JUDAS PRIEST Frontman On 'Nostradamus' CD: 'It Will Be Finished When It's Finished'

Jason MacNeil of the Sun Media conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford earlier this week. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On being being the first in the metal realm to release DEPs (Digital Entertainment Packages) of his own material.

"The Internet is as revolutionary as the television or telephone when those inventions were created. We're at the forefront of this in the metal world. But although we have the digital releases, there are still fans in territories desiring physical product. They want to experience both the tactile vibe that comes with the actual CD and everything that comes with it."

On JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated "Nostradamus" concept album:

"It's just been an amazing challenge. It's been exciting to put the life of this Frenchman who lived 500 years ago into a musical realm. It deals with his prophecies but also shows that he had a human side with ups and downs, which we all can relate to."

"We're still tracking it. There's been so much buzz generated from the media and fans about the new album that it's incredible. And we haven't even done any of the promotional work in support of it.

"There's just a lot of material to go through and we don't want to leave any stone unturned. We don't know for certain when it's coming out and we aren't putting a date on it yet. It will be finished when it's finished."

On the recent decision by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne to stage this summer's entire Ozzfest tour at no cost to fans:

"Sharon is just revolutionary the way she's doing it. I'm not sure if it's going to be free from now on, but it's been done in an affordable way with the sponsors coming on board. If you look at the actual nuts and bolts of it, it's quite spectacular."

On the reason for heavy metal's continued popularity:

"There are a lot of attractive qualities. There's the power and the volume and it's a way to release pressure. It's like every (pro wrestling) event, or watching a hockey game and seeing them beat the crap out of each other."

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