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Halford in bid to save UK venue

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has given his support to a campaign set up to save a live UK venue.

The Sir Charles Napier in Blackburn closed its doors last month but a group has been set up to try and have the pub reopened.

The Metal God says: “We’ve got to do what we can to keep the Napier alive. You can’t beat live music – any kind of music live is great, and especially in this amazing place full of history.

“It’s great not only for music, but for the community – it keeps everybody together.”

Campaign spokesperson Alex Martindale tells the Lancashire Telegraph: “It’s incredible to have the support of such a massive personality. We hope this encourages other figures from the scene to come forward and help to spread the word for us.”

For more, visit the Save The Napier website:

Earlier this month, Halford said the band would start recording the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls next year.

Priest are currently on tour across Europe and return to the UK in November.

Judas Priest tour dates

Aug 01: Wacken Festival, Germany Oct 24: San Bernardino, Knotfest, CA Nov 23: Bradford St Georges, UK Nov 24: Glasgow Barrowlands, UK Nov 26: Wolverhampton Civic, UK Nov 28: Manchester Apollo, UK Nov 30: Portsmouth Guildhall, UK Dec 01: London O2 Brixton Academy, UK Dec 04: Karlstad Lofbergs Arena, Sweden Dec 05: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden Dec 07: Tallin Saku Arena, Estonia Dec 08: Vilnius Siemens Arena, Lithuania Dec 10: Gdasnk Ergo Arena, Poland Dec 12: Brno Rondo Arena, Czech Republic Dec 16: Brussels Vorst Nationaal, Belgium

Scott Munro

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN.