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 Richie Faulkner Further Opens Up About Suffering An Aortic Aneurysm: “I Don’t Know How I’m Still Around Today”

As previously reported, Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner recently underwent emergency heart surgery at Rudd Heart and Lung Center at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital in Louisville, KY after suffering an aortic aneurysm onstage at the Louder Than Life festival. The guitarist has since discussed the operation with WHAS11, saying that he “[doesn’t] know how [he is] still around today”

Faulkner said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I became a bit light-headed. It didn’t go away. I’ve never fainted before. I’ve never passed out, but I knew that this felt like I was going to pass out in a minute.

Luckily, it was about half way into the [last] song. So obviously, I had to finish the song. If I had known how important it was, maybe I would have got off there a bit quicker. But I think that’s the whole point for me. I had no idea whatsoever what it was.

Luckily, it was a short set, and we would have come off stage anyway. Otherwise, I don’t know I would have come off stage.”

He went on to say that he experienced a sharp pain as he was stepping off the stage:

“That’s when it exploded. The more I read about it, the more astonishing it is to me to think that I even made it to the hospital. The amount of time when I actually go the pain and when I turned up in the hospital and when we were actually operating, it was quite a lot of time. The more I read about it, the more unbelievable — that amount of time — I don’t know how I’m still around today.”

“Listen, I’m 41 with no history. You could be the same. Go and get checked. Get in front of it if there’s anything like that. If there’s not, great. Take it from me: Just go and get yourself checked out.”

He also added the following about his plans to return to the stage:

“Get better first. Don’t rush. And then we’ll get back to seeing when we can get back out there and play some more Priest. But at the moment, it’s focusing on getting ready, getting better, getting my energy back and my strength back. And at some point, I’ll pick up the guitar again and seeing if I can knock out some riffs.”

Faulkner also thanked Dr. Siddharth Pahwa, who was present during the interview:

“You saved my life. My little girl saw me come home, and that just means everything. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart. There’s really nothing more to say other than that, really.”

He continued when it was mentioned that his story can help people:

“I hope so. The fact that I’m here able to do it, again, it just means everything. You gave me everything back, so whatever I can give to you guys in return is fine by me.”

In a separate interview with Consequence, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford also commented on Faulkner’s condition:

“The good news is he’s healing, and his therapy will be picking up the guitar and getting back into these new songs for Priest and getting ready for the next batch of road work. I’ve had a couple of conversations with him, and he sounds great. I’m waiting to hear that he’s picked up the guitar — he’s probably picked up the guitar already and his doctors are saying, ‘Put that guitar down!’”

He also added the following when asked if he saw footage of the moment when Faulkner suffered the aortic aneurysm:

“I can’t look at that yet. I’m still shook up, emotionally. Eventually I’ll try to watch the footage, but [Faulkner] says in his own words when he looked at that footage he sees a dying man, which is basically what it was.

And it’s just incredible that he got through that song and he came to the dressing room and he got changed. Even after the paramedics told him he needs to go the hospital and get a proper look at the stuff, he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll be back. I’m going home for a couple days after this show, I’ll see you guys in Denver’ and walked out the door and then probably less than an hour later he was having over 10 hours of heart surgery. It’s just unbelievable.”

Bad Penny Premiere New Song “Push Comes To Shove” Featuring Judas Priest’s Rob Halford

Bad Penny (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Queen, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “Push Comes To Shove.” The track, which features Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Militia Vox, can be streamed below:

Halford commented:

“This song just grabbed me. It’s mysterious, dark, and sexy.”

Mike Holtzman added:

“Danny [Miranda] and I came up with the music and melody for this one. We knew we had something special… these exotic world-music elements, the inner dialogue, the heavy groove…it just needed extraordinary voices to bring it home. We are thrilled Rob and Militia agreed to sing it. They absolutely killed it.”

“The object of this band is to tap into sounds and genres we love, and not to pigeon-hole ourselves as this-or-that. We want to keep ourselves and our listeners surprised and challenged. There are a few more cool twists and turns ahead.”

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 To Guest On New Bad Penny Song “Push Comes To Shove”

Bad Penny (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Queen, etc.) have recruited Judas Priest’s Rob Halford for a new song titled “Push Comes To Shove.” The track, which also features Militia Vox, is expected to be released on September 20.

Halford commented:

“This song just grabbed me. It’s mysterious, dark, and sexy.”

Mike Holtzman added:

“Danny [Miranda] and I came up with the music and melody for this one. We knew we had something special… these exotic world-music elements, the inner dialogue, the heavy groove…it just needed extraordinary voices to bring it home. We are thrilled Rob and Militia agreed to sing it. They absolutely killed it.”

“The object of this band is to tap into sounds and genres we love, and not to pigeon-hole ourselves as this-or-that. We want to keep ourselves and our listeners surprised and challenged. There are a few more cool twists and turns ahead.”

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 Are “Getting Close” To Starting Pre-Production For Their New Album

During a recent appearance on DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara’s “Bloodthirsty” podcast, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford offered an update on the band’s new album. The frontman said the following:

“We’re kicking the tires. We’ve got some good stuff in the can, as I say, already. But you know, you can never stop, can you? You can keep punching and punching. And we’re getting close to the point now, I think, where we say, ‘Okay, we’ve got enough music. Let’s start going into pre-production.’ [Judas Priest] love being in the studio more than ever now. Because, as you know, the possibilities are endless. It’s exciting. You start with a clump of metal clay, and then, at the end of it, you’ve got something that’s gonna live forever. It’s beautiful. It’s the best feeling.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

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’.”