JUDAS PRIEST will likely be inducted into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame this 12 months. PRIEST will obtain the Musical Excellence Award on the occasion, which is able to honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon within the Performers class.
In keeping with the Corridor Of Fame, the JUDAS PRIEST members that can get inducted embody present members Rob Halford (vocals),Ian Hill (bass),Glenn Tipton (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums),together with former members Okay.Okay. Downing (guitar),Les Binks (drums) and late drummer Dave Holland.
In a brand new interview with Billboard carried out after he acquired the information earlier than the general public announcement, Halford mentioned that PRIEST‘s former members are welcome to be a part of the induction, and he feels any animosities could be put aside for the event.
“They’ve each proper to be part of the occasion,” he mentioned. “I am very happy for everyone. There is no bitterness. There is no angst. There’s not that form of stuff that is lingering. If there may be you need to push all that away. It’s a must to push it to the aspect and simply perceive and settle for and respect this glorious alternative and what it represents when it comes to recognition and a celebration.”
Halford went on to say that Tipton — who’s battling Parkinson’s illness however was on the street enjoying through the encores of PRIEST‘s newest North American tour — will seemingly attend the ceremony.
The 2022 Rock Corridor induction ceremony will likely be held on November 5 on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It should air at a later date on HBO and stream on HBO Max. There may also be a radio simulcast on SiriusXM‘s Rock & Roll Corridor Of Fame Radio channel 310.
Downing left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band battle, shoddy administration and declining high quality of efficiency.
In 2019, Downing mentioned that he reached out to JUDAS PRIEST about collaborating within the band’s Fiftieth-anniversary tour however that their response was that they weren’t interested by together with him within the celebrations.
In 2018, Downing revealed that he despatched two resignation letters to his bandmates when he determined to stop JUDAS PRIEST. The primary was described as “a sleek exit notice, implying a easy retirement from music,” whereas the second was “angrier, laying out all of his frustrations with particular events.”
Downing later mentioned that he believed the second letter was “a key motive” he wasn’t invited to rejoin PRIEST after Tipton‘s resolution to retire from touring.
In February, Hill and Halford advised Billboard that they’d be completely satisfied to face alongside Downing at a Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame induction later this 12 months. “It isn’t an issue to us, no,” Hill mentioned. “Ken was an integral a part of this band for a really, very very long time. He deserves to be there together with the remainder of us.” Halford predicted that, “It will not be as awkward as Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss with KISS‘s Rock Hall induction]. I do not suppose it will be awkward in any respect. I believe you need to let all of that go as a result of it is the night time that issues. It is the second that issues — however, once more, the proverbial saying, we’ll cross that bridge once we get to it.”
In 2019, Halford was requested by Fox Sports activities 910‘s “Freak Nation” if followers may count on to see any of the previous PRIEST members becoming a member of the band on stage throughout a Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame induction. He responded: “With one thing just like the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame, there is a tinge of ‘what if’ [and] ‘no matter.’ It is an open e book.
“I do know what you are alluding to, and as I’ve needed to [say] prior to now, it is only a case of ‘wait and see,'” he continued. “However it’s a celebration, and it is 50 years of PRIEST, and, man, it is gonna be nice. Ought to we get in, it is gonna be wonderful.”
After host Kenny Sargent introduced up the unique KISS lineup’s controversial 2014 Rock Corridor induction which was a minimum of partly overshadowed by the musicians’ resolution to not carry out, Halford mentioned: “[PRIEST is] not the primary band that this has occurred to, and on the day, some issues prove the best way lots of people need ’em.
“I used to be interested by this the opposite day,” Halford added. “And this factor got here into my head: ‘Jim, the wants of the various outweigh the wants of the few, or of the one.’ Spock [in] ‘Star Trek’. When he goes within the radiation room. Is not that nice? … That is a t-shirt, or an inspirational card.”
Downing beforehand advised Rockin’ Metallic Revival that there’s a superb probability that he would carry out together with his former bandmates once more if PRIEST will get the nod. “Oh, I believe completely,” he mentioned. “I imply, why would not you, actually? It is a particular factor. We’re all of an age now. These alternatives solely come as soon as in a lifetime. And it seemingly takes a lifetime to get into the Rock And Roll Corridor Of Fame. I’ve all the time mentioned, there isn’t any such factor as a younger legend, proper? [Laughs] So, whereas we’re nonetheless right here, it will be nice to obtain that accolade and placed on an amazing efficiency and put that one to mattress.”