Ian Hill Says There Is No Hierarchy In Judas Priest But Calls Rob Halford ‘The Focal Point’
Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill recently gave an interview to The Aquarian and revealed that the band doesn’t have a hierarchical structure, but Rob Halford is ‘the focal point.’
Formed in 1969, Judas Priest began their music career with an innovative approach in the late 1970s and achieved remarkable popularity. However, they later struggled with a lack of major commercial success and creativity until they released the 1980’s ‘British Steel’ album. Currently, they are still active in the music scene with plans for a new album in the future.
Apart from their struggle to gain commercial success, Judas Priest also underwent numerous lineup changes, including the talented vocalist Rob Halford’s departure in 1992 and several drummers who joined and left the band. With Halford’s return in 2003, the current lineup of the Priest consists of Halford, Glenn Tipton, Richie Faulkner, Ian Hill, and Scott Travis.
In an interview with The Aquarian, Ian Hill was asked to attribute Priest’s longevity in the music scene to one factor. As a response, Hill said that their friendship is why they continue to make music together as the Priest. He then added that they began their career as friends, and it’s the primary bond between them.
Moreover, Hill added that the Priest members have no big egos, and although Rob Halford is the focal point in the band, he is ‘just Rob’ to him outside of the work. Saying that there is no hierarchy in the band, the bassist also stated they respect each other’s opinions, and they gradually became successful due to these reasons.
In the interview, The Aquarian‘s Gregg McQueen asked Ian Hill the following:
“If you had to attribute Priest’s longevity to one thing, what would it be?”
As a response, Hill said:
“Friendship, I think. We started out as friends, and I think that’s the main thing. There are no massive egos in the band. Rob is the focal point, but as a person, he’s just Rob to me. There’s no hierarchy. With day-to-day things, you say what you feel, what you think, and everybody respects each other’s opinions. It helps to have success, as well. We didn’t have meteoric success. We steadily grew over a number of years.”
Ian Hill believes that they have been friends for a long time and that they don’t have any big egos that contributed to Judas Priest’s longevity. Moreover, the bassist also claims that their popularity grew over the years thanks to their respect for each other’s opinions.