Halford on Judas Priest’s Rock Hall “Musical Excellence” Award

The news that metal fans have been waiting for for several years has finally arrived – Judas Priest will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although it may not be what they expected. The induction class of 2022 was revealed on Wednesday morning (May 4), and frontman Rob Halford shared his thoughts on the group’s ongoing induction and what he’s most looking forward to when the big night finally comes. take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Talk with Billboardthe Priest frontman beamed with a laugh, “All I want is a selfie with Dolly Parton,” before beginning to marvel at the company they’ll go on to do in some of music’s greatest .

“The other day I was digging through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website…and when you look at the talent roster there, it’s absolutely amazing. It’s a very, very important institution. to recognize various people who have been in music since the beginning of music, from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. To be a part of that is, like, wow,” the singer continued, before echoing the thoughts of many metal fans saying, “And glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band now. This is the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”

Although Judas Priest is heading to Rock Hall, they were not among the names voted on by the more than 1,200 Rock Hall voters, but will instead be one of two recipients of the Musical Excellence Award (the other being Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis). It’s the same way Randy Rhoads was inducted into Rock Hall last year, a designation chosen by a separate committee rather than the voters at large. The official wording of the honor states that it comes in recognition “of artists, musicians, songwriters and producers whose originality and influence in the creation of music have had a dramatic impact on music”.

Regardless of how they are inducted, Halford was thrilled. “It’s totally unexpected. It’s just an extra thrill to have that,” the singer told Billboard. “They really look at you beyond just the band that you are. They really dig this album and this album this song and this song really deep. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do.”

He added: “I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974). We’re a band that took you through man, many different dimensions, 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 enthusiast and then we can be your Pain killer, and how amazing it is for a band to really seek out those opportunities in the heavy metal genre. So I think the recognition of musical excellence is a really sweet addition.

In the chat, Halford said he expects former members to be welcome as part of the induction, adding, “They have every right to be part of the event. I am very happy for everyone. There is no bitterness. There is no angst. There are no such things lying around. If there is, you have to push it all away. You need to put it aside and simply understand, accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and celebration.

As for the event itself, Halford admitted he had a lot of questions. “When the office told me I went, ‘Omigod, I have nothing to wear!’ — like, gay drama,” the singer laughed. “That’s the first thing — ‘What am I going to put on?! Do I have to put something on for dinner? dinner? Where do I go next? Should I dress only for the press? It’s a big diva moment. I’m going to do my three or four costume changes before entering the building.

The 37th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The induction ceremony will air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max, as well as a simulcast radio broadcast on SiriusXM’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio Channel 310 and SiriusXM’s Volume 106 Channel. Information on ticket sales will be announced later. .

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