Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Among Special Guests Who Joined Dolly Parton For “Jolene” Performance At Rock And Roll Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (November 5), Dolly Parton was joined by numerous guests for a special performance during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. You can see footage of the country singer playing her classic track “Jolene” with Rob Halford (Judas Preist), P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar, and more below. Official footage of the entire ceremony will air on November 19 via HBO.

Funko To Release New Pop! Figure Of Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Funko have announced a new Pop! Rocks vinyl figure based on Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. An official release date has yet to be revealed, but pre-orders will soon be available at funko.com and hottopic.com.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford To Release New Book “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures” In November

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will be releasing a new book, titled “Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures,” on November 1. The effort “mixes serious and in-depth pieces with whimsical reflections on lessons learned during his fifty years of a life in music.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. Halford commented:

“After my penitence with ‘Confess‘, it’s time for me to be BIBLICAL and take our congregation through all the ins and out and ups and downs of what it takes to make the life of the Metal God. So get comfy in your pew and prepare for the light of revelations by becoming BIBLICAL!”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Plans To Use Leftover Material From “Confess” Autobiography For “Another Project”

During an interview with KSLX-FM 100.7, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford discussed his 2020 autobiography “Confess.” Notably, the frontman also mentioned that the leftover material from the book will be used for “another project.”

Halford said the following:

“I was approached in my 30s. ‘Rob, do you want to do a book?’ I’m, like, ‘No, dude. I’ve got more of a life to live.’ And then there’s a little bell [that] goes, ‘Ping! It’s time to do it.’ So we put that together while the pandemic was going on.

Thank you to everybody that took time to get into the book. It was a real journey of self-discovery. ‘Cause Ian Gittins, who is my guy — Ian did the Nikki Sixx ‘Heroin Diaries’ and a multitude of other great books. He was the master of taking it through the various parts of my life. And we got it done at long last.

He’s great. He’s a researcher. He pulls his stuff from all these different resources. Once you put a light on in my head, the lips start flapping… So, I’m relieved that, through my sobriety, I thought I had lost so much of this stuff in those murky years, but he was able to get me through that time, which we included in the book. So, yeah, we didn’t miss anything; we didn’t cut any corners. The difficulty came when we sent all these hundreds of thousands of words to the publisher, and then the editing team goes in. I’m, like, ‘You cannot take that out. It’s gotta stay in.’ We had quite a bit of material left over — for the right reasons. That’s why editors edit. So we’re utilizing that in another project that we’ll be talking about later on this year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Reveals He Recently Battled Prostate Cancer

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford has revealed that he recently underwent a battle with prostate cancer. Fortunately, the frontman has since gone into remission.

Halford told Consequence the following:

“I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most.”

He also discussed his cancer battle in a new chapter that was added to the paperback edition of his memoir “Confess.” In the book, he revealed that he had a prostatectomy in July 2020 before more cancer was found around his prostate earlier this year. He then had to undergo radiation treatment for that and also had to undergo an appendectomy after a tumor was found on his appendix. Halford said the following about that:

“It’s been a draining year, I can’t deny it, but I’m delighted to have come through it. I feel like I’ve had the most thorough MOT that a Metal God can have.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Featured In New Ad Campaign For Plymouth Rock

Insurance company Plymouth Rock have recruited Judas Priest’s Rob Halford for a new advertising campaign. You can find three commercials from that campaign below. Halford commented:

“It feels good to be the first heavy metal pilgrim to partner with Plymouth Rock. I had a (laser) blast on this project.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford And His Brother To Launch “Hails & Horns” English Bitter Ale

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and his brother Nigel are planning to launch a new English bitter ale called “Hails & Horns.” The frontman said the following about that:

“My brother Nige (beer aficionado) and I teamed up with Backyard Brewhouse from Walsall to make our first kegs of Hails & Horns modern English best bitter Halford Ale premiering exclusively at Bloodstock 2021 @backyardbrewhouse for worldwide distribution enquiries. 🤘🏻😈🎤🔊💛”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Honored As Kentucky Colonel

Yesterday (June 14), Judas Priest’s Rob Halford was recognized as an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the state’s governor Andy Beshear and secretary of state Michael Adams. Kentucky gives out that title in “recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state, and nation.” Halford said the following about the honor:

“Thank you governor and the people’s of Kentucky a great honour and organisation that’s making good things happen.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Wants To Collaborate With BABYMETAL

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford reflected on his performance at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards in which he performed “Painkiller” and “Breaking The Law” with BABYMETAL. He said the experience “was a blast” and that he would like to record a new song with the group someday.

Halford said the following about the aforementioned performance:

“I was delighted to be asked. It was such a hectic day that it was over in a flash, but it was a blast.”

“Once I knew I was going to do it, I thought about their outfits and went to the vintage store and got a black-and-red pseudo leather jacket, a black-and-red t-shirt from Amazon, and I bought some black and red sneakers as well. So, I actually put together an outfit exclusively for BABYMETAL. It’s in my closet still somewhere.”

He also added the following about the possibility of a collaboration:

“It would be great to jump in on a ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ or a ‘Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!’. But even more than that, I would love to sing in Japanese, because I’ve never done anything like that. It would be a thrill to sing a BABYMETAL song, but rather than one of their existing songs, I’d like to do something unique. We could make a one-off special; that would be a dream. Maybe when Priest goes to Japan next, we can stop in a studio and do an original song. Call it ‘Fox God Metal God’.”

Rob Halford (Judas Priest) Says He Already Has Enough Material For His Debut Blues Album

During a recent interview with Kyle Meredith, Rob Halford (Judas Priest) offered an update on his upcoming blues album. The frontman says he already has enough material for the effort.

Halford said the following:

“I love the blues. Everything comes from the blues. Rock and roll, it all starts with the blues. And what a great style of music that is.

I’ve been working on — well, I say I, my brother, Nigel, and my nephew Alex, Ian Hill’s son, on bass, and our friend [Jon] Blakey on guitar, those guys have been putting together the foundations for quite a while now. We have enough material to make a record. I’ve just gotta find the words and put the voice on it at some point.

The only thing that I threw at the guys was do what you feel you wanna do in terms of ideas. I did give ’em a list of some of my favorite blues styles and blues performers as a little bit of a template for the guys to bounce off of.

It’s all in [my] phone — I’ve got the album in this phone — and it’s great. It’s gonna be a special moment, ’cause I’ve always wanted to make a blues record.

So, when time allows, and it’s been very, very tough for so many musicians with what we’ve been dealing with with the COVID pandemic, and the glorious waiting-to-launch 50th-anniversary PRIEST tour and another PRIEST record, then we’ll get into the blues [album].”

He went on to say that the record will cover a variety of different styles and sounds:

“You could go into one specific area and stay in that place and focus [on that and make] little subtle changes here and there, but much like the ‘Celestial’ album, I think this effort should just be a little texture of every taste of all these different blues flavors.”

He also commented on his lyrical approach:

“The blues is the blues. We all feel the blues, but you can have the happy blues as well as the sad blues, and you can have all of these characters in blues. The opportunities for stories for some of them, similar to the PRIEST inventions of fantasy, like the Sentinel or the Painkiller or any of those great characters that were created. You can throw your lyrics wherever you wanna throw them if they’re connecting with the music.

Messages in music are vital, ’cause we like to hear stories that we can relate to or attach ourselves to, in reality or in fantasy. So that’s gonna be an adventure for me. I love to sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper, ’cause that’s how I do it, and just think. I have an idea, and I just throw some bullet words down instantly, and that’s how the seeds start to grow.”

[via Blabbermouth]