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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Draws Inspiration From Ronnie James Dio

10/26/2015
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(Classic Rock) Rob Halford says he listens to Ronnie James Dio to get himself in the right frame of mind before a gig. The Judas Priest frontman has always been a fan of the late Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio and Heaven & Hell singer, and he has revealed that Dio is his number one inspiration as a vocalist.

Halford tells OC Weekly: "I always listen to Ronnie before I go on stage with Priest because I find his voice invigorating. It gets my blood pumping and gets me in the zone before I go out and do my thing with Priest. I pretty much listen to him almost every time.

"I listen to Ronnie for so many weeks at a time. I find his voice so inspiring and so powerful for me as a singer. He was a very influential singer. If you listen to him now, you can almost imagine what he was like behind the mic in the studio because he's so committed.

"You can tell in his delivery, presence and performance. It's almost as if he's just recorded it and laid the track down last week. That's the great thing about Ronnie - he had that kind of engineered dynamic that is very difficult to capture in the studio, but he delivered that at every show night after night." Read more here.

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