Rob Halford On Judas Priest’s Upcoming Album: “It Sounds Fucking Amazing”

During a recent interview with Metal Express Radio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the effort will likely be released in 2024 and that it is sounding “fucking amazing.”

Halford said the following:

“When you’re in a band, you’re always trying to better yourself; you’re always trying to say, ‘This is the best album we’ve ever made.’ It’s just a natural thing to do. And I’m aware of the great success and love that was given to ‘Firepower.’

And so how do you deal with that? Well, firstly, you have to let that go. You have to let that go, because it’s like you’re chasing after something that’s elusive. What’s the point of trying to emulate something that you’ve already done? We’ve just gotta do like we’ve always done with PRIEST, the way that every album has its own concept, every album has its own thing.

‘British Steel’ isn’t ‘Painkiller’; ‘Painkiller’ isn’t ‘Point Of Entry’; ‘Point Of Entry’ isn’t ‘Nostradamus’. So this album is shaping up to be its own thing.”

It’s great. It’s a really good album, and I know our fans are gonna love it.”

He also added:

“As I’ve been saying in these recent Zooms [interviews], they’re all waiting for me, because all the music is done. I’ve got the album here in front of me, on my laptop, and it sounds fucking amazing, which you expect every musician to say. But I’ve really gotta do my work now and make sure that what I do relates to the great work that the guys have done.

So, it’s coming together. It’ll be ready when it’s ready. But we’re trying to stick on a timeline. We’re hoping to do this Ozzy [Osbourne] tour [of Europe in May]. Please, Ozzy, be well enough; I think he will be. Once we do the Ozzy tour, then we’re gonna really get into the back end of finishing the record and then probably being ready to release that. I’m saying now… I did say ’23. It looks like it’s ’24 — which isn’t that far away. It’s already almost February in 2023.

I think if you look back at all the work that we’ve done — apart from that time in the ’80s when we were making an album and a world tour literally year in and year out for three or four years… You can do that when you’re in that mindset at that point in your life and in the band when things are just roaring. This far on, when you’ve done so much work and you are aware of what you’ve achieved, then I think naturally you take your time more.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Devin Townsend Confirms He Once Turned Down The Chance To Audition For Judas Priest

During a recent interview on “The SDR Show,” Devin Townsend confirmed that he was offered a chance to audition for Judas Priest in the 1990s. However, he ultimately declined the offer.

Townsend said the following:

“Technically, yes, that happened, but it wasn’t like they were knocking down my door. Basically, they threw out a blanket thing to a bunch of singers — Warrel [Dane] from NEVERMORE, myself, a couple of other people. It [came in the form of] a letter with the [JUDAS PRIEST logo].

‘Unleashed In The East’ was the shit for me, and so to have that was… But I also remember thinking that singing was this thing that happened to me because of my involvement with Steve [Vai], because I never really set out to be a singer. I learned to sing because I was a guitar player and most of the singers I auditioned, I didn’t relate to. So I thought, ‘Okay, I’m gonna learn to sing until I don’t have to fucking sing anymore. And then, here we are, so many years later, where it’s kind of my deal. But, as a result of that, the technique that I had was so shoddy that had I gotten to a situation with that level of expectation, to sing like Rob Halford — dude, I’d be crucified.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Judas Priest Reunite With K.K. Downing & Les Binks During Rock And Roll Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (November 5), Judas Priest were officially inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The band, who received the “Musical Excellence Award,” also performed a live medley during the event. Fan-filmed footage of the performance, which saw the group joined by former guitarist K.K. Downing and former drummer Les Binks, can be seen below. Official footage of the entire ceremony will air on November 19 via HBO.

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest’s New Album Is Almost Done

During a recent appearance on Q104.3 New York’s “Out Of The Box With Jonathan Clarke,” Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort is almost done.

Halford said the following:

“It is close, yeah. All the writing’s done; the bulk of the recording is done. I’ve still gotta put my vocal tracks down. So, in essence, it’s done, which is a great feeling, because that really points us to the metal future. Everything that we’ve done in PRIEST over the last 50-odd years has been driven by the latest music that we’re making. So this is no exception.”

He also added:

“We’ll finish this 50th-anniversary celebration down in São Paulo, Brazil on December the 18th, and that’ll be this year done,” Rob added. “And then next year we’re kicking off with our good friend Ozzy [Osbourne] in the U.K.; we’ll do some shows with him. And [in the rest of] Europe. And then a few other bits and pieces we’ve got going over in Europe. And then we stop. And then we plan the next release sequence for the next PRIEST album.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Les Binks Says Judas Priest Will Perform With Three Guitarists And Two Drummers At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

During a recent interview with Chaoszine, ex-Judas Priest drummer Les Binks confirmed that he will be performing with the band during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5. As a result, the group will be playing with a lineup consisting of three guitarists and two drummers.

Binks said the following:

“The category that they put the band in, it looked like we weren’t actually gonna be performing. Well, all of that has changed now, and it appears that we will be performing.

This is gonna be one for the books. You’ll have a situation where we have K.K. [Downing] in the band again, which nobody thought was ever gonna happen. Richie Faulkner is gonna be performing as well, although Richie is not actually being inducted, because the way the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame system works, it has to go back, I think, 20 or 25 years or something. Richie doesn’t go back that far [with PRIEST]… So he’ll be there. That’s two guitarists. And then, of course, you’ve got Glenn [Tipton]; and he will be performing as well, apparently. Now, I know he’s got some health issues at the moment, but all being well, that’s the plan.

So JUDAS PRIEST with not two guitarist but three. [Laughs] And two drummers. I’ll be playing with Scott Travis as well. Scott’s being inducted as well, obviously; he’s been in the band a long time.

So that should be quite an interesting experience, in L.A. You’ve never seen anything like that before, and you’re not likely to see it again, I think.

We only have an eight-minute slot, which is not very long; it’ll be over in a flash… We’ll have a rehearsal before because we’ve decided the easiest way to approach it, to do it, for an eight-minute slot that we have, is to do a medley of songs. So run one into the other. So that’s what we’ll rehearse, to get that sorted out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Ian Hill Says Reunion With K.K. Downing At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction “Might Kickstart Something”

As previously reported, Judas Priest will be performing with ex-guitarist K.K. Downing during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5. Now, during an interview with the Detroit Metro Times, bassist Ian Hill further commented on the reunion. He said the following:

“I think time is not on our side for that, you know? Never say never, put it like that. [Downing’s] gonna be there at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame anyway. He’s gonna get up and play some songs with us there. It might kickstart something; I don’t know. On the other hand, he might pull us all apart. [Laughs]”

K.K. Downing Confirms That He Will Be Performing With Judas Priest At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

K.K. Downing has confirmed that he will be performing with Judas Priest during this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Downing told Ultimate Classic Rock the following:

“It’s what I’ve done so many times. It’s almost like cracking a beer, let alone riding a bike. It’s embedded in me. It’s what I do. So it’ll be quite something to look forward to, just to get up there and crank the amps up and just do it once again, for that short moment in time.”

Downing also confirmed that Les Binks will be taking part in the performance, before adding:

“It’ll go by in a flash, won’t it? I think we’ve probably got eight or nine minutes. I’m not even going to be able to break a sweat. The main thing is to represent the attitude and hopefully the legend of what Judas Priest is and has become and what it means to everybody who’s been on that very long journey through the decades with the band. And hopefully, it will just kind of remind people and bring back some cherished memories of the heavy metal parking lots all around the world.”

Watch Judas Priest Perform “Genocide” For The First Time In 40 Years

During their October 13 show in Wallingford, CT, Judas Priest performed “Genocide” live for the first time since 1982. You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Notably, the set also included a number of other surprises including: “Riding On The Wind” (first time since 2005), “Jawbreaker” (first time since 2015), “Never The Heroes” (live debut), “Beyond The Realms Of Death” (first time since 2015), “Between The Hammer And The Anvil” (first time since 2009), and “Screaming For Vengeance” (first time since 2015). Fan-filmed footage of several of those tracks can be found below as well.

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest Have Been In Contact With K.K. Downing And Les Binks Regarding Upcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

During an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford revealed that the band have been in contact with former members K.K. Downing and Les Binks regarding their upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It is still unclear if the duo will perform with the band, but they will be involved in some shape or form.

Halford said the following:

“Everybody’s been very cool and agreeing. There’s just been [an attitude of], ‘Let’s just relish this opportunity and jam and put everything on 11.'”

He also added:

“We are gonna play live because there is all this roar: How are we gonna do it? Because we want to try and make the best things happen. So the best things to happen are to bring in all of the people that are included in the induction — which includes, obviously, K.K. and Les, and Dave. So, we’ve been able to work things out, so we will be playing live. We’ve got, like, eight minutes and 24 seconds and a half-second to play live.

We’ve got a couple of cool things that are gonna take place on the night that will be held under wraps like most people do because you don’t want to give everything away. But yeah, look: A bunch of guys from the U.K., from the West Midlands, a Birmingham band of heavy metal, is being inducted into this great institution. So we’re gonna make the most of it and have a great night out and live a lot of metal memories.”

The induction ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Ian Hill On Upcoming Judas Priest Album: “It’s Gonna Be A Bit More Intricate And Maybe More Complicated Than ‘Firepower'”

During a recent interview with Vinyl Writer Music, Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“There is an album in the pipeline, and it’s not far from being finished. Whether it’ll be out sometime next year or the year after, we don’t know yet. But there will probably be a little bit more touring next year in 2023, so we’ll wait for the dust to settle and let everybody catch their breath. And then we’ll probably start again in 2024; it might be sooner than that, but we’ll see what happens. As far as sound, we’ve taken it forward again; it’s gonna be a bit more intricate and maybe more complicated than ‘Firepower’. But that’s what we’ve always tried to do, and hopefully, it’s another step in the right direction.”