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Judas Priest Talk About The Making Of "Nostradamus"

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JUDAS PRIEST have revealed more details about their upcoming first conceptual album, which is based upon the life and predictions of the 16th century French prophet Nostradamus. In a May 24, 2006 appearance on the "Rockline" syndicated radio show, PRIEST frontman Rob Halford and guitarist Glenn Tipton spoke about the songwriting process for the CD and their touring plans, which are expected to include a performance of the entire album from beginning to end at each show on the trek. A couple of excerpts from the "Rockline" appearance follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

On the songwriting process for "Nostradamus":

Tipton: "We've been considering a concept album for quite a while now, and our manager actually brought up the subject of Nostradamus, which we're all interested in. There's so many moods. The actual album is based upon his life as opposed to his predictions and things like that. It's all about his life, which is really interesting — full of incident and drama. We all felt very strongly there were so many moods there to tackle that it would make a great subject matter for a concept album."

Halford: "It's gonna be great, because, as Glenn was saying, he's [Nostradamus] a very mysterious character. We're gonna convey that kind of atmosphere in the music. Glenn, K.K. [Downing, guitar] and myself have already been writing back in England, and the early roots of 'Nostradamus' — they just sound incredible. We are doing some things differently. It will be a metal/rock opera-type production, so it will be strong. It will be everything you love about PRIEST. We're looking forward to it."

Tipton: "We're well on the way [in the songwriting department]. We've got a large portion of it completed on the writing side. I can safely say it's probably the most unique thing we've done. We've got an abundance of material, and we'll paste it all together and we'll shortly go into the studio and begin putting it all down."

Halford: "It's great. We're stoked. I can hear the songs in my head right now. It's gonna be incredible. The thing about Nostradamus is that, as difficult as it will be [to write a concept album based on his life], and it's a joy to face that challenge, it's a little easier in some sense [than writing a regular album], because you've got your plot. You've got your whole thing there laid out for you — you've got this real living, breathing person, who's now dead. But you've got the whole story of his life. And you just explore that and you try and find a way to kind of bring that about in a musical presentation. So the writing process is still the much the same. The three of us get together in a room, and we're talking about each particular moment in Nostradamus' life and we're trying to fit in the moods and emotions to those particular chapters."

"It's more about his life, because everybody knows him more about his prophecies. He's never really gone out of the news in hundreds and hundreds of years, and there are some that believe in his prophecies and some that don't. His life was a difficult life. He went through a lot of rough times. He was a brilliant doctor of medicine — he partly cured the great plague of Europe, he was able to save thousands of people, but couldn't save his wife and kids, which is tragic. And he was chased all over the country by the Roman Catholic Church. There's a ton of stories that you can really investigate musically."

On touring plans:

Halford: "Well, as ever, when 'Nostradamus' is completed, we're gonna go out and tour with that. It will be kind of unique, because we're intending and hoping that we'll be able to perform the complete 'Nostradamus' piece from front to back, which is something that PRIEST has never done. We were saying earlier today to our friends at VH1 that we're always looking for some new adventures and this will be one of them. So when we do go out with 'Nostradamus', that's what you'll experience — you'll have the whole recording from front to end. So it'll be that, and I dare say after that there'll be some more PRIEST touring covering all of our extensive back catalog of songs."

Tipton: "We wanna go out next time and do a completely different set, 'cause there's so many songs that people want us to play, and obviously there's only so much time we can play on stage. So we've got really a great setlist — potential setlist. We're going back to the real early days to draw songs from there. So we've got a lot of interesting projects ready to go."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. psythe writes:

really hope Priest pull this off. they're awesome. and the idea sounds pretty cool. I'd be disappointed aplenty if it blows.

# May 31, 2006 @ 11:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. razor writes:

What the happened to this site? Rules on a metal site...what a joke! I,m sure "management" will delete this comment. I guess metal needs to be more sensitive to "diversity"....gezz...never thought I'd see this happen.

# May 31, 2006 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. eddie is real writes:

i dont get what razor is saying if anyone knows please tell me

# May 31, 2006 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. psythe writes:

yep, nope, tried to comprehend razor, failed dramatically, and am now trying to recover what's left of my very scrambled brain :P

# May 31, 2006 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. jnsguts writes:

apparently razor never had to endure a post from coco or red devilled spam, which those two are the main reason for the new rules.... now for priest....OHHHHHH FUUUUUUCCCCKKKK YYYYEEEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!.... i think it's a pretty bold concept, and it's also gonna seem kinda out there, but i can't wait to see how it all comes across.....HIMMM!!!!

# May 31, 2006 @ 8:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. DrunkIrishMetal writes:

Sounds kind of like a Priest version of Operation Mindcrime. Angel of Retribution was a decent album but it's good to see that Halford and company have decided late in their careers to be a little more innovative. Should be a badass album.

# May 31, 2006 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. slayerdisciple writes:

f*** yes new album sounds sweet, angel of retribution was there best since painkiller and my 2nd fav. priest album

# May 31, 2006 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. razor writes:

2. personal attacks or profanity will not be tolerated..Please, lets not hurt anyone's feelings.

# Jun 1, 2006 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. psythe writes:

i....


don't see the pont in the last post.

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. jnsguts writes:

razor, i really dont recall seeing you around much, let me enlighten you....M.U. could probably give a f*** about who's feelings get hurt, we're all big boys and girls, so we can all take as good as we get, but there is some degenerate elements such as coco/lloyd, red devil, lord agony, and a few others that use this site to posty endless, painfull amounts of worthless spam that no one in thier right mind would care to see... thats why deathbringer has had to go to the measures required to eliminater these wastes of space. i personally could give a sh** less about yours or others feelings, WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS, OF COURSE, LIKE PSYTHE, BLACKDOG AND A FEW OTHERS, (damn, 28 beers tonight, how the hekll am i still awake????)... but anyway, read some old posts, catch up on some relevant issues, and post some relevant issues!!! just a suggestion....HIMMM!!!!

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 12:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. psythe writes:

28 BEERS?!! GO HARD, SON!!


I'm more of a spirits man, me - rum, scotch, tequila, whiskey; you know the drill.


lol, did you just say you care about my feelings? brings a tear to my eye... :P

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. jnsguts writes:

i get kind of emotional after a case..... lol....HIMMM!!!!

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 12:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. psythe writes:

lol good times, good times. nothing like making memories.

hey, you have to be 21 to drink in the states, don't you? god that's one of your worst laws ever. it's 18 in Aus. although, of course, everyone's drinking by the time they'r fourteen anyway.

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 1:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Flight_of_Icarus writes:

The new album will prolly be watered-down Priest. I hope it is great, but would be surprised. They should play the entire Stained Class album instead. I love Nostradamus. Makes me think of Rhyme of the Ancient Sea Mariner for some reason. Happy 666 day.

# Jun 6, 2006 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. KORNDOGG writes:

HEY PSYTHE,WHERE YOU FROM? AUSTRALIA?

# Jun 6, 2006 @ 7:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. psythe writes:

yeah, i'm an Aussie bloke. and let's get some things straight here:

01) my name's not 'Bruce'.
02) i HATE the crocodile-fa**ot-whatever-his-bloody-dookhead-name-is hunter. we ALL do.
03) no, we don't like Russel Crowe either. especially his shltty arse musical endeavours.
04) the only real purpose of boome-fvckin-rangs is to sell to you idiot bloody tourists.
05) we agree. John Howard (that's our Prime Minister) IS Bush's b****.
06) yes, we DO think American beer is like having sex in a canoe; fvcking close to water.
07) we know, we know. we sound funny when we talk. ha ha fvckin ha.
08) the only reason we watch so much American tv over here is because YOUR accents are equally hilarious.
09) we think Aussie chicks are hot, too. and our beaches DO rule.
10) most of us don't know what the fvck a kangaroo is either.
11) there's nothing wrong with owning short shorts, flannelette shirts, a mullet and a ute. yobboism is australianism.
12) our beer may taste like stale piss, but at least we don't drink it warm like the British.
13) i don't have an answer for why we call ACDC "acca dacca". or any of our other weird phrases/slang.
14) not all of us are laid-back, easy-going, happy-as-larry, etc. we just export those that aren't.
and finally,
15) if you ever come back-packing here, watch out for those drop-bears, won't you...

# Jun 7, 2006 @ 12:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. sunil writes:

ya..it is a great effort of this giants....this create an enthusiasm among people to know more about nostradamus....he was a noble peersonality....

# Jun 19, 2006 @ 3:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. sunil writes:

ya..it is a great effort of this giants....this create an enthusiasm among people to know more about nostradamus....he was a noble peersonality....

# Jun 19, 2006 @ 3:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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