Have you seen the Judas Priest interview we posted yesterday? It's a good one, with a lot of topics covered.
I know we're double dipping with the coverage here, but I just wanted to point out one thing that frontman Rob Halford said that stood out to me. After Halford announced his support for Cynic members Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert for publicly speaking about their homosexuality, I was curious if in the 20 plus years since Halford's come out has he ever been approached by a gay metalhead to discuss the topic?
His answer (which was so kindly transcribed by Blabbermouth):
"They never do. And I know there were gay metalheads at the Times Square signing [for the new JUDAS PRIEST album, 'Redeemer Of Souls']. I know it. I know it. And it's a real shame, but…"
He continued: "We could talk forever about this, we could have our own show on this, because it's something very meaningful, I would like to feel. But [it's an issue] that still exists in our world. I don't think it'll ever go away. We've come through it in however we choose to display ourselves. [We have to] respect each other if we wanna stay in the background on that issue. At the heart of it all, it don't really fucking matter, because metal is all that matters.
"But I really applaud the guys from Cynic for standing forward and just telling… They didn't need to do that. I didn't need to do that. They did it for themselves, like I did for myself. It might appear to be a bit selfish, but it's not.
"I always quickly say: you set yourself free, you stop all the lying, you stop all the innuendo, you stop all the damaging, attacking comments, because they bounce off you. Because [you go], 'That's who I am. That's what I am. What are you trying to say? You can't attack me anymore, because I'm now bulletproof because of this honesty.'
"So I applaud them. I think it's really, really cool. And I can't wait to see them."
Halford is nothing but a class act as far as we're concerned. And, he told Frank and myself right before the interview that he visits Metal Injection everyday, which is a huge honor for us. Definitely check out the whole interview: