Touring and the new album
We’ve got the release tomorrow Richie of Redeemer of Souls and then the Redeemer of Souls tour kicking off in the USA on the first of October in New York, so we’ve got a lot of exciting stuff coming up. It’s just great to be a part of it, there’s a great buzz around the record, we’re here talking about it all day. Couldn’t be more stoked to be here.
As much as every song that we’ve ever written, we want to make sure that we give it its own identity and each song character so they should all be strong and have something to say but I think collectively all of the music on Redeemer of Souls has this great what we call the classic Priest sound, that’s the link in all of this music on Redeemer that really binds it all together.
The Writing Process:
We do it how we’ve always done it, we spend a lot of time by ourselves putting some ideas together or putting lyrics down, Richie puts some lyrics down and ideas, so do I, and then we get together and it’s quite exciting because as we drive to the studio or one of our houses where we’re going to spend the afternoon putting songs together, you know classic new Priest songs are going to emerge from that afternoon. Suddenly the room will light up and suddenly we’ve got a new Judas Priest song. That’s the way we’ve always worked and I think it’s the way that we always will work.
Being a band for so long:
It’s always new and always exciting to me, I’m sure to all of us. I don’t think any of us would do it if it became monotonous or predictable or boring. We’re all excited by the process still.
Favorite part of being in a band:
Playing live, I love playing live. I think that to me is the essence of the life of Priest. The fans have given us this incredible life for 40 years now, and we’ll be rekindling that relationship.