Would JUDAS PRIEST Consider Making ‘Sequel’ To ‘Painkiller’ Album? ROB HALFORD Responds
“Of course, the beautiful thing is that the ‘Firepower’ record, the last PRIEST record, the last studio album, that got a tremendous amounts of focus and traction to what it did compared to the records previous to that one.
“Any band will tell you, you never really know what the outcome is gonna be, and when we got in the studio to make ‘Firepower’ happen after we’d written the songs, we’d brought in this incredible production team that made amazing things happen, [and] we had another really special moment in this band’s history,” Rob added. “You reference PRIEST, and people go, ‘Oh, it was ‘Sad Wings Of Destiny’.’ ‘No, it was ‘British Steel’.’ ‘No, man, it was ‘Screaming For Vengeance’.’ ‘No. It was ‘Painkiller’.’ And now for some people, ‘Firepower’ is the one. So this is just part of this never-ending metal journey that PRIEST is on to keep making fresh metal happen.”
PRIEST‘s 12th album, “Painkiller” was recorded at Miraval Studios in Brignoles, France, and was mixed at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, the Netherlands. It was the first LP to feature PRIEST‘s current drummer Scott Travis following the departure of Dave Holland.
In September, JUDAS PRIEST and Rufus Publications announced the publication of the first-ever official JUDAS PRIEST book documenting the band’s extensive history over the last 50 years. Titled “Judas Priest – 50 Heavy Metal Years”, the book has been put together by David Silver, Ross Halfin and Jayne Andrews.
Prior to being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, JUDAS PRIEST‘s spring/summer 2020 European tour was scheduled to kick off on May 30 in Helsinki, Finland and conclude on July 28 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The band was also slated to headline the U.K.’s Bloodstock Open Air festival on August 9 at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
The U.S. leg of PRIEST‘s “50 Heavy Metal Years” tour was due to launch September 9 in Oxon Hill, Maryland and wrap up on October 17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.