Judas Priestess Live at Break Away II
The world’s only ALL-GIRL tribute to the Metal Gods, JUDAS PRIEST and the #1 female tribute band in hard rock and heavy metal!!
JUDAS PRIESTESS, the world’s 1st and only All Girl Tribute to the Metal Gods (Judas Priest) is a rock phenomenon! Based out of NYC and formed a year and half ago, Judas Priestess is a striking group of leather and chain clad, head banging and talented women rockers has created a world-wide reputation, complete with rave reviews from music critics, adoring fans, and has the blessing of the Metal God himself, Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford (on VH1 Classic’s popular “That Metal Show”). KK Downing, legendary Judas Priest founder and guitarist, featured this all-girl group on the 3rd Anniversary of his Steel Mill website, which called them “metal’s top female tribute”.
The following excerpt is taken from the Judas Priestess concert review in the Aquarian 12/2/09, from their very first show in November, 2009: “The five-piece that took the packed Pony on a glorious tour of the Stained Class kids’ best hits, misses and anthems, pausing long enough to get you used to the ringing in your ears before continuing their aural blitzkrieg. Well-executed songs, top-shelf musicianship (these girls are better than most dudes in the biz) and killer presence caught my attention quick”.
Their dazzling performances have firmly established JUDAS PRIESTESS as one of the most acclaimed and top ranking bands in the greater New York area because these women explode through the classic hits and deep album cuts of the undisputed masters of metal: Judas Priest — and word gets around! The legendary Stone Pony, in Asbury Park, NJ, is where the band made its debut (during a hurricane) and to commemorate their First Anniversary, the Stone Pony presented JUDAS PRIESTESS with a custom-made “metal horns” trophy.
Amongst their many shows, JUDAS PRIESTESS has performed with Twisted Sister at Dee Snider’s BIKERS FOR BABIES charity rally in Long Island, NY (2010) and they recently opened up for the legendary group Pentagram. They are pleased to have organized a Christmas Toy Drive for the Coalition for the Homeless last December. The group has recently become very popular in the South. In Spring 2011, Cape Fear Harley Davidson sponosed JUDAS PRIESTESS’ performance at North Carolina’s Rock Shop Music Hall, and immediately followed that date as the headline attraction opening weekend at Myrtle Beach Bike Week in South Carolina. It was a triumphant return for the band at Suck Bang Blow 4 Corners- Myrtle Beach Bike Week is one of the top four biker events in the U.S.A. with over 300,000 people from around the world attending. At Harley Bike Week, the band was such a hit that they scored the cover of The Sun News KICKS! section (June 17, 2011) in an article about the world’s best tribute bands that perform in the international tourist mecca of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Who is Judas Priestess?
Judas Priestess spectacular front woman, MilitiA, has been called by the French Music Press “the true cross between Rob Halford and Tina Turner”. MilitiA has been Dee Snider’s lead vocalist in his heavy metal orchestra “Van Helsing’s Curse”; has toured Europe with Jesus Christ Superstar; has performed with Nancy Sinatra, Cyndi Lauper, Taylor Dayne, Sandra Bernhard, among other known musical artists. MilitiA’s vocal prowess and stunning stage presence combined with the impressive and stellar musicians that comprise Judas Priestess: D Mercedes on lead guitar, Josette on 2nd guitar; Gyda Gash on bass, and Kaleen Reading on drums — makes for a riveting show that always leaves the audience thundering its approval and always wanting more!!
What people are saying about JUDAS PRIESTESS:
-K.K. Downing’s (Judas Priest founder/guitarist) Steel Mill named JUDAS PRIESTESS “Metal’s top female tribute!”
-MTV.com says: “Metal Goddesses… drawing crowds larger than those of many established national acts.”
-New York Press calls the band “Killing machines!”
-Q104.3 NYC: DJ Ian O’Malley said live on-air “JUDAS PRIESTESS live is nothing short of awesome.”
-John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian reported “These girls are lethal musicians that happen to be drop dead sexy.”
-Matt O’Shaughnessy, WVOX ‘s METAL MAYHEM radio show wrote: “I can’t thank you enough for being so natural on the air and really making for one of my very best interviews ever!! in my 27-year broadcasting career history –I really mean that!!!”
Judas Priestess is comprised of the best heavy metal women musicians possible to pay tribute to the Metal Gods! Each member of Judas Priestess brings a unique quality to the mix as well as the technical prowess to make this group extraordinary.
MilitiA (vocals) The man who brought The Beatles to America, SID BERNSTEIN, calls her “A superstar!” MilitiA has toured as the leading female vocalist in Dee Snider’s heavy metal horror orchestra Van Helsing’s Curse and in Europe with Jesus Christ Superstar. She has performed with Cyndi Lauper, Taylor Dayne, Nancy Sinatra, Sandra Bernhard and CX Kidtronik, in addition to hosting and VJ’ing on FUSE Music Television, MTV2 and VH1. She has an original hard rock band +SWEAR ON YOUR LIFE+ in which MilitiA is lead singer/songwriter and her song “Heavyhead” is featured on The Black Rock Coalition’s compilation album “Rock & Roll Reparations Vol. 2 alongside tracks by Living Colour and Fishbone. In Spring 2011, MilitiA performed this song live at the 7th Annual OUTMUSIC Awards in NYC in honor of Melissa Etheridge’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This enormously talented vocalist/performer is featured in Black Rock Vol.1 by Earl Douglas and in the following upcoming books: Not Bad For A Girl Pt.2; What Are You Doing Here? Black Women in Metal, Hardcore and Punk. She is also an award-winning classically trained pianist and choral director.
D Mercedes (Lead Guitar) “I formed Judas Priestess with bassist Gyda Gash in late 2009 after 2 1/2 years in the all-girl Motley Crüe tribute Girls Girls Girls. I founded the NYC punk rock group “The Stimulators” who appear on lauded compilations Mojo Magazine’s NY Punk, NY Thrash as well as our own pioneering album “Loud Fast Rules!” I’ve played with numerous musicians including drumming notables Alvin Lee’s Bryson Graham, Stimulators and Cro-Mags founder and mastermind Harley Flanagan, The Damned’s Rat Scabies, Dead Boy Johnny Blitz, New York Doll Jerry Nolan and have performed with early Southern rock legend Link Wray. Other recording projects include original material with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’r La La Brooks, former lead singer of “The Crystals” and Angie Workman (backup singer for Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Prince, Ben E. King).”
Josette (2nd Guitar) Les Paul playing Josette, a New Jersey native, cites her main influences as Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughn. She has toured with Chud of Misfits & XWard, toured both Europe and North America with Erocktica, and has done Warped tour with Shiragirl. She is also currently playing in the acoustic project “Tanya & the Revolutionaries” which has included performing in Nashville, TN. Josette also plays the banjo.
Gyda Gash (Bass) “In addition to having my own record released recently, I was the bassist in the seminal doom metal band Angel Rot, with ex-White Zombie axeman Tom Five. Also in Shewolves with The Cycle Sluts from Hell’s Honey 1%er. I have toured Europe playing bass in Psychic TV with Genesis P. Orridge. Numerous guest appearances include The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick and Texas Terri Bomb. I also played bass in the house band on artist Mark Kostabi’s celebrity Cable TV show “Title This” joining a variety of musical guests that included jazz great Ornette Coleman, Blue Oyster Cult’s Al Bouchard, and Sex Pistol’s Glenn Matlock. Some people may also know of me from the book ‘Please Kill Me’ as being one of the first ladies of the original NYC punk scene
Kaleen Reading (Drums) is a 19 year-old drumming sensation that joined Judas Priestess in June 2011 when the group’s original power drummer JoJo Tubeato, was forced to take an unexpected and extended medical leave, and whose return is undetermined. Kaleen now shares her primary drumming duties with both Judas Priestess and Misstallica. Kaleen has toured nationally & internationally with Jon Anderson of Yes, the Butthole Surfers, John Wetton of King Crimson and Asia, Brendon Small, creator of the Adult Swim cartoon Metalocalypse. She has performed on stage with Dr. Know of Bad Brains, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Ronnie Spector (Ronettes), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. Kaleen has recorded with Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Marco Benevento and Gail Ann Dorsey of David Bowie.
Judas Priestess Drummer
“Original Judas Priestess drummer JoJo Tubeato, was forced to take an extended medical leave in June 2011. It is possible that she will return to performing some shows with JUDAS PRIESTESS in the future, trading off drumming duties with Kaleen Reading upon occasion. JoJo Tubeato (Drums) The press calls her “the skin pounding goddess”. Her history includes drumming with the legendary East Coast all-girl heavy metal band Missdemeanor, and in The Creeps NYC with members of the Cycle Sluts from Hell.”
Judas Priestess rocks! Listen to just one concert and Judas Priestess will blow your mind away!
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