On October 11, Tom “T-Bone” Scheppke of San Antonio, Texas’ classic rock radio station X106.7 conducted an interview with vocalist Rob Halford of British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
JUDAS PRIEST kicked off the North American leg of its “Epitaph” farewell tour on October 12 at ATT Center in San Antonio, Texas (with support from THIN LIZZY and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY).
“The Chosen Few”, the newly released compilation album from JUDAS PRIEST, sold 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The collection, which came out on October 11 via Legacy/Sony, contains songs that were selected by some of the biggest names of the hard rock/heavy metal world, including KISS‘ Gene Simmons, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, METALLICA‘s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Alice Cooper and SLIPKNOT‘s Corey Taylor.
Regarding JUDAS PRIEST‘s farewell world tour, Rob Halford previously said, “We’re pulling out all the stops. We’ve built a brand new stage set, we’ve got all the effects that people love us for — the lasers, the fire, the bombs, the smoke, new costumes, and the bike. It’s just a full-on metal extravaganza.”
As for whether this is really the end of JUDAS PRIEST‘s touring days, guitarist Glenn Tipton said, “We don’t plan on retiring. We’ve said that this is our last world tour. It takes a chunk out of your life — 18 months. We won’t be doing any more world tours as such and in many parts of the world, it will be the last time people will get a chance to see us. But we’re not gonna stop. We’ve got an album in the can now, we will start to write with [new guitarist] Richie [Faulkner], there will be more albums, and who knows?! There might be a string of dates that we can manage to do. We’re just not gonna do another major world tour. We’ve been doing it for 40 years and it’s time to let the younger bands have the chance.”
Quality video footage of JUDAS PRIEST performing the song “Beyond The Realms Of Death” on December 1, 2011 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Florida can be seen below.
The band’s setlist was as follows:
01. Rapid Fire
02. Metal Gods
03. Heading Out To The Highway
04. Judas Rising
06. Victim Of Changes
07. Never Satisfied
08. Diamonds Rust (JOAN BAEZ cover)
10. Night Crawler
11. Turbo Lover
12. Beyond The Realms Of Death
13. The Sentinel
14. Blood Red Skies
15. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown) (FLEETWOOD MAC cover)
16. Breaking The Law
18. The Hellion (taped intro)
19. Electric Eye
20. Hell Bent For Leather
21. You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’