Judas Priest frontman and seemingly all around great guy, Rob Halford has written an autobiography titled “Confess”. The book is already receiving great reviews, and based on this excerpt from his book, it definitely sounds entertaining!
In the book, Halford recalls a time when Judas Priest was on tour with Iron Maiden. The then Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, gave a statement to a music paper saying Maiden would “blow the bollocks off Priest”, during their 1980 tour together.
According to the excerpt from Metal Hammer, Halford writes “We didn’t really hang out and banter with Maiden much on that tour, but maybe I took Di’Anno’s comment that he would blow Priest off stage too literally… because the one night we got drunk together, I tried to seduce him! We went to my room to carry on drinking, but I was too pissed to try anything, and he was too pissed to even know what I wanted to try.
“I think that was definitely for the best.”
Halford became public about his sexuality in 1998, during a MTV News interview. Halford did worry about what the metal community would say once he came out as a gay man, but he has now said in an interview with The Press Of Atlantic City that he deluded himself into negative thinking.
Halford said, “I probably deluded myself into thinking I would get rejection,” he continued. “Nothing could have been further from the truth.” Halford went on. “When you make that choice of stepping out and facing the issue of disclosure, you do create this kind of self-imposed negative fear. It’s unfortunate it still happens today. ‘Do I step out and say I’m a gay guy?’ But you have got to do it and live your life on your terms and no one else’s terms. Don’t say you can’t do this and you are worried about people being offended. If they push you away, then they push you away. Grab life by the horns and tell them, ‘Take me for what I am and who I am and if you don’t like it, that’s your thing. Not my thing.’”
Halford said, “If I had been in the band at the time … I think when it happened was a good moment. The fans were amazing.”
His new book “Confess” will be released on September 29th!