JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford took part in a question-and-answer session with Full Metal Jackie of the 95.5 KLOS radio station on Friday, October 4 from The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California. You can now watch the chat in three parts below.
Asked if there are any artists that he would like to collaborate with in the future, Halford — who is promoting his upcoming festive-themed LP "Celestial" — said: "There's a beautiful song on this album called 'Morning Star', and I kind of put that song together pretty quickly. I was in the kitchen of my house playing acoustic guitar and this song just started to happen. And as I was playing it, I could hear Willie Nelson in the background singing along with me. And I thought, 'How could would this be, for The Metal God and Willie Nelson to do kind of a duet?' And he's like a God, right? Willie Nelson is a God. And as luck would have it, Willie is on the same label as I am — Sony/Legacy. So we're trying to see if that could be a possibility. I mean, I would just be jaw on the floor; I'd be the total fanboy geek. You would have to give me an hour to get over the fact that Willie might be sitting there with a microphone. I would love that to happen — just because he's special, and I love Willie. I love what he does with his music; I love what he does for America; I love the way he supports the farmers and the very important people that put the food on our tables here. So he's iconic in many, many ways. So that would be great if that could happen."
"Celestial" will arrive on October 18 via Legacy Recordings. The disc is available for pre-order on Rob's artist store — with exclusive merchandise and a limited, autographed metallic-gold color version of the vinyl.
Credited to ROB HALFORD WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS, the album mixes holiday classics with all-new compositions, and will appeal to lovers of traditional holiday music and headbangers alike.
"Celestial" sees Halford joined by a supporting cast of those very close to him — his brother (Nigel) on drums, his nephew on bass (Alex, son of PRIEST bassist Ian Hill),has sister (Sue) on bells, and twin guitar tandem of Robert Jones and Jon Blakey. The album features standout originals like the album-opening title track, "Donner And Blitzen", and "Protected By The Light", as well as reworkings of such holiday standards as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Joy To The World" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", among other standouts.
HALFORD's first holiday CD, "Halford III - Winter Songs", came out in 2009. The disc was a collection of new Halford-penned tracks plus traditional holiday favorites presented with original arrangements by HALFORD (Rob Halford on vocals, Roy Z. on guitar, Metal Mike Chlasciak on guitar, Mike Davis on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums).