Rob Halford: It’ll be hard for Judas Priest to top Firepower

Judas Priest
Judas Priest (Image credit: Columbia Records)

Rob Halford (opens in new tab) says it will be difficult for Judas Priest (opens in new tab) to better their last studio album Firepower (opens in new tab) – but reports they’ll do everything in their power to deliver something special.

The vocalist was talking with Consequence Of Sound (opens in new tab) when he was asked if there was any pressure to deliver after the success of Firepowerwhich smashed into the UK and US charts at no.5 following its release in early 2018.

Halford replies: “Guitarist Glenn Tipton (opens in new tab) is always noodling away, even though he doesn’t tour that much now. He’s always noodling away in the studio in the UK. He’s always putting riffs down. 

“We have vaults of so many rifts. It’s just incredible. So it all starts with the riff, mostly, in what we do. We start with the riff and a melody, some hooks and we build it, as most bands do. 

Firepower is going to be quite difficult to top, but we’ll do everything we can to cut another great record and that’ll happen at some point.”

Halford has just released his new Christmas solo album Celestial through Legacy Recordings – and in an exclusive interview with Classic Rock last week, The Metal God spoke about why he loves the festive period so much (opens in new tab).

And earlier this week, Priest were celebrating after receiving their second nomination for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (opens in new tab).

They were named alongside MotorheadThin LizzySoundgardenT-RexMC5Nine Inch NailsPat BenatarTodd RundgrenDepeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie BrothersKraftwerk, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – with the final selection set to be announced early next year.

Judas Priest: Firepower Deluxe Edition (opens in new tab)

Judas Priest: Firepower Deluxe Edition (opens in new tab)
The Deluxe Edition of Judas Priest’s latest album Firepower comes in a hardcover book format with embossed cover and also features a 24-page booklet.

Rob Halford: Celestial (opens in new tab)

Rob Halford: Celestial (opens in new tab)
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has just released a new collection of festive favourites with a metal makeover. Celestial also features four brand new tracks.

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