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Judas Priest's Tipton Looks Back At Turbo and Forward At Band's Future

05/27/2014
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Legendary Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was a featured guest on the latest episode of Talking Metal where he discussed the band's new album, "Redeemer of Souls," Judas Priest's future plans (including their live plans), new guitarist Richie Faulkner, his view of the band's controversial "Turbo" album, the classic "British Steel," and more.

The show sent over some excerpts of the Tipton interview. The episode also features Tipton's bandmate Richie Faulkner, and interview with Eddie Veliz from Kyng and more. Below are the excerpts form the Tipton interview:

Glenn on the current status and future of Judas Priest: "The band has definitely been re-energized. It's a great when you get an album like this one under the belt, which we are all very proud of and we are all excited by. We love the songs. It gives you a whole new outlook and a whole new angle; you are coming from a different place. Things have turned around for sure."

Glenn on what he considers the classic Judas Priest: "I think Living After Midnight on British Steel. British Steel is an album we did very quickly. We actually wrote half of it while we were in the studio, which is very unusual for us. It just has a really solid complete, satisfying sound. We took a different approach on nearly every album and tried to do something different while still remaining as obviously Judas Priest. We have made an attempt to give each album a different character while remaining in the bounds of what is acceptable for Judas Priest."

Glenn on new guitarist Richie Faulkner: "It was just a miracle really, I said it many times. I honestly believe if we hadn't found Richie or he had found us there would be no Judas Priest. He has brought a lot of energy, youthful enthusiasm, . He's brought all that and more."

Glenn on the 2011 statement that there would be no more world tours: "We did state that back then that at the time it was our last world tour. It takes a big chunk out of your life. We never said we wouldn't do any dates. It was never the end of us playing live, it was just the end of the massive world tour. It can be quite draining and certainly time-consuming but we've been reenergized since then. We've got a great new album under our belt and it is exciting to think of playing the numbers off album mixed with Judas Priest classic songs so things have changed a bit but we weren't lying at the time when we made that statement. If we start the tour and absorb the songs, we really love the songs. Who knows what's around the corner?"

Glenn on how he views the Turbo album in 2014: I like Turbo. I know it was a bit different and some people thought we were chasing the commercial trail. If you hear us play Turbo live it is one of the heaviest numbers. The crowd loved it, they sing along with it. We have always been brave enough to try new things with Point of Entry, Turbo and Nostradamus. And you've got to do it. You have got to pursue those new trails to get better. It's something that's essentially in the band's evolving status. That's what we've done, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes people understand you're trying to do, sometimes they don't. You have got to experiment.

Check out the episode here.

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