Richie Faulkner

JUDAS PRIEST axeman Richie Faulkner has once again slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying “it’s almost more credible” to not have been inducted into the institution.

Iconic bands like PRIESTIRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that group’s first year of eligibility.

After one of Richie‘s Twitter followers told the guitarist that he finds it “offensive” that pop superstar Whitney Houston is in the Rock Hall while PRIEST has yet to get inducted, Faulkner replied: “If the Rock Hall had any credibility whatsoever, I’d agree with you. But it doesn’t. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to be playing and recording music with the best fans all over the world after 50 years is more of an accolade than a trophy on the shelf imho.”

In a recent interview with NMERob Halford was asked if he is disappointed that JUDAS PRIEST hasn’t been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame yet.

“I’ve always admired it,” Halford responded. “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame isn’t any different from those other institutions they have in America, like the one for football, where you’ll always get some people complaining one player deserves to be there over another.

“Emotions always run high whenever these awards take place. But I’ve always supported it — only because of the company we’d be in.

“I think if any metal band deserves to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, it’s PRIEST,” Halford added. “And beyond that, there needs to be more metal there, because there’s not enough.”

Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.

In 2018, IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson was asked by a fan if he thinks his band should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

He responded: “Absolutely… I actually think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you.

“It’s run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking f**king beer.”