When he's not working on the "very potent" new Judas Priest album, vocalist Rob Halford is penning his debut blues album. In an interview with Kyle Meredith, Halford said he has enough material for the blues album, but will tackle that project after the new Judas Priest album is done and their touring is completed.
"I love the blues. Everything comes from the blues. Rock and roll, it all starts with the blues. And what a great style of music that is," said Halford.
"I've been working on — well, I say I, my brother, Nigel, and my nephew Alex, Ian Hill's son, on bass, and our friend Blakey on guitar, those guys have been putting together the foundations for quite a while now. We have enough material to make a record. I've just gotta find the words and put the voice on it at some point.
"The only thing that I threw at the guys was do what you feel you wanna do in terms of ideas. I did give 'em a list of some of my favorite blues styles and blues performers as a little bit of a template for the guys to bounce off of.
"It's all in [my] phone — I've got the album in this phone — and it's great. It's gonna be a special moment, 'cause I've always wanted to make a blues record.
"So, when time allows, and it's been very, very tough for so many musicians with what we've been dealing with with the COVID pandemic, and the glorious waiting-to-launch 50th-anniversary Priest tour and another Priest record, then we'll get into the blues."
The blues album will feature Halford's brother Nigel on drums; Alex, son of Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill, on bass; and guitarist Jon Blakey.