For those of us who grew up in the s, chanting Breaking the Law by Judas Priest while running away from the local parkie was one of the great joys of childhood. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Rob Halford. Born on August 25,in Birmingham, England, Halford began singing as a teenager, fronting a local rock band, Hiroshima, and working as a theatrical lighting engineer. But a freak occurrence landed Halford the frontman spot with an up-and-coming rock band out of Birmingham, Judas Priest.
He is considered one of the most consistently powerful singers in rock, possessing a wide vocal range, and is particularly known for his trademark high-pitched, operatic, soaring screams. His vocal range currently spans nearly four octaves. Halford possesses the voice-type of a heldentenor.
In The Catch-Upa longtime fan and a newcomer discuss a TV show, movie, book, music, or other pop-culture item. Jason: Keith, when I visited The A. I love the album, and I got all giddy about it. You were standing next to me, and you said something about how you never got into metal as a kid because it was too scary.
T he most striking thing about meeting Rob Halford is the sheer disparity between the way he looks and the way he sounds. The man whose fans call him the Metal God — a title he has trademarked — is clearly one of that select breed of rock star who's never off duty, at least sartorially. Opening the door of his Las Vegas hotel suite he's there to mentor amateur musicians in something called a Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp he looks much the same as he does on stage, fronting Judas Priest: a 6ft figure, clad entirely in black, his long goatee beard dyed to match, his head shaved and tattooed, his eyes hidden behind a pair of aviator sunglasses.
Breaking The Lawa song performed countless times around the world in such sun-kissed places as Rio, Texas and Honolulu, began its life on a drizzly day in a farmhouse in Staffordshire, when Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton got the idea for the song. Great as the music was, the lyrics had their place. And they just arrived out of thin air.
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Halfordwho came out as gay in and became the first high-profile metal musician to do so, spoke to the "Metal Hammer Magazine Show" about some heavy metal bands' reluctance to be "a bit sensitive" in their music. He said: "Well, I think some bands are doing that. I guess, again, depending on what kind of metal you're playing, it may be kind of an alien area to go into that kind of sensitivity.
Rob Halford, the lead singer of Judas Priest and one of the greatest heavy metal vocalists of all time, has participated in his share of Pride events over the years. I just happen to be attracted to people of my own sexuality. Halford is also very concerned about bullying and recently shot a TV spot that he hopes will help bullied LGBT youth find the support they need. I didn't have any internet and didn't have any friends.