Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Okay.Okay. Downing has defended the band’s controversial symphonic heavy metallic idea double album about Nostradamus, saying that it “an incredible musical work” which could have been forward of its time.
Released in 2008, the two-CD, 23-track journey by the lifetime of the controversial, 16th-century prophet was criticized by followers for not sounding like basic PRIEST and for consisting virtually totally of sluggish, doomy, operatic, keyboard-heavy anthems, aside from a token couple of mid-tempo songs.
Speaking to “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon”, Downing mentioned about “Nostradamus” (hear audio under): “To me, it is an incredible album; it is an incredible musical work. It was not likely what the followers have been wanting or anticipating, and I fully take that on board. But as a musical work, it was very rewarding to do. I hope individuals do not contemplate it that it was such a egocentric factor to do, that musical work.
“I might in all probability speak about that album all day lengthy and the explanations for doing that album,” he continued. “Nobody can deny we have been capable of showcase Rob [Halford, vocals] — as nice as he’s, he even hit new dimensions on that file. It was an incredible alternative to showcase Rob‘s vocal potential much more so than we have ever performed earlier than. Same with, hopefully, our musical potential — that we’re capable of do one thing like that. But as an idea was, it was meant to exit into theaters and institutions around the globe, and it will have been an incredible present. To see nice theatrics and illusions, with Rob enjoying the a part of Nostradamus and us doing the music and the whole lot, it will have been fairly one thing to see — I believe very entertaining to individuals of all ages. And so it was very a lot being geared into one thing that was gonna be very dramatic, emotional — identical to any nice opera.”
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Downing went on to explain “Nostradamus” as “our likelihood to create one thing totally different within the music place that we do not all the time go to. We have numerous nice musicals, and we go into nice, prestigious venues, just like the Royal Albert Hall or Carnegie Hall — nice theaters across the place,” he mentioned. “To create one thing and never let everybody else have all the spoils — ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ and ‘Cats’ and all of those musicals and stuff like that. Why cannot we, JUDAS PRIEST, put one thing that is rock and metallic into that musical and leisure place?
“Okay, we’d have been going off on a tangent, getting on the incorrect observe so far as all people wanting a [classic-sounding] JUDAS PRIEST file, however trying on the larger image of broadening the scope and the horizons of what a rock and metallic band can do, it is a possibility sort of missed by no fault of anybody’s besides our personal file firm and administration, or no matter, choices,” he mentioned. “It wasn’t to be, and possibly it was an excellent determination. But it is a dream — it is a dream for me. I usually give it some thought.”
Okay.Okay. stays hopeful that “Nostradamus” will “have its day” sooner or later sooner or later. “I am all the time saying, in JUDAS PRIEST, we launched some information too early, some information a bit too late; quite a lot of it is about timing,” he mentioned. “So, hopefully, that file, at some point… And it may be subsequent week, it may be subsequent 12 months, it may be 50 years from now, once we’re all lengthy gone, that one thing would possibly occur with that musical. Who is aware of? They would possibly do a remake of ‘Top Gun’ and use a few of the songs… I’ll see what the long run holds.”
“Nostradamus” shifted 42,000 copies within the United States in its first week of launch to debut at No. 11. At the time, this was the band’s highest-ever chart place within the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at place No. 9 after shifting near four,000 models.
Downing‘s autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, was launched on September 18 by way of Da Capo Press.