Archive for November, 2011
Matthew Wilkening of Ultimate Classic Rock recently conducted an interview with vocalist Rob Halford of British heavy metal legendsJUDAS PRIEST. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Ultimate Classic Rock: Is it true you’ve got a bunch of songs done for your next album?
Halford: We do, yeah! Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and I started to write in the early part of January this year. We just went to it from the heart really, there was no specific agenda or idea, as opposed to what we had to do with “Nostradamus”, which was very focused and a real anchor of a project. This one has just been some straight-forward, classic British heavy metal. Some of it feels a bit like “Painkiller”, some of it feels like“Sad Wings Of Destiny”, some like “British Steel”. We didn’t do much research, we didn’t bother checking some of our previous releases, we didn’t do any homework, we just sat down and played, you know? Glenncame up with riffs and I came up with vocal melodies. There was no outside influence or interference in the writing sessions. We just started the day, plugged in some amps, got the mic up and made the metal that way. It’s a very pure record, in that respect.
Ultimate Classic Rock: Were you surprised the response to your“American Idol” appearance was so positive?
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The guitarist – a former member of The Yardbirds as well as a solo artist, frequently voted one of the best players of all time – took home the biggest award of the evening. After giving his thanks and collecting the trophy from Queen drummer Roger Taylor, he launched into a virtuoso performance accompanied by The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and Joss Stone.
Other winners at the event included Foo Fighters, who were named Band Of The Year and Manic Street Preachers, who received the Classic Songwriter award, their first accolade in the show’s seven-year history.
Gene Simons hosted the event and brought his family along for support and told BBC 6 Music he be well able to keep control of the crowd:
“I am the controller, it’s my job to get things moving, to keep things nice and light and if someone talks to long they’ll be pulled off the stage I don’t care who you are.”
It was quite a crowd to keep control of, including Motorhead’s Lemmy, who picked up Best DVD for his documentary Lemmy The Movie:
Enthusiastically, he told 6 Music he felt “fine” after getting the prize but was shocked the film was received so well: