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On The Black Carpet at The Loudwire Music Awards  – Part 2

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

On The Black Carpet at The Loudwire Music Awards  – Part 2

The Loudwire Music Awards took place at The Novo in Downtown Los Angeles on October 24th, featuring headlining performances from the likes of Avenged SevenfoldAnthraxHalestorm with special guest Lita Ford, In This Moment with special guest Rob Halford and a whole lot more!

Prior to the festivities, Highwire Daze Online was on the Black Carpet outside catching up with many of the nominees and presenters of the show.  We caught up with 14 bands in all to discuss what would turn out to be a superbly memorable hard rock and heavy metal awards show.  We now begin Part 2 of our coverage of On The Black Carpet at The Loudwire Music Awards!  Read on…

Judas Priest

Interview with Rob Halford

How do you feel about nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at long last?
It feels wonderful. You’re in the company of other great talented people, a lot of whom we know on this one.  I personally know some of the artists.  All of their music is incredibly valuable. It’s changed landscapes and its inspired musicians. It’s just a good feeling – and being a British band being nominated for this great American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

You are receiving the Lemmy Award here at Loudwire show today. When did you first meet Lemmy?
I knew Lemmy when he was in Hawkwind. We go way back. So I love him and this in my Lemmy nod.

And what could we expect from the upcoming Firepower album?
Just some really great intense classic heavy metal. You’ll love it man!

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Interview with Johannes Michael Gustaf Eckerström

Introduce yourself and tell me what you do in Avatar.
This is the King – the King of Avatar Country and I am but a humble servant in his name – Johannes.

How has the current tour with In This Moment been going and what were some of the highlights?
It’s been a delight to do various State Visits across the United States and further down the road now we shall be in Canada. We feel it’s been a great success in spreading the word that you can also be a citizen of Avatar Country.

And you have just announced a new album today…
That is correct. The album is titled – as it should be – Avatar Country. For it is in these times that we have decided to finally open the borders to our nation – and to reveal the truth of Avatar and the truth of our King. Glory to our King!

And a new song has been premiered today…
The song is called A Statue Of The King which about a statue of the king.

And what brings you out here to the Loudwire Awards?
Number One – we see it as a State Visit to the nation of Los Angeles. And a top of that, we have been nominated for Breakthrough Band of the Year – which shall be a delight to win.

Do you have a speech prepared if you do win?

And what could fans expect from your remaining dates with In This Moment and beyond?
We have that going for about two more weeks and they could expect greatness naturally. And then next year starting in January, we shall return here for proper presentations of what Avatar Country will stand for in 2018. It’s so much more beyond a musical performance.

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Interview with Travis Miguel

What brings you out to the Loudwire Music Awards tonight?
We’re just hanging out. We got invited and we don’t live very far from here – so we thought why not?