JUDAS PRIEST bassist recently spoke to Jane Stevenson of Canoe.ca's ENT blog about the death of the "king of pop" Michael Jackson and the outpouring of grief from his fans.

"He was an immense star, wasn't he? Let's face it," said Hill. "He's a worldwide superstar really and the grief that everybody's is showing, it doesn't surprise me at all. He was a very, very talented man. And possibly very troubled but very talented nonetheless and he's got millions of fans all over the place. It's big news."

"[He] sort of moved in different circles to us," continued Hill. "He was very much a pop star. We're obviously heavy metal, although I'd admire his talents, it's not the sort of thing that I'd want to go and see. I'll probably getting flayed online for that but it's true nonetheless. It's something I wouldn't go out of my way to see."

"There's obviously a lot of people who are heartbroken over his death, there's a lot of people very disapointed that they're not going to see his show."

Hill added, "He never had a normal childhood, if you know what I mean. Right from day one he was on a stage singing. It wasn't like a normal upbringing. All of us, we all had comparitively normal working class childhoods and I think you get your basic life rules from there. And obviously Michael didn't get that. He was thrust into the limelight from day one really so he got a somewhat different view it seems."


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