Judas Priest's Rob Halford Says Redeemer of Souls "Reignited Things"

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Make no mistake that Judas Priest forever changed the development of heavy metal, helping it progress in a way that few other bands ever will. Though we know few fans of the genre are ignorant enough to fail to make that distinction, it's important to remind everyone now and again that this band -- and its iconic vocal athlete and frontman, Rob Halford -- will absolutely be included when the carving of the heavy-metal Mount Rushmore commences.

What might be most remarkable about Judas Priest, however, is that this band, with a career spanning more than 40 years, has remained as vital as ever and recently released one of its best albums, the sublimely intense Redeemer of Souls -- a nearly unprecedented feat in a young man's game.

And while all this is not to ignore the fact that Priest has surely endured its share of hard times, lineup swaps, and the odd rough album, the group has entered its twilight years firing on all cylinders and screaming for vengeance as loudly as ever.

New Times was fortunate enough to speak with the disarmingly affable Metal God himself, Rob Halford. He was gracious enough to muse upon the current state of Priestly affairs, talk about why heavy metal is still exciting to him, his longevity, and his plan B -- becoming a lounge singer if the Priest thing doesn't work out for some reason.

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Black Fridays Turns 3 With These Most Memorable Moments

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Celebrate three years of goth at Black Fridays' anniversary bash.

Since its inception in 2011, Black Fridays has been the go-to bash for the "dark electronic and classic new wave"-lovin' crowd.

And in the past three years, the popular party has seen it all -- from suspension acts to zombie walks to cosplay nights. It even outlasted multiple moves, from its home in the 954 at Green Room to the 305's Vagabond and back to its original spot in Fort Laudy's revamped spot, now known as Stache.

Tonight, Black Fridays will be celebrating its anniversary at Revolution Live along with Astari Nite. The band also premieres its "I.O. 1987" music video.

But before you black-wearing masses crowd the Fort Lauderdale venue, here are some of Black Fridays' most memorable moments according to the man who started it all, Mike Linder, AKA DJ Lindersmash.

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Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

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Ian Witlen

Sure everyone's bummed about the closing of venerable downtown Miami indie haunt Vagabond, but this bad news comes with a bit of a silver lining for those of us north of the Golden Glades Interchange. Popular darkwave night Black Fridays will be making a move back to the Fort Lauderdale place of its inception.

Event organizer Mike Linder (aka DJ Lindersmash, New Times Reader's Choice DJ of the Year in 2012 and 2013) relocated the Gothic-leaning shindig down to Miami about a year ago, leaving Fort Lauderdale black-wearing masses without a place to rub elbows on Friday nights. Don't worry Mike, we ain't mad at you. Fort Lauderdale is ready to welcome you back with open arms.

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Black Fridays Move to Miami; "Couldn't Find the Right Fit" in Fort Lauderdale

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Ian Witlen

For a little over a year, Mike Linder filled Green Room with dark dance tunes and a crowd that loves the nighttime with Black Fridays. The weekly Fort Lauderdale party featured everything from suspension piercing and girls using power tools on their crotches, to folks dressed up like dead celebs and comic book characters. But after the news came that Green Room is shifting to become Stache, Linder announced that Black Fridays are moving from Green Room to Vagabond in Miami.

The split was amicable though. Linder says, "I actually had a really good experience there. I have no ill will toward them." But after some miscommunication, it became clear he would start looking for another venue. He found Black Fridays' new home very far from his own Boca home, in Miami.

See also: Green Room Is Now Called Stache, Offers a "Better Experience for Everybody"

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Fetish Factory to Charter Party Bus for "Back to School" if Enough People RSVP

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Slate recently reported Miami has the worst drivers in the country, and kinky party stalwart Fetish Factory cares too much about its faithful merrymakers to put them at the frontlines of such highway hell.

After a last-minute location change last week from Fort Lauderdale's Exit 66 to Grand Central in Miami for its annual "Back to School" party, the Factory announced it would charter a bus for both the safety and fun of its participants.

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - March 7

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Better than: Just about anything else to come from the shores of Jersey in the past 30 years, particularly the past five.  

There is an indelible timelessness to Southside Johnny's music that is right up there with summertime on the beach, vintage American steel, and young love. 

Perhaps that was a little on the Hallmark side for us, but the sentiment remains. The fact of the matter is that there is a realness to the soul-smothered rock 'n' roll music that Southside and his Asbury Jukes make that simply cannot be replicated or synthesized. 

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Tire Kingdom Rounds Up Country's Biggest Stars and Sells MegaTicket to See Them All

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Actual country music, and also what the powers-that-be have named the twang-affected psuedo-rock or fiddle-touched pop music that drips out of Nashville's never-ceasing production lines each year, holds the largest fan-base in music these days. Modern country artists sell records, they sell massive amounts of tickets, and they're a hot commodity. 

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Way too hot to be assembled for something like a cruise -- the current popular vessel for consuming mass quantities of live music. All of these artists have way too much money to make on their own tours, and for fuck's sake, this ain't "the redneck yacht club." Not to mention how just plain wrong it would be to play such distinctly American sounds in international waters. 
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Adam Ant, an Enduring Cultural Icon, Performs at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

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Ah, the 1980! For some, a vacuous, Quaalude-devastated memory of a decade, and for others (mainly fashionistas, hipsters, and some born in the 90s) an epoch of unrestrained cocaine myth glamour, when American Psycho excess ruled the waves and coated everything with a thin dusting of "nostalgia."

Give us a fucking break.

Very few relics from that era endured to the present based solely on real cultural impact and actual merit. But we're only looking at the musical angle of things so we'll skip any uncomfortable John Hughes' references. Adam Ant certainly imploded toward the back end of the decade, but he never truly vanished from our general consciousness.

And it wasn't because of his old-timey cavalry gear and dayglo face paint.

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Five Excellent Gamer Costume Ideas for Black Friday Arcade Night

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Sure, scoring monster points on Call of Duty or Battlefield takes the skills of a boss. A gamer boss just like you. We know you're a shot-caller, a real top dawg. But what if there were a legit reason to put on some pants and go out and party with like-minded gamers? Green Room's Black Friday Arcade bash might just be the gathering appropriate for you.

The nightclub will roll out its big screen to host a series of videogame tournaments hosted by Play 'N Trade. We're talking serious tournaments, boasting Marvel-versus-Capcom. For those not into competitive gaming but who love to play anyway, there will be classic Nintendo consoles set up throughout the club. To add to the fun, everyone's invited to put on videogame-inspired gear and compete for the big win.

Not sure what to wear? Here're a few ideas to get your joystick, ahem, poppin'.

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Top Five Goth Types at Green Room's Black Friday One-Year Anniversary

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Slideshow of Black Friday's One-Year Anniversary

Green Room celebrated the one-year anniversary of its vampire-friendly weekly party Black Friday on, well, Friday night. All of the fabulous freaks and fetishistic fashionistas of goth came out to show their support and show off their niche looks.

DJs spun industrial, new wave, alt, and electronic mixes; burlesque performers Val Vampyre, Jezebel Red, and Lisa Ann showed their curves; and people postured for the camera. We captured five goth-types repping at Black Friday. Get ready for some drama, darkness, and stereotyping.

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