Judas Priest members Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford spoke in an interview with Metal Hammer. They talked about how they created “Living After Midnight” from 80’s British Steel album.
Glenn Tipton said:
“We had gone into Tittenhurst Park, the home of Ringo Starr, who had bought it from John Lennon, after a previous attempt at another studio, and with only half of its songs written. Until that point, we’d never worked that way before.
“I’ll always recall that 1980 was a great summer, and being in such an inspirational surrounding definitely rubbed off on us. What came out was a set of very simple yet effective songs that, I’d like to think, helped to shape what else was going on [in heavy rock music] at the time.
“One night while we were there, John Lennon was on the TV playing ‘Imagine,’ and of course it was very weird to be in the actual room where he’d been filmed. You could almost visualize the white piano in the corner.”
“He came downstairs to complain and said, ‘Hey, guys, come on. It’s gone midnight.’ Which shouldn’t really have bothered such a metal icon as Rob. [Laughs]”
Rob Halford added:
“It was 4 AM and we’d been working all day. But when I said what I did, the guys went, ‘That’s a brilliant title. Write it down.'”
Glenn talked again:
“Rob’s comment proved to be a spark for a very important song for us. It was one of those lucky spontaneous things that sometimes just happens.”
Click here to entire interview via Louder Sound.