Later this year, heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest are set to be inducted into the iconic Rock Hall Of Fame, but the band’s frontman seems less than happy with the decision. Awarded the ‘Excellence in Music’ award as opposed to the mainstream performer category, Rob Halford said he found the decision “frustrating” and claims the band were treated “with no respect”.
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Earlier this year, many metal fans were left baffled by the list of inductees who will be honored at the 2022 Rock Hall ceremony. While names like Dolly Parton, Duran Duran and Eminem were among the main names ahead to receive the award, metal icons Judas Priest were placed in a different category – the lesser-known award for musical excellence.
Now, in an interview with Arizona Republic On Monday, July 25, the band’s frontman shared his thoughts on the decision, saying he was “pissed off” by the award when he first heard the news.
“Yeah, I was pissed. I was a little pissed off,” he explains. “In the end, does it matter? Some days I’m like, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We are in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut up the fuck.’ And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘Damn, why did they give us the Music Achievement Award?’ »
He continues, wondering why other groups of the same genre were inducted when Judas Priest was forced to accept the less prestigious option:
“Why didn’t they give us the same title as all our friends. Black Sabbath, for example. There’s a different label, isn’t there? ” he says. “It sounds very, you know, grand. “The award for musical excellence, reserved for blah, blah, blah.” And I’m like, ‘Yes, but I want to be with that group of musicians over there who have the performance or whatever they have.’ I don’t know why they gave us the award for musical excellence. I have no idea.”
Halford’s reasoning behind this frustration is that he now believes the choice will prevent his band from receiving the main award, saying it’s the Hall of Fame’s way of nudging the band to one side.
“It’s like we’ve come this far. We’re, like, one step away, you know? I know it’s silly, but it’s just frustrating,” concludes Halford. “It’s like, ‘Great. Everyone got that and we got screwed with it. Judas Priest is still the Rodney Dangerfield of heavy metal. They can’t be respected.
Currently, the band are celebrating half a century since their formation and are set to tour the United States later this year with support from Queensrÿche.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Those who wish to watch the ceremony can tune in to the event at a later date on HBO.