Rob Halford Trademarks “Metal God” Name

Got this one off KNAC but apparently Rob Halford (if you don’t know who that is, please exit this site by typing the words ‘Disney.com’ into your browser & then hitting ENTER) has recently trademarked the name ‘Metal God’.  Click the link to read all about it.

My question is. . . really?  Only NOW!?  He’s pretty much had that unofficial moniker since the song ‘Metal Gods’ was released on the album ‘British Steel’ in 1980.  In more recent times, it’s the name of his own production company (Metal God Entertainment) so I’m really surprised that it’s taken him this long to make such a move.  God knows Gene Simmons would’ve had the term trademarked, patented & insured by Lloyds of London before the 80’s ended.

On a side note, the domain ‘Metalgod.com’ should be cheap enough for him to pick up too.  If you think MY site is bad, ‘Metalgod.com’ is apparently being considered for use as an information source about . . . Switzerland.

No, I’m not making that up.

Judas Priest Fan Listens to ‘Nostradamus’ for 145 Days Straight!

Blabbermouth.net – Tomorrow, Friday November 7th, will mark the 145th straight day that crazed Judas Priest fan Jim Bartek has listened to the entire double CD set ‘Nostradamus’ all the way through.  Some days, more than one time in a day.  Needless to say, this Cleveland Ohio man seems to like it a little, or so I’m thinking.  Follow the link for all the sordid details.

I couldn’t help but notice that Jimmy has more than a striking resemblence to another famous, and fanatically dedicated, individual.  I think the photographic evidence speaks for itself below;

A word to the wise – don’t be borrowing Jim’s “precious”, if you value your health.

Confused About ‘Nostradamus’

A while back I talked about how we could learn a lot from Trent Reznor’s distribution models for his past two releases ‘Ghosts I-IV’ and ‘The Slip’. Especially ‘Ghosts I-IV’ since it introduced a tiered level of purchasing from free all the way to a $300 uber-fan edition. I liked the creativity and insight behind this business model but did caution that it seemed to prey upon the most devoted fans, who would sign in blood to acquire the ‘biggest & best’ version of their favorite artists releases. If you really care you can read the whole brilliantly constructed analysis HERE.

Jump forward to today, when Judas Priests’ latest new release ‘Nostradamus’ hit the stores. Like a good husband, I went out to get my wife a copy at lunch as this is her all-time favorite band in the world. Researching the release on Amazon.com, I soon found there would be two versions available; a standard 2 disc set and a deluxe set that also included a 40 page hardbound book. That’s according to Amazon.com – only the largest retail outlet in the world.

At Best Buy, I find that both versions are available and even on sale (how thoughtful!). The ‘deluxe’ edition was marked down to $24.99, which seemed to me to be a do-able amount for the book et al. so I went with that. Nothing’s too good for me lady. But while in line, I noticed the guy in front of me with a HUGE box, with the very same Nostradamus artwork that I was holding in my grubby paw. So I enquired what he had there, and was dismayed to hear he had the last copy of a SUPER deluxe edition, available only at Best Buy.

Yep, same book and discs as I was getting plus 3 vinyl records (of the same songs on the CD’s) and a limited edition poster. Ok, so nothing I couldn’t live without (especially at $70) and obviously I hadn’t been to the OFFICIAL Judas Priest page or I’d have known about option 3. Shame on me.

However, in these days of dwindling record company profits does it make any sense to only advertise a product on a band’s website, and only make it available at one retailer? I mean, I listen to literally hundreds of groups across many different genres – am I supposed to make ALL of them my friend on Myspace in order to know what new products they have available?

So this goes back to my original concern with Reznor’s model; are we forcing bands to become too dependent on their hardcore fanbase, at the exclusion of the more casual fan? Don’t get me wrong, I have some very limited edition stuff that I cherish from some of my favorite groups – I merely question how this information gets disseminated in the first place and if potential sales aren’t being lost by keeping the releases exclusive. Does it make sense to benefit the third party resellers on Ebay over the band?

I don’t know the answer, I’m just asking the question. To me, Reznor’s model is brilliant – but it ain’t necessarily perfect. And it might not work for everyone. Time will tell us, won’t it?

Victim of Changes

In the car on the way home from Tae Kwon Do practice last week, I did my usual deal of playing whatever was in my CD player for the twins as background music to our conversation.  For this day, my weapon of choice was ‘Unleashed in the East’ by Judas Priest.

I played the girls a little of ‘Green Manalishi (With the 2 Pronged Crown)’, which is one of my all-time favorites, as well as ‘The Ripper’, some of ‘Diamonds & Rust’ and then we started ‘Victim of Changes’.

At this point, Tabitha – my youngest and future riot girl, asked what the song was again.

“Victim of Changes” I said.

“Oh” she said, the wheels turning in her mind.  “I think I can DEFINITELY relate to that one”.

At that point I was kind of afraid to ask what specific changes she was being victimized by, or who’s – assuming it was a biological reference or perhaps a reminder of a recent sad break-up.  Either way, some things are better off not asked by Dad, y’know? 

Still, I couldn’t help but find it somewhat ironic of the timeless (albeit generationally unique) perspective that JP’s lyrics could instill in my young listeners.  I wonder if Rob and company have ever been confronted by their own children interpreting their songs in a different, yet very much the same, vein as they were intended?