Lead singer Rob Halford is as amazed as anyone that Judas Priest has had such staying power.
“When we started 40 years ago, we just set out with the attitude to try and be the best metal band we could,” says the 63-year-old British rocker. “And it’s incredible after all these years, nothing has changed that much. We still feel that way, creatively.”
The heavy metal band — guitarists Glenn Tipton and newcomer Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis — recently put out a new album, Redeemer of Souls.
Halford’s proud of their latest effort: “It’s quite adventurous, really — the riffs the melodies, the basic straightforward dynamic. We haven’t let go of the reins. We kept the integrity of the music alive.”
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The (most likely) leather-clad men will play a mix of old and new: four songs off the new record, including the title track, as well as such hits as Living After Midnight, Painkiller and You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ Thursday night at Hard Rock Live.
Expect nothing less than a thrashing, intense, rock ’n’ roll experience. Halford wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Living After Midnight was written in 1980, and in 2014 it doesn’t sound dated. It’s still as exciting and fresh to perform. I feel like a million bucks singing that. I don’t think there’s any other profession where you find that to be the case.”
One thing that has changed: the age of the audience.
“I looked out there at one show, and I see this little 10-year-old boy right out in front, screaming all the words,” says Halford. “Kids love what touches them, what reaches them. They could care less about anything else. It warmed my metal heart.”
Judas Priest. With Steel Panther and host Eddie Trunk. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets from $59. 954-797-5531 or hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.