Rob Halford Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album: “We’ve Stopped Kicking The Tires And Now We’re In Tracking”

During a recent interview with ABC Audio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the band have “stopped kicking the tires” and that they are now “in tracking.”

Halford said the following:

“We’ve stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in tracking. You can never have enough songs when you’re making an album. Songs that you didn’t even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“The music that we’re making now is representative of where Priest is at this probably sixth decade of our existence when it comes out… It sounds great. I’m really pleased. I’m really, really happy that… we’re not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it’s good, because there are some elements in there that we’ve never… kind of discovered before.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Open To Performing With K.K. Downing And Les Binks At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford said he would be open to performing with ex-members K.K. Downing and Les Binks at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Halford said the following when asked if the Hall Of Fame made the right decision by including Les Binks, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis as part of the band’s induction:

“Absolutely, yes. Absolutely. In terms of ticking the boxes of how long you’ve got to be in, and this, that, and the other, yes. Whoever has been attached and related to Judas Priest has had a role to play. I think the significance of the way they’ve chosen these particular musicians is correct.”

He also added the following when asked if he would be open to performing with Downing and Binks:

“Absolutely. As I said before, you’ve got to push aside anything that gets in the way. You’ve got to remove the emotional clutter and just reference this great celebration. Otherwise, if you don’t do that, and you leave the building, a couple of years later you’ll go, “What the hell? Why didn’t we do that?” It’s a few hours, but those few hours last forever.

We’ve seen it time and time again with the Rock Hall. “She’s coming, he’s not coming, why isn’t he coming? He said this, and he said that.” All this drama. The music matters. It’s all about the music. It’s all about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.”

Judas Priest Among 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Judas Priest are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year. The ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and the other inductees include: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Harry Belafonte, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford told Billboard the following:

“The other day I was just noodling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site … and when you look at the list of talent in there, it’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s a very, very important institution for recognizing various people that have been in music since music began, right from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. To be part of that is, like, wow… And glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band in now. That’s the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”

He also added the following about being inducted as part of the “Musical Excellence Award”:

“That’s totally unexpected. That’s just a very extra thrill to have that. They really look at you beyond the simple band that you are. They really dig deep as to this album and that album this song and that song. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do. I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974).

We’re a band that has taken you through many, many different, many dimensions, of metal. We’ve always called ourselves a classic metal band, but we’re a hard band to pin down. One minute we can be your Turbo Lover and then we can be your Painkiller, and how amazing it is for a band to really search for those opportunities within the genre of heavy metal. So I think the acknowledgement of Musical Excellence is a really sweet addition.”

Halford also confirmed that several former members of the band will be included in the induction including K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Dave Holland:

“They have every right to be a part of the event. I’m very pleased for everybody. There’s no bitterness. There’s no angst. There’s not that kind of stuff that’s lingering. If there is you have to push all that away. You have to push it to the side and just understand and accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and a celebration.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford To Release New Book “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures” In November

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be releasing a new book, titled “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures,” on November 1. The effort “mixes serious and in-depth pieces with whimsical reflections on lessons learned during his fifty years of a life in music.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. Halford commented:

“After my penitence with ‘Confess‘, it’s time for me to be BIBLICAL and take our congregation through all the ins and out and ups and downs of what it takes to make the life of the Metal God. So get comfy in your pew and prepare for the light of revelations by becoming BIBLICAL!”

Judas Priest Cancel Lowell, MA Show Due To Illness

Judas Priest have cancelled their April 4 show at Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell in Lowell, MA “due to non-covid related illness.” The band commented:

“It is with regret that we have to announce that unfortunately tonight’s show at the Paul E Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA is being cancelled due to non-covid related illness. We hope to be able to make this show up in the near future. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.”

Richie Faulkner Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album

During a recent appearance on the “Metal From The Inside” podcast, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the band have already tracked some drums for the effort.

Faulkner said the following:

“It’s still in the process. And it’s been slowed down a lot because of, obviously, the pandemic. We wanted to get together, like we did on ‘Firepower’, and record it together, but, obviously, the lockdowns and everything like that slowed that process [down]. Some of us live in the U.S., some of us live in the U.K., so getting together proved to be a bit difficult over the last couple of years. Now everything is kind of opening up, it’s a bit easier, but now we’re on the road, so we’ve got a touring cycle [to get through]. So, if we can, we might be able to do it in between the touring cycles.”

He continued:

“We don’t have a release date. It’s not finished. We’ve got the songs, but we’ve gotta record it. We’ve got drums down. I don’t know if that’s even been said yet. So we’re gonna try and build it up as we move through this touring cycle. But as Rob [Halford] always says, it’ll be finished when it’s finished. At this point in their career, there’s no point in rushing anything, especially when we’ve waited this long through the pandemic to start doing it. It’ll be done when it’s done. But there will be another PRIEST record. We’ve got some great songs.”

Faulkner also added the following when asked about the musical direction:

“It’s different to ‘Firepower’, but it’s definitely… You can hear where it’s coming from. It’s not even ‘Firepower 2’… It’s hard to say anything these days without people getting… If I say it’s like a continuation of ‘Firepower’, people think it’s ‘Firepower 2’. It’s got its own character, it’s got its own legs, and we’re looking forward to releasing it on to the world when it’s done.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Plans To Use Leftover Material From “Confess” Autobiography For “Another Project”

During an interview with KSLX-FM 100.7, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford discussed his 2020 autobiography “Confess.” Notably, the frontman also mentioned that the leftover material from the book will be used for “another project.”

Halford said the following:

“I was approached in my 30s. ‘Rob, do you want to do a book?’ I’m, like, ‘No, dude. I’ve got more of a life to live.’ And then there’s a little bell [that] goes, ‘Ping! It’s time to do it.’ So we put that together while the pandemic was going on.

Thank you to everybody that took time to get into the book. It was a real journey of self-discovery. ‘Cause Ian Gittins, who is my guy — Ian did the Nikki Sixx ‘Heroin Diaries’ and a multitude of other great books. He was the master of taking it through the various parts of my life. And we got it done at long last.

He’s great. He’s a researcher. He pulls his stuff from all these different resources. Once you put a light on in my head, the lips start flapping… So, I’m relieved that, through my sobriety, I thought I had lost so much of this stuff in those murky years, but he was able to get me through that time, which we included in the book. So, yeah, we didn’t miss anything; we didn’t cut any corners. The difficulty came when we sent all these hundreds of thousands of words to the publisher, and then the editing team goes in. I’m, like, ‘You cannot take that out. It’s gotta stay in.’ We had quite a bit of material left over — for the right reasons. That’s why editors edit. So we’re utilizing that in another project that we’ll be talking about later on this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest’s New Album Album Will “Probably” Have More “Progressive Elements”

During a recent interview with Audacy Check In, Rob Halford talked a bit about the new Judas Priest album. The frontman said the following when asked about guitarist Richie Faulkner’s recent comment in which he said the new material is more “progressive”:

“Yeah, the metal is there. But here’s the thing: we’ve tried our best not to replicate anything that we’ve done. From ‘Rocka Rolla’ all the way through to ‘Firepower’, each record has had a distinctive character. And it’s tough because fans go, ‘We want another ‘Painkiller’,’ ‘We want another ‘British Steel’.’ And [it’s, like], ‘Dude, we’ve already done that.’ Fans know that we’re a band that is always full of adventure and trying new stuff. And so, yeah, this has got probably some more progressive elements that we’ve never really delved into before. And that’s exciting, because, again, it gives us and our fans another opportunity to see a different side of PRIEST. But it’s still metal. There’s just more of it. There are more notes than there were before.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Judas Priest Performing “Living After Midnight” At 2021 Bloodstock Festival

Pro-shot footage of Judas Priest performing “Living After Midnight” during the 2021 Bloodstock Open Air festival has been shared on YouTube. You can watch that clip below:

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Judas Priest Performing “Breaking The Law” At 2021 Bloodstock Festival

Pro-shot footage of Judas Priest performing “Breaking The Law” during the 2021 Bloodstock Open Air festival has been shared on YouTube. You can watch that clip below: