Rob Halford was asked by KUPD about his decision to move to the States, to which he replied (transcribed by UG)
"I've been in the valley since '81 I think...
"Quick story, I was playing the show with Priest in late '70s in Las Vegas in the old Alladin.
"And we drove over night, we got in town around 4 or 5 in the morning, during the summer, and I open the tour bus door and like 'What is this? It's 110 degrees [Fahrenheit, or 43 degrees Celsius].'
"And then I woke up and there I was in this beautiful place, the Shangri-La for Brits.
"And I still think for a lot of Brits it's still a great thrill to come over to America. So Phoenix for me was like, 'This is where I wanna live.'"