During a conversation with The Daily Herald, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford discussed his personal musical taste, explaining how although he is always led by heavy metal, he is actually acceptable of just about any style out there.
“To me, music is just one great, big feast,” the musician said, adding:
“I love all kinds of music. On my phone, I’ve got everybody from Slayer to Hank Williams Jr., from Dolly Parton to Pavarotti. This is what’s so important about music in life.
“I’ve always felt that if you [can’t] be accepting of all kinds of music, you don’t know what you’re missing. I love all kinds of music because to me music comes from the heart and soul and the spirit.”
“I think it’s dangerous to crush things like that, saying you hate this or you hate that. Because you don’t. Emotionally you are connected. We use hate in a very obscure way these days.
“So there you go. I always will be all over the place when it comes to my love of music. Heavy metal music will always lead me, but I’m an open book when it comes to music.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Rob discussed his favorite Judas Priest track, “Victim of Changes” from the band’s second album “Sad Wings of Destiny,” saying:
“The reason I reference that song always is because it’s got so many elements of the great metal tune. It’s got the string guitar intro, it’s got this really slamming riff that ties into the opening of the song and then you’ve got the story. And stories are always important in Priest.
“Then you’ve got the breakdown section where it cools down a little bit and then it ends with this crushing crescendo.
“So if you want to know anything about classic heavy metal 101, check out ‘Victim of Changes’ because it still gets the job done.”
Thanks to Ultimate Guitar for the post.