, and it has been captured forever in the pages of this book.”
There will be four different editions of the book, including an edition designed to raise money for the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation, and a 410mm square edition supplied in a beautiful black metal slipcase.
Here are some of the different versions:
* The Standard Edition: 648-page book, 12″ square printed on art paper – supplied in a cloth slipcase with red foil.
* The Deluxe Edition: 500 numbered copies, 12″ square. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.
* The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation Charity Edition: 100 numbered copies, 12″ square, printed on art paper with a special blue cover supplied in a cloth slipcase with blue foil. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis. All proceeds from this edition will go to the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation.
* The Epic Leather and Metal Edition: 100 numbered copies, 16″ square, bound in luxurious padded black leather with a 3D lenticular to the front, gold foil and an exclusive fold-out poster. The book comes in a die cut black metal slipcase. Each copy is personally signed by Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis.
“Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years “ will ship in early December in time for Christmas, and can be exclusively pre-ordered at www.rufuspublications.com. The pre-order starts on September 11 at 3 p.m. U.K. time on a first-come-first-served basis. Special priced bundle editions will also be available to pre-order and a 10% pre-order discount can be used at the online checkout with the code PRIEST50.
Also coming, is frontman Rob Halford’s autobiography, “Confess,” which will arrive on September 29 via Hachette Books.