“Roger Glover got me into Jaco. I heard the stuff he was doing with Weather Report while Priest were at the same studio in the ’70s”: Judas Priest’s Ian Hill names 8 bassists who shaped his sound

Ian Hill
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When heavy metal fans think of Judas Priest, it’s probably of Rob Halford’s screaming vocals or the band’s iconic twin-guitar attack. But beneath the surface there’s a profoundly groovy pocket laid down by Ian Hill, who’s been with Priest since the beginning in 1969.

At 73 years of age and possessing a 19-album discography with Priest – including upcoming release Invincible Shield – Hill knows a thing or two about maintaining a proper heavy metal low-end. That’s one of the reasons their new sounds are contemporary and worthy of consideration against their best.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.