In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, Rob Halford has revealed that the trauma and emotion of the coronavirus pandemic will filter through to the new Judas Priest material when the band reassemble to continue songwriting sessions from earlier this year.
“The music we make has always been strong and full of optimism, Priest has been dealing with that as long as I remember.”
Speaking just a month after the publication of Confess: The Autobiography, Rob says that while Judas Priest should, by rights, be on tour right now to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they’re aiming to be onstage again by May or June 2021.
“I think the most profound thing for me with this pandemic has been the level of human consciousness,” he says. “The way that we’re all connecting in a way that we’re probably never aware about. That someone in Japan or South America is feeling the same way I do – that is a really important analysis.”
The band had been writing together at the beginning of the year, continuing the momentum of their 15-month Firepower world tour which finished in June 2019 at the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in Las Vegas.
As the pandemic has continued, Rob has been strict and “super careful” to observe distancing guidelines at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He says that he misses his immediate family, and if he had the chance would fly to the United Kingdom.
“All of the bands that I know are going nuts trying to get through this disconnection, mentally as much as anything else,” he continues. “All the musicians I know are writing at home and getting through day to day.”
In addition to Rob’s autobiography, Judas Priest recently announced the publication of the band’s first official book, Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years, compiled by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews.
More bands have been added to the 2021 Bloodstock Open Air Festival with the addition of King Goat, Exhumed, Idle Hands and more.
The full lineup can be found below.
Acid Reign Agrona * Anakim Bailer The Black Dahlia Murder Black Tongue Blasphemer Bloodywood Bury Tomorrow Butcher Babies Cattle Decapitation Conjurer The Crawling Dark Tranquillity Deified * Devin Townsend Diamond Head Dimmu Borgir Dog Tired Exhumed * Garganjua * Gloryhammer Grave Lines Green Lung Idle Hands * Jinjer Judas Priest King Goat * Liberty Lies Life Of Agony Lost Society Memoriam Mercyful Fate Necrot * Nekrogoblikon The Night Flight Orchestra Noctem Orange Goblin Paradise Lost Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Pist Raised By Owls Ramage, Inc. Sacred Reich Savage Master * Saxon Sharks In Your Mouth Skindred Soen Svalbard Sylosis Toxic Holocaust Unleash The Archers Video Nasties Vio-lence Viscera * Winterfylleth Wolf Jaw
Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2021 will take place August 11th – 15th 2021 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
They’ve done it again. The long-running metal outfit known as Judas Priest have been around for about five decades now and the band have just revealed details of their new studio record, their eighteenth overall and the follow up to ‘Redeemer Of Souls’.
It’s called ‘Firepower’ and set to drop on March 9th, 2018 via Columbia Records.
Here are the artwork and tracklisting.
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never The Heroes
6. Children Of The Sun
8. Rising From Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea Of Red
The title track, ‘Firepower’ is available to listen to below.
The UK’s No.1 Metal Festival just got even bigger as Bloodstock Open Air Festival has announced that At the Gates, Exhorder, Weight of the Tide and Sangre will join headliners Gojira, Judas Priest, Suicidal Tendencies and more in Derbyshire from the 9th to the 12th August.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now for £145 and can be purchased at the following link.
Judas Preist’s frontman Rob Harford has shared the rejection letter his band received after being overlooked for next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Responding to the snub, Halford told Phoenix radio station 100.7 KSLX that he would have loved to have been picked. We’ve put over 10,000 hours in and more.
You can watch the video below of Halford speaking about it below.
And here is the band’s rejection letter
Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.
If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You’re part of that story and we’d love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination.
Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame