Vocalist Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST has posted the following message to his official web site, www.robhalford.com:
"What an exciting time for all of us!
"I first want to thank everyone from the HALFORD and JUDAS PRIEST sites for the fantastic interactive displays of love and support. You all live in a crazy molten-metal world!
"Over the past four years, my career has experienced a whirlwind of activity, and during that time the 'music' and 'live concerts' around the world bought me closer to each of you once again.
"Over time, as the possibility of a JUDAS PRIEST reunion loomed, I spoke often with [HALFORD members] Mike C., Pat, Bobby, Ray, Mike D. and of course Roy, and as I expected they were full of encouragement.
"Their reaction and continued support provided a constant reminder of their professionalism and integrity towards me, at a time when I was facing several significant choices in my life and career.
"On many levels, they each were a vital part of what has now materialized. I extend my sincerest thanks and love to them, and I'm confident they will continue to make great music as each continues their own career path.
"I may be home to stay, but I promise I will not close the door entirely on the thought of working with the 'HALFORD' lineup in the future. I am truly blessed to have worked with some of the finest people and artists on the planet.
"I also want to thank a couple other important entities such as my various recording labels around the world, Chip Ruggieri (publicist), the Sanctuary Group and the global media that followed 'HALFORD' relentlessly. Each carried significant responsibilities at various times and I respect their commitment and determination to do right by 'HALFORD'.
"[Personal manager] John Baxter's unyielding tenacity and belief helped steer this moment toward reality, and I'm grateful for his assistance. John will continue to manage my businesses and deal direct with related creative ideas outside of [JUDAS PRIEST], and Bill Curbishley and Jayne Andrews will manage my JUDAS PRIEST activities. Both management teams are respectful of one another, and this has made for a very comfortable environment.
"Finally, it all comes back to you — the fans. Many of you wished over and over for an opportunity to experience original JUDAS PRIEST, and it is a comforting thought to know we all get to ride the reunion side-by-side. I can't wait!
"Thank you for your continued support, prayers and of course the relentless enthusiasm!
"I thank you with all my soul and heart.
"The Metal God"