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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford recalls when he met Bob Dylan

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford recalls when he met Bob Dylan

Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford recalled in an interview with Classic Rock magazine how he met the legendary Bob Dylan back in the 90s. The encounter lasted only three minutes at the Sony studios.


Rob Halford recalled when he met Bob Dylan:

“I met him for about three minutes when [Halford’s solo band] Fight were doing a show at the Sony Studios,” Halford recalls. “One of the label people said: ‘Bob Dylan’s in the next room. Do you want to meet him?’ I’m like: [enthusiastically] ‘Yeah, who doesn’t want to meet Dylan?’

“So this guy takes me round to this room. And there’s Bob, he’s got five or six chicks hanging out with him. This record guy goes: ‘Bob, here’s somebody I’d like to introduce you to, it’s Rob Halford, he’s from the British heavy metal band Judas Priest.’ And Bob goes: [spot-on Dylan impression] ‘Heeeeey, what’s goin’ on? What’s happenin’?’ And I go: ‘Hey Bob, it’s really nice to meet you.’ He goes: ‘Where ya from?’ and I say, ‘I’m from Birmingham.’ And he goes: ‘Birmingham? [pause]. How’s Ozzy doing?’ Then I was whisked off.”

Judas Priest name origin

The original Judas Priest bassist Brian “Bruno” Stapenhill came up with the name Judas Priest from Bob Dylan’s song “The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” on the album John Wesley. Harding.


Rob Halford was born in Sutton Coldfield, 25 of August of 1951. Known as The Metal God he is the singer of Judas Priest, one of the most famous Heavy Metal bands of all time. He has also been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two, and Halford.

Rob Halford began his career at Judas Priest in 1973, appointed by K.K.Downing’s girlfriend. Who said at the time to have a friend who had a brother who sang divinely well. Downing went to hear him sing at a concert by an old Halford band, called Lord Lucifer. He was impressed by the diversity of timbres that Halford’s voice contained. But mainly by his high notes, his trademark until today. After 1 year with Halford, the band releases their debut album (Rocka Rolla). Then Halford continued as frontman for Judas Priest from 1973 to 1992. Returning with the band in 2004 to the present day, releasing a total of 19 albums with the band.

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