Sunday, March 25, 2007

Spinal Tap, I Mean Judas Priest, Recording Concept Album

Judas Priest reunited a couple of years ago with Rob Halford, whose coming out of the closet gave new meaning to the songs "Pain and Pleasure" and "Grinder." Rob said, "most people know I have been a gay man all my life." Well, I sure didn't and neither did many of my friends in high school who had his leather clad image nailed to our walls! Not that it matters - who cares, right? It was just a bit of a light bulb that went on and we all said "Oh, yeah, I guess that makes sense. Ulp."

Anyway, their reunion tour was a great success and on paper this thing looked like a kickin' idea. But then unlike Iron Maiden, who put out a very topical and seriously ROCKING new album called A Matter of Life and Death (buy it NOW - I am not kidding), Priest went into the studio last year to create a concept album about the life and times of Nostradamus. Not kidding (again).

In interviews last June, the rough draft of the thing was up to 90-plus minutes. As of last month the writing still wasn't done.

Rob said, "It's absolutely massive in its scope. I mean, it really is a very big concept, even possibly a double album. We're all totally into the whole idea and researching the man's life has opened up so many possibilities. Right now Glenn [Tipton] and Ken [K.K. Downing] have all the music written but we have to construct all of that into a meaningful story. It's hugely ambitious but I know the fans will be blown away."

Other interviews reveal that whenever the album actually comes out (more or less the same month as Chinese Democracy), Priest will tour with a huge stage show possibly involving costumes, moveable sets, "big massive screens that move around, special effects and illusions."

Does this whole thing sound like Spinal Tap to you? If it doesn't yet, dig this Halford quote I stumbled on about the project: "Nostradamus is all about metal, isn't he?" Say it like Nigel Tufnel and you'll see what I mean.


VoxMoose said...

Priest went into the studio last year to create a concept album about the life and times of Nostradamus. Not kidding (again).

WTF? Nostradamus? I guess the Jack the Ripper rock opera fell through ("Saucy Jack, you're a naughty one; Sausy Jack, you’re a haughty one").

As you implied, given the number of interesting things going on in the world, you think they'd be able to find another muse than some French crackpot who made no contribution to the world except for some bad, self-important poetry.

Dr. John said...

Yeah, and the acoustic songs with the London Symphony project did not pan out either.

Just hope they don't make the sets 18" high. Wonder if there will be any trolls dancing with KK and Glenn jamming on the mandolin...