Rob Halford Says Music Is ‘Ready’ For His Debut Blues Solo Album

March 26, 2024

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford recently did an interview with Germany’s ‘Rock Antenne’ and talked about where he’s at with his long-in-the-works debut blues solo album. Apparently he’s working with the same people that helped him for 2019’s Christmas LP “Celestial”, including his brother Nigel and his nephew Alex (son of Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill).

“You may have heard occasionally here and there that I’ve had this ambition at least to make a blues album. Because metal, all rock and roll comes from the blues; everything in music comes from the blues to a great extent. And so, because I’m a blues fan, I’ve always wanted to explore that territory. And so, going back a few years, my brother and my nephew Alex, Ian Hill’s son on bass, and a friend of ours, we did the ‘Celestial’ Christmas album together. And then, towards the end of those sessions, I said to the guys, ‘Why don’t we just make a blues album?’ Okay, that’s a simple idea, isn’t it? So we have the music ready, we have all of these songs ready to go, and it’s just about timing. Timing and planning is so important in our world, in music. So that’s one thing I would really like to do, and when I get the time to do it, I shall do it.”

You may remember a couple years ago, Halford spoke to New York’s 102.3 WBAB about the project, “I love the blues. Without the blues, we wouldn’t have rock and roll. The blues was born here in the United States and then slowly mutated into all these incredible styles and different dynamics and variations. Man, I think back to those originators, like Little Richard, Bill Haley, the anchor of the blues like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, all these great people. So I was listening to those great performers as I was growing up as a kid. I love the blues, man. And I think most metal musicians would acknowledge the blues for playing such an important role.”

Meanwhile, if you’re into rock autobiographies, Halford released his autobiography, “Confess”, in September 2020.

What do you think about Rob Halford releasing a blues album? Considering he’s considered one of the best metal vocalist of all-time, kinda interesting, isn’t it?


Written by Todd Hancock