Rob Halford On Ex-Judas Priest Members Appearing On 50th Anniversary Tour: “Anything Can Happen”
Heavy metal heroes Judas Priest will celebrate 50 years as a band by heading out on a tour across Europe in 2020. Now, frontman Rob Halford has done a recent interview in which he suggests that some of the band’s former members might join them at certain stops along the way — or at least that he’s open to the idea.
While speaking to the New York radio station Z93, Rob was asked whether or not the band’s past members would join Priest onstage to celebrate their career.
“That’s a cool question,” says Rob, sounding like he means it. “It’s like anything in rock’n’roll. I love the kind of chaos that surrounds rock’n’roll. That’s, to me, what it’s all about. There should be no laws, regulations or restrictions. Anything can happen with Priest.
“So, just keep an eye out and a lookout, especially when we play live. So, yeah, it’s all on the table.”
Rob was also asked about the possibility of touring with Iron Maiden, which Priest bassist Ian Hill said he’d love to do “before some of us die.”
“It’s all down to the things that go on in the background, the machinery that makes it work,” says Rob. “We have a wonderful relationship with Maiden that goes way, way way back. We worked together in the States in the ’80s… what a great British metal band.”
Listen to the full interview here:
Who Judas Priest would have join them onstage remains to be seen. The obvious inclusion would be founding guitarist K. K. Downing, but who knows — maybe drummer Les Binks or vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens could join the band onstage.
Judas Priest’s 50th anniversary tour dates have yet to be announced, but the kick-off date is currently July 30-August 1 at Wacken Open Air.
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