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The Essence And The Purity: Rob Halford Of Judas Priest's Favourite LPs
Alex Macrow , December 2nd, 2015 12:59

With their Redeemer Of Souls tour bound for Scandinavia after wrapping up the UK leg at Brixton Academy last night, the heavy metal veterans' singer takes Alex Macrow through his top 13 "game changers" of rock & roll

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For over 40 years, Rob Halford has been one of the most singular figures to emerge from the metal scene, and while some of his contemporaries have struggled to age gracefully, Halford is still out-performing many singers a quarter of his age, and his recorded output is as vital now as it has ever been. When we catch up with Halford, he informs us that he's currently "freezing his tits off in Halifax, Nova Scotia", the latest stop on Judas Priest's Redeemer Of Souls tour. By the time that you read this, they will already have closed the UK leg with a headline appearance at London's Brixton Academy. "We're coming home again and it's so important for us to come home and see a lot of our fans who have been with us since day one," says Halford. "Going back to certain venues is great, like Brixton, where I remember Priest playing in the '70s, is something I always look forward to."

When the conversation moves towards his choices for the Baker's Dozen, one thing becomes immediately obvious: he is nothing if not passionate. Though some may say that many of his picks are predictable, Halford peppers his Baker's Dozen with a few unexpected curveballs. As he says: "All of these bands are what I call game changers. All of these bands made something very special and made something important happen in music, and in rock & roll in the wildest sense of what that means."

Redeemer Of Souls is out now on Epic/Columbia. Judas Priest continue their tour on December 4 at Lofbergs Arena in Karlstad, Sweden; for full details and tickets, head here. Click on the image below to begin scrolling through Rob's choices, which run in no particular order


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Mike Innes
Dec 2, 2015 1:12pm

Slayer are from LA, not the Bay Area.

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no Refugee
Dec 2, 2015 5:50pm

In reply to Mike Innes:


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Mike Innes
Dec 2, 2015 6:14pm

In reply to no Refugee:

...depends whether you facts or fiction.

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Dec 2, 2015 7:18pm

Where does it say they're from the Bay Area?

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Samantha C
Dec 3, 2015 1:38am

Those comments about Queen are great, right on the button. I'm not a fan of Judas Priest but I have great respect for Halford and he comes across well here. Seems like a man who'd be fun to listen to music with. I wonder if he'd like Bongwater.

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Dec 3, 2015 1:46am

In reply to Mike Innes:

Nobody even said that. I FACTS. YOU FICTION!

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Mike Innes
Dec 3, 2015 1:15pm

In reply to FEF:

I think you'll find ( assuming the Quietus are willing to admit as much) the piece has been edited since posting, omitting the Bay Area comment out.

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Katarzina R'Yleh
Dec 3, 2015 6:37pm

I like Metal Eye.

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Dec 3, 2015 9:26pm

Not exactly a thrilling or insightful rundown, on the other hand it's Rob fucking Halford who can do and say whatever he wants at this point, and who also seems like a friendly, thoughtful chap. I'd rather read this than some milennial freelancer's written blowjob of Dirty Projectors or Kurt fucking Vile et al.

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Dec 4, 2015 11:19pm

What no spiritual jazz? I think Rob might have misunderstood the point of this feature.

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Dec 5, 2015 2:12pm

Rob's right. After listening to Living After Midnight and Breaking The Law you just automatically think: 'The Beatles.'

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