Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on Rock Hall of Fame: ‘metal the underdog in rock’
After news of Judas Priest’s first-ever Rock Hall nomination was announced on Oct. 5, frontman Rob Halford hopes Priest’s nomination will open the door wider for metal bands.
Halford told Billboard, “When the nominations come up and the inductions come up, you often wonder that it would feel like if you were able to be on stage at that moment making an acceptance speech and particularly having the pleasure to be in the company of all the other musicians and industry people. So, yeah, if we do get in it will be an absolute dream-come-true moment. Fingers crossed, as they say.”
Priest has been eligible for consideration since 1999, but heavy metal inductions and nominations have been limited. Acts such as Black Sabbath, Metallica and Deep Purple have been inducted so far.
“I’ve often talked about metal being the underdog in rock ‘n’ roll music,” Halford said. “We remember the times through the punk and New Wave moments when it was proclaimed that heavy metal music was dead, it didn’t stand a chance of surviving, that it was Neanderthal music that had limited scope and wasn’t very intelligent and all those bad things. I still don’t understand the kind of pushback that we still kind of have to bump up against now and again, but this recognition by the Hall of Fame helps to slowly chip away at that kind of stereotype. The metal dog is wagging it’s metal tail, which is a great feeling. We do deserve this.”
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