Sadly, I've seen a lot of bands hit that sort of peak and then eventually start supporting again, you know, which we will never do. We always put a lot of thought into the way that we are going to go, and we always change.
There are right and wrong reasons for doing solo projects, and this album was done for the right reasons. At the time there was no Judas Priest and I certainly wasn't going to hang my hat up on my musical career.
You have to get to know your voice and its strengths and play on those. It took me quite a long time.
The hardest part is to travel, and to be away from your family.
I'm a married man and I've got two children, and you have to do sacrifices.
And because of the reunion I think we've got more energy and enthusiasm than we've ever had. And it's genuine. I think the fans can detect when you're genuine, when you love what you do, and we love to be there on stage. That's what we thrive on.
We love not just Judas Priest music, but we love heavy metal and we love to get out on that stage every night and perform. It's a joy to be able to do it.
Then I decided I couldn't just crawl in the corner and die, so I started putting pen to paper and wrote some songs. I had no idea what for or who I was going to work with. I tried to find my way and direction.
My vocal ability is very limited, but I'm fortunate in that I can write the songs around my vocal limitations.
There are a lot better musicians than me out there that just haven't had the luck to fall into everything like I have.
I've got the luxury to tailor make the songs so I can sing them.
A lot of bands that reunite do it for the wrong reasons. They do it for the bucks and everybody can sense it.
I have a lot to do with the writing, and also the production, but it would be wrong of me to say that I'm the most important member of the band, because everybody is important the way I see it.