Canadian syndicated radio show "Metal7080" (web site) conducted an interview with JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford earlier today (Monday, November 30). During the 21-minute chat, Rob talked about the "Winter Songs" holiday album from HALFORD and his Metal God Apparel clothing line, among other topics.
When asked if he has been in contact with Ronnie James Dio since it was announced that the legendary HEAVEN & HELL/BLACK SABBATH/RAINBOW singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer, Rob replied, "I've been in touch with Wendy [Ronnie's wife/manager]. In fact, I got an-email back from Wendy today. As I understand it, Wendy and Ronnie are traveling tomorrow to start treatment."
He added, "What can you say?! Life is precious. Ronnie has dedicated his entire life to metal. He is a world-famous metal singer and he is a dear friend of mine and I love him a lot and I'm very hopeful, because he is being treated by some of the top people. And I'm sure that he will get fit and he will get well and be back out to the metal stages of the world as soon as he possibly can. So he is in my thoughts and my prayers — not only for myself but i think for millions of his fans all around the world. He is a wonderful man. I can't wait for him to get well and be back out there singing his heart out."
Audio of Rob Halford talking about Ronnie James Dio on the "Metal7080" radio show:
"Metal7080"'s entire 21-minute interview with Rob Halford is available for streaming using the audio player below.
HALFORD's new album, "Halford III - Winter Songs", sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD landed at position No. 26 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
HALFORD's first holiday CD, "Halford III - Winter Songs" was released via Rob's new label Metal God Records, distributed globally by ADA Global/Warner Music Group, Fontana/Universal Music Group, Conveyor/Universal Music Canada and Sony Music Japan.
"Metal7080"'s interview with Rob Halford (click on player below to launch audio):