In a new interview with the “Rocker Morning Show”it is Marc Frankhouse of the RKR 107.7 radio station, JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis he was asked what he thought of the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Naturally, it’s a great honour. I’ve always felt that PRIESTwould have finally get in, only because you can’t have something called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not have JUDAS PRIEST inside. So there were a few events before this year where we were nominated – I think that’s the right word; I’m not sure, but we were in contention. And we didn’t quite get in, but I was still confident. PRIESTwill be eventually get in, and the same with some of the bands that aren’t there yet – they will be walk in. But yeah, it’s a great honor. And there’s nothing else you can say about it, really. It’s really cool.”
Ask if PRIEST occurs at rock room induction ceremony, Travis said, “Yeah, we are. They give you a limited time because obviously there’s a lot of artists that are going to perform. So they gave us a set time to play. And we decided we’re going to try and work in a potpourri and do some of the PRIEST classics and put them all in a medley, which we’ve never done before. So that should be interesting.”
JUDAS PRIEST will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. PRIEST will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the event, which will honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN-DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMIC and carly simon in the Performers category.
According to Hall of famethe JUDAS PRIEST members to be inducted include current members Rob Halford (singing),Ian Hill (low),Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums), with former members KK Downing (guitar),The Binks (drums) and deceased drummer david holland.
Last May, just days after it was announced that PRIEST would be inducted into rock room This year, downing we asked him which song(s) he would like to play PRIEST at the induction ceremony. He replied, “Oh, wow. I don’t really know what the setup would or could be – if Glenn– who is battling Parkinson’s disease but was on the road to perform during the encores of PRIESTthe last North American tour of “Metal Gods”, “Break the law” and “Living After Midnight” — “would be there and we would all be… I know Glenn just plays some of the shorter songs. And if that’s the situation, then I’m sure the songs would be anything Glenn would be able to feel comfortable with. And that’s good, and that’s good. But I don’t think it’s really about what the repertoire would be; I think it’s just about that and could it happen the way people want and expect it to happen. We will have to see. But it’s [early days], and it’s over six months away, so anything can happen by then. And it depends on what people want to happen, including me. I’ll think it over.”
downing reiterated that there are still many unknowns about how the induction ceremony will unfold and if PRIEST will be called upon to perform at the event.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen, mate,” he said. “The ceremony will be in November. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how everyone feels. Like I said, until [last week], it was just a thought in the back of my memory. But now the induction hurdle has been cleared, so we’re on the other side now. Of course, it’s still doable and possible, but I don’t know. Anything can happen by then. We’ll see what happens. But it’s, I guess, for all intents and purposes, kind of a celebration of all that’s been achieved over many decades, and do we all want to be part of that celebration just for one night. We’ll see what everyone thinks about it. But certainly, as with the grammys achievement and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameonce we step into these rocking chairs, whenever it might be [laughs]at some point in the future, that will definitely help us swing a little faster than everyone around us, I think, really.”
The 2022 rock room The induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast at a later date on HBO and broadcast on HBO Max. There will also be a simulcast radio broadcast on SiriusXMit is Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310.
downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid allegations of tape conflict, mismanagement and declining performance quality.
In 2019, downing said he reached out to JUDAS PRIEST to perform on the band’s 50th anniversary tour, but their response was that they weren’t interested in including him in the celebrations.
In 2018, downing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his bandmates when he decided to quit JUDAS PRIEST. The former was described as “a graceful exit note, involving a smooth retreat from the music”, while the latter was “angrier, laying out all his frustrations with specific evenings”.
downing later said he thought the second letter was “a key reason” he wasn’t invited to join PRIEST after Tiptonthe decision to retire from touring.
In February, Hill and Halford Told Billboard that they would be happy to be alongside downing to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction later this year. “It’s not a problem for us, no,” Hill said. “Ken was an integral part of this group for a very, very long time. He deserves to be there with the rest of us.” Halford predicted that “it won’t be as awkward as ace [Frehley] and Rock [Criss with KISS‘s Rock Hall induction]. I don’t think it will be bothersome at all. I think you have to drop all that because it’s the night that counts. It’s the timing that matters – but, again, the proverbial saying, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
JUDAS PRIEST was on the ballot for rock room induction in 2020, but did not receive enough votes to promote that year.
Inducted since 1999, PRIEST was also on the ballot for the class of 2018 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famebut was ultimately excluded from the list of inductees.
In 2019, Halford was requested by Fox Sports 910it is “Weird Nation” if fans could expect to see one of the old PRIEST members joining the band on stage during a hypothetical Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He replied, “With something like the Rock and Roll Hall of Famethere is a tinge of ‘what if’ [and] ‘no matter.’ It’s an open book.
“I know what you are referring to, and as I had to [say] in the past, it’s just a case of “wait and see,” he continued. “But it’s a celebration, and it’s 50 years of PRIEST, and, man, it’s gonna be awesome. If we go in, it’s going to be amazing.”
After the host Kenny Sargent brought back the original EMBRACE the controversial lineup of 2014 rock room induction that was at least partly overshadowed by the musicians’ decision not to perform, Halford said: “[PRIEST is] This isn’t the first band this has happened to, and on this day some things turn out the way a lot of people want them to.
“I was thinking about it the other day” Halford added. “And this thing came to my mind: ‘Jimthe needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one. Spock [in] ‘StarTrek’. When he goes to the radiotherapy room. Isn’t that great? …It’s an inspirational t-shirt or card.”
downing already said Rockin’ Metal Revival that there is a very good chance that he will perform again with his former bandmates if PRIEST gets the green light. “Oh, I absolutely think so,” he said. “I mean, why wouldn’t you, really? It’s a special thing. We all have an age now. These opportunities only come once in a lifetime. And it apparently takes a lifetime to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I always said there is no young legend, right? [Laughs] So while we’re still here, it would be great to receive that accolade and put on a great performance and put that one to bed.”
In his 2018 autobiography “Heavy Duty: Days and Nights in Judas Priest”, downing writes that he said Tipton and PRIEST co manager Jayne Andrews that he had “hated” them both “since 1985”. Last year, he explained his outburst to classic rock magazine: “I was angry. Glenn had a relationship with Jayne from day one, and it was kind of like a John-and-Yoko situation. I didn’t like that.”