Rob Halford Says Redeemer Of Souls Is Their 'First Encore'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.14.2014
They were planning to be done by now...
Rob Halford spoke with Halesowen News about Judas Priest's new album Redeemer Of Souls which was released last year. The album was the band's first after their so-called "farewell tour" in 2010 and 2011. Check out the highlights:
On recording Redeemer of Souls: "We went straight into writing and recording after [the 'Epitaph'] tour. Of course, it was called 'Epitaph' because we thought it was going to be the last thing we did, but we were in a different place then, and I think you have to get close to the end of something to realize that you don't want it to stop. We didn't want it to be a finale, so I suppose this album is our first encore."
On guitarist K.K. Downing's 2011 departure: "It's always hard when a member leaves. K.K.'s influence and stamp will always be on Judas Priest, he was there from the beginning. He lives in this band, still. Having said that, there's something about Richie's excitement, charisma and power that equals what K.K. had. Richie stands on the stage and he does the business. Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and I told him we didn't want a copycat of K.K. He has his style and we wanted him to stick to that. He's his own man. Glenn and I were only saying the other day that we don't know what would've happened if we hadn't have found him."