Do We Have To Talk About Christmas?! "Yes We Must" Says JUDAS PRIEST Singer ROB HALFORD
by Tim Henderson

This had to be one of the toughest interviews on record. Well, maybe the topic is. For those of us brought up in the Great White North, there's a reason why they call it white. And we certainly don't want to talk about the white stuff until it's absolutely necessary. We're talkin' winter here. Although I've been on skates since I was three, I'd rather be walking in sand than doing battle with snow. And talk of Christmas or any of it's images, music or ads makes one shiver at the thought when you are shivering in the cold and crave to be far away from such predictable precipitation. Hence not really wanting to talk about it before December 1st. Even if it's with the Metal God. But we must.

"Yes we must," JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD agrees. And of course, why would he disagree when he's trying to promote the Halford band reunion with Winter Songs, a full CD of heart-warming tunes for the season, even if that season doesn't sit too well for those of us in chillier climates.

"I think that now that the festive displays are going up around here, at least in the stores, and the first of the TV commercials are going in that direction, what better time? It's like, 'Oh my god, is it almost Christmas again?' You know, this year has just flown by, literally. I mean, I wonder what, I'd like to, I'd like to see what I've done this year, you're probably better at that than me, 'cause I know you follow what we do more closely, 'cause we just get on with it, you know. Where have we been since January, what have we done? You know, I mean, I can't even hesitate to think I know where to start."

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