Judas Priest released one of their best albums to date in “Firepower” earlier this year which earned the band raving reviews. Currently, the band is on tour with Deep Purple and have a date at Darien Lake Ampitheater on Wednesday September 5th.  BackstageAxxess enjoyed an interviewer with the longest tenure member of the band in bassist Ian Hill. Hill answered questions about what the fans  can expect from the current tour with Deep Purple including set lengths. We also talked about how the band is dealing with guitarist Glenn  Tipton’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. In addition to those subjects, he addressed how the band dealt with comments from former guitarist K.K. Downing on the matter of Tipton’s diagnosis and why he wasn’t asked to rejoin the band again.  We also looked ahead and talked about the band celebrating its 50th year in music in 2019 and if the band is planning on anything special for that.

Sit back and enjoy this conversation with a true English gent in bassist Ian Hill of Judas Priest!


We would like to thank Chip Ruggieri for setting up the interview with Ian. For more information on purchasing tickets to the show at Darien Lake on September 5, 2018, please go to: Tickets. If your looking for Judas Priest information including the new album “Firepower,” then click here: Judas Priest. For those looking to make a difference in wanting to purchase a T-Shirt to benefit the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation Charity,  then go here: Charity.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.