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JUDAS PRIEST Ditches Leather-And-Studs Look For Intimate European Tour Kickoff: Video, Photos

British heavy metallic legends JUDAS PRIEST kicked off their spring/summer time 2022 European tour with an intimate live performance final evening (Tuesday, Could 31) in Berlin, Germany. For the gig, which was held on the 1,600-capacity Huxleys Neue Welt venue, Rob Halford and his bandmates ditched their conventional leather-and-studs look in favor of a extra stripped-down look.

After the present, PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner took to his social media to share a photograph of the efficiency, and he included the next message: “Final evening in #berlin was wonderful and one thing I’ve by no means carried out with the band earlier than. No leather-based, no studs. No screens, no motorcycle. No huge gentle present or inflatable Birmingham bull. Uncovered audio system, simply denims, t-shirts, a small membership and it was all purely in regards to the music. All of us collectively and the uncooked energy of the music. It was actually an excellent expertise and one I might like to do once more someday.

“It is nice while you strip all of it again to what it is all about, the music and the individuals of our nice heavy metallic neighborhood.

“Thanks all for making it such a particular evening.

“Onwards we roll to #gdansk #poland for the @festivalmystic”.

In a 2021 interview with Spain’s Mariskal Rock, Halford was requested who wore the “leather-based biker look” first — him or late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury. He responded: “I bear in mind seeing an image of Freddie along with his leather-based jacket and a cap and a motorbike, and I am, like, ‘What the fuck is happening, Freddie?’ [Laughs]

“I really like him. Freddie is a god — he is a god,” Rob continued. “His music, his voice, his showmanship, his persona, his charisma. There’ll by no means, ever be one other Freddie Mercury.

“However so far as who wore it first, I feel I did most likely — possibly by a yr or two,” Halford added. “Yeah, if that is necessary. I do not know. Is it necessary? I will let you know one thing: we each look good in leather-based. [Laughs]”

4 years in the past, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Okay.Okay. Downing was quoted as saying in Greg Prato‘s e-book “Lengthy Stay Queen: Rock Royalty Focus on Freddie, Brian, John & Roger” that Halford “positively” pulled off the “leather-based biker look” higher than Mercury. “Truly, that is most likely probably the greatest questions I’ve ever been requested,” Downing stated. “As a result of each of the blokes, clearly being homosexual and each clearly having donned the leathers — which is par for the course — I feel the distinction was it turned Rob‘s final and everlasting picture. Whereas Freddie did it for a little bit of enjoyable, I feel. However [it is] a enjoyable query — I like that rather a lot. Undoubtedly Rob seemed just like the epitome — as I hope all of us did, collectively, after we all finally received into the leather-based gear — of an archetypal heavy metallic band.”

In his 2018 autobiography “Heavy Obligation: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, Downing claimed to have give you PRIEST black-leather look. Requested what impressed it within the first place, Okay.Okay. advised Rolling Stone: “I do not know. I had some fairly cool appears to be like within the early days. I began off with a black, swashbuckling look. There was a spot known as the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre and beneath it have been huge alcoves of all these theatrical garments. We discovered we may hire these garments, and that turned me and Rob‘s spot. We seemed by way of all this stuff, and that is why we wore a few of these coats and boots; they have been all rented from this theater. I feel we finally received advised off as a result of we did not return the garments in time. [Laughs] We simply held on to them. Finally, we received just a little bit of cash and began having garments of our personal made and the look simply got here piece by piece. [Laughs]”

Requested if it was straightforward to get the remainder of the band on board, Downing stated: “Some members within the band prefer to suppose every little thing’s their concept. I assumed, ‘I will get Rob on board to start out with.’ There have been a few homosexual guys on the leather-based store in London and Rob was in his factor [laughs] with these guys becoming him out in all this leather-based gear. Gays have been already carrying leather-based in London so it was a simple promote for Rob. He was on board with that but additionally as a result of we weren’t making an attempt to try this; we have been doing the leather-and-studs factor in a metallic method. Then he began to design all of his garments. ‘I am having the bullwhip. I am having this cover made.’ Rob was comfortable for them to know that he was a homosexual man, however at a sure level, it began to appear like a gladiator, which was utterly carried out in metallic. It opened up an enormous quantity of doorways for him to elaborate on all through our profession.”

In his 2020 autobiography “Confess”, Halford credited Downing with the thought of PRIEST dressing in black leather-based in 1978. He wrote: “The largest fantasy about this new stage gear is that I had someway masterminded the picture as a canopy and a vent for my homosexuality — that I used to be getting a thrill from dressing on stage as I might like to decorate on the street, or the bed room. That is utter bollocks. I had little interest in S&M, domination or the entire queer subcult of leather-based and chains. It simply did not do it for me. My sexual desire was for males, positive, however I used to be — and nonetheless am — fairly vanilla.”

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