Heavy metal shepherds Judas Priest were announced as inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 4 of this year, and speaking with Metal Pilgrim, vocalist Rob Halford said the induction was a milestone moment for the genre.
"It's wonderful…. And as we've said many, many times, this is just a wonderful moment for not only Priest but for heavy metal in general in that building, in that Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame… And we need to get some more metal in as soon as possible. But for Priest, a British heavy metal band in an American institution is a very sweet time.
"Whether you're a Priest fan or not, we're all in this together. We're all supporting, loving, fighting for metal, keeping the heavy metal flag and fire burning. That's what we've done since we started, that's what we're doing now. And that's what we will do forever."
You can watch the full interview with Halford below, where he touches on a wide-range of topics, including the roots of metal and the legacy of Priest as the band remains strong after five decades.
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5. The Hall will formally induct current members Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Glenn Tipton, and drummer Scott Travis, plus former guitarist K.K. Downing, drummer Les Binks, and late drummer Dave Holland.
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Judas Priest originally hit the studio earlier this year to record drums for their new album. In a recent interview, vocalist Rob Halford revealed that the band was back again to begin tracking the follow-up to 2018's Firepower. "We've stopped kicking the tires and now we're in tracking," he said. "You can never have enough songs when you're making an album. Songs that you didn't even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record." Halford also spoke a little about how the music sounds so far, saying "it's good, because there are some elements in there that we've never… kind of discovered before."