Rob Halford confirms that the recording is completed for Judas Priest’s new album – besides his vocals, that’s.
“It is achieved aside from me,” he tells UCR with fun. Guitarist “Richie [Faulkner] has been doing interviews like I’ve, and I have been studying it because it comes on my social media. Richie says, ‘Every thing’s achieved aside from Rob.’ It is true, man. It is true.”
Regardless that it doesn’t but have a title or launch date, the pending LP will function the follow-up to 2018’s Firepower.
“My scratch vocals are on there, however I’ve received to do my components,” Halford provides. “I can bang it out in a few weeks, however I must be in the correct place. And now we have to seek out the correct time, as a result of we have simply come off this massive European tour, and we went straight from that into making ready for this continuation of the fiftieth anniversary — he mentioned, making excuse after excuse after excuse!”
Halford says Judas Priest as soon as once more labored with Firepower co-producer Andy Sneap, who has additionally served because the band’s touring guitarist since 2018 when Glenn Tipton’s Parkinson’s illness pressured him off the highway.
Not like within the band’s hell-raising heyday, Halford says he now likes to contemplate consolation when he is getting able to file vocals. “I’ve turn into actually choosy as I’ve gotten older,” he says. “Whereas earlier than, I did not actually care.
“Now I’ve to have the correct vibe and environment in place to make the factor occur, in order that’s all sorted now. So you’ve got simply received to place me on a airplane and get me there – but it surely’s achieved, you already know, aside from me. I really feel horrible. All people’s bitching and moaning: ‘For God’s sake, Halford, get in entrance of the mic!’ I’ll; it may very well be taking place quickly.”
Judas Priest may also be honored at this yr’s Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame induction ceremony, the place they’ll obtain the Musical Excellence Award. Their workforce has been in contact with former guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing and former drummer Les Binks — each of whom are additionally being inducted — and Halford says “all people’s been very cool and agreeing. There’s simply been [an attitude of], ‘Let’s simply relish this chance and jam and put every thing on 11.'”
Neither Halford nor Judas Priest’s representatives might verify but whether or not Downing or Binks can be becoming a member of the band onstage throughout its Rock Corridor efficiency, however Halford says each former members can be concerned in some capability, in addition to late drummer and fellow inductee Dave Holland.
“We’re gonna play reside as a result of there’s all this roar: How are we gonna do it? As a result of we need to attempt to make the very best issues occur,” the singer says. “So the very best issues to occur are to herald the entire individuals which might be included within the induction — which incorporates, clearly, Ok.Ok. and Les, and Dave. So, we have been capable of work issues out, so we can be enjoying reside. We have got, like, eight minutes and 24 seconds and a half-second to play reside.”
He says, “We have got a few cool issues which might be gonna happen on the evening that can be held below wraps like most individuals do since you do not need to give every thing away. However yeah, look: A bunch of men from the U.Ok., from the West Midlands, a Birmingham band of heavy metallic, is being inducted into this nice establishment. So we’re gonna take advantage of it and have a fantastic evening out and reside lots of metallic reminiscences.”
Except for his Judas Priest itinerary, Halford has additionally stored busy with the preparation of his second e-book, Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metallic Scriptures, which comes out on Nov. 1. The tome, which is offered for preorder now, options opinions and anecdotes on all points of the rock ‘n’ roll way of life – together with touring, tattoos, medication, satan horns and extra.
Halford jokes that the book-writing course of has given him one more technique of procrastinating his vocals for the subsequent album.
“I preserve throwing issues on my plate, like, ‘Oh, he is [got] one other e-book; he desires to do the e-book first. He desires to do the audio. He desires to complete the e-book, he desires to advertise the e-book. He is received to try this earlier than he will get again on the tour, and when the tour’s achieved, then he can go into this place he desires to go to and do the vocals,'” Halford says. “So, you already know — outdated homosexual drama queen.”
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