Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: “A straight man can’t do my job”

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford at Paramount in Huntington, NY, picture by Steven J. Messina

1 / 4 century after becoming a member of Judas Priest, singer Rob Halford publicly revealed his sexuality to The Advocate in 1998. Now, 20-plus years after disclosing that he’s homosexual, the Steel God says, “A straight man can’t do my job.”

In a brand new interview with the Edmonton Journal, Halford was requested if was involved he’d lose his fan base when he “got here out of the closet 20 years in the past”, to which he responded, “Oh yeah, completely, I used to be surrounded by homophobia, which nonetheless exists immediately. There are locations I can’t return to as a result of I’ll be stoned to dying. So far as that entire enterprise, I found after I did come out that I used to be on this lure homosexual folks discover themselves dwelling in that you simply’re dwelling your life for everybody else, however not your self. Through the ’70s and ’80s it was extremely tough.”

He added, “I like Priest greater than something, so whereas all the time in my thoughts — I’ve to watch out how I say this — it’s not necessary to the music. Although I’ll say, a straight man can’t do my job [laughs]. That’s the best way I view it. Freddie [Mercury] mentioned it wasn’t necessary, but when Freddie hadn’t have been homosexual, Queen would’ve been a very totally different band. However that’s a very necessary a part of my life that I’ve to get down on paper in some unspecified time in the future.”

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In the identical interview, Halford was requested if there’s any artist he’d love to do a duet with. “Elton John! In a heartbeat,” he answered.

Judas Priest are within the midst of a North American tour that runs by way of June 29th in Las Vegas. The trek hit a snag earlier this week when Halford’s bout with bronchitis compelled the band to cancel their June fifth present in Colorado Springs, however they’re again on monitor to renew the tour tomorrow evening in Saskatoon, Canada.

See our evaluate and picture gallery of Priest’s latest present in Lengthy Island, New York, right here, and browse our personal latest interview with Halford right here.

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