Hill and Priest Still Defending The Faith
Judas Priest founder and bassist Ian Hill may be over-the-hill in terms of age, but he’s still got a lot of metal left in his soul. He insists Judas Priest are far from over and believes the band will keep on making music until one of them gives up the ghost. To that I say, Amen.
The band is currently on the South American leg of its Epitaph World Tour. Slated to be the band’s final major tour in its four decade and counting career. However, Hill and other members have acknowledged this is not the end of touring, but rather a significant slowing, to extend the life of the band.
On October 12th, Judas Priest will begin the North American leg of the tour in San Antonio, Texas. The day prior the band’s label, Sony, will release a special album, The Chosen Few (read more about it here), which is a unique twist on a greatest hits record. The album culls songs from the Priest catalog as chosen by other artists who explain why they picked those individual tracks.
I caught up with Hill in Costa Rica where he talked about The Chosen Few, the Epitaph tour, and what’s to come from Judas Priest. In between dealing with the hotel’s tardy room service, the band’s quietest member told me which Priest album he most favors, as well as plans for the next studio album. He acknowledges that there will be some sort of CD/DVD for the final world tour, though what or how it will all come out is yet to be determined. So sit back and listen to the mighty Priest’s most tenured Metal God.