Rob Halford Says He Was “Pissed” When He Found Out Judas Priest Would Be Receiving The “Musical Excellence” Award At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

During a recent interview with Arizona Republic, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford opened up about the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s decision to induct the band as part of the “Musical Excellence Award.” The frontman says when he initially received the news he was “pissed.”

Halford said the following:

“Why haven’t they given us the the same title as all of our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different tag, isn’t there?”

“I was pissed. I was a bit pissed. At the end of the day, does it matter? Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’

And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘God damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’ Because it sounds very, you know, grandiose. ‘The Musical Excellence Award, reserved for blah, blah, blah.'”

“And I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I want to be with that bunch of musicians over there that have got the performance or whatever it is that they’ve got.’ I don’t know why they gave us the Musical Excellence Award. I have no clue.

I just felt a little bit like, ‘Well, Sabbath got this. So why can’t we have that?’ Not that I’m jealous of Sabbath. I’m just talking about this tag that they give it.

Why do they put these tags on the damn thing? Why don’t they go, ‘Welcome. You’re in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and leave it at that.

A lot of our fans went, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Oh, you know, they’re a great band. They are an excellent band.’ ‘But why put the musical excellence? Why don’t you give them like everybody else has got?'”

“And on the other side, it’s like, ‘Great. Everybody else got that and we got shafted with this.’ (laughs) Judas Priest are still the Rodney Dangerfield of heavy metal. They can’t get no respect.”

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.

Rob Halford Offers Update On New Judas Priest Album: “We’ve Stopped Kicking The Tires And Now We’re In Tracking”

During a recent interview with ABC Audio, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman says the band have “stopped kicking the tires” and that they are now “in tracking.”

Halford said the following:

“We’ve stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in tracking. You can never have enough songs when you’re making an album. Songs that you didn’t even know you had bits and pieces and fragments of, suddenly they become an incredibly important part of your record.”

He also added the following about the musical direction:

“The music that we’re making now is representative of where Priest is at this probably sixth decade of our existence when it comes out… It sounds great. I’m really pleased. I’m really, really happy that… we’re not dropping the ball. Not that we ever have. But it’s good, because there are some elements in there that we’ve never… kind of discovered before.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Open To Performing With K.K. Downing And Les Binks At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

During an interview with Rolling Stone, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford said he would be open to performing with ex-members K.K. Downing and Les Binks at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. That event will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on November 5.

Halford said the following when asked if the Hall Of Fame made the right decision by including Les Binks, K.K. Downing, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis as part of the band’s induction:

“Absolutely, yes. Absolutely. In terms of ticking the boxes of how long you’ve got to be in, and this, that, and the other, yes. Whoever has been attached and related to Judas Priest has had a role to play. I think the significance of the way they’ve chosen these particular musicians is correct.”

He also added the following when asked if he would be open to performing with Downing and Binks:

“Absolutely. As I said before, you’ve got to push aside anything that gets in the way. You’ve got to remove the emotional clutter and just reference this great celebration. Otherwise, if you don’t do that, and you leave the building, a couple of years later you’ll go, “What the hell? Why didn’t we do that?” It’s a few hours, but those few hours last forever.

We’ve seen it time and time again with the Rock Hall. “She’s coming, he’s not coming, why isn’t he coming? He said this, and he said that.” All this drama. The music matters. It’s all about the music. It’s all about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.”

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!”

Alice Cooper, Rob Halford, Scott Stapp, Etc. Set For “CoopStock 2” In Mesa, AZ

The lineup has been revealed for “CoopStock 2.” The event will take place at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, AZ on April 30 and it will feature: Alice Cooper, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Scott Stapp (Creed), Larry The Cable Guy, Ed Roland (Collective Soul), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Gary Mule Deer, Sixwire, Adrian Young (No Doubt), and more. Proceeds from the show will benefit Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers.

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]

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest’s New Album Album Will “Probably” Have More “Progressive Elements”

During a recent interview with Audacy Check In, Rob Halford talked a bit about the new Judas Priest album. The frontman said the following when asked about guitarist Richie Faulkner’s recent comment in which he said the new material is more “progressive”:

“Yeah, the metal is there. But here’s the thing: we’ve tried our best not to replicate anything that we’ve done. From ‘Rocka Rolla’ all the way through to ‘Firepower’, each record has had a distinctive character. And it’s tough because fans go, ‘We want another ‘Painkiller’,’ ‘We want another ‘British Steel’.’ And [it’s, like], ‘Dude, we’ve already done that.’ Fans know that we’re a band that is always full of adventure and trying new stuff. And so, yeah, this has got probably some more progressive elements that we’ve never really delved into before. And that’s exciting, because, again, it gives us and our fans another opportunity to see a different side of PRIEST. But it’s still metal. There’s just more of it. There are more notes than there were before.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rob Halford Says He Was Behind Judas Priest’s Scrapped Decision To Tour As Four-Piece: “That Blew Up In My Face”

Earlier this year, Judas Priest announced that they would be touring as a four-piece, but they quickly reversed their decision after facing backlash from fans. Now, during an interview with Billboard, frontman Rob Halford revealed that the whole thing was his idea:

“That all came from me, it didn’t come from the band. Of course, that blew up in my face, didn’t it? To have done something like a four-piece now would’ve been just not right, ridiculous, insane, crazy, off my rocker, have a cup of tea and relax. It’s kind of water under the bridge now. I think my heart was in the right place, but I’m not the first musician to have a crazy idea.”

Bad Penny Premiere New Video For “Push Comes To Shove” Featuring Rob Halford & Militia Vox

Bad Penny (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Queen, etc.) have premiered a new video for their song “Push Comes To Shove.” That track features Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Militia Vox.