Richie Faulkner Says Judas Priest’s New Album Is “Almost Complete”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort is “almost complete.”

Faulkner said the following:

“[The songs] are almost complete. The songs have been around for a little while now. We didn’t have the ability to get together and record them, because of the COVID pandemic. And when that lifted, we would then get out on the road. So then we had to record the stuff around being on the road. But we did it. So we’d do a tour leg and I’d come back and do the guitars and then we’d done the drums. And then [we] went back out on the road. And we’d done things around the touring cycle. Now Rob [Halford]’s doing the vocals. So they’re almost finished.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“I’ve said this before, and the Internet — the sharks got hold of it… I would definitely say, and Rob said it as well, I said the word ‘progressive’, and the Internet tore me apart. But they haven’t heard it. When I said ‘progressive’, I’d say it’s a little bit… instead of, let’s say, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus, finish, it might do verse, musical part, musical section, bridge, chorus, musical section, back into the verse. It doesn’t stay on the path; sometimes it goes off and plays it a little… Like the old ’70s PRIEST used to, like the ‘Sinner’ and stuff like that; it used to go on a bit more of a musical journey. Which I think is great — it’s interesting.

So that’s what I can say. I’ve said it before: it’s a little bit more progressive; it’s a little bit more musically, not experimental, but it’s got a few more riffs in there. [There’s more] intricacies, there’s more solos, there’s more riffs, which, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, as a guitar player.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Says He Was Approached About Contributing To Dolly Parton’s Rock Album

During a recent interview with TotalRock, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reflected on performing with Dolly Parton at last year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. Notably, he also revealed that he was approached about taking part in the country legend’s upcoming rock album.

Halford said the following:

“She was great. This thing about ‘don’t meet your heroes’ — she is the epitome of just being so beautiful and pure. Everything you know about that woman, she’s like that 24-7. I don’t think she ever takes her wig off. She’s incredible; she’s absolutely incredible. And I had no idea. They said, ‘Would you like to be on the stage with Simon Le Bon [DURAN DURAN] and Pat Benatar and Annie Lennox and Pink and Sheryl Crow and the ZAC BROWN BAND. And I go, ‘Yeah, I wanna be on that.’ When they go, ‘Would you like to sing some of the song with Dolly?’ I’m, like, ‘Let me sit down for a minute.’

So, we did that, and I was over the top, ’cause I was all over like a rash — I was like a total fanboy. I thought, ‘Oh, God. I’ve blown it here now.’ After the show, her manager came up to me, Danny [Nozell], and he goes, ‘She’s doing a project, like a rock album. Would you be interested?’ I said, ‘Yeah. Here’s my number.’ And then, out of the blue, like four weeks later, and suddenly [there’s] ideas for some more work.

So, all these magical things happened. But she’s Dolly. And she’s so beautiful. She’s this beacon of light. And when you think about all the thousands of songs that she’s sung and the people that she’s met and worked with. She’s an absolute national treasure in the U.S.A., and around the world. I know Brits love her. [She played at] Glastonbury [festival]. She thought, ‘Glastonbury. Nobody knows who I am.’ Everybody was singing along with Dolly. Everybody knew every single word that she did, of the songs that she’s made. So that was just a joy.

You know, you go through life when you’re doing all these things, and you’re having a blast, and then out of the blue, here’s me and there’s Dolly. I look at it and I go, ‘Was that real? Did it really happen?’ It’s a joy. It’s the blessings that can happen to you with music. The doors are always opening — ‘Try this. Try that.’

Even though I’ll always be a metalhead till the day I die, I’ve always felt that you should explore anything that comes your way. Don’t just say ‘no’, ’cause you don’t know what you’ve lost. So that was just a real thrill. And to see the picture — there’s one very great picture of me and her that went viral, ’cause it just seemed so odd. Not odd in a funny way. What it did was it reinforced this thing about, it doesn’t matter what kind of music you’re into, what kind of style of music you play or you love or whatever, we’re all connected. So you get Dolly and Simon and Pink and me, we’re having a chinwag, and it’s like we’re best mates. We probably met each other for the first time in our lives, but the music is the common denominator.

When you get a chance to meet all these incredible people and you’re chit-chatting, like Simon Le Bon and Dolly and Pink and me and a bunch of other people, even though we’re from different dimensions of music, there’s a common denominator because that’s what we live for; that’s what we make. Music is music is music. So I’ve never lost that plot in the value of the friendship that music can build, no matter where you are from that world. It all connects.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Cover Of Judas Priest’s “Delivering The Goods” Is Now Available On All Streaming Platforms

Megadeth have now given a wide release to their cover of Judas Priest‘s “Delivering The Goods.“ You can find that on the digital service of your choice HERE. The track, which was recorded in honor of Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, was previously only available through Amazon Music.

Skid Row’s Erik Grönwall Shares Cover Of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller”

Singer Erik Grönwall (Skid Row, ex-H.E.A.T) has joined forces with guitarist Love Magnusson and drummer Erik Modin for a cover of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.” You can check that out below:

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]

Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Axl Rose, Etc. Make Rolling Stone’s List Of “200 Greatest Singers Of All Time”

Rolling Stone have unveiled their list of “The 200 Greatest Singers Of All Time.” Notably, a number of rock artists made the cut including the following:

#12 – John Lennon (The Beatles)
#14 – Freddie Mercury (Queen)
#26 – Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
#32 – David Bowie
#52 – Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
#63 – Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
#80 – Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
#82 – Steve Perry (ex-Journey)
#105 – Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
#109 – Roger Daltrey (The Who)
#112 – Ozzy Osbourne
#129 – Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
#134 – Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses)
#165 – Ronnie James Dio
#176 – Iggy Pop
#181 – Bob Seger
#199 – Glenn Danzig (Misfits)

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Shares Sidestage Footage From Pantera’s São Paulo, Brazil Show

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has shared some sidestage footage of Pantera performing “5 Minutes Alone” during their December 15 show in São Paulo, Brazil. You can check that out below:

Megadeth Release Cover Of Judas Priest’s “Delivering The Goods”

Megadeth have released a cover of Judas Priest‘s “Delivering The Goods.“ The track was recorded in honor of Judas Priest’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and it can be found through Amazon Music.

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]