Rob Halford

Rob Halford says he has yet to listen to the two albums JUDAS PRIEST made with his replacement, Tim “Ripper” Owens, 1997’s Jugulator and 2001’s Demolition.

“Those two PRIEST records, it’s not just because it’s not my voice, because that would be a silly thing to say; Tim is a very good friend of mine,” Halford said in a new interview with “The SDR Show.” “I think it’s just that with connecting with music, particularly with PRIEST, I know my place and I know where I wanna be. And so there’s never really been a sense of [wanting to listen] to those records.

“Having said that, though, numerous times I’ve been asked would I ever do a song from Jugulator, would I ever do a song from Demolition. Well, absolutely, I would, because those two albums are just as valid as everything else in the PRIEST catalog. So who knows? That day may yet come.”

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.”