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Road Trippin': Judas Priest

The Metal Gods are coming home to wave the flag for British steel

IS IT FAIR TO SAY THAT [NEW GUITARIST] RICHIE FAULKNER JOINING THE BAND HAS GIVEN YOU ALL A KICK UP THE ARSE?

Rob Halford [vocals]: “We’d be the first to say that! I think it’s great. He’s got tremendous charisma and we all feed off him. When Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and Richie are standing at the front, side by side, it’s magical. He’s making me work hard, that’s for sure!”

HAVE ANYTHING SPECIAL PLANNED FOR THE UK TOUR?

“We have a few changes in the setlist that have been inspiring on the American leg. I don’t know who suggested Screaming For Vengeance, but we thought, ‘Let’s have a go!’ We kicked the tyres on it in Burbank recently and it sounded brilliant. We haven’t played that song live in over 30 years.”

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