Devin Townsend recently confirmed that he was at one time being considered for the frontman position for JUDAS PRIEST after Rob Halford’s departure from the band in the early 1990s
Townsend discussed the opportunity during an appearance on the latest episode of “The SDR Show“.
When asked if it it’s true that he was approached to audition for JUDAS PRIEST at the time, Devin replied (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Technically, yes, that happened, but it wasn’t like they were knocking down my door. Basically, they threw out a blanket thing to a bunch of singers — Warrel [Dane] from NEVERMORE, myself, a couple of other people. It [came in the form of] a letter with the [JUDAS PRIEST logo].
“‘Unleashed In The East‘ was the shit for me, and so to have that was… But I also remember thinking that singing was this thing that happened to me because of my involvement with Steve [Vai], because I never really set out to be a singer. I learned to sing because I was a guitar player and most of the singers I auditioned, I didn’t relate to. So I thought, ‘Okay, I’m gonna learn to sing until I don’t have to fucking sing anymore. And then, here we are, so many years later, where it’s kind of my deal. But, as a result of that, the technique that I had was so shoddy that had I gotten to a situation with that level of expectation, to sing like Rob Halford — dude, I’d be crucified.”
Devin Townsend previously covered the JUDAS PRIEST song “Sinner” for “A Tribute To Judas Priest Legends Of Metal“, which was released in 1996 via Century Media.