Judas Priest’s arrival at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Tuesday evening was heralded by a thunderous cavalcade as the Brooklyn-based motorycle club Unknown Bikers led the way down W. 43rd Street — well, really owned W. 43rd Street at that moment — with their motors revving. Soon after, band members Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and Richie Faulkner were driven up in a classic Cadillac convertible that would have felt right at home in their “Heading Out To The Highway” video. Horns up to the crowd, the trio made its way inside, ready to celebrate the release of their 17th and newest studio album Redeemer Of Souls by meeting fans and signing copies of the CD and vinyl releases. Hundreds of people waited hours to get the chance to meet their idols. Despite the heat and humidity, people were in good spirits, especially as the three down-to-earth musicians eagerly signed albums and shook hands with and spoke to everyone who came through.
To read about Rob, Glenn, and Richie’s thoughts on their new album and future plans, check out my recent interview with them at Grammy.com.