Foreign editions (German, Bulgarian and Polish) of the unauthorized JUDAS PRIEST biography "Defenders of the Faith: The Story of Judas Priest" by UK-based author Neil Daniels will be available in late 2008/early 2009, with an English paperback edition due out before Christmas.
"Defenders of the Faith: The Story of Judas Priest" was released in September 2007 via Omnibus Press. According to the book's official description, the "first definitive biography of the metal Gods . . reveals how a group of poor, working-class lads followed in their heroes footsteps. JUDAS PRIEST's entire history is explored from their deprived beginnings in 1960s West Bromwich as an entirely different band. This title includes over 50 interviews with prominent musicians, producers, record company personnel, journalists, childhood friends and ex-members. From their earliest obscure demos to their controversial contract with Gull Records and breakthrough success with CBS, every album and tour is examined. This is the story of constant lineup changes; sell-out tours, battles with American Conservative Fundamentalists, the complete breakdown of the band, and their re-ignition with a new singer in 1996. Finally, their hugely successful reunion in 2003 with Rob Halford the self-proclaimed Metal God brought the band back to the attention of the world's greatest stages."
Back in February 2007, JUDAS PRIEST management representative Jayne Andrews posted a message on the group's official web site, stating that "we would like to make it clear to everyone that a book which is due out soon, entitled 'Defenders of the Faith - The True Story of Judas Priest' by Neil Daniels, is not an official book and is not approved by the band. We had absolutely no involvement with this book at all and therefore it is most definitely not the true story of JUDAS PRIEST!!" (Note: The word "true" was subsequently removed from the book's title, presumably in response to Andrews' statement Ed.)
For more information on "Defenders of the Faith: The Story of Judas Priest", visit www.neildaniels.com.