With the release of their new album, “Firepower” and the start of their tour underway, Judas Priest is having the time of their lives. Things certainly got off to a bumpy start with the departure of guitarist Glenn Tipton from the band in due to his battle with Parkinson’s, but it’s all up hill from here. With everything going well on the bands front, it’s full steam ahead with no plans to retire anytime soon.
“We know what Glenn has been up against, and he has showed us the absolute proof that there is no such thing as retirement in the Priest plan,” said singer, Rob Halford. “Glenn has been forging ahead for the last 10 years with Parkinson’s disease and he never once mentioned retiring or quitting. This is really a strong signal from Glenn and the rest of us. Why should we even consider retiring now? We still feel that there is another song to do, another show to do, and always our beautiful fans to see again and again. You retire when things get too shaky and a bit of sadness. That’s not the case with Priest. We’re probably stronger now than we have been, and I think Glenn would agree with that.”
“I cannot conceive of us ever saying, in 2022, at 3 o’clock, on a Wednesday afternoon, July, we’re gonna end,” said Halford. “I think more than ever now, we’re so joyed and grateful that we’ve been able to get this far from the support of our fans that you don’t say a farewell tour, you don’t say retire. I think slowly but surely we’ll just play less and less and less, but I can’t see that for the foreseeable future.”
“You’ve got to go where your fans want you,” added Halford. “You can arrange the touring in a different way, but you can’t just got to A, then to C, and miss B out, because those people have supported you for 30, 40 years. You try to explain to them that you’re not coming to B so they have to travel a thousand miles to A or C. We can’t be that as a band, as people. So we’re just going to keep going and going and the end will come when it chooses to show its face.”
JT “Doc” Berry \m/