Rob Halford on Judas Priest’s 2018 Rock Hall Rejection

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While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its 2018 inductees—including Bon Jovi, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues—those artists who were nominated for the 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 in December 2017 by the voters and singer Rob Halford was asked during a radio appearance how he felt about that.

Appearing as a guest of Mark & NeanderPaul on 100.7 KSLX, Phoenix, Ariz., in December 2017, 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.

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

Halford was born August 25, 1951. When Judas Priest tours, tickets are available here and here.

P.S. When the nominees for the 2020 induction were announced, Priest were again on the ballot. We’ll see what happens.

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  1. v2787
    #1 v2787 26 August, 2019, 09:51

    The HOF is a bit of a joke. ABBA is in it. Patti Smyth is in it. Madonna is in it. Are any of those rock ‘n roll? I didn’t think so either. And yet Judas Priest isn’t in. Neither is Paul Revere and the Raiders, which is a crime. The HOF remains a joke.

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    • DLOC
      DLOC 26 August, 2019, 14:26

      Rock & Roll hall of fame is for all superior artists OF THE ROCK ERA & NOT exclusive to only rock artists of rock genre….

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    • DaveMustang
      DaveMustang 26 August, 2019, 15:02

      I agree. Tho from what I understand, it’s strictly a business. So there’s no accountability.

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    • Dio
      Dio 26 August, 2019, 16:00

      It is a joke. They let freaking rappers in there and that is bullshit. Nothing but Rock bands should be in there. Have a Rap Hall of Fame for that crap.

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  2. ArmenMaiden
    #2 ArmenMaiden 26 August, 2019, 16:56

    The rock and roll Hall of Fame Hall of Fame is a big joke. just like you said it, the Beastie Boys are in …. and I thought the Beastie Boys were a Dance duo. Just think how the Andrew Dice Clay was react to this news.

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