We are living in trying times, and Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford knows that. The Metal God has posted a new address on Judas Priest's socials and it feels like exactly the message we need to hear right now. It's almost like a heavy metal Mr. Rogers address to the world.
In his nearly two minute address, Halford talks about the need to wash your hands and keep your belongings clean, as he sanitizes some of his trademark accessories. He asks that metal heads avoid hoarding and keep in touch with loved ones, remain sane and that we're all going to get through this.
I've transcribed it, but you really should watch the video to get the cadence of the Metal God correct.
Thank you for this, Mr. Halford. I know it's something I personally needed to see today.
"Hello metal maniacs." Rob Halford begins. "At times like this, this is when the metal community comes together./ We know what we got to do as far as keeping things clean. And that includes washing your hands, as many times a day as is needed. Try to be isolated.
"If you go out, don't buy everything." Halford continues. "Don't be a toilet paper hoarder. Don't be a kitchen roll hoarder. Don't be a hoarder of any sort.
"We have to keep each other safe, we have to do the isolating, we have to do the quarantining, whatever we need to do. This is serious, okay? But we're going to get through it, because we've been through these problems, these situations, before, in history, and humanity has this great tenacity to pull together, to be strong and to overcome things that come before us.
"So, look after each other. Look after yourselves, your family, your friends, your loved ones. Keep it touch. That's an important thing. Text each other, and Facebook and FaceTime, Instagram. All of it is incredibly important.
"You know there's a lot of fear floating around. This is when we have to look after each other and do what's necessary and the right thing to do.
"Those are my words of advice. I love you. Keep strong. Keep safe. Keep metal!"