By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
You guys just toured Europe, and now you’re headed across North America.
We’re roaring away on the American leg of the world tour. I’m in Kansas City about to get my head together and go and have a sound check for the big show we’ve got here tonight. We’ve got a couple of shows on our own before we commence the Metal Masters tour, which will be [full of] legendary moments, and which we’re all very, very excited about. I’m like a fan, I just get all excited myself. I can’t sleep!
If I were in your position, I’d most want to arm-wrestle Ronnie James Dio.
I’m obviously a huge fan of everything that Ronnie’s done with Sabbath and with Dio and elsewhere, and Lemmy is — I call him Lord Lemmy. Lemmy has just got this character, he’s just so strong with his presence onstage, and he’s a fantastic bass player and songwriter. Motörhead are legendary in their own right. Testament’s been around since 1980-something. I think it’s great that we’ve got this bunch of metal minstrels. I said minstrels because I’m slogging my way through a 700-page book by Kate Mosse called Labyrinth. [Which fictionalizes the Fourth Crusade, proclaimed against the Cathars, during which the nobility doubled the size of their country.] It’s set in 12th-century France. In 11th- and 12th-century France, you know, bands were famous. The courts and courtiers, the nobility, they would book these bands to come and play at their feasts and weddings, and here we’re doin’ it in 2008!
Judas Priest perform with Motörhead, Heaven and Hell and Testament in the Metal Masters tour at Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino, on Sat., Aug. 30.