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:

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Among Special Guests Who Joined Dolly Parton For “Jolene” Performance At Rock And Roll Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (November 5), Dolly Parton was joined by numerous guests for a special performance during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. You can see footage of the country singer playing her classic track “Jolene” with Rob Halford (Judas Preist), P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar, and more 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]

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.

Judas Priest, Guns N’ Roses, The Cult, Etc. Members Donate Items For Kitten Rescue’s “Fur Ball” Charity Auction

A number of musicians have contributed items to Kitten Rescue’s “Fur Ball” charity auction. The auction will feature Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford’s autographed HISS t-shirt and Full Moon Kitty t-shirt, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash’s autographed top hat and Epiphone guitar, The Cult drummer John Tempesta’s autographed drumhead and drumsticks, a pair of tickets for L.A. Guns’ New Year’s Eve Bash at the Whisky A Go Go, and more. Kitten Rescue’s “Fur Ball At The Skirball” gala will take place at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, CA on October 8.

Rob Halford Says He Was “Pissed” When He Found Out Judas Priest Would Be Receiving The “Musical Excellence” Award At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

During a recent interview with Arizona Republic, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford opened up about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s decision to induct the band as part of the “Musical Excellence Award.” The frontman says when he initially received the news he was “pissed.”

Halford said the following:

“Why haven’t they given us the the same title as all of our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different tag, isn’t there?”

“I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter? Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’

And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘God damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’ Because it sounds very, you know, grandiose. ‘The Musical Excellence Award, reserved for blah, blah, blah.'”

“And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that bunch of musicians over there that have got the performance or whatever it is that they’ve got.’ I don’t know why they gave us the Musical Excellence Award. I have no clue.

I just felt a little bit like, ‘Well, Sabbath got this. So why can’t we have that?’ Not that I’m jealous of Sabbath. I’m just talking about this tag that they give it.

Why do they put these tags on the damn thing? Why don’t they go, ‘Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and leave it at that.

A lot of our fans went, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Oh, you know, they’re a great band. They are an excellent band.’ ‘But why put the musical excellence? Why don’t you give them like everybody else has got?'”

“And on the other side, it’s like, ‘Great. Everybody else got that and we got shafted with this.’ (laughs) Judas Priest are still the Rodney Dangerfield of heavy metal. They can’t get no respect.”

Funko To Release New Pop! Figure Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Funko have announced a new Pop! Rocks vinyl figure based on Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. An official release date has yet to be revealed, but pre-orders will soon be available at funko.com and hottopic.com.

Rob Halford Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album: “We’ve Stopped Kicking The Tires And Now We’re In Tracking”

During a recent interview with ABC Audio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the band have “stopped kicking the tires” and that they are now “in tracking.”

Halford said the following:

“We’ve stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in tracking. You can never have enough songs when you’re making an album. Songs that you didn’t even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“The music that we’re making now is representative of where Priest is at this probably sixth decade of our existence when it comes out… It sounds great. I’m really pleased. I’m really, really happy that… we’re not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it’s good, because there are some elements in there that we’ve never… kind of discovered before.”