Judas Priest Songwriters Give Inside Look At Tracks On Classic Album 'British Steel'

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its landmark album "British Steel," Judas Priest will showcase the set in its entirety on a series of U.S. tour dates this summer. The band's songwriting triumvirate-frontman Rob Halford and guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton-offer a track-by-track look at the making of "British Steel."

'RAPID FIRE'
K.K. Downing: It's unusual in the way it starts in that it kind of gets going pretty fast. Traditionally, Priest was into a big intro, but this was straight-ahead "Let's go!," which was really unique for Priest.
Rob Halford: The whole song just launches in a very immediate way, so it's a real statement in that way. People suggest that Priest created the early elements of the thrash vibe with "Rapid Fire" and with "Steeler," just that intensity.
Glenn Tipton: I think it epitomizes what Priest are about. It's a great, uptempo metal song and has a lot going for it in terms of excitement.
Downing: The song structure is quite unusual, really. It goes to the C twice, then goes down to G. I'm like, "Why did we do that? What were we thinking?" Even I don't know, to this day.


Rapid Fire - Judas Priest

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