IAN HILL Names His ‘All-Time Favorite’ JUDAS PRIEST Song

In a new appearance on The Break Down With Nath & Johnny podcast, JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill was asked who in the band has the final say when it comes to picking a setlist for the PRIEST live shows. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Well, it is probably Rob [Halford, PRIEST singer], really. But then again, we’ve got a whole spectrum now. You’ve got the younger element with Richie [Faulkner, PRIEST guitarist]. He’s the same age as my eldest son. And then comes Scott [Travis, PRIEST drummer] and you’ve got Glenn [Tipton, PRIEST guitarist], of course. He can’t do it anymore [due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease]. [But] he’s still sharp as a pin between his ears. Then Andy [Sneap, PRIEST touring guitarist] and Rob and myself. So you’ve got a full spectrum there of ages. So everybody has their own favorites and their own types of JUDAS PRIEST song. We all sort of [go], ‘Yeah, like that. No, don’t like that one.’ And then we’ll go. If someone’s adamant that they really don’t wanna do something, well, you don’t wanna do something, and vice versa — if someone really wants to do a particular track, you do it. Like I say, you’ve got the ring-fence tracks there that you’ve gotta do — the ‘Breaking The Law’s and the ‘Living After Midnight’s and things like that, that you have to do. It’s what brings people to the shows, basically. And then you’ve got your other sort of classic PRIEST songs, which is a little bit easier because you can swap and change those between — do a month maybe using one song, change it to another one of a similar kind. And then try to get some new stuff in there — three, maybe four maximum is about as much as you can get at any one time. I’m sure there’ll be more than that, that we’ll go through. And just swap and change as we go.”

Asked if there are any songs that he can think of straight off the top of his head, in the PRIEST back catalog that he really loves to play live but never has, Ian said: “Ah, there’s one that we have played live that we haven’t played for a while and that’s ‘Dissident Aggressor’. I still say that’s probably my all-time favorite song. It’s just so raw — it’s just pure rock, really. It’s one of those songs that, even in the studio, I can remember it being — it’s two guitars, bass, drums and vocals. And I think there might be one extra guitar on there through the lead break. Other than that, it’s totally raw. It’s exactly as it would be on stage. And I love that song, apart from it being a great song. And there’s always other things. We’ve never really done ‘Before The Dawn’ — from the other point of view, the other end of the spectrum, if there’s a quiet part in [the show]. These days people tend to prefer the more upbeat stuff rather than the quieter pieces. But that would be cool to do as well. It’s only about two and a half, three minutes long anyway, so it wouldn’t take much time. But there’s loads in there — there’s loads of them. ‘Sinner’ we haven’t done, so it’d be great to do that again. We haven’t done that for a while. But we’ll see.”

Hill is the sole remaining original member of PRIEST, which formed in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then came back to PRIEST in 2003. Original guitarist K.K. Downing parted ways with the band in 2011, and was replaced by Faulkner.

JUDAS PRIEST‘s latest album, “Invincible Shield” has entered the U.K. chart at No. 2, just behind Ariana Grande‘s “Eternal Sunshine”.

Prior to “Invincible Shield”‘s arrival, PRIEST‘s highest U.K. chart achievement was with 1980’s “British Steel”, which reached No. 4.

PRIEST‘s 2018 album “Firepower” entered the chart at No. 5.

“Invincible Shield” is JUDAS PRIEST‘s fifth Top 10 album, after the aforementioned “British Steel” and “Firepower”, as well as 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” (No. 6) and the 1979 live album “Unleashed In The East” (No. 10).

“Invincible Shield” has already landed at No. 1 in Germany, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as No. 5 in France, No. 8 in Italy and No. 16 in Australia.

Asked in a recent interview with USA Today if Glenn will be able to make any appearances with PRIEST on the band’s current tour, Rob said: “All of our friends ask about Glenn and it’s beautiful. Parkinson’s is such a cruel, cruel disease that robs you of what you like to do in life. On the positive side, his brain, his communication, his relevance to PRIEST is as important as it’s always been. He’s all over ‘Invisible Shield’ to various degrees because he’s such a strong person. He’s a remarkable man. It’s a day-to-day occurrence. You have a week of lucidity and some incredibly challenging days. He still has the metal in his belly. He’s been in my life for 50 years, so he’s an important friend and a brother as well.”


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