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Date: Nov 25 00:15:45 2010
Rob Halford Talks Next Priest Tour

Legendary Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford sat down for an interview recently with Kory Grow of Revolver magazine.  A few choice excerpts from that chat can be viewed below.

REVOLVER: The title track from your new album, Made of Metal, is about NASCAR. Have you ever driven one of those cars?
ROB HALFORD: No, Id love to. I dont know how they do it. Id love to sit in the passenger seat. It takes incredible discipline to sit there for hour upon hour, turning left, literally inches, micro centimeters, away from each other at 200 miles an hour. How do they do it? Its amazing. Its like a Zen thing. So I have tremendous respect for NASCAR in that respect alone.

What inspired you to write the song?
I love writing lyrics, whatever the idea might be about. The phrase [from Made of Metals chorus] came first, supersonic silver flying machine. Where the fuck did that come from? It just popped into my head. For whatever reason, I just started to think about NASCAR.

Are you a NASCAR fan?
Im not passionate about it, no. Itd be a lie if I said that. But I do enjoy it; I watch it occasionally. And Im very impressed by it, Im interested by it, Im entertained by it. Ive invited to many race meetings. I havent had the calendar to do it yet, but I am going to do it.

Speaking of Made of Metal, before I even heard the album, I could hear your voice, because of the lyrics made of metal in Judas Priests Electric Eye. Was that on purprose?
I suppose I just couldnt lay claim to that, because those are my lyrics. And I would never do anything disrespectful to Judas Priest. The phrase made of metal, thats always been in my mind, in my vocabulary. Ive always said I feel like Im made of metal and thats why my fans call me the Metal God. Im not Gene Simmons but [laughs], [with me it should be] trademarked and registered, that phrase made of metal. It should have Made of Metal with a little TM and a circle around it. Because I think it can be valuable to me in my business ventures with the label and the T-shirt company. But it makes sense, doesnt it? Im not being audacious, thats not part of my makeup. But it just made sense to say thats what this record is. Its made of metal.

Do you find it hard to break away from Judas Priest with your solo music?
Im lucky I got a fairly wide range of what I can do with my voice. But it still belongs to Judas Priest. My voice belongs to Judas Priest and it always will, as it should. Its like when you hear Robert Plant singing, Oh, thats the Led Zeppelin dude. If Bruce Dickinson did some solo work, Oh, thats the Iron Maiden dude. If Vince Neil did some solo work, Oh, thats the Mötley Crüe dude. Theres nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to worry about. Its just an instrument, and you use it as best you can in the places that you need to.

What did you do differently with Halford than with Priest?
I write lyrics differently, just because I cant sing about me being clean and sober for 25 years [Twenty-Five Years]on a Priest record. That would be completely wrong. And the other songs, like We Own the Night, anything that has a really personal, intimate type of reflection, lyrically, would be out of place in another place. Besides that, I think were just a band that has our own take on what we do with the metal we write and perform live. I think if you see us live, as hopefully you might get a chance to see when we come through, its great man.

Any plans with Priest?
Yeah, I was talking to Priests management the other day. We had a chitchat about things. Were putting together some shows, were going to be booked out extensively through 2011 and most of 12. Weve got some other things poking around in the fire. And we will be disclosing those through the website. Look for that in December.


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