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Overview (4)

Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, UK
Birth NameRobert John Arthur Halford
Nicknames The Metal God
Metal God
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rob Halford was born on August 25, 1951 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England as Robert John Arthur Halford.

Trade Mark (7)

Tattoos on the back of his head
Leather
High vocal range
Shaved head
Goatee
Sunglasses
Rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle on stage

Trivia (11)

He is famous as the lead singer of Judas Priest, one of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2001, he fronted his third solo band, Halford.
He originally left Judas Priest in 1991 and re-united with them in 2003 after a 12 year hiatus.
He is a big fan of classical music as well as heavy rock and metal.
He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.He also owns homes in San Diego, Amsterdam and Walsall, United Kingdom.
His sister, Sue, was married to Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill from 1976 to 1984, making Halford and Ian ex-brothers in law.
Although he owned a variety of classic cars, Halford did not pass his driving test until he was 38 years old.
In 1998, he became the first major heavy metal star to "come out" as gay.
He is a huge fan of Queen and their former lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Although primarily based in the USA, he also owned a home in Walsall, England.
He is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive and flamboyant performers in heavy metal.

Personal Quotes (12)

There are two kinds of music - heavy metal and all the crap they play on radio and show on MTV.
My iPod is with me wherever I go. My iPod is all over the place - it's got Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and then it goes into Slayer, Emperor, everything by Sabbath, everything by Queen, Tool, Pantera. I could just go on and on. I'm just a chameleon when it comes to music - all kind of music touch my senses.
[on the Judas Priest 2011 tour] As far as having the 'Spinal Tap' (This Is Spinal Tap (1984)) accoutrement - the Harley, the smoke, the fire, the lasers, the costumes - it's full-on 'Spinal Tap' times 12.
There will only ever be one Freddie Mercury.
The music lives longer than we do.
I've been a huge Queen fan since they began. I actually went and saw some of their very, very, very early shows in England, and they just blew me away; I just couldn't believe it. These guys were doing extraordinary things for that time in rock and roll.
Freddie (Freddie Mercury) is my ultimate hero. The closest I ever got to Freddie was in a gay bar in Athens on the way to Mykonos. We kind of glared at each other across the bar, in a kind of smiling, winking way. When we got to Mykonos I was determined to track him down, but I couldn't because he'd rented this huge yacht. It was festooned in pink balloons and it just kept sailing around the island. He's someone I wish I'd really met.
I feel a bit like Quentin Crisp these days, I've become the stately homo of heavy metal.
[on his trademarked moniker of Metal God] I don't want anybody else to be the metal god but me.
[on shaving his head] I was going bald, I didn't want to go out looking like that guy from Marillion, or Phil Collins - fuck that.
Queen were an incredible heavy metal band.
I've thought of putting together a dream concert involving three of the greatest names in heavy metal in one show - Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Who'd headline? Would it matter? It'd be pure metal heaven.

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