Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “I Am Going To Write A Book”

During an interview with Full Metal Jackie, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) revealed that he is planning to write a book about his life. This news comes after the singer previously dismissed the idea in the past.

Halford said the following:

“I am going to write a book, but I was thinking about things that have happened to me that people don’t know about, and this is going to be silly – I was personally blessed by the Virgin Mary in a church in England. If that’s not going to make you read my book, I don’t know what will. I’ll leave it at that; I’ve had so many beautiful things happen to me over my life. I’ve led a very, very rich life and I’m still having it and I can’t be more grateful than I am right now.

Just thinking about it, I think it has to be done because you’ve got these knockoffs and you’ve got people giving their impression and their interpretation, which is all good, but I think when it comes from the source, I think it’s really important – some of the greatest books written like [The Dirt] by Motley Crue or Lemmy’s book, all of these are books are come from the heart of the matter – the heart of the story. It’ll happen one day, Jackie. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s on the front burner.”

[via Loudwire]

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K.K. Downing Explains His Decision To Sell His Share Of Royalty Rights To Judas Priest Catalog

K.K. Downing recently sold his share of the royalty rights for 136 Judas Priest songs, including “Breaking The Law,” “Living After Midnight,” etc. after his golf resort in Shropshire, England fell into administration (similar to Chapter 11 insolvency in the U.S.). Now, in a recent interview with myglobalmind.com, he discussed his decision further saying he “had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money.”

Here’s Downing’s full statement:

“I own my own personal rights to the songs. Obviously, there comes a time when large figures of money are involved, and there is a time to sell it. It’s like selling a classic car or some stocks. When you are made an offer, you can’t refuse, and it seems like a good idea. There is no impact on the band. All those rights are personally owned by me and within my ownership rights to do what I want. It gets a bit scary when you get to my age. Lots of things have been happening to friends along the way. It seems to be happening weekly like Vinnie Paul passing away. That was a hard thing to take as he was only in his 50’s. I just had a call from a friend, Mantas from Venom, who had a massive heart attack and almost died on the table. Luckily, they were able to bring him around, and he is recovering. Don’t get me wrong, I can go past 100, but you never know what the deal is. I had the assets and wanted to release them to have some enjoyment with the money. I worked hard my entire life. I need to pay my bills, my debts, and something left for a good holiday like everyone else [laughing]. In the industry, royalties have hit an all-time high this year. It’s quite simple if you have a song worth a million dollars you can get $60,000 a year from it, or you can take the million now. It depends on your age. If you add ten years on to my age, I’ll be 77, and I can achieve $600,000 over the ten years or sell it now for a million dollars [laughing]. It’s a financial and mathematical equation that I let my accountants and doctors do for me [laughing].”

[via Blabbermouth]

Richie Faulkner On Judas Priest’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: “It Is Going To Be Something Everyone Will Remember”

Rob Halford previously said Judas Priest were putting together a special celebration for their 50th anniversary next year. Now, during a chat with Metal Kaoz, Richie Faulkner was asked about the band’s plans and he responded with the following:

“Obviously, I do have some idea of what is being talked about, but it is at the very early stages at the moment and I do not want to give anything away. But as Rob said, this is a fantastic milestone for the band and, again, the fans have put PRIEST there for all this time. This acknowledges the fans more than anything, so it will be all about giving back to them; an event that the fans will really remember. It is in progress and we are talking about what we want to do, but in true JUDAS PRIEST fashion, it is going to be something everyone will remember. We want to give back to the fans because, as I said, they have put the band there for nearly 50 years and they are still coming to the shows, they still love the band, so yeah, it will be something special.

Judas Priest’s Ian Hill: “We’re Not Planning On ‘Firepower’ Being The Last Album”

Judas Priest’s Ian Hill was recently interviewed by Musik Universe and was asked if “Firepower” will be the band’s final album if Glenn Tipton’s battle with Parkinson’s disease doesn’t improve. He responded with the following:

“We’re not planning on that. There’s no reason why there shouldn’t be anything. Glenn can play for short periods of time — even on a bad day, he can do that. It’s just that he can’t handle a full set at the moment. That may change — there may be procedures coming along that will help him along — but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to write new songs. And he’s capable of playing for short periods of time on the album as well. So we’re not planning on ‘Firepower’ being the last album.”

He also added: “I think the ‘Firepower’ tour is now booked through until next summer. So we’ll take some time off and stand back and then see where we’re gonna go from there — whether we’re gonna carry on with ‘Firepower’ or whether we’re gonna do something else.”

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest Will Commemorate Their 50th Anniversary With A Special Celebration In 2019

During an interview with Sara Parker of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR, Rob Halford revealed that Judas Priest are planning a special celebration for their 50th anniversary next year. He said the following:

“We are, yes. We’re already having these discussions every now and again in the band and with our label and with our promoters and management. We have some ideas and when we get close to [having something to announce], we’ll let you guys know.”

“It’s gonna be a great year. What a celebration. Another incredible milestone for Judas Priest that we’re looking forward to sharing with everybody.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest Get Inducted Into “Hall Of Heavy Metal History” At Wacken Open Air

Judas Priest were inducted into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History on August 2 during the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The band were honored right before they played in front of more than 75,000 people. The group commented:

“Judas Priest are thrilled and honored to accept induction into the Hall Of Heavy Metal History and be amongst so many of our friends. This also sends a great message of inclusion for the metal community around the world, and keeps us defending the metal faith together.”

Pat Gesualdo, founder/CEO of the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, added:

“We have made sure that Judas Priest finally gets the induction and respect they truly deserve. We thank them for the decades of hard work and dedication to heavy metal, an art form they helped establish.”

[via Blabbermouth]