Judas Priest Interview: Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton And Richie Faulkner Tell How They Let The Metal Roar On New Album Redeemer Of Souls

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Every guitarist has their own style. What are the differences in playing with Richie versus playing with (original guitarist) K. K. Downing?

Glenn: Richie stepped into the band and he just blended in straight away. He’s more than doing his job and doing it in his own way. It’s still unmistakably Judas Priest and that’s the most amazing thing.

It’s very different playing guitar alone than it is playing with another guitarist. What are the challenges when you’re in a two guitar such as Judas Priest?

Glenn: I think it’s obviously easier. When one is playing lead the other can play rhythm so there’s a lot of weight in the track. You can play harmonies and tradeoffs so there’s a lot of versatility and it’s great. It gives the band more strength and you can project the stereo sound better to the audience.

Richie: I agree with Glenn. It gives you more opportunities to create different textures and dynamics and I think the band has always had that. They had the light and shade and the power and the beauty and all that sort of stuff. The guitar harmonies, which are inherent in Judas Priest, is something we all latch on to and we all love to hear. It’s great as a guitar player to now be playing those harmony parts with Glenn.

Judas Priest were among the first metal bands to pioneer the use of dual lead guitar playing.

Judas Priest were among the first metal bands to pioneer the use of dual lead guitar playing.