JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has told Decibel magazine that he remains optimistic about how the band's latest album, "Nostradamus", will ultimately be perceived by the band's hardcore fan base. "I think our reaction is one of basically, if you're a hardcore PRIEST fan, and you've been waiting and waiting and waiting for this moment to happen — waiting for a concept release — you're gonna give it the time that it needs," he said. "Much like if you're a basketball fan, you watch four quarters — you don't leave at halftime. Or if you're watching a great movie, you don't walk out three-quarters of the way through. And that's what it's about: It's a great musical adventure that's telling a story. And we have no worries or fears or concerns about it, because we believe so strongly in the music and the way that it really draws you in and captures your mind and imagination."Encouraged to imagine himself gazing into the crystal ball on the cover of the latest issue of Decibel magazine (see below), Halford said, "I do predict that 'Nostradamus' is going to be embraced. I can see it being performed by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. I also think I can see a little bit of a Grammy in there." "Nostradamus" has sold 63,000 copies in the United States since its June 17 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.