ROB HALFORD ‘: ‘I Had So Much Coke Up My Nose, I Don’t Know How I Got Through Every Day Of The Week, when we recorded Turbo’

British metal legends JUDAS PRIEST recently announced the reissue of their tenth studio album, “Turbo”. The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3 on three CDs (the original album and two bonus discs) as well as one-LP 150-gram vinyl.

Originally released in 1986, “Turbo” features all the hallmarks of classic PRIEST on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”“Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”.

Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased, “Live in Kansas City”, a live recording from the band’s 1986 “Fuel For Life” tour in support of “Turbo”.

Speaking to “The Rock Brigade” podcast, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford stated about “Turbo”‘s more experimental sound at the time of its release: “Much like everything that we’ve done, we’ve kind of reflected on where we’ve been and what we are trying to aim for next.

“The big thing about this record is that for the first time in a long time, we were able to take our time.

“There was a period in the early ’80s when PRIEST was literally banging out a record every year and a world tour every year. How did we do that, I don’t know. It was just that we were running on fire, we were having the times of our lives, we had deadlines to meet, we had an incredible thing going with the label.”

He continued: “So here’s the deal. ‘Turbo’, the middle of the 1980s, right? We had a little bit of time to kind of pull back and take our time to make this record. So we were in a different place. I mean, I was in a different place, because I had so much coke up my nose, I don’t know how I got through every day of the week, because I was raging at that point, personally.

“What I’m trying to say is, America in 1986 and the mid-’80s was… wherever you went, there was incredible things happening in rock and metal. I always kind of reflect as the ’80s, particularly in America, as being one of the greatest decades for our kind of music. So we were wrapped up in all that, we were wrapped up in all that excitement and good times and party-party-party. And I think that we were just… we were making the record. The bulk of the record was made in America. Going down to Whisky, hanging out on the [Sunset] Strip, in Miami… Man, it was an absolute blast. And I think we were just… We were loving that moment, you know. The band was having a great time, and there was a lot of that in the music on ‘Turbo’.”

Disc One – Turbo: Remastered

01. Turbo Lover
02. Locked In
03. Private Property
04. Parental Guidance
05. Rock You All Around The World 
06. Out In The Cold
07. Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
08. Hot For Love
09. Reckless

Disc Two – Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City

01. Out In The Cold 
02. Locked In 
03. Heading Out To The Highway 
04. Metal Gods
05. Breaking The Law
06. Love Bites 
07. Some Heads Are Gonna Roll 
08. The Sentinel 
09. Private Property 
10. Desert Plains 
11. Rock You All Around The World

Disc Three – Live At The Kemper Arena, Kansas City

01. The Hellion 
02. Electric Eye 
03. Turbo Lover 
04. Freewheel Burning
05. Victim Of Changes 
06. The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown) 
07. Living After Midnight 
08. You’ve Got Another Thing Coming 
09. Hell Bent For Leather