We caught up with Rob Halford on the red carpet of the 3rd Annual Ronnie James Dio Awards on Monday (March 17) in Los Angeles. The Judas Priest singer was on hand to receive the Man on the Silver Mountain Award for helping to raise awareness of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

In addition to talking about his late friend Ronnie James Dio and his rendition of the Rainbow's 'Man on the Silver Mountain' for the new Dio tribute album 'This Is Your Life,' Halford dropped some big news to us about the upcoming Judas Priest album.

When we asked him about progress on the new disc, he gave us a very definitive answer: "The Priest album is finished. It’s done. I just heard from the mastering sessions that [guitarist] Glenn [Tipton is] looking over in England, it’s finished. It’s done. It’s coming out at some point. We’ve got some more information we’re about to drop but in the process of the magic of building up expectation and tension to the climax."

Upon hearing that news, we had to ask Halford about the direction of the album, and he gave us a very short but very awesome answer. "It's f---ing heavy," he exclaimed.

So start getting excited for the new Judas Priest album, and stay tuned for the rest of our red carpet interview with Rob Halford from the 3rd Annual Ronnie James Dio Awards.

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