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]

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]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) On 15th Anniversary Of His Death

Today (December 8) marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The legendary Pantera guitarist passed away after being gunned down during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa club in Columbus, OH in 2004. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to honor Abbott on this sad day:

Pantera:

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals:

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society):

Rob Halford (Judas Priest):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Papa Roach:

Bad Wolves:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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Mina Caputo (Life Of Agony):

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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…”

Motörhead Guitarist Phil Campbell Premieres Lyric Video For “Straight Up” Feat. Rob Halford (Judas Priest)

Phil Campbell (Motörhead) has premiered a lyric video for his song “Straight Up.” This track features Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and it appears on Campbell’s new solo album “Old Lions Still Roar,” which was released today (October 25). Campbell commented:

“‘The Metal God’ Rob Halford has always been an artist I admire. His distinctive vocals and stage presence have rocked millions of fans all over the world, so I count myself blessed to have written a rockin’ song together with him!”