Rob Halford has confirmed to Mike Hsu of Boston’s WAAF radio station that JUDAS PRIEST is preparing to begin work on the follow-up to last year’s “Firepower” album.
Speaking about his plans for the upcoming year, Rob said:
“I’ll be heading back to the U.K. for the holidays, see my family and friends. And then we’re gonna start… There are two things happening. We’re gonna go into writing sessions in the early New Year, because we’re still buzzing from the ‘Firepower’ record and we’re raring to go, to see what else what we can come up with musically, through writing. So we’ve got that in planning.
And then we go into the big production for the 50th anniversary [of JUDAS PRIEST], which, I believe, kicks off in Finland in June, I think it is. And then that’s it there. We’re off around the world for the rest of 2020 and some of 2021, celebrating 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST.”
On new music, Rob said:
“Glenn is always noodling away, even though he doesn’t tour that much now,” the singer said.
“He’s always noodling away in the studio in the U.K. 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.”