JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill has commented on the chances of seeing the two legendary metal bands hit the road together
Speaking with Anne Erickson of Audio Ink Radio, JUDAS PRIEST‘s Ian Hill discussed the possibility of his band hitting the road with IRON MAIDEN at some point in the future. He said: “It’s a great concept. I mean, the trouble with IRON MAIDEN and ourselves is we’re always busy, always doing something, and trying to get in a gap there when we’re both nothing so we can do something together is more difficult than you think. But, yes, it would be a great tour or a great bill — JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN, and maybe one or even two others; it would be a great bill. And, you know, you live in hope that it’ll happen one of these days. You never know. The stars might line up again. [Laughs]”
Former JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens revealed in an interview last year that JUDAS PRIEST actually turned down a tour with IRON MAIDEN while he was still in the band, calling it a “bad move” on his band’s part.
Previously, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford had touched on the possibility of JUDAS PRIEST hitting the road with IRON MAIDEN. “I think both bands would look to do that,” he told Consequence Of Sound a few years ago. “It’s all about the timing of doing such a thing. We’re good friends.”
He added: “When we talk about rivalry, healthy rivalry, it’s like the Arizona Cardinals and the Raiders or the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors. It’s that kind of rivalry, a good rivalry. It’s a fun rivalry. But I think both bands have admired each other throughout the metal years, and it would be a spectacular event — PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN together.”