Rob Halford on Judas Priest Rock Hall Rejection

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While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its newest inductees—including Bon Jovi, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues—those artists who were nominated for the 2018 class but didn’t make the cut tend to be ignored by the media. Judas Priest, one of the top metal bands in the world, were among those who got pushed aside this year by the voters and singer Rob Halford was asked during a recent radio appearance how he felt about that.

Appearing as a guest of Mark & NeanderPaul on 100.7 KSLX, Phoenix, Ariz., in December 2917, Halford read from the actual rejection letter the band received via email from the Hall’s President and CEO, Greg Harris.

“While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees,” the letter said. “Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and the Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.”

The letter went on to invite Halford and the group to drop by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum next time they’re in Cleveland. The band will begin touring in March, in support of their upcoming album, Firepower. See the full tour itinerary below.

Despite the rejection, Halford was gracious. “We were thrilled and honored to be even nominated, so it’s kind of bittersweet,” he said on the radio program. “We got the nomination, which is something of a recognition for the work that you’ve done, but we didn’t quite get in this time but I’m hopeful that eventually we’ll get some more metal…We just feel that heavy metal music deserves more shelf space at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Related: Who are some of the other top artists yet to be inducted?

Watch Rob Halford talk about Judas Priest’s Rock Hall rejection

Judas Priest are on tour through much of the rest of 2018. Tickets are available here and here.

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