Rob Halford Goes Track By Track For Judas Priest's Screaming Anniversary

(hennemusic) Earlier this month, Judas Priest released the "Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition" package.

The project features not only the remastered original album plus bonus tracks, but also a live DVD from the 1983 US Festival show, filmed in San Bernardino, CA on May 29, 1983.

Legendary singer Rob Halford talks about the album in the track-by-track commentary below: "The Hellion" (instrumental) – "We'd never done that type of opening before. And obviously it came from Glenn (Tipton, guitars) and Ken (K. K. Downing, former guitarist) at the time. I can't really remember how it came together in the studio, was it one person? Was it collective? I don't know. But we were always experimenting, always trying to do something that we hadn't done previously. We were inspired by what Brian May was doing with a lot of the Queen stuff. We've always been big fans of Queen. But Brian was doing those same types of multi-guitar track things. As you get a bit more experienced in a band, you understand the value of setting the scene – we quickly thought, 'We can use this as an intro tape.' And we did. In terms of set-up, in terms of getting an audience's attention, it just works magically, even now, when we did it at our last show at Hammersmith – once you start it, the audience just grabs onto it right away."

"Electric Eye" – "I love the rhythmic set up on that song. Emotionally again, it starts roaring right from the opening bars. We're a metal band and if you're that sort of band it's important that you make sure you have that type of attitude and approach within your first two or three tracks. It reinforces who you are and what you're trying to do. The way that Electric Eye kicks off is very much a statement, an assertive statement… It's a really good song and I think it's just got the attitude and the in-your-face drama that Priest has always tried to put forward." Read the rest here.

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