Judas Priest is one of the biggest heavy metal bands in music, as they are considered the pioneer of the genre. Debuted in 1974 with Rocka Rolla, Judas Priest has released 18 studio albums and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide as of 2022. They brought a lot of masterpieces to heavy metal music, such as British Steel and Screaming for Vengeance, Killing Machine, Stained Class, Painkiller, and Firepower.
In the past, Judas Priest had been nominated twice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but hadn’t reached enough votes to be inducted in. Being on the nomination list in 2022, Judas Priest had been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 and 2020, separately. On the other hand, they have won numerous awards for their undeniable successes over the years.
However, it was finally announced that Judas Priest was honored by the induction of the Musical Excellence Award and was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the 2022 ballot. Despite the fact that this was their third attempt, the band did not give up and was eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as they have worked hard. The band will receive its award at the fall 2022 event. It is clear that the band will never forget this year.
Recently, Rob Halford spoke to Greg Harris, the CEO of the Rock Hall, and revealed his excitement about Judas Priest‘s Rock Hall induction. Saying that the day that other heavy metal band’s inductions will become, Halford admitted that they received the induction for heavy metal music.
“The fact that we have some more heavy metal in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, that’s something that us metal maniacs have been longing for and we still long for,” Halford said. “We know at some point our wish list of our other friends will maybe have the opportunity to get into the hallowed Halls.
“But this is not just for Judas Priest — this is for heavy metal music.”
Rob Halford Says ‘Judas Priest Is Grateful And Honored To Be In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’
Rob Halford then once again mentioned his happiness for Judas Priest‘s receiving Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Touching on Priest fans, Halford also disclosed that Judas Priest loves rock and roll in America, although they are an English band.
“Heavy metal music is such an important part of the culture and fabric of the United States — so much so that you get a band like Priest on ‘The Simpsons’,” he says. “That’s the reach that this band has — we’ll come into your home at any moment.
“And that’s the great love affair that we’ve had with America since we first set foot on the shores in the mid-to-late ’70s. We keep coming back because we love the United States and we love rock and roll in America.
“And the fact that we’re still here speaks volumes for endurance and believing in yourself and having the great love and support of your fans that have kept us alive and strong and proud in Judas Priest and for heavy metal.
“So, yes — it’s many things rolled into one for this beautiful opportunity, and we’re so grateful and honored to be, at long last, in the heavy metal Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”
After Rob Halford received the news that Judas Priest was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the 2022 ballot, he talked with Billboard to reveal his feelings. He admitted that it was great.
“That’s totally unexpected,” Halford said. “That’s just a very extra thrill to have that. They really look at you beyond the simple band that you are. They really dig deep as to this album and that album this song and that song. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do.
“I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla. We’re a band that has taken you through many, many different, many dimensions, of metal.
“We’ve always called ourselves a classic metal band, but we’re a hard band to pin down. One minute we can be your Turbo Lover and then we can be your Painkiller, and how amazing it is for a band to really search for those opportunities within the genre of heavy metal.
“So I think the acknowledgement of Musical Excellence is a really sweet addition.
“So I’m just every excited — the shows, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Work is great. I’m always looking ahead. I’ve loved the past. I love everything we’ve made happen. It’s full of metal memories, but we’re always searching for the next great metal opportunity.”