Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Honored As Kentucky Colonel

Yesterday (June 14), Judas Priest’s Rob Halford was recognized as an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the state’s governor Andy Beshear and secretary of state Michael Adams. Kentucky gives out that title in “recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state, and nation.” Halford said the following about the honor:

“Thank you governor and the people’s of Kentucky a great honour and organisation that’s making good things happen.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Wants To Collaborate With BABYMETAL

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reflected on his performance at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards in which he performed “Painkiller” and “Breaking The Law” with BABYMETAL. He said the experience “was a blast” and that he would like to record a new song with the group someday.

Halford said the following about the aforementioned performance:

“I was delighted to be asked. It was such a hectic day that it was over in a flash, but it was a blast.”

“Once I knew I was going to do it, I thought about their outfits and went to the vintage store and got a black-and-red pseudo leather jacket, a black-and-red t-shirt from Amazon, and I bought some black and red sneakers as well. So, I actually put together an outfit exclusively for BABYMETAL. It’s in my closet still somewhere.”

He also added the following about the possibility of a collaboration:

“It would be great to jump in on a ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ or a ‘Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!’. But even more than that, I would love to sing in Japanese, because I’ve never done anything like that. It would be a thrill to sing a BABYMETAL song, but rather than one of their existing songs, I’d like to do something unique. We could make a one-off special; that would be a dream. Maybe when Priest goes to Japan next, we can stop in a studio and do an original song. Call it ‘Fox God Metal God’.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Says He Already Has Enough Material For His Debut Blues Album

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) In Conversation With Sebastian Bach (Ex-Skid Row) Virtual Event To Be Held This Weekend

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) will be discussing his new autobiography, “Confess,” during a virtual event on October 3. The Changing Hands bookstore in Arizona will host the event in conjunction with Zia Records and Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) will serve as the moderator. Fans can participate in the event by purchasing the book HERE.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Begins Work On New Blues Album

During a recent interview with Darren Paltrowitz, host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) revealed that he has started working on a new blues album. The frontman said the following when asked if he was still interested in making a blues record:

“I’ll give you an exclusive: it’s already begun. I’ve been working on this blues album with my brother and my nephew and friends that I worked with together on the ‘Celestial’ album. We had such a great time, and they’re so talented. And that blues thing has never left me; it’s just part of rock and roll. So, it’s begun. We’re slowly putting bits and pieces together. There’s no timeline on it. We’re kicking the tires, and I’ve already got some bits of ideas here and there, and they sound great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In September

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that he will be releasing his autobiography “Confess” on September 29 via Hachette Books. The book, which was written with Ian Gittins, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Here’s a description of the memoir:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling and honest look at the struggles he has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy. There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Halford’s. Confess, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest — and described by Halford himself as ‘exciting, fun, disturbing, and terrifying’ — will celebrate five decades of the guts and glory of rock-n-roll.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Planning To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In October 2020

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that his autobiography “Confess” will be released on October 20, 2020 via Headline Publishing Group/Hachette Book Group. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Known as ‘The Metal God’ by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer readers a compelling, heartfelt and honest look at the struggles Rob has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy.

Written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of the New York Times bestseller, The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, this autobiography will celebrate the guts and glory of rock-n-roll from the late eighties up to the staggering 50th anniversary of Judas Priest in 2020, and is sure to be a bestseller across the globe.”

Halford commented:

“‘Confess‘ is a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to expose every facet of myself. Digging deep with nothing to hide and nothing to fear was in many ways exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic. I’ve held nothing back. It’s time for me to Confess…”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Premieres “Morning Star” Lyric Video

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Morning Star.” This track is from the singer’s new Christmas album “Celestial,” which was released today (October 18).

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Streams Cover Of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) is streaming his cover of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” This track is from the singer’s new Christmas album “Celestial,” which will be released on October 18.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Release New Christmas Album “Celestial” In October, Premieres “Donner And Blitzen” Video

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that he will be releasing a new Christmas album titled “Celestial” on October 18. The effort will feature covers of traditional holiday songs, as well as four brand new tracks. An official video for the first single, “Donner And Blitzen,” can be seen below:

Halford said the following about the album:

“The great thing about heavy metal is it’s got these kinds of multiple dimensions. I think when you look at it from an outside point of view – if you’re not really familiar with the metal scene – it can look pretty intimidating. And it is a very strong, powerful experience. But it comes at different levels.

I think the music that we’ve made on ‘Celestial‘, for example, gives a display of that. Metal maniacs – as we call ourselves – are just as ready for the holidays as everybody else. And what we’ve tried to do with this music is to reach out to as many of those metal dimensions as we possibly can.”

He also added the following about the song:

“‘Donner And Blitzen‘ gets the snowball rolling for ‘Celestial‘ – a song full of excitement, love and hope. You can hear and feel the power of Christmas time – energy roarin’ with rockin’ reindeers haulin’!”

“Celestial” Track Listing:

01. “Celestial”
02. “Donner And Blitzen”
03. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
04. “Away In A Manger”
05. “Morning Star”
06. “Deck The Halls”
07. “Joy To The World”
08. “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
09. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
10. “The First Noel”
11. “Good King Wenceslas”

In other news, Halford has also announced a signing event at the FYE Arizona Mills location in Tempe, AZ. That event will take place on October 19.