During a recent interview with Kyle Meredith, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) offered an update on his upcoming blues album. The frontman says he already has enough material for the effort.
Halford said the following:
“I love the blues. Everything comes from the blues. Rock and roll, it all starts with the blues. And what a great style of music that is.
I’ve been working on — well, I say I, my brother, Nigel, and my nephew Alex, Ian Hill’s son, on bass, and our friend [Jon] Blakey on guitar, those guys have been putting together the foundations for quite a while now. We have enough material to make a record. I’ve just gotta find the words and put the voice on it at some point.
The only thing that I threw at the guys was do what you feel you wanna do in terms of ideas. I did give ’em a list of some of my favorite blues styles and blues performers as a little bit of a template for the guys to bounce off of.
It’s all in [my] phone — I’ve got the album in this phone — and it’s great. It’s gonna be a special moment, ’cause I’ve always wanted to make a blues record.
So, when time allows, and it’s been very, very tough for so many musicians with what we’ve been dealing with with the COVID pandemic, and the glorious waiting-to-launch 50th-anniversary PRIEST tour and another PRIEST record, then we’ll get into the blues [album].”
He went on to say that the record will cover a variety of different styles and sounds:
“You could go into one specific area and stay in that place and focus [on that and make] little subtle changes here and there, but much like the ‘Celestial’ album, I think this effort should just be a little texture of every taste of all these different blues flavors.”
He also commented on his lyrical approach:
“The blues is the blues. We all feel the blues, but you can have the happy blues as well as the sad blues, and you can have all of these characters in blues. The opportunities for stories for some of them, similar to the PRIEST inventions of fantasy, like the Sentinel or the Painkiller or any of those great characters that were created. You can throw your lyrics wherever you wanna throw them if they’re connecting with the music.
Messages in music are vital, ’cause we like to hear stories that we can relate to or attach ourselves to, in reality or in fantasy. So that’s gonna be an adventure for me. I love to sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper, ’cause that’s how I do it, and just think. I have an idea, and I just throw some bullet words down instantly, and that’s how the seeds start to grow.”