Former JUDAS PRIEST singer AL ATKINS (ATKINS MAY PROJECT) spoke to Greece’s Rock Overdose recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
What are your feelings on the new Atkins May Project album, Valley Of Shadows?
Atkins: “It has to be one of the very best recordings I have ever been involved with. Our first offering ‘Serpents Kiss’ took us by surprise how well it was received and they were just a bunch of really good random songs that Paul had written but this time Paul wrote all the material with me and my vocal style in mind so I was more comfortable singing ‘Valley of Shadows’. From the heavy opener ‘Welcome to the Nightmare’ the album weaves its way through classic British metal, heavy blues rock and even progressive metal songs so there’s something for everyone on this album.”
Rockoverdose.gr: What was your reaction when KK Downing left Judas Priest?
Atkins: “I was shocked like everyone else but he is 60 years old and if he feels it’s time for him to retire that’s up to him. I thought he may return to record another album and play the odd festival in a six-piece line up like Iron Maiden did but that’s not to be, so I have been told.”
Rockoverdose.gr: Do you find the appropriate credit was given to you, having written songs on the first two albums, but also having offered that legendary band-name nowadays?
Atkins: “Yes and no would be my answer… I think credit was given to me but I wished that they would have put my name as a past member on their official website.. It wouldn’t have done them any harm but I bear no grudge against them after all it could be their management who stops a lot of things happening. I’m still in touch with some of the band and went to Ian’s (Hill; Priest bassist) house for a New Year Party last week.”
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