GLENN TIPTON: RICHIE FAULKNER HAS INJECTED SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM INTO JUDAS PRIEST 24th June 2011
Wave 100 conducted an interview with Judas Priest members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner just before the band's headlining appearance at the Sauna Open Air festival in Tampere, Finland and you can watch the chat below.
When asked about Priest's current 'Epitaph' farewell tour, Glenn said, "I think we've confused people by saying it's not the end of the band. It's not the end of the band, and we're not saying we won't do any more dates, and we certainly will do at least one album.
"Now that Richie has joined us, that's changed everything again, because we said we were gonna do a farewell tour before Richie joined the band. And, in all honesty, he's injected so much enthusiasm in the band, and I'm not overstating that — he really has.
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"So it's changed things a bit, but it's definitely our last major world tour. Over and above that, we'll put out albums and maybe we'll play the odd dates here and there — we don't really know — but we won't tour the planet again, so in a lot of areas this is the last chance to see Priest. But we don't wanna cause confusion or tell a lie.
"We don't plan on retiring. We've said that this is our last world tour. It takes a chunk out of your life — 18 months. We won't be doing any more world tours as such and in many parts of the world, it will be the last time people will get a chance to see us.
"But we're not gonna stop. We've got an album in the can now, we will start to write with Richie, there will be more albums, and who knows?! There might be a string of dates that we can manage to do. We're just not gonna do another major world tour. We've been doing it for 40 years and it's time to let the younger bands have the chance."