“I think I was on the same journey as a lot of my friends in music. It’s a funny thing with lead singers – we have a tendency to go off on our own and do things and we end up coming back to the place where we were determined to be.
“Ironically enough, [the debut Halford album, 2000’s] ‘Resurrection’ kind of was a bridge back to Judas Priest. I’d been away with the Halford band and the 2wo project with John 5 and the Fight record, all of which I had a great time making.
“It’s one of those things where, if you’re a creative person, you’re constantly searching for other opportunities. I sought those out, and I still do now – I’m just very curious about what can be made with other musicians especially.
“But yeah, thank you for referencing ‘Resurrection.’ I stand by that record; it was a great record. Everybody played their hearts out on it. Everybody did a great job.”
During the rest of the conversation, Rob sang praises of classic Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, saying:
“Glenn’s a hero. And with references to some of the brave men and women that are dealing with various issues – physical challenges, mental challenges – the world is a bit of a better place in terms of where you can go for help now.
“In Glenn’s case, with his Parkinson’s, he wasn’t even aware that he had the symptoms for a number of years until he was fully diagnosed. But like Glenn, and like all the heroes in service, active duty, and vets, there’s a great support system of people out there that love you and that are ready to provide the help and give you the care and attention that you need.
“And that’s the same case with Glenn – he’s got the best doctors in the world looking after him. And with Parkinson’s, it’s a day-to-day situation – some days are better than others. And Glenn will always step out, Glenn will always come out when he’s feeling strong.
“I hear he’s probably gonna come out to Japan, which will be great. It’s a long flight from London to Tokyo, but he loves his fans so much that as and when he’s feeling strong enough, he’ll come out and play. So yeah, Glenn’s the heavy metal hero right now. We love him, and we thank you for thinking about him.
“Glenn will be the first to say that he stands there not just for himself but for everybody who’s dealing with that particular challenge. And we have the Glenn Tipton Foundation that he’s created, which you can buy a t-shirt or you can actually make a donation, if you wish, directly.
“You can find that information through the Judas Priest social networks that are there. And that’s the big thing, isn’t it, with these kinds of things – you need the funding, you need the resources.
“And I know the current administration is stepping up and trying to do as much as they can with funding the needs for individuals with PTSD and everything else that’s related to these types of issues. So, yeah, we’re all in it together in that respect, [when it comes to] reaching out and loving each other and helping each other as much as we can.”