Judas Priest wrapped up their farewell Epitaph tour in May, and now the band is planning to regroup to start to work on some new music.
Frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard that the group is "ramping things up to get back into full writing and recording mode" back in England. He and guitarist Glenn Tipton have "a tremendous amount of material in the vaults already," and they expect new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced co-founder KK Downing in 2011, to make a contribution as well.
"As we were proceeding on this world tour he was taking this little mini-studio into his dressing room and we could hear him riffing away," Halford recalls. "It's going to be really thrilling moment to get together in a new writing dimension, Glenn and myself and Richie, putting all of these ideas together. We'll see what we can do over the next couple of months, look at everything, lay it all out and then start the hard work of picking out the best material."
In addition to new material, Priest have two other projects on the go: the September 4 release of "Screaming For Vengeance – Special 30th Anniversary Edition" and a live DVD from the farewell tour.
The final Epitaph show - at the Hammersmith Apollo in London - was professionally filmed for a 2013 DVD release.
"Had a sneaky listen to the recording of the Hammersmith show with Tom Allom. Rearrange these words: Face your off it's tear gonna," posted Faulkner on his Facebook page just weeks after the May 26th concert.
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