This one sounds like a heavy metal Christmas carol, describing the journey of the Magi from a first-person perspective, the "evening star" being the Star of Bethlehem. But in a Songfacts interview with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford
, he said that wasn't what he had in mind when he wrote the lyric. The title came from the Express & Star
, his local newspaper in West Midlands, England.
"In those days, you'd get the news guys selling the newspapers on the corners on the street," he said. "he guy used to shout out, 'Express & Star!' And that was kind of catalyst for me for 'Evening Star.'"
Halford welcomes the Christmas interpretation, but the song was not marketed that way. Released as a single in the UK, it charted in May 1979 - not exactly Christmas season.
Judas Priest never released a Christmas album, but Halford did, issuing Halford III: The Winter Years
in 2009 and Celestial