Saturday, 28 May 2011

JUDAS PRIEST ROCK AMERICAN IDOL AS GAY ICON ROB HALFORD DUELS JAMES DURBIN

Judas Priest on American Idol

(May 28) I have long believed the real reason Judas Priest have yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is because Priest frontman Rob Halford -- known to his legions of fans as The Metal God -- is still one of the rare openly gay superstars in all of showbiz.

Metal God Rob Halford 
(Photo by Ron Anaheim)
I mean, Black Sabbath were inducted in 2006 and Metallica in 2009. But Judas Priest, hailed as the Godfathers of Heavy Metal? And Halford, who introduced heavy metal’s de rigueur leather-man look?

Not even a thank you. And, frankly, it pisses me off.

So last summer I told Halford I think the Rock Hall snub has everything to do with his being openly gay.

"I don’t know, let’s have a think: Who in there is gay?" Halford asks 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."

Judas Priest probably boosted their chances of being inducted with their roof-raising American Idol TV performance this week (the May 25 finale on FOX drew 29.3 million viewers!) with American Idol finalist James Durbin (they sang Living After Midnight and Breaking The Law, which you can watch above). Judas Priest begin their global Epitaph farewell tour in Holland on June 4.

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