JUDAS PRIEST‘s Rob Halford publicly voiced his assist for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia in the course of the band’s live performance in Poland earlier within the month.
Whereas performing the track “Blood Crimson Skies” on the Mystic Competition in Gdańsk on June 3, the 70-year-old British-born singer mentioned into the mic “by no means give up” and repeated the phrase “Free Ukraine!” 3 times, as might be seen within the fan-filmed video under.
Slightly over two years in the past, Halford was requested by one of many readers of U.Ok.’s Metallic Hammer journal if politics have a spot in metallic. He responded: “Completely they do and I have been placing my two penn’orth into PRIEST‘s music for many of my life, nevertheless it’s hid by smoke and mirrors. Take a track like ‘Evil By no means Dies’ [from 2018’s ‘Firepower’ album]. I make some digs there and I do know what I imply, however this is the factor, particularly for a band like PRIEST: music is about escapism.
“If I hear another factor about Brexit, I do not know what I’ll do. To me there’s a spot for politics and I applaud bands that make it essential in what they do, however with me the clues are there if you wish to search for them.”
Again in 2018, Halford advised Newsweek that he was “not a Donald Trump supporter,” explaining that the then-U.S. president’s insurance policies had turned political divides into chasms and alienated minority teams just like the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“It is a very shaky time proper now,” Rob mentioned. “I’ve a lot religion on this nation. Nevertheless it does appear as if the brakes have been slapped on. It is certainly disturbing, and it is such a disgrace, as a result of all through the Obama administration, great issues had been achieved on the premise of human equality. That is the problem right here. Treating one bunch of individuals this fashion, and treating this bunch that method. You may’t do this. You must give everyone the identical rights.”
Halford acknowledged that many PRIEST followers will not agree with these views, saying that “there is a ton of metalheads which can be supportive of [the Trump] administration.” However, he added, “That is nice. That is okay. You are not bringing that to the present. We’re there to all be a part of collectively, and that’s the stunning factor a few free, clear society — which we do not seem to have proper now. Some followers are fully reverse to me politically. However we will nonetheless be in the identical room and have time and hopefully have dialogue whereas respecting one another’s opinions.”
JUDAS PRIEST kicked off its spring/summer season 2022 European tour with an intimate live performance on Could 31 in Berlin, Germany. For the gig, which was held on the 1,600-capacity Huxleys Neue Welt venue, Halford and his bandmates ditched their conventional leather-and-studs look in favor of a extra stripped-down look.
JUDAS PRIEST will obtain the Musical Excellence Award at this 12 months’s Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, which is able to honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon within the Performers class.
The induction ceremony shall be held on November 5, 2022 on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It can air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There will even be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM‘s Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame Radio channel 310.
In response to the Corridor Of Fame, the JUDAS PRIEST members that may get inducted embrace present members Halford, bassist Ian Hill, guitarist Glenn Tipton and drummer Scott Travis, together with former members Ok.Ok. Downing (guitar),Les Binks (drums) and late drummer Dave Holland.