ROB HALFORD: JUDAS PRIEST Was 'Excited' About Getting RICHIE FAULKNER Involved In 'Redeemer Of Souls' Songwriting

November 5, 2014

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford was recently interviewed on the 105.9 The Mountain radio station in Asheville, North Carolina. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Speaking about the songwriting chemistry between longtime JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton and the band's latest addition, Richie Faulkner, Halford said: "Richie joined us just before we went out on the 'Epitaph' tour, which at the time was supposed to be a tour where we were doing a lot of thinking and maybe pulling back a little bit. After the 'Epitaph' tour, we seemed to have found a new life, a new energy, and so we were just really excited about getting Richie into the mix of the writing team.

"As you know, for nearly all of our metal, we put our metal together with two lead guitar players and myself, which we always feel kind of pays dividends. 'Cause, like, if Richie's jamming and Glenn's listening, he'll go, 'Man, that's really cool, but why don't you add this idea or that idea?' So we get the best of everything out of the guitar section, and I'm kind of in the background listening and coming up with lyrics and vocal ideas and so forth. So it was just a really special moment to have this new kind of writing team in place, and you could really feel that transition of the writing sessions, the energy and the excitement of the writing sessions going into the full production."

JUDAS PRIEST's 17th studio album, "Redeemer Of Souls", sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released in North America on July 8 via Epic Records.

JUDAS PRIEST's 2008 double-disc concept album, "Nostradamus", shifted 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 11.

The band's 2005 CD, "Angel of Retribution", premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.

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