Rob Halford On The Possibility Of Judas Priest Releasing New Music In 2020: “Probably Not, No”

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.”

Halford continued:

“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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest To Write New Material In Early 2020

Judas Priest are planning to start writing new material in early 2020. Frontman Rob Halford confirmed the news while talking about the band’s upcoming plans during an interview with WAAF.

Halford said the following:

“I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower‘ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing.

So we’ve got that in planning. And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary, which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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 Release Limited Edition Rum

Judas Priest have joined forces with Brands For Fans to create their own spiced rum. The 37.5% ABV spirit is limited to 5,000 bottles and it “packs a flavourful punch with spicy notes of arrack, vanilla, burnt sugar and raisins.” Judas Priest commented:

“We are thrilled to announce the release of a new rum produced together with Brands For Fans. The complex nature of this new blend and the general versatility of rum goes hand in hand with the music produced by us over the last 50 years. It’s rum with a touch of evil.”

Former Judas Priest Members To Perform The Band’s Music At Wolverhampton, UK Show

Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Tim “Ripper” Owens will be taking the stage for “a full-length set of Priest classics” at K.K.’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK on November 3. The show will find the trio joined by David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Thom Hazaert. Ellefson’s “Sleeping Giants” band and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) will open.

Downing commented:

“I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, ‘More Life With Deth’. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking ‘MegaPriest’ fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”

Ellefson added:

“I speak very candidly in my new book ‘More Life with Deth’ about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed In The East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.

Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest and Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!

Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”

It’s worth noting that there will also be a pre-show VIP event featuring a “More Life With Deth” book signing and a Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing and Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton.

K.K. Downing (Ex-Judas Priest) Returns To The Stage For The First Time In 10 Years

K.K. Downing (ex-Judas Priest) returned to the stage for the first time in 10 years during the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, UK yesterday (August 11). The guitarist joined Ross “The Boss” Friedman (ex-Manowar) onstage for some covers of Judas Priest’s “Green Manalishi,” “Heading Out On The Highway,” “Breaking The Law.” and “Running Wild.” You can see footage of that below:

Judas Priest Cancel Colorado Springs Show Due To Rob Halford’s Bronchitis

Judas Priest have been forced to cancel their June 5 show at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado due to Rob Halford suffering from bronchitis. The band tweeted the following: