In a new interview with Lauren “Lern” Elwell of the KSHE radio station, JUDAS Priest a singer Rob Halford he was asked what it was like playing with his ex Priest members KK Downing and Les Binks at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was good. We never saw it. And I have yet to look at pictures of that. I only remember my brief interactions with KK, because I’m always running around the stage like a crazy drag queen. My interaction with Kenneth and with Les, it was great. It was nice to have that moment together after such a long time. And that just shows you the power, the weight, the vibe Rock Hall recommend you try to try. Try and recapture something of the core that’s really part of why you’re here, why you’re brought in. I was just so happy Kenneth and Les they showed up, because they needed to be there. It was totally their choice, but I said that it really makes sense if you’re in the room and we’re playing together. And we did, and it was magical.”
Priest received the Music Excellence Award at the event, which honored Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon in the Players section.
The JUDAS Priest inducted members include current members Halford, John Knock (bass),Glen Tipton (guitar) and Scott Travis (drums), along with former members Bowing, bins and a late drummer Dave Holland.
Halford, Hill, Tipton and Travis went with them bins, Bowing and current guitarist Richie Faulkner for a three-song medley consisting of “You’ve Got Another Thing To Come”, “breaking the law” and “Living After Midnight”.
In his acceptance speech, Halford he told the crowd: “I’m the gay guy in the band. We call ourselves the heavy metal community that’s all-inclusive, whatever your gender identity, whatever your like, or what you believe or not. Believe in it. Everyone is welcome.”
Rob told KSHE that he “had no idea” what he was going to say in his speech. “Everybody said, ‘Did you write a speech?’ ‘Oh, I’ve got it,'” he said. “And then I’m watching this amazing talent go up and there and get their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reward And I had been talking to him [DURAN DURAN‘s] Simon [Le Bon]. I said, what are you going to say, Simon?’ He says, ‘I have a few ideas.’ ‘What are you going to say?’ ‘Oh, I have speech.’ [And I was thinking], ‘I have no speech.’ And so when the time came… And I think this is just me, who I am. I like to just riff. As we speak now, it is all true; it is not planned; it is not repeated. Which is not a snipe at speeches, because speeches are important – so don’t forget people.
“I still haven’t seen what I said, but I walked up to the podium and said, ‘Everybody, do your part first,’ because I’m known for pursing my lips for amazing moments, “he continued. “I said, ‘So, everybody, do your part, and whatever time we have left, I’ll go up and say thank you. ”So everyone spoke, and then it was me. And I walked up to their son, and ‘yeah’ first thing that came out of my mouth, I think, ‘Hi, everybody, I’m the gay guy in the group.’ I don’t know why I said that; it wasn’t planned, it was just in my mind, but what we saw was this beautiful response from everyone in the room, and that immediately got me into the thing this is pleasant. people, they’re not all metalheads, but what I just said, as a gay guy in metal, and how it was received, shows you how inclusive we are in heavy metal, in our heavy metal community. then I said this, and I said that and something else, and then I stopped talking.
“But, yes, it was a beautiful night,” Halford added. “It was so good. Everyone was so kind and gracious. It was something that will live with me forever.”
Bowing left Priest in 2011 amid claims of band conflicts, shoddy management and declining performance quality.
In 2019, Bowing he said he arrived JUDAS Priest about taking part in the band’s 50th anniversary tour but their response was that they were not interested in including him in the celebration.
In 2018, Bowing revealed that he sent two resignation letters to his colleagues when he decided to retire JUDAS Priest. The first was described as “a graceful departure note, meaning a smooth retirement from music,” while the second was “angrier, showing all his frustration with certain parties.”
Bowing he later said he believed the second letter was the “main reason” he was not invited to the reunion Priest after Tiptondecided to retire from touring.
JUDAS Priest was on the ballot for Rock Hall entry in 2020, but did not receive enough votes to make that year’s class.
Eligible for entry since 1999, Priest he was also on the ballot for the class of 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Famebut he was left out of the list of tutors in the end.
In 2022 Rock Hall an induction ceremony will be broadcast on November 19 HBO and flow on HBO Max.
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