“It’s gonna be great to come back and see all of our metal maniacs first and foremost”, enthused Rob Halford, frontman for Judas Priest, talking about their upcoming appearances at Download Australia. “We never get to Australia as often as we’d like so this is a special treat and very exciting. We’re looking forward to bringing our Firepower music too. This tour has been on the road for over a year now and we’re thrilled to be bringing some of our music from Firepower to share and perform with our metal maniacs in Melbourne and Sydney”.
That album, released last year, reaffirmed Judas Priest’s position atop the metal tree, with Halford admitting the band made a conscious effort to recreate periods from their glory days of music on the album.
“The only thing that I can recall thinking is when Glenn, Richie and myself sat down and said with all of these great albums and all of these great songs later the only thing that we really wanted to do was re-invent some of the classic moments of Priest” he said, “Which we could trace to the length and breadth of our roots if you think about it with albums like Sad Wings of Destiny, Screaming For Vengeance, Painkiller, British Steel, Sin After Sin, Killing Machine… it just goes on and on (laughs), but internally we knew what that meant so that was the focus”.
In the full interview Rob talks about Ozzy Osbourne‘s recent health scare and what effect it has on fellow musicians, the birth of Judas Priest, how it felt being part of the New Wave of British Metal movement, the bands early stage attire and finding their musical image and identity, Judas Priest’s place in heavy metal history, the implementation of twin guitars into their music and how it affected the band, when he felt Judas Priest made their mark on the music scene, the British Steel album, and more.