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Judas Priestin Rob Halford kertoo bändin seuraavan albumin ilmestyvän vuonna 2024: ”Se kuulostaa aivan loistavalta”

Kirjoittanut Arto Mäenpää - 25.1.2023

Englantilaisen heavy metal -legenda Judas Priestin laulaja Rob Halford on kertonut tuoreessa Metal Express Radion haastattelussa yhtyeen aikovan julkaista seuraavan albuminsa vuonna 2024. Halfordin mukaan tuleva albumi on lauluja vaille nauhoitettu ja se kuulostaa aivan loistavalta, kun hän on kuunnellut sitä omalta tietokoneeltaan. Halford kertoi yhtyeen tulevaisuuden suunnitelmista seuraavaa:

”As I’ve been saying in these recent Zooms [interviews], they’re all waiting for me, because all the music is done. I’ve got the album here in front of me, on my laptop, and it sounds fucking amazing, which you expect every musician to say. But I’ve really gotta do my work now and make sure that what I do relates to the great work that the guys have done.

”So, it’s coming together,” he continued. ”It’ll be ready when it’s ready. But we’re trying to stick on a timeline. We’re hoping to do this Ozzy [Osbourne] tour [of Europe in May]. Please, Ozzy, be well enough; I think he will be. Once we do the Ozzy tour, then we’re gonna really get into the back end of finishing the record and then probably being ready to release that. I’m saying now… I did say ’23. It looks like it’s ’24 — which isn’t that far away. It’s already almost February in 2023.

”I think if you look back at all the work that we’ve done — apart from that time in the ’80s when we were making an album and a world tour literally year in and year out for three or four years… You can do that when you’re in that mindset at that point in your life and in the band when things are just roaring. This far on, when you’ve done so much work and you are aware of what you’ve achieved, then I think naturally you take your time more.”