Rob Halford recently revealed that Judas Priest are planning to write new material in 2020, but that doesn’t mean the band will be releasing new music anytime soon. During an interview with WRIF, the frontman was asked if fans will get to hear new music next year and he responded by saying “probably not, no.”
“We’re starting work [on new material]. And like I’ve always said, it’ll be ready when it’s ready. But we’re probably moving faster than we ever did, because the clock is ticking. Thank you, ROLLING STONES. When I watch Mick [Jagger] and the boys, man, it makes my heart swell. And [the way] those guys are doing it at that point in their life — man. I said year ago, I wanna be screaming out ‘Painkiller’ when I turn 80; I wanna be on a stage somewhere.”
“It’s a beautiful life in rock and roll, and I never wanna switch it off, man; I wanna keep that electricity buzzing. It’s so important, as a musician, to have that connectivity, and that connectivity is stronger than ever now with our beautiful fans and supporters.”
On another note, Halford also offered a health update on guitarist Glenn Tipton, who is battling Parkinson’s disease:
“Glenn’s doing well. In fact, we stay in touch, and he’s got his guitar on and he’s putting down riffs and ideas for new PRIEST music. He’s a hero. We have a song on ‘Firepower’ called ‘No Surrender’. Glenn’s with us in spirit wherever we play. Andy’s doing a great job in Glenn’s part of the stage.
“Just say hi to Glenn on social media on the PRIEST site. He looks at it. It means the world to him. He loves his fans passionately. And so anything like that thrown in Glenn’s way is a real thrill for him.”