JUDAS PRIEST have announced that they will be taking a lengthy break following the completion of the group's recent world tour to rest before beginning work on the band's next album, which is not expected to surface before late 2004.
"I want to make at least two more albums with JUDAS PRIEST," guitarist Glenn Tipton recently told the Greek edition of Metal Hammer magazine. "It is wonderful to have a part in creating the music of JUDAS PRIEST — I enjoy it and, as always, I would like to do at least one more tour. Also, I want to [pursue] a few solo [projects] — especially the album that I had recorded with [drummer] Cozy Powell, who tragically passed away four years ago. I would like to finish it and dedicate it to his memory, because he was a good friend of mine and he did a fantastic job [on the album], and I want people to hear it. I also have some solo projects that I will try to [pursue] if I get the chance, but JUDAS PRIEST are my first priority. I still want to produce other bands and I am interested in composing music for films."