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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford talks about being 35 years sober

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford talks about being 35 years sober

The Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford talked in an interview with Mariskal Rock (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) about being 35 years sober and what is his secret to stay in line, not allowing a relapse.


Judas Priest’s Rob Halford talks about being 35 years sober

“I think about it all the time. It’s an addiction. When I’m watching the Phoenix Cardinals play on TV the other day, there’s constantly adverts for beer and for alcohol and stuff. And I know it’s there. And it’s a temptation. So you have to have all of the mental tools ready to get you through that instance.”

“’Cause it’s all about instances. And I live one day at a time. I’ve lived one day at a time for 35 years now. And that’s all that matters. It’s the moment. You live in the moment — not yesterday, not tomorrow; it’s now. And you have to be ready for when that little beer devil comes on your shoulder and goes, ‘Come on, Rob. Have a little drink of beer.’”

“ ‘Fuck off.’ [Laughs] Because I don’t wanna feel that way again, man. I don’t want to be that person, I was miserable. I wasn’t happy, I was bad to people, I don’t wanna go through that again. So that’s also part of my finding a balance in my day-to-day life.”

Halford quietly battled prostate cancer

Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford revealed in an interview with Consequence in 2021 that he quietly battled prostate cancer during the Pandemic lockdown, revealing that the disease is now in remission.

“I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that’s in remission now, thank God. That happened while we were all locked down.”

“So things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most,” Halford said.

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