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Metal God Entertainment has re-scheduling its upcoming "Halford Rock In Rio" Special Edition Blu Ray, "Resurrection" Remastered and "Live Insurrection" Remastered CD releases to week of March 10, 2009.
The label issued the following statement on the delays:
"Recent changes in the distribution and retail sectors of our industry have found our key distributors assisting labels in need and sorting through retail closings. Metal God Entertainment has been affected on several fronts - most notably with the loss of Fusion 3 our Canadian Distributor.
"Metal God Entertainment is distributed in the USA by Super D, Japan by Sony Music with the rest of the world and all digital content distributed world-wide by ADA Global / Warner Music Group."
Halford/PainMuseum guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak recently did an interview with Live-Metal.net during which he discussed a variety of topics including whether or not fans can expect a new album from Halford. Some excerpts from the interview are available to read below.
Live-Metal.Net: Any idea on when we might some activity on a new release from Halford?
Chlasciak: "Rob's band, the musicians are quite prolific, and probably some of the most professional guys that I have ever been on stage with. There is so much material that has been accumulated over the past few years. It is just a matter of wrapping it all up and cutting out the songs that are not as good as the others, mixing it and then releasing it."
Live-Metal.Net: Well it sounds like we definitely have something to look forward to at least!
Chlasciak: "Yes, certainly. As you can imagine, we have to be very respectful to Rob's commitment to Judas Priest because we all know what that band means to him. We would all like to have one more stab at going out and playing some new music. We all feel, and this is including Rob, that the Halford band was a little more than just a solo artist hiring a bunch of dudes to play cover songs. We really have something to say as a band. It was just a little unfortunate, in my eyes, to release an album like Crucible and not have a fair shot at promoting it. That's all right and it's all cool and we have all been busy but when the day comes that we all get together and play as a unit, it is going to be really fun! Not only for us, but hopefully for the fans as well! It seems like there are a lot of them out there."
Read the full article at Live-Metal.com.
Metal God Entertainment has issued the following update:
HALFORD Resurrection World Tour - Live At Rock In Rio III digipaks are delayed one (1) week due to a manufacturing delay. We offer our apologies for the delay. Please note our revised release schedule:
U.K. and Ireland - October 13, 2008
U.S. and Canada - October 14, 2008
E.U.- October 17th or 24th (TBC)
Product shots will be available later this week."
Metal God Entertainment
The Limited Autograph Edition DigiPak includes
-- original Rob Halford autograph
-- DVD documentary and stereo / 5.1 concert with bonus rare on-stage 2.0 mix
-- CD - Resurrection remastered, 16 tracks, includes 2 new songs
-- bonus CD - radio promo, 7 tracks
-- booklet - 28 color pages, liner notes, photos and lyrics
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For a limited time, you can listen to Fight's "K5 The War Of Words Demos" online in its entirety for FREE with a high quality full-stream at MetalGodShop.com.
Burn It All, the new band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera along with ex-Halford guitarist/ Damageplan vocalist Pat Lachman, have posted samples from their new demo online at their Myspace page. The band has recorded a four song demo, three of which are featured on the sampler.
Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford have announced the release of two custom-designed digipaks with exclusive new DVD content for 2008.
Due May 26, "Into The Pit" is a four-disc collection from FIGHT which includes FIGHT's original recordings re-engineered for release: "War Of Words - Remixed and Remastered"; "Mutations - Remastered"; "A Small Deadly Space - Remixed and Remastered"; as well as a new DVD release "Live In Phoenix" featuring rare and unreleased FIGHT footage.
"Into The Pit" will debut in a numbered digipak edition, original Rob Halford autograph and 24-page booklet. Worldwide release begins May 26 at local and online retailers.
"Halford Live At Rock In Rio III", a 5.1 DVD, also includes HALFORD's debut recording, "Resurrection – Remastered", and is scheduled for release on September 23, 2008. 13 cameras are fixed on one of metal's most diverse bands of the decade as The Metal God delivers one of his best live performances in front of two-hundred thousand-plus Brazilians.
HALFORD's 2001 double-live CD "Live Insurrection" makes its debut in Blu-Ray Hi-Definition 5.1 Surround Audio September 23, 2008. "Live Insurrection – Remastered" Blu-Ray will feature a custom-designed digipak, original Rob Halford autograph and 20-page booklet including rare pictures and exclusive liner notes. "Live Insurrection" will dazzle Metal God music fans possessing the latest in 5.1 Blu-Ray technologies.
Visit iTunes.com — keywords Halford and Fight — www.HalfordMusic.com or dozens of international digital service providers for videos, MP3s, CD-quality FIGHT and HALFORD downloads.
U.S. iPhone consumers may customize FIGHT and HALFORD ringtones at iTunes beginning May 1, 2008.
It has been revealed that FEAR FACTORY members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) have joined forces with former DAMAGEPLAN singer/HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman in a new project called BURN IT ALL. The group is currently shopping a four-song demo containing the following tracks:
02. Spiral Fracture
04. War To End War
FEAR FACTORY is currently on hiatus while the band's frontman, Burton C. Bell, focuses his attention on the ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS project, which recently inked a deal with MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records.
FEAR FACTORY is presently unsigned, having parted ways with Liquid 8 Records, the label that issued the group's last two albums — 2004's "Archetype" and 2005's "Transgression".
"Transgression" was produced by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, METALLICA).
HATRED, the band featuring Tim Clayborne (PAINMUSEUM) and Joe Joblonski (INHUMAN VOID), will shoot a live video on February 29 at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia. The footage will be used in the special features section of the band's new album, "Burning Paradise", due on May 29. The follow-up to 2000's "The Offering" (Demolition Records; Hell House Entertainment/I.V. Productions) is being recorded with Ron Vento at Night Sky Studios in Waldorf, Maryland. Dave Lozano, formerly of the Texas thrash band DEVASTATION, was behind the kit for some of the material and James Dell of Rochester, New York will take care of the drum duties for some of the other songs that are yet to be tracked. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Hear Them Scratching," "Evil" and "Weak and Wounded."
PAINMUSEUM — which features in its ranks Clayborne alongside "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, TESTAMENT), Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH) and Steve Digiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT) — has released two CDs this far — "Metal for Life" (2004) and "The Right to Remain Violent" (2006). Jablonski also released an album with BLACKMASS, "Conquering Legions of Astaroth," in 2005 via Grim Nocturnal Records.
For more information on HATRED, visit the band's MySpace page.
The following press release is in regards to the London DVD screening for War Of Words - The Film, starring ROB HALFORD and his first solo band FIGHT:
Attention UK Fight and Rob Halford Fans!!! Register for free tickets to London screening!
Fight - War Of Words - The Film
Tuesday, December 18th: 7:30 PM Screening
The Odeon Covent Gardens, address is as follows:
Odeon Covent Garden
135 Shaftsbury Avenue
Conversation with Rob Halford follows the screening. Free poster to all attendees!
Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM) will accompany Sebastian Bach to his Vintage Vinyl record store signing, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 20) at 8:00 p.m. Sebastian and Metal Mike will be on hand to sign copies of the new Bach release "Angel Down".
The details are as follows:
Tuesday, November 20 - 8PM
51 Lafayette Rod
Fords, NJ 08863
"Angel Down" was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded at Sound City Studios and Under City Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Joining Bach in the studio were guitarists "Metal" Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. GUNS N' ROSES' Axl Rose makes a special guest appearance contributing vocals on three of the album's songs — "(Love is a) Bitchslap", a cover of AEROSMITH's "Back In the Saddle" and "Stuck Inside".
"Angel Down" track listing:
01. Angel Down
02. You Don't Understand
03. Back In The Saddle (feat. Axl Rose)
04. (Love Is) A Bitchslap (feat. Axl Rose)
05. Stuck Inside (feat. Axl Rose)
06. American Metalhead
07. Negative Light
08. Live & Die
09. By Your Side
10. Our Love Is A Lie
11. Take You Down With Me
12. Stabbin' Daggers
13. You Bring Me Down
14. Falling Into You
Sebastian got the cover of his new CD, "Angel Down", tattooed on his arm by tattoo artist extraordinaire Kat Von D on the October 23 episode of "LA Ink".
The cover art for "Angel Down" is an original painting by Bach's late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled "David Watching", was painted in 1990, so an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW's 1991 album "Slave To The Grind", which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.
Singer/Songwriter Rob Halford, vocalist of Judas Priest, will make a special appearance to sign autographs and meet fans at J&R Music and Computer World in New York on Friday, November 16 at 5:30PM. Halford will be joined by Halford guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak to celebrate the release of "Halford Metal God Essentials Volume 1" featuring two new Halford tracks and a bonus DVD. Halford will also bring Fight bassist Jay Jay and guitarist Brian Tilse to sign the band’s new release "K5 – The War Of Words Demos," a companion audio release to Fight’s new DVD release.
Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, FATES WARNING) has issued the following update:
"Just a quick update before I head out on the road for a bit. We had our final Fates Warning rehearsal in LA over the weekend and are getting read to jet over to Europe for a couple of weeks. The line-up is the same that did the Evolution Fest earlier this summer in Italy, Ray Alder, Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti, Joey Vera and myself. I've been learning a whole bunch of extra material going back to the No Exit album so get ready for a varied set of Alder-era Fates!
On another note, a while back I was introduced to guitarist George Lynch and he asked me if I was interested in playing on some new stuff he was working on. I liked what I heard, so a couple of weeks ago I spent two days at Henson Studios in Hollywood, formerly A&M Studios (once owned by screen icon Charlie Chaplin who built it in 1917), one of the best places to record around town. Not quite sure who else will be on the album or when/where this thing will see the light of day so keep checking GeorgeLynch.com for the latest on that front.
I also taped the last two episodes, including the series grand finale, of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar with Sebastian Bach; if you don't blink you can see me with Baz performing 'Slam' by ONYX. Don't forget to mark your calendars - the worldwide release of Angel Down via EMI is set for November 20th!"
The tracklisting for Angel Down is as follows: 'Angel Down', 'You Don't Understand', 'Back In The Saddle' (feat. Axl Rose), '(Love Is) A Bitchslap' (feat. Axl Rose), 'Stuck Inside' (feat. Axl Rose), 'American Metalhead', 'Negative Light', 'Live & Die', 'By Your Side', 'Our Love Is A Lie', 'Take You Down With Me', 'Stabbin' Daggers', 'You Bring Me Down' and 'Falling Into You'.
Confirmed Fates Warning dates are now as follows:
10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands *
11 - Frankfurt, Germany *
12 - Hamburg, Germany *
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany *
15 - Cologne, Germany *
16 - Weert, Netherlands *
17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands *
19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205 21 - London, England - Underworld **
22 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
23 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB
* with PAGAN'S MIND
** with TO-MERA
Compelling, stark and aggressive "War Of Words - The Film", starring Rob Halford and his first solo band FIGHT, unleashes upon legions of metal maniacs November 20 in North America, November 30 in the United Kingdom and Europe, December 3 in Australia and New Zealand and December 19 in Japan.
After nineteen years, more than a dozen global concert tours and dozens of gold and platinum awards as the defining vocalist of JUDAS PRIEST, Rob Halford departed the band in 1992 to pursue a solo career immediately releasing "Light Comes Out Of Black" supported by members of PANTERA. The track rocketed to the top of radio playlists, and later that summer Rob would assemble his own band FIGHT and place most of its new tracks from "War Of Words" in heavy-radio rotation while aggressively ushering in a new sound for the metal communities.
"Fight War Of Words - The Film" brilliantly documents a key moment in heavy metal history combining behind-the-scenes, hand-held and pro-shot footage of FIGHT's original 1992 K5 rehearsal and demonstration-recording sessions; 1993 Amsterdam recording sessions of the original "War Of Words" Epic/Sony audio release, and pre-tour interviews climaxing with a full-length 5.1 concert filmed at 22 venues in 20 select cities during FIGHT's first five months of its "1993 - 1994 Nailed To The Road / War Of Words World Tour".
Rare audio and film footage of FIGHT's earliest concert performances in Europe, United Kingdom, USA, Mexico and Japan have been restored. Stereo and 5.1 Dolby surround mixes have been produced by Roy Z. 5.1 Dolby surround encoding and mastering for DVD and The Metal God's theatrical premiers handled by industry giant Technicolor.
"Fight War Of Words - The Film" will theatrically premier at 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital cinemas in:
New York: November 14
Hollywood: November 20
San Francisco: November 28
Detroit: November 28
London: December 18
Tickets may be purchased at www.DandEEntertainment.com on November 2.
Rob Halford will attend select premieres for a 30-minute conversation on the assembling of FIGHT and songs written for "War Of Words". Tickets are limited for this rare opportunity to experience "Fight War Of Words - The Film" in 5.1 Dolby Surround Digital cinema and participate in a rare conversation with The Metal God, Rob Halford, as he relates his experiences of his first solo band.
Movie-sized posters of "War Of Words - The Film" will be distributed to all in attendance after the performance.
Rob Halford is uniting the original members of FIGHT — Brian Tilse, Russ Parrish, Jay Jay and Scott Travis — in Hollywood, California at 5:00 PM Tuesday, November 20, 2007 for an exclusive autograph session of "new product only" at:
West Hollywood, CA
1015 N LA Brea Avenue
West Hollywood, CA
Visit www.RobHalford.com/Fight on November 5 for more details.
FIGHT will also be in attendance for the theatrical premier of "War Of Words - The Film" at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA 8:00 PM on November 20.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at FYE in Manhattan (New York City) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 12 PM.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at J&R Music World in Manhattan (New York City) on Friday, November 16, 2007 5:30 PM.
* Rob and HALFORD guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak will appear and sign "new product only" at Vintage Vinyl in New Jersey on Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:30 PM.
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will be at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on Saturday, November 17th for a signing session. It will begin at 5:30pm.
As previously reported, Halford spoke to the Greatfallstribune.com recently about a number of topics including his solo retrospective Metal God Essentials: Vol. 1 and of course the new Priest album set for release in 2008.
"(He's) a real man, not like a fantasy that you get in rock and roll and metal," Halford said of Nostradamus. "(We're) telling the story of this very controversial human being from 500 years ago, from France, who still resonates all these years later. It's a human story as well as one that you know about from his premonitions."
"We're really pushing ourselves again," Halford said. "It would be very easy for Priest to stop recording music and just keep going out and doing shows, but that's not what we're about. The music is absolutely phenomenal. It's everything that you love about Priest and more 'cause we really stretched ourselves and we're doing some extraordinary things musically."
According to Gamesarefun.com, Tim Schafer, helmsman of Double Fine Productions, announced his next project recently. Brütal Legend will focus on metal roadie Eddie Riggs and his Tour Of Destruction through a mystical world of rock and roll legend. The game's setting will fuse modern metal and Norse mythology. Brütal Legend already has several big and fitting names behind the voice talent. MOTÖRHEAD founder Lemmy Kilmister, JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, and HEAVEN AND HELL's Ronnie James Dio will all lend their wailing pipes to the game.
November's issue of Game Informer features a cover story on Brütal Legend that reveals interesting details. In the article, Schafer talked about the origins for the game. Way back when he was working on Secret of Monkey Island, Schafer had a friend that lived as a roadie for MEGADETH. His larger than life stories gave birth to the idea, which can now become a full fledged game.
It will be available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 sometime in 2008. A Brütal Legend trailer can be viewed below: More...
Rob Halford and Metal God Entertainment have announced their new film and music licensee Sony Music Japan International. Sony Japan's first scheduled release is "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" featuring 15 dynamic heavy metal tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases — debuting October 4, 2007.
Sony Japan's "Metal God Essentials" release also features the HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out"; an exclusive new remix from FIGHT co-producer Attie Bauw "Defiance Japan Mix", plus an exciting and rare new video, "Behind The Scenes of Forgotten Generation", offering music fans a glimpse of The Metal God and members of HALFORD in studio writing and recording the band's recent single "Forgotten Generation".
Sony Japan's release of "Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" includes a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos in a double-jewel case.
"Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" is also available in a limited-edition, eight-panel enhanced digipack, with a full-color 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring nine HALFORD promotional videos, and a Sony Japan exclusive bonus CD featuring exclusive HALFORD remixes from Japan and various territories around the world.
"Sony Music Japan is one of the most prestigious music companies in the entertainment industry," states Rob Halford. "They have supported me with PRIEST, FIGHT and now HALFORD and Metal God Entertainment. My relation with Sony Japan is very special and a great honor. Our companies are excited about all forthcoming film and music releases; and the value-enhanced specialty product we will create together for the metal fans throughout Japan and the world.'
This fall Metal God Entertainment and Sony Music Japan will debut "Fight War Of Words - The Film", a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's 1992 decision to embark upon an ambitious and unequaled solo career. Release configurations include a bonus CD: "War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007" and rare footage of FIGHT live in Tokyo.
Rob Halford and Metal God Entertainment have announced its new United States film and music distributor 'Super D Independent Distribution' of Irvine, California. 'Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1' is Super D's first NEW Halford title set to debut September 11, 2007.
"Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" features thirteen (13) dynamic Heavy Metal tracks from Rob Halford's Fight and Halford solo releases. The Halford band's first new songs in more than four years 'Forgotten Generation' and 'Drop Out' are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from Fight Co-Producer Attie Bauw 'Hypocrisy U.S. Remix.'
Super D is the only worldwide one-stop distributor of CD music and DVD movie titles servicing 24+ countries. Super D's U.S. Release of Halford Metal God Essentials - Volume 1 includes a full-color twenty (20) page expanded booklet and Bonus Metal God DVD featuring eight (8) Halford promotional videos in a double-jewel case. A Limited and Numbered Edition, with enhanced 8-panel digi pak, including an original Rob Halford autograph will be available for a very short period (Edition: 5,000).
'Super D Independent Distribution grew its core business distributing a lot of Metal music,' adds Rob Halford. 'I am looking forward to re-connecting and meeting many of Super D's accounts. This relationship brings a new and powerful U.S. partner to Metal God Entertainment's new film and music releases being produced for the global Rock and Metal audiences. Collectively, the relationship will bring Super D and I closer to my retail consumers throughout the U.S., and that has been one of the most important elements of my search given the many changes seen at the retail-level.'
Fall 2007 Metal God Entertainment and Super D will debut 'Fight War Of Words - The Film' a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's decision to depart Metal Legends Judas Priest in 1992, and embark upon an ambitious and un-equaled solo career. Release configurations include a Bonus CD: 'War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007.' More info coming in October 2007.
JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford and his Metal God Entertainment have announced their new United States film and music distributor Super D Independent Distribution of Irvine, California. "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" is Super D's first new Halford title, set to debut September 11, 2007.
"Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" features 13 dynamic heavy metal tracks from Rob Halford's FIGHT and HALFORD solo releases. The HALFORD band's first new songs in more than four years "Forgotten Generation" and "Drop Out" are also featured; as is an exclusive 2007 remix from FIGHT co-producer Attie Bauw "Hypocrisy U.S. Remix".
Super D is the only worldwide one-stop distributor of CD music and DVD movie titles servicing more than 24 countries. Super D's U.S. release of "Metal God Essentials - Volume 1" includes a full-color, 20-page expanded booklet and bonus Metal God DVD featuring eight HALFORD promotional videos in a double-jewel case. A limited and numbered edition, with enhanced eight-panel digipak, including an original Rob Halford autograph, will be available for a very short period (edition: 5,000).
"Super D Independent Distribution grew its core business distributing a lot of metal music," says Rob Halford. "I am looking forward to re-connecting and meeting many of Super D's accounts. This relationship brings a new and powerful U.S. partner to Metal God Entertainment's new film and music releases being produced for the global rock and metal audiences. Collectively, the relationship will bring Super D and I closer to my retail consumers throughout the U.S., and that has been one of the most important elements of my search given the many changes seen at the retail-level."
This fall, Metal God Entertainment and Super D will debut "Fight War Of Words - The Film" a 5.1 documentary and concert DVD of Rob Halford's decision to leave metal legends JUDAS PRIEST in 1992 and embark upon an ambitious and un-equaled solo career. Release configurations include a bonus CD, "War Of Words - Remixed / Remastered 2007".
Bernard Perusse of The Gazette recently conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On coming out as a gay man in 1998:
"I kind of blew the doors off the myth that all heavy metalheads are Neanderthal and very limited in their ability to take on subject matter of any human depth. That's ridiculous: Metal fans are just as compassionate and caring and tolerant as any other form of music fans are. (The support) made me feel great. (But) I couldn't have done it while I was a drunk and a drug addict."
On becoming clean and sober on January 6, 1986:
"I was snorting cocaine left, right and center. I'd get whacked out of my mind before I went on stage. During the show, I'd be knocking back vodka and tonic and doing lines behind the amps, then come off stage and have a bottle of Mot & Chandon and start on 16-ounce cans of Budweiser. It just got so bad that I'd be back home in Phoenix, just literally punching walls, trashing rooms — and just severely unhappy."
On two young PRIEST fanatics, James Vance and Ray Belknap, who attempted suicide and whose parents subsequently filed a civil suit against JUDAS PRIEST, which was dismissed:
"The American reaction was phenomenal — the support we had from the fans every day, to and from the courthouse. But it was very difficult to sit there and listen to the attorney basically saying: 'These guys over there killed these kids.' (We thought) 'What are you talking about?' It was surreal, but we knew we had to stand up for what we believed in: We had absolutely no association with their death. We kept them alive for a good period of their lives. We were a lifeline (from) the s--- life that they were living."
On heavy metal being invulnerable to trends:
"Isn't it great? It's never going to go away! It's been here through the '70s, through the '80s, got stronger in the '90s — and even more so now."
On JUDAS PRIEST's longevity:
"We can either rip your face up with 'Painkiller' or we can play this beautiful thing called 'Last Rose of Summer', from 'Sin After Sin'. And people love us for that because they don't really know what to expect. It's a very broad-based display.
"I really think that PRIEST is unique. I don't think there's any other metal act in the world — I can only say that now because I've lived it for 36 years — that can do what we've done in PRIEST."
Norway's Imhotep recently conducted an interview JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On when he felt it was the right time to come back to his roots:
"I think it was after we released the TWO record. We went on tour, and everything that I get involved with I give it a 1000%. You know, I stand by everything that I do, and to me it's not about commercial success or failure, it's just going through the whole process. And after I'd done the TWO release and the shows that we did in different places, I think that's when I fully understood that I just needed to get back to where I just got the most out of the music, and that's what I did after we did the final TWO shows — I just thought about what else was available. And there were other things that one could potentially get involved with. I still want to do some extreme forms of metal, like black/ death metal at some point in my career, since I'm a huge fan of that kind of music. But by then I'd already made my mind up to look for players that would help me put this 'Resurrection' release together."
On what Rob Halford would sound like singing extreme metal:
"I know that what I do as a metal singer, it's very strong for me to do this style of singing, firstly that I do with PRIEST, then what I do with HALFORD. But when think of death metal, I don't want to sing like most death metal singers. I don't know, it would be different."
On his duet with Bruce Dickinson on "Resurrection" on the track "The One You Love To Hate":
"Yeah! That was great. I was up in L.A. working with Roy Z on the 'Resurrection' album, and Bruce was in town. He stopped by the studio and we had some drinks and food together. We've known each other since MAIDEN and PRIEST began, and we're good mates. We just said, 'We've never really had the chance to do a song together!' Then Roy Z came in, and he said, 'What're you guys talking about?' We told him, and he said, 'Fuck, let's just do it, let's just put a song together!' So that's just basically how it happened — within a day we'd got 'The One You Love To Hate' written and the bulk of it came from Bruce, and then we kind of put the words and the melodies together. Then we went to the studio and made it all down. It only took about a day or two to complete. But it was a real bit of metal magic, that was! It's a really good song. I listened to it again last night for the first time in years. Really cool track!"
On the rumored project involving Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate, and Rob Halford:
"That never really got off the ground. That me and Bruce and Geoff from QUEENSRŸCHE were gonna put this band, this trio of singers together and go out and have one backing band, and then we would all do each other's songs, do our own songs, cover songs and just mix it all up. One of us would go out and sing a song, somebody else would come out and sing a song, and then we'd do duets or trios together, whatever. But we never left the launch pad, unfortunately, because we were all so busy and immersed in our separate worlds it just never became a reality! But I've never forgotten that and I still think that if there's an opportunity to do it. We should do it, you know, because it'll be really special and different."
On what he thought of Tim "Ripper" Owens singing with JUDAS PRIEST:
"It was a combination of two things — like, fuck I wish I was doing that. And at the second time, I felt like, all this is brilliant, another JUDAS PRIEST record with a great singer. It was just two sets of feelings for me really. I like Tim's vocals very much. I think he's a great singer! . . . We've met twice or maybe more and he was a very nice guy. I don't understand this whole thing of current and past members of a band bashing each other. I believe respect is something very important and if you have problems with someone, keep them to yourself, you know? You don't need to spread it, to go on public. I've always respected every musician, and I think we, as human beings, should try to respect each other a bit more."
On the reaction from PRIEST fans to his announcement that he was gay:
"It was fantastic. Nobody really cared. I think in today's world, it's a lot easier to be accepted, although there is still a lot of bigotry and a lot of hate. You know, [directed] towards gay people, to different people of different colors, to different people of different religions; and I can't understand that there is still so much hate and resentment in the world. So when I made that statement about my homosexuality, I just think it was important as much as it was for me as a gay metal singer, but also to try and break down some more intolerance and prejudice against gay people. And of course, all my straight metalhead fans, like I said, they were just really supportive. They said, 'Rob we don't care what you are. To us you're the Metal God, you're a great metal singer, and that's all that matters' I was really happy for the reaction because it sent a strong message that the metal community is very accepting. That metalheads can come together at a concert from all different age groups, all different colours, all different religions, all different jobs, all different kinds of sexuality, and they can just come and have a great metal together! So I think I kind of exploded the myth about the metalheads not accepting like myself because that's not true. That was a great thing to do! I'm not an activist, or someone that holds the flag of the gay community, but I'm who I'm, and I think it's important to be open and to be honest, to not hide anymore, just to respect each other, really!"