ROB HALFORD Says He Still Hasn’t Listened To JUDAS PRIEST’s TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS-Era Albums

Rob Halford

In a new interview with Cleveland.comJUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who just released his autobiography Confess, was asked if his book was affected at all by the release of Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest, the 2018 autobiography of his former bandmate, original PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing.

“I haven’t read it,” he responded. “I wonder why I haven’t read it? I have no clue. [chuckles] He probably won’t read mine, y’know, because we know so much about each other. I may read [K.K.‘s] at some point. It’s the same way I haven’t listened to Demolition or Jugulator,” [two albums PRIEST made with singer Tim “Ripper” Owens during a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s when Halford was out of the band.] “Never listened to them. To be brutally honest, I’m just not interested.”

K.K. left the PRIEST in April 2011, and has since been replaced Richie Faulkner.

In a recent interview with NMEHalford provided an update on the PRIEST‘s follow-up to 2018’s Firepower.

“We already have a strong selection of songs — practically a complete album — to go when we’re able to reconvene at some point,” Halford says. “But we need to do a lot more work on it before we even get to the full production stage yet.”

Halford will release his autobiography, “Confess,” on September 29 via Hachette Books. You can order the book here.

When asked if he learn anything new about himself through revisiting his life for Confess, Halford replied: “Not really. I just turned 69 and people might think, ‘It’s a miracle you got through’. But there are textures to my story that are not unique to me.

“There are other people out there that have been abused, other people that have had problems with drink and drugs, and who have had to deal with suicide in their family and friends,” he continued. “I’m not unique by any stretch of the imagination. But when you put it in sequence from my earliest memories to where I am now, it’s a strong potent story.

“And for whatever reason, everything seems to have turned out OK — I’m in love, I’m healthy, and I’m lucky to be in this great metal band 50 years later. I wouldn’t say I’m content, but I’m more settled.”