June 23, 2016

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford recently stopped by KBAD 94.5 FM in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for an interview.

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Halford was asked what he thinks it will take for his band to finally be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “I don’t know. We got a Grammy a few years ago, which was highly unexpected and a tremendous thrill. And the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, you know, is a controversial entity. It’s not like the Baseball Hall Of Fame or the NFL Hall Of Fame. Those incredible institutions have very little kind of discourse going on in them, but because music — much like sports — is very passionate, and because I think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has been getting more diverse now, which I think it should. You know, because a musician is a musician is a musician, and, again, if you’ve been able to make an indelible mark with what you do, to be recognized for that, I think, is a great honour. And if and when that day comes, I think that will be a real treat.”

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Back in 2010 Halford spoke to to Hour.ca and was asked if he thinks the fact that Judas Priest has thus far been snubbed by the Rock Hall has something to do with the fact that he is still one of the rare openly gay superstars in all of show business.

“I don’t know, let’s have a think: Who in there is gay?” Halford asked rhetorically. “It’s a good question. I consider myself a lower-case gay, not screaming like my good friend [porn director and drag queen] Chi Chi LaRue. I love all my friends in the community and if the moment came [for being inducted into the Rock Hall], it would be a tremendous moment not just for the band and our fans, but for the whole LGBT community.”

A few years ago, Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton spoke to Classic Rock Revisited a different take on being inducted into the Rock Hall: “I don’t know if we will ever be invited to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame or not. If we do, it will certainly be a privilege and it will be something we will be proud of. If we don’t, then it is not going to change our lives. Our legacy is in our music. We will leave our music for everybody and I think that’s good enough. You don’t always need an accolade to leave a legacy.”

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.

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