Rob Halford Says Judas Priest May Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of “Painkiller” With “Some Kind Of A Party”

During an appearance on the “Jeremy White Podcast,” Rob Halford was asked if Judas Priest are planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Painkiller” with a deluxe edition of the effort. The frontman responded with the following:

“We’re looking at all the opportunities. I’ll tell you, these kind of things [album anniversaries] creep up on you… But ‘Painkiller’ is a very special album to Priest and to the metal world for everything that it stands for and still gives to people. And we’re aware of that. So we as a band and management and the label, we’re always looking at opportunities to celebrate these milestones. And so we just direct everybody to the main Priest account on Instagram and Facebook and whatever, Twitter, and that’s where all the news is. But there’s definitely gonna be some kind of a party.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Super7 Release New Action Figures Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford & Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

Super7 have released some new action figures of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister as part of their “ReAction” line. You can get Halford HERE and Kilmister HERE.

Rob Halford On New Judas Priest Songs: “Even In A Very Rough, Primitive Stage, They’re Great”

During a recent interview with Animal House Radio, Rob Halford talked a bit about the songs that the band have been working on for their next album. According to him, the tracks are great “even in a very rough, primitive stage.”

Halford said the following when asked if it is getting harder to top their past albums:

“It’s best not to think about it, because then you’re just gonna go around and around in circles and you get internal disputes and stuff. I think we’re confident enough. Look, we’ve been doing it for so long. That doesn’t mean to say it’s easy, or any easier, but I think we understand — each of us understand, especially the writing team of Glenn [Tipton] and Richie [Faulkner] and myself — we understand where we need to go and what we need to do. And I tell you, some of these next ideas, they’re just — oh my God. I can’t begin to explain.

I think we carried the spirit and the great power that our fans gave us as we went around the world nearly three times with ‘Firepower’, I think we carried that with us back to the studio, back to the writing sessions. Because some of these songs that I’ve got here on my phone — believe it or not; everything’s on the phone — they’re monsters. Even in a very, very rough, primitive stage, they’re great — they’re really, really good.

But as we’ve always said, guys, PRIEST just don’t bang a few songs together, make a record and run it out. We are meticulous with absolutely everything that we do, and that’s probably why we’ve been around for so long — the fact that we do take such love and care and attention with the work that we create. ‘Cause we’ve got this long trail behind us as well that’s supporting us and giving us kind of feedback — even now. Listening to ‘Rocka Rolla’, there’s stuff in there that really inspires you all these decades later.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) In Conversation With Sebastian Bach (Ex-Skid Row) Virtual Event To Be Held This Weekend

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) will be discussing his new autobiography, “Confess,” during a virtual event on October 3. The Changing Hands bookstore in Arizona will host the event in conjunction with Zia Records and Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) will serve as the moderator. Fans can participate in the event by purchasing the book HERE.

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest “Already Have A Strong Selection Of Songs” Written For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with NME, Rob Halford offered an update on the new Judas Priest album. The frontman said the following:

“As far as Priest goes, we already have a strong selection of songs — practically a complete album — to go when we’re able to reconvene at some point. But we need to do a lot more work on it before we even get to the full production stage yet.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Begins Work On New Blues Album

During a recent interview with Darren Paltrowitz, host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) revealed that he has started working on a new blues album. The frontman said the following when asked if he was still interested in making a blues record:

“I’ll give you an exclusive: it’s already begun. I’ve been working on this blues album with my brother and my nephew and friends that I worked with together on the ‘Celestial’ album. We had such a great time, and they’re so talented. And that blues thing has never left me; it’s just part of rock and roll. So, it’s begun. We’re slowly putting bits and pieces together. There’s no timeline on it. We’re kicking the tires, and I’ve already got some bits of ideas here and there, and they sound great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) To Release His Autobiography “Confess” In September

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) has announced that he will be releasing his autobiography “Confess” on September 29 via Hachette Books. The book, which was written with Ian Gittins, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Here’s a description of the memoir:

“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 and honest look at the struggles he has faced with addiction and his sexuality as well as exploring his music and his many brushes with controversy. There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Halford’s. Confess, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest — and described by Halford himself as ‘exciting, fun, disturbing, and terrifying’ — will celebrate five decades of the guts and glory of rock-n-roll.”

Judas Priest Planning To Re-Team With “Firepower” Production Team For Upcoming Album

During a recent appearance on Revolver‘s “The Last Show” series, Rob Halford offered an update on the new Judas Priest album. The singer also revealed that the band are planning to re-team with their “Firepower” production team for the effort.

Halford said the following:

“I’ve got another great bunch of ideas from Richie [Faulkner] the other day. He and I are always in touch. He sent me a bunch of riffs and songs — some completed, some half completed. We go back and forth.

It’s a strange way of doing it. This is how you utilize technology. Richie is over in Nashville; I’m here in Phoenix right now. And that’s the way we go back and forth.

All songs start with an idea — just a very simple, basic idea. Sometimes it’s a complete idea. It will start at the beginning. And we’ve had a lot of fun — Richie and I — putting together some of these vibes. And then we generally go back over to England and we hook up with Glenn [Tipton] and with Ian [Hill], and Scott [Travis] comes over, and Andy [Sneap] is there, of course, in the mix. And hopefully we’ll get Tom Allom back in production. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’ll happen as we make the next PRIEST album; we’ll have Tom there. Those guys did a great job with the ‘Firepower’ record, and so we’re gonna dive in and get that work completed as soon as we possibly can. That’s what we do. PRIEST make records.”

Halford also talked about the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on their 2020 50th anniversary tour:

“We were planning to get this tour running, weren’t we? Like so many bands, we had festivals lined up and our own shows to do. It’s all been put on hold. We’ll get to them eventually. I don’t know what shape or form they’re gonna take, how we’re gonna rethink this. We need that vaccine, don’t we? It’s just inconceivable to think of putting 80,000 people at [the] Wacken [Open Air festival] in Germany shoulder to shoulder. We’ve all gotta keep safe. Life is a precious, precious gift, not just for ourselves but for each other, especially in what we call our heavy metal community.

As far as PRIEST is going, we’re looking at [rescheduling] everything for 2021. [Our management] is working with Live Nation and all the other promoters to try and reshuffle everything, much like all the other bands are going with their people that work for ’em — the management and so forth, agents.”

“[The 50th anniversary run will] be a great show; it’s gonna be an amazing show. We’ve been working on production for over a year, putting together this incredible show for our PRIEST family and for anybody that wants to come and check out the PRIEST on our 50th anniversary… PRIEST has been working hard, as I say, for quite a while now, putting together a really, really spectacular 50th-anniversary show that we hope will give some kind of justice — if justice is the right word — to the legacy of PRIEST as we hurtle on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Tim “Ripper” Owens Says He Would Like To Record A Cover Of Queen’s “Under Pressure” With Rob Halford

During a recent appearance on the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast, ex-Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens said he would like to collaborate with the band’s longstanding frontman Rob Halford. Specifically, Owens said he would “love to” record a cover of Queen’s “Under Pressure” with Halford.

Owens said the following when asked about a possible collaboration:

“We’ve never talked about it, which would be pretty awesome. Rob and I are friends, and it’s great… I would love to do something with Rob, and I’ve always thought about it, and I think the fans would love it. Even if we do a song or two.

Somebody laughed when I said this, but for the last 15 years, I’ve always said, man, I would love to do the song ‘Under Pressure’ with Rob. It would be a great over. And it’s funny, ’cause [that song features] two of my favorite singers, Freddie [Mercury] and especially David Bowie — I absolutely love David Bowie — and for Rob and I to do it, I think it would be an amazing thing.

I think it would be awesome to work with Rob. And I’m still great friends with the Priest camp and great friends with Rob. So it would be pretty awesome.”

[via Blabbermouth]