When Judas Priest formed heavy metal wasn’t a regimented or fully formed style. What are some of the band’s early influences people might be surprised to learn about?
Glenn: I’ve always been a big Beatles fan, which I think surprises some people but I love the Beatles. I love melody. I always believed you can inject melody into metal. We all believe that in Priest. But my influences started in the early blues, people like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and then progressed to bands like Taste with Rory Gallagher and of course Jimi Hendrix and it just progressed from there.
Rob: For me as a singer, I like any kind of vocal performance. I think if you’re a real musician you don’t have any barriers or blinders on and you’ll just dive into everything around you. If it touches you, if you can appreciate good things in music, then I think it filters through somehow and you can utilize it. I remember in my teen years I was listening to everybody from Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin through to the early peers like Robert Plant and Roger Daltry and so forth. Even people like Elvis and Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, the voice is an extraordinary instrument and I think you can gain tremendous knowledge and insight as to what you can do with it when you hear the ways it can be moved in all these different types of vocal styles.