Al Atkins, the the founding singer of Judas Priest had joined forces with guitar virtuoso, songwriter, and producer Paul May in 2012 to form the creatively titled Atkins May Project.
The prog-metal duo had released their debut album ‘Serpents Kiss,’ which featured a roaring cover of the Kiss song ‘Cold Gin.’
Atkins spoke about the project with The Examiner, but also took some time to talk about what might’ve been with Judas Priest had circumstances been different.
“I was the only one in the band that was married with a kid to feed and without a record deal and the backing we needed I just couldn’t survive anymore so I decided to get a haircut and a 9 to 5 job,”
“Yes I did regret it but was happy for them to eventually get that deal and climb the ladder to succeed and they much deserved it.”
Although many of the tunes he penned appeared on the band’s debut ‘Rocka Rolla,’ Atkins claims the band would’ve been much different under his lead. “If I would have stayed with them we may have taken a different road? Maybe more like AC/DC but that’s not a bad thing is it?”