Lead singer of Judas Priest Rob Halford recalls back on the “insulting” behaviour when the band interviewed producer Dennis MacKay back in 1977.
Judas Priest would go on to create their groundbreaking album Stained Class it’s regarded as a spike in the bands success. Released in 1978 it was the only Judas Priest album that included writing credits to the entire band.
Things may have turned out differently if the producer Dennis MacKay reacted angrily when he first met Halford and his band mates at a pub in London. Mackay was eager for the job and wanted to show his experience. He pulled out a resume of his work and began reading it to the group. Halford grabbed the resume off him and tore it up and said “Fuck that! What are you going to do for us?”
In a recently published article Halford told Classic Rock “I must have had one too many pints under my belt, Those were my merry medieval drinking days. Give me a flagon of mead and all will be well! … It’s very insulting when I think about it now. Absolutely obnoxious. Who did I think I was, Johnny Rotten?”
Guitarist of Judas Priest Glenn Tipton remembered Halford “probably had four or five vodkas. The next question to Dennis was, ‘Let’s see how many pints you can drink.’ Actually, on that account Dennis used to be very good. That impressed us more than his [resume].”
Thankfully they didn’t let a scene like that damage the band and they set off to work on Stained Glass. Halford said “We were embracing the double bass drum for the first time in a more adventurous way, It’s really vital to the overall texture of the record. Les was extremely technically proficient, a very clean drummer. You can really feel the separation, even on the fast tracks, and the definition of the beats.”