AXS.com did an interview with Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest before their November 7 performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) in Austin, Texas. (Entire interview on Soundcloud below).
When asked about Pantera, Glenn Tipton said “they were a very innovative band, a great band, a great bunch of guys. I mean it was just an absolute tragedy that someone would do this (murder Dimebag). It’s just terrible you know, a complete tragedy. And I’ve got a lot of respect for PANTERA. Everything they did, I think, was… they were a band that was immediately recognizable, they wrote some great songs, they were innovative and they were great guys.”
Richie Faulkner “I never met Dime. I met his brother last night for the first time. He came to the show and we had a blast. So it was just great to meet his brother. It’s a shame I couldn’t meet Dime. And the influence of the guy speaks volumes. And that goes for these guys (Judas Priest) too; the music lives on longer than we do. Some of it’s cut off shorter than it should be, but at the end of the day, the legacy is in the music. So long may that continue”