JUDAS PRIEST Frontman ROB HALFORD: ‘Walls Divide People’

Rob Halford

During a recent interview with Albany, New York’s Q103 radio station, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about how his band has broken so many barriers, be it with its music or its leather-and-studs image.

“It’s a wonderful subject, this whole business of breaking barriers and tearing down walls,” Robsaid. “There is a lot of wall language going on in America. You know what walls do? Walls divide people. Walls create a barrier of silence. And the great thing that music has always been able to do is to break through walls. Music is about communication. Music is about talking with each other through the songs that we love, through the shows that we go to.’

He continued: “When our metal maniacs come together, have a few drinks or hang out in the parking lot before they see PRIEST, I know they’re talking about stuff other than music — that’s just a natural human thing.

“So this is the great thing about the power of heavy metal as a music source — to break through any kind of issues, [whether] it’s hate or intolerance or prejudice on any level. Our metal maniacs have this great capacity to love each other and to help each other and to get through difficult times together.

“So, this is the glorious thing about the life of being a metal maniac, not only in PRIEST, but the fact that there are millions of us around the world doing great things with the music that we love.”