Legendary JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke with Gary Graff from Billboard about the band’s new album and follow-up to 2008′s concept piece Nostradamus.
“The writing process is complete,” he says. “Now it’s the painstaking work of making sure that you get every single note, every single nuance of the vocal, every tiny aspect…right. We’re still tracking (instruments). It’s just a very laborious but enjoyable part of making the record.”
Priest is producing the album itself at the moment, but Halford notes that “there’s always a possibility somebody might come in to overview some of the things we’re doing.”
Halford describes the project’s sound as “hard. It’s heavy. It’s something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with. We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest — I don’t think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn and quartered.”
Priest plans to tour in support of the album, though not quite as extensively as it has in the past. Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of the group’s debut album, “Rocka Rolla,” which Halford says will be commemorated in some way.
“We’ll be working furiously and manically in the studio cellars and conjuring up some special moments for next year, I’m sure of that,” he says.
Read more at Billboard.
Judas Priest re taking part in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp which runs February 27 – March 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Serving as counselors will be BLACK LABEL SOCIETY mainman Zakk Wylde (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE), embattled QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate, LITA FORD, Rudy Sarzo (ANIMETAL USA, DIO’S DISCIPLES, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT, DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT), Vinny Appice (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL) and Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne).
Rob Halford (vocals), Ian Hill (bass), Richie Faulkner (guitair) and Scott Travis (drums) will be taking part in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Guitarist Glenn Tipton will be busy mixing Priest’s next album and won’t be able to attend.