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Nardwuar: Who are you?
You're the metal god! Now the rumour is that you played "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" at a theatre. Is that true?
Rob Halford, your new cd is amazing. I mean, it's amazing. You're totally back. I mean, not that you were gone before, but like the 3.5 octave range... is that why you can hold the same notes for twenty years? How do you do it?
(reading Rob's Lyrics from his new CD, Resurrection) "I am God. I am Hate. I am all the sins you...
I was curious Rob, you've been kind of pegged over the years as a Satanist. For instance, from the Washington Post, January 1991, "Halford loves opera and classical music and collects modern art..."
...and then they go on to say "Not your average Satan"
They love digging at that.
You did throw in '666' on your new album "Resurrection". (Nardwuar then shows Rob the book 'Rock: Practical Help For Those Who Listen to the Words and Don't Like What They Hear' by Bob Larson) Have you heard of this guy Bob Larson, Bob Halford?
He's from the Bob Larson Ministries. Check this out. This is a quote here about Judas Priest from his book, If I could just read it right here to you. "With a stage act ranging from smoke bombs to bull whips, the leather clad image of Judas Priest..."
I was afraid to pronounce it... continuing on, "Fits well with their heavy metal earsplitting music. Dressed in chains and studs, singer Rob Halford has been known to drop his leather drawers mid-concert." Have you ever done that, Rob?
"When asked if he was personally involved in the S&M love torture techniques parodied in his performances Halford replied "To a certain extent. Sexually I've always been to the fullest extent of the experience S&M has to offer. It's nice to experiment by yourself and get off on whatever you get off on."
"A rock magazine promoting one of other albums may have said it best 'Judas Priest has sin for sale.'" Rob Halford, what do you think of that?
It's about all of the 'bad' bands...
Well... I guess I was curious do you have a dungeon in your house?
On the internet.
Just like some guy from Stryper put who put up all his stuff for sale. I think one of those Stryper outfits was for sale.
But Rob, what's amazing is Pat Boone... you're approved by Pat Boone. Pat Boone covered one of your songs, right? Explain a bit about that. Like the parents should know that. Y'know, screw Satan!
Right here before your gig, Rob, what is your pre-gig warm-up? I heard you listen to a lot of Sabbath.