Judas Priest are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year. The ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and the other inductees include: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Harry Belafonte, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson.
Judas Priest’s Rob Halford told Billboard the following:
“The other day I was just noodling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site … and when you look at the list of talent in there, it’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s a very, very important institution for recognizing various people that have been in music since music began, right from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. To be part of that is, like, wow… And glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band in now. That’s the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”
He also added the following about being inducted as part of the “Musical Excellence Award”:
“That’s totally unexpected. That’s just a very extra thrill to have that. They really look at you beyond the simple band that you are. They really dig deep as to this album and that album this song and that song. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do. I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974).
We’re a band that has taken you through many, many different, many dimensions, of metal. We’ve always called ourselves a classic metal band, but we’re a hard band to pin down. One minute we can be your Turbo Lover and then we can be your Painkiller, and how amazing it is for a band to really search for those opportunities within the genre of heavy metal. So I think the acknowledgement of Musical Excellence is a really sweet addition.”
Halford also confirmed that several former members of the band will be included in the induction including K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Dave Holland:
“They have every right to be a part of the event. I’m very pleased for everybody. There’s no bitterness. There’s no angst. There’s not that kind of stuff that’s lingering. If there is you have to push all that away. You have to push it to the side and just understand and accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and a celebration.”