Judas Priest Founding Member Ian Hill Discusses The Band’s Longevity

Ian HillNext year marks the 50th anniversary of metal legends Judas Priest. The iconic band has been rocking the world with 18 studio albums, including their latest, Firepower. We had a chance to chat with founding member Ian Hill just short of their concert appearance in Hamilton, Ontario on August 27 at FirstOntario Place. He spoke about much of what makes Judas Priest tick, including the success of Firepower as the band’s highest charting US album.

The band currently consists of Ian (bass 1969–present), Rob Halford (lead vocals 1973–1992 and 2003–present), Scott Travis (drums 1989–present), Richie Faulkner (guitars 2011–present)  and producer Andy Sneap (guitars 2018–present). Guitarist Glenn Tipton (1974–present) is travelling with the band but only appears for a couple songs if his health allows (he is facing the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease).

1. What makes Firepower stand out among the others
1. What makes Firepower stand out among the others
2. You guys are proving new albums are still relevant
2. You guys are proving new albums are still relevant
3. Lightning Strikes is a great video
3. Lightning Strikes is a great video
4. Like all Priest albums, the cover is an important part of a new album
4. Like all Priest albums, the cover is an important part of a new album
5. You guys announced a farewell tour about a decade ago
5. You guys announced a farewell tour about a decade ago
6. There was a lot of commotion about KK’s departure from the band and it still seems to come back every now and then
6. There was a lot of commotion about KK’s departure from the band and it still seems to come back every now and then
7. Is it a bit weird not having Glenn on the road. That was such sad news about Parkinson’s
7. Is it a bit weird not having Glenn on the road. That was such sad news about Parkinson’s
8. You were there right from the start of the band, so that puts you at 50 years as a member of Priest next year.
8. You were there right from the start of the band, so that puts you at 50 years as a member of Priest next year.
9. Will there ever be a point when you or Priest actually does retire
9. Will there ever be a point when you or Priest actually does retire
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