Rob Halford Says Judas Priest ‘Deserve’ to Be in the Rock Hall

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford believes his band and other metal acts should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Speaking to NME, Halford took a diplomatic approach, saying, “I’ve always admired it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn’t any different from those other institutions they have in America, like the one for football, where you’ll always get some people complaining one player deserves to be there over another. Emotions always run high whenever these awards take place.”

“But I’ve always supported it – only because of the company we’d be in,” he continued. “I think if any metal band deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s Priest and beyond that, there needs to be more metal there because there’s not enough.”

Judas Priest has been eligible since 1999 and been on the ballot several times, most recently this past winter, where they came in fifth in the fan vote. But the band were shut out yet again, with the Hall’s voters choosing the Doobie Brothers, T-Rex, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston and the Notorious B.I.G. instead.

After the most recent snub, guitarist Richie Faulkner, who’s been in Judas Priest since 2011, blasted the Rock Hall. “These institutions are founded on what these guys helped create and to not be included is a total joke,” he tweeted, later adding, “If you wanna call it the ROCK hall, then you should start with a healthy foundation of ROCK (in all its forms) to build on. The founding brothers and sisters that created and developed our beloved style of music and aided its evolution. Otherwise, what does it mean?”

This year’s induction ceremony was scheduled to take place in Cleveland back in May, but the in-person event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a virtual ceremony will be streamed on Nov. 7 at 8PM Eastern on HBO Max.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Names His Single Biggest Influence

Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford has served as one of metal’s most influential figures of all time. But who is the Metal God’s biggest influence? The singer revealed that and more in a new interview with GQ ahead of the Sept. 29 release of his memoir, Confess.

Born in 1951, Rob Halford almost pre-dates rock ‘n’ roll’s existence and he was there to see this exciting new development unfold. The real rock awakening, though, came with the ascension of The Beatles and it’s one of the “Fab Four” in particular that the Priest frontman count’s as his ultimate influence.

John Lennon,” responded Halford to GQ when pressed about that one all-powerful musical figure in his life. “I’ve always been a big Beatles fan and always will be,” he continued, “and I just feel that what he was offering about striving for world peace was an incredibly moving and powerful thing to do. He was an ambassador for world peace. He wasn’t Gandhi – he had a different take on it – but, as far as what he was trying to achieve.”

Beyond advocating for peace, Lennon left an impact on Halford in other ways. “And add to that the incredible music he wrote with Paul McCartney, for me, musically and personally, in the way he conducted himself and the way he had that incredible indestructible self belief, he is a big one,” the Metal God beamed, adding, “He always had this great gift, this great oratory gift to engage people and explain his feelings. I’m sure he’d still be doing great music and making a difference today if he’d been able to.”

Keeping with the theme of celebrity, Halford also divulged his ideal candidate to play him in a theoretical movie about his life. Well, sort of… the selection may require a time machine. “I’d like it to be a Brit,” said Halford, narrowing down the list of potentials.

“If there was a young Gary Oldman that would be good,” he admitted, “but then with CGI you can do anything now, can’t you? He was mind-blowing as Winston Churchill and he’s just a national treasure, isn’t he? He could do the job I’m sure! All this wishful thinking is fun.”

Pre-order your copy of Confess here.

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Rob Halford Admits He Has a New Addiction: Online Shopping

Rob Halford gained control of his issues with drink and drugs decades ago. But that doesn’t mean he’s free of every bad habit.

“I love my movies and my Netflix,” Halford tells GQ, “but don’t get me on my Amazon Prime at three in the morning when I can’t sleep! My other half, Thomas, will ask me, ‘What is that at the gate?’ And I usually haven’t a clue because I just ordered something late at night. It’s almost like an addiction, to be quite frank. And if you’ve got addictions, which most musicians do, you need a fix somehow. … My addiction these days is definitely Amazon Prime.”

The Judas Priest frontman is discussing aspects of his life that he’s never made public before as part of a forthcoming memoir. Confess: The Autobiography is due next month.

Elsewhere in the interview, he was asked to reveal the secret to a long-lasting relationship.

“Thomas and I have been together about 1,000 years, but here’s a simple equation,” Halford said. “He does the cooking and I do the dishes. It’s as simple as that. And you can take that through to every other level in your relationship. It has to be 50-50. If it’s 75-25, it’s wonky and you have to be perfectly balanced. You have to constantly work at it and that can be hard, but otherwise things can dry up and go stale.”

Halford also explained why John Lennon was the person who had the most influence on him.

“I’ve always been a big Beatles fan and always will be. … I just feel that what he was offering about striving for world peace was an incredibly moving and powerful thing to do,” Halford said. “He was an ambassador for world peace. He wasn’t Gandhi; he had a different take on it. But as far as what he was trying to achieve – and add to that the incredible music he wrote with Paul McCartney. For me, musically and personally, in the way he conducted himself and the way he had that incredible indestructible self belief, he is a big one.

“He always had this great gift, this great oratory gift to engage people and explain his feelings,” Halford added. “I’m sure he’d still be doing great music and making a difference today if he’d been able to.”
 

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Rob Halford: I Once ‘Tried to Seduce’ Iron Maiden’s Paul Di’Anno

Rob Halford admits to an unsuccessful attempt at seduction aimed at onetime Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno in the Metal God and Judas Priest frontman’s upcoming book, Confess: The Autobiography.

It happened back in 1980 when Priest were on tour supporting their British Steel album. During the U.K. leg, the band was supported by a Di’Anno-fronted Maiden, who had just issued their eponymous debut.

And even though tensions were high between the camps — at the time, Di’Anno sneered that Maiden would “blow Judas Priest off stage every night” and Priest’s K.K. Downing threatened to have them kicked off the trek  — Halford still tried to take a shot at the Iron Maiden vocalist, as Classic Rock reported.

“We didn’t really hang out and banter with Maiden much on that tour,” Halford recalls in his memoir, “but maybe I took Di’Anno’s comment that he would blow Priest off stage too literally… because the one night we got drunk together, I tried to seduce him!”

Alas, both rockers’ drunkenness prevented anything from happening. The Judas Priest figurehead continues, “We went to my room to carry on drinking, but I was too pissed to try anything, and he was too pissed to even know what I wanted to try.”

Elsewhere in Confess, Halford recounts myriad other tales about his “extraordinary five decades in the music industry,” a book synopsis explains. Those include the Judas Priest vocalist’s “unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson and the Queen. More than anything else, it’s a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal.”

Halford’s autobiography arrives Sept. 29 via Hachette Books. Pre-orders are available now.

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Rob Halford Begins Work on Debut Solo Blues Album

Late last year, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford counted a blues album among the items he’d still like to do in his music career. Now, during a recent appearance on The Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz, Halford revealed he’s actually started work on that project.

Paltrowitz asked specifically about the blues album, with Halford stating, “It’s already begun. I’ve been working on this blues album with my brother [Nigel] and my nephew [Alex] and friends that I worked with together on the Celestial album. We had such a great time, and they’re so talented. And that blues thing has never left me; it’s just part of rock ‘n’ roll.”

He continued, “We’re slowly putting bits and pieces together. There’s no timeline on it. We’re kicking the tires, and I’ve already got some bits of ideas here and there, and they sound great.”

Later, speaking about the variety of projects he’s done over the years, Halford added, “Keeping an open mind in music is really important. As we’ve said many times in Priest, we’re well aware of what goes on around us, in metal and outside of metal. There are so many opportunities for inspiration that it’s foolish to put the blinkers on and stay focused in one dimension — at least it is for Priest. That’s why as a band, we’ve always been so diverse with our music.”

No timetable has been set for the release of Halford’s blues album.

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