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The Rock Show

The Loud Hailer

Catch up on the latest re-issues, gig news and scandal from the turbulent world of rock.

Priest up for Hall of Fame nod

Judas Priest, Bon Jovi and The Cars are amongst the bands shortlisted for induction into the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Others include Kate Bush, Radiohead, Dire Straits and Rage Against The Machine.

The five winning inductees will be announced in December and will enter the hall during a special ceremony next April.

Fans themselves can have their say on the inductees alongside the 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body.

Artists can be nominated for the prestigious honour 25 years after the release of their first studio album.

Although Judas Priest have been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 1999, 25 years after 'Rocka Rolla' was unleashed, this is the band's first nomination.

Somewhat controversially, Iron Maiden have been omitted from the shortlist once again.

Tom Petty dies, aged 66

Tom Petty has died after suffering a cardiac arrest, a statement issued by his manager has confirmed. He was 66.

Tom suffered a full cardiac arrest in the early hours of Monday 2nd of October. A statement issued by his long-time manager confirmed that he was taken to hospital and that he 'died peacefully...surrounded by his family, his bandmates, and friends.'

The career-spanning tour also saw Tom perform at British Summer Time Hyde Park this July, in what was his first UK show in five years.

Over a music career that spanned 41 years, Tom sold more than 80 million records worldwide making him among the best-selling artists of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He released 13 records as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, three solo albums and two records with both Mudcrutch and Traveling Wilburys.

Priest to headline Bloodstock for the first time

Heavy metal titans Judas Priest have been unveiled as the third headliner for next year's Bloodstock Festival.

They'll be joining previously confirmed bands Gojira and Nightwish at the Derbyshire-based festival in early August.

It'll be the first time Priest have played Bloodstock and there's a chance they'll be playing material from their soon to be completed album as well as classic songs.

Frontman Rob Halford has revealed they're very close to finishing the new record - their 18th album - and are also planning a big world tour next year.

Barnsley boys release retrospective

Saxon are set to release a deluxe best of anthology called 'Decade of The Eagle' later this year.

It's a retrospective look at the Barnsley band's first nine albums, including 34 tracks, four of them which were top 20 singles.

The package is released in mid-November on vinyl and 2CD format each with a gatefold sleeve that features a special metallic embossed coin on the cover.

The album also comes with extensive liner notes penned by frontman Biff Byford, together with rarely seen and classic photos from the era.

Tracks on the best of include Never Surrender, Wheels of Steel, Denim and Leather and Dallas 1PM.