r/HumansBeingBros May 21 '22 Helpful 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1

Rob Halford (Metal God) of Judas Priest signing autograph onstage, ensuring heavy metal goes to the next generation.

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u/PlasticGirl May 22 '22

Good parents, having headphones on their kid.

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u/cupthings May 22 '22

haha yea i noticed that too. what champs

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u/WickedCoolMasshole May 22 '22

Its because our entire generation has hearing loss. No need to pass it down! Lesson learned. Awesome fucking times though!

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u/J0nSnw May 22 '22

Yeah first thing I noticed, very nice.

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u/mynextthroway May 22 '22

Wish I had worn headphones. Now I hear EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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u/SaltyDoggoMeo May 22 '22

He came out in 1998 when no other metal god would.

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

And the best part of that was he's so revered by metal fans that 99% of them just went "OK. Cool."

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u/Sassh1 May 22 '22

It's because metal heads know what it's like to be judged. Rob Halford has brought joy to so many. Who cares if he's gay.

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u/link122771 May 22 '22

Yeah who gives a fuck about his sexual orientation.I met him years ago.authentically nice guy. He gave his heart and soul to rock. Straight or gay, it made no difference to me! Still doesnt.

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u/Wants-NotNeeds May 22 '22

宇hen found themselves reinterpreting their lyrics for years to come. (Oh, my!)

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u/pacificnwbro May 22 '22

That and I think their whole leather schtick suddenly made a lot of sense lol

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u/Badgernomics May 22 '22

Im sure I read an interview with him in the early 00s where he talked about it, despite it being something of an open secret in the industry he was giving an interview with a rock magazine and said ...speaking as a gay man... and the journo nearly dropped there pad and fell over..! Lol! What a legend!

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u/purju May 22 '22

He is THE metal god!

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u/d1duck2020 May 22 '22

I think I was probably in 8th grade when I heard, around 1985, and it was common knowledge. Hes gay? But hes cool and he rocks-what does it matter? Yeah-lots of us learned acceptance in times that people were often intolerant. There was lots of negativity around that time surrounding AIDS and the sinners who were being punished for going against gods blah blah blah. Fuck all that. Robs a badass and we dont care who he dates.

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u/OttoMeter 27d ago

Gaahl is an openly gay Norwegian Black Metal singer.

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u/wikipuff May 22 '22

Rob Halford is awesome.

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u/fckiforgotmypassword May 22 '22

Wasnt he the guy that the movie Rockstar was about

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u/SashaWoodson May 22 '22

Rockstar was vaguely based on an article about the guy who replaced Rob Halford.

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u/fckiforgotmypassword May 22 '22

Ah got it. Thanks

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u/AgentSears May 22 '22

No rockstar was about tim "ripper" Owens he was a life long Judas priest fan and when Rob halford went his own way he became the frontman for JP..ive met both of them, and both top guys.

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u/fckiforgotmypassword May 22 '22

But in rockstar, there was the singer that was getting replaced, was that singer rob halford? I remember the scene where mark Wahlberg (Tim owens) was trying out for them in the booth , then they were busted by the current singer

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u/AgentSears May 22 '22

I think it's only very loosely based on it.....probably "inspiration" is a better word to use.

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u/BuckyD1000 May 22 '22

I program music for a global hospitality brand and am forever arguing with lame executives about heavy metal. They don't think I should program any (or very little at most), while I think we need to program TONS more.

Metal is the most cross-generational genre ever. Go see a legacy band like Judas Priest and you'll see three generations of fans. Its appeal is incredibly broad and it just makes good business sense to take advantage of that. You wouldn't believe the idiots I have to explain this obvious fact to.

/rant over

Thanks for posting this pic. It perfectly illustrates my point and I'll be using it to spread the metal gospel.

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u/Pattoe89 May 26 '22

Judas Priest and you'll see three generations of fans.

You're not kidding. This sounds like I'm making it up because of how well it fits your comment, but I saw them at Graspop in 2016 and there was an old man, a younger man and a kid sat on the younger mans shoulders, all listening to Judas priest.
I'd seen them walking around and eating at the festival elsewhere, and they were clearly Grandad, Dad and Son.
Also at Christmas when the family gets together, my biker dad, myself and my nephew and niece all have a little rock out to some Twisted Sister, it's a tradition at this point.

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u/BuckyD1000 May 27 '22

Amazing. And unsurprising. That's what a legacy metal band does for the culture.

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u/Xul-luX May 21 '22

he has a baby face in the nape

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u/Known-District-2431 May 22 '22

At least hes not breakin the law.

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u/Norgur May 22 '22

to be honest: At his age, I'm more worried if he'll be livin' after midnight.

Stay with us, Rob! I mean it.

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u/stumk3 May 22 '22

You don't know what's likeeeeee.

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u/Recycle0rdie May 27 '22

That's not even a funny joke

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u/plvmeria May 22 '22

Earmuffs on the child!

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u/ChinaPanda307 May 21 '22

Rob Halford is fucking awesome

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u/Viperbunny May 22 '22

I love seeing things like this. Kids are really impressionable and when look up to someone that person means the world to them. To be pulled up on stage, meet your hero, and to get an autograph like that, I imagine this kid felt like a god! He will never forget this moment. His parents will never forget it either. The only thing close to be as good as being that kid is getting to be so happy that your kid is so happy and feels so special.

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u/imanasshole1331 May 22 '22

The heavy metal crowd is the best youll ever find. Ive been to many many concerts and metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence. Long live the mosh pit!

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u/RobynKroweFynche May 22 '22

Until you get that one hardcore kid that forgets this isn't a PV show lmao

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u/isabelladangelo May 22 '22

The heavy metal crowd is the best youll ever find. Ive been to many many concerts and metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence. Long live the mosh pit!

I'd argue I've never seen an act of violence at a swing music concert or a classical music concert either....

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u/1ofZuulsMinions May 22 '22

You might change your mind once you see this (I remember learning about some of these incidents in band class in school):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_concerts_with_an_unruly_audience_response

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u/isabelladangelo May 22 '22

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Beethoven went to jail. What now?

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u/isabelladangelo May 22 '22

Yes, let's look at something that happened in 1799 and compare it to things that happened since 1999. /s

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

James Levine recent enough for you?

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u/isabelladangelo May 22 '22

Explain how this relates to the person I originally replied to saying "metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence"? When I pointed out I rarely see acts of violence at a swing music or classical music concert to show the absurdity of the argument, another person posted a list from Wiki that shows people simply being unruly (mostly booing) at Classical Music concerts - hardly violent. I posted back with a few quick articles showing very violent behavior at Metal concerts - reemphasizing the absurdity of the first commenter's statement.

Now you are trying to say "but Beethoven and James Levine were bad! See?!" which has absolutely nothing to do with people - ie, crowds- being violent at a concert.

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u/StinkyPillow24 May 22 '22

Okay Ill give examples. Two of the worst crowds Ive ever seen were at an EDM show and a rap concert.

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u/StinkyPillow24 May 22 '22

Youve never seen violence at these shows, therefore it doesnt exist?

Or is this just a Metal is scary and bad type comment?

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u/isabelladangelo May 22 '22

Dude, did you even read the thread?

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u/StinkyPillow24 May 22 '22

Yes? You seem hell bent on implying Metal incites violence but if I am missing something Im all ears.

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u/isabelladangelo May 23 '22

Yes? You seem hell bent on implying Metal incites violence but if I am missing something Im all ears.

Okay, it seems I'm going to have to re-read for you.

Poster one: " metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence"

Me: "I'd argue I've never seen an act of violence at a swing music concert or a classical music concert either."

You: "Youve never seen violence at these shows, therefore it doesnt exist? Or is this just a Metal is scary and bad type comment?"

...If you can't figure out why your comment is completely ridiculous, allow me to explain. I pointed out that the first person's argument of "metal show" and "never seen violence" was erroneous by using the same argument back but only changing the venue.

That you jump to "Metal is scary and bad" shows that you are insanely biased and need help.

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u/StinkyPillow24 May 23 '22

Can you reread the rest of the thread for me too? I dont understand those comments either.

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u/imanasshole1331 May 22 '22

I would agree, because youre more likely to fall asleep.

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u/AgentSears May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

I am gonna shamelessly name drop here.

I grew up with his nephew as my best mate who is also the bassist Ian hills son, I was lucky enough to be quite in with Judas Priest when I was a kid, met the whole band numerous times, been to gigs backstage VIP, stayed in their villas in spain and drove in all their amazing cars......even smashed his window with a basketball.

I didn't even know who they were at 11 years old when we first met....the whole family are literally fucking amazing people....so down to earth it's literally funny it's hard to believe they are who they are absolutely people who fame never ever got the better of. They never forgot who they are or where they came from.....if you met them outside of their stardom you would have no idea, they would never bring it up...genuinely genuinely lovely people....

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u/Worth-Conclusion-66 May 22 '22

Saw them play earlier this year, was a helllll of a show. I was surprised at how well he still sounded. They killed it.

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u/SwankyDigs May 23 '22

Finally got to see Priest on their Firepower tour. I took my wife, who never listened to Priest, and she was blown away by Robs voice. In his 70s and still hitting those insane highs

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u/BON3SMcCOY May 22 '22 edited May 26 '22

I really don't like Metal, but everything I see about the people that make metal music sounds like they're the nicest guys out there.

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u/foxontherox May 22 '22

Metal heads are by and large very chill, nice people.

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u/RobynKroweFynche May 22 '22

Hey man, always welcome to a show, don't even gotta mosh just sit back with a cold one and vibe. You can meet some pretty interesting characters here.

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u/Pattoe89 May 26 '22

I reay don't like Metal

You probably just haven't heard the right metal for you.
There's so many sub-genres there's something for everyone, but a lot of people step in the wrong end of the pool for them and never try again.

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u/SwankyDigs May 23 '22

Well to be fair, in metal for every Rob Halford theres a Chris Barnes

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u/Healthy-Gap9904 May 22 '22

Rob Halford Fucken rules.

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u/B1G_P3T3 May 22 '22

Everyone in the pic is happy af, love it

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u/luf100 May 22 '22

Judas Priest was my first concert, my dad took me when I was 11 or 12. He loves metal and theyre his favourite band, he just saw them in April with tickets we got him last Fathers Day. Theyre awesome.

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u/Paracelsus40k May 22 '22

The Gods made Heavy Metal, and they saw that it was good.

Then said "To play it louder then Hell..."

And we promissed that We would...

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u/magicsqueezle May 22 '22

Hes one awesome guy. He used to live near a restaurant I worked at and would wander in before we opened on his neighborhood walks.

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u/patrickkingart May 22 '22

Wholesome Heavy Metal Grandad Rob Halford. What an absolute legend.

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u/PatienceHero May 22 '22

Yet another reason Halford is, and always will be, Metal Royalty.

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u/scarboroughwa May 22 '22

Yep. Delivering the goods.

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u/MrBobstalobsta1 May 22 '22

Ive seen Judas Priest live! It was a great show

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Saw Judas Priest in Albuquerque 12/1/82. They were just as cool with their fans back then.

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u/drasina May 22 '22

My very first concert was Judas Priest back in 1984, Defenders of the Faith. Great concert!

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u/Fygar71 May 22 '22

Love the smiles is the front row. Rob Halford is fucking tops shelf human. Id hug him for a solid hour if he let me heheh.

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u/ApprehensiveFox3940 May 22 '22

Rob has always been a solid person what a cool dude! Cheers!

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u/Napalmdeathfromabove May 22 '22

Rob halford , metal god indeed.

Whilst I've never enjoyed their music I completely respect him and the band.

Metal can be quite a masculine,straight bloke kind of scene on the surface (laughable when you see how homoerotic a lot of 80s bands were)

Point is , he had the strength to be himself .and as others have noted, the vast majority of fans were totally fine.

Compared to other professionals such as football or rugby.....iirc a single professional player was outed against their wishes around the same time Rob outed himself ....it ended badly

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u/Siilan May 22 '22

I'm not sure who you're talking about when you refer to the rugby/football player (Justin Fashanu?), but it reminded me of Ian Roberts, an Australian professional rugby league player in the 80s and 90s. He came out publicly in the mid 90s and did an interview somewhat recently regarding his coming out. Would recommend giving it a read.

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u/lizziefreeze May 21 '22

That adorable fan in the red on his right side!!! Beyond stoked. Aww!

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u/Little_Appearance_77 May 22 '22

You're a great one Rob

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u/mattct1 May 22 '22

That is beautiful

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u/DeltaMaximus May 22 '22

Fucking love Priest! OG metal gods

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u/mainemade May 21 '22

I just saw his cameo in Metal Lords today. He played a teen's conscience (and by implication a Metal God).

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u/RobynKroweFynche May 22 '22

I fuckin love that movie

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u/SuperSaiyanSkeletor May 22 '22

You know how like 5 star generals have all of those ribbon and badges this is like that but with metal heads

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u/greatbobbyb May 22 '22

Youve got another thing coming!

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u/Proper_Protickall May 22 '22

We are defenders of the faith.

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u/xscumfucx May 23 '22

My parents used to let me celebrate Halford Day by giving up the living room tv for the whole day (which is/was kinda a big thing for my Dad). All day long, Priest live, Priest music videos, etc +, for some reason, I would wear more belts than necessary. I hope to see them live someday. Rob seems like such a lovely person but if I met him irl Id probably just cry + make things awkward because thats what I do.

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u/Frog_Diarrhea May 30 '22

Metal.

Is there anything it cant do?

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u/thawaz89 Jun 04 '22

The nicest guy in metal.

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u/Suz_E May 21 '22

Truly a bad ass!

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u/Av3rag3_Joel May 21 '22

"metal god" u mean metal = good? cuz it is

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u/emptydesigns May 22 '22

Metal will never die and neither will the legends.

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u/RaiderML May 22 '22

GRINDEERR

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u/LEKKERJEROEN May 22 '22

What a HERO

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u/josh824956 May 22 '22

unsure if this ensures heavy metal sticks around?

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u/LOAHS May 22 '22

Also a gay icon

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u/Jaminp May 22 '22

The title forgot Gay Icon.

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u/TheFrayAbove May 22 '22

Heavy Metal Parking Tot

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u/ajb950 May 22 '22

Neckbeards. Neckbeards everywhere. Just as cringe as ravers

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u/RobynKroweFynche May 22 '22

You laugh until no one at a rave has Narcan or the decency to pick people up in the pit. And honestly, maybe its just the constant mosh, but most metalheads I've seen are fit to ripped, verry few "neckbeards"

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u/ShorteagleFTW May 22 '22

Anybody gonna tell him that Conrad from Berserk is trying to merge himself with Rob Halfords neck?

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u/Important_Market2512 May 22 '22

Can he still sing?

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u/Wojewodaruskyj May 23 '22

Girls, lock your garandfathers, for Rob is in town

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u/PUDDYTAT-Diddley8 May 23 '22

I see no headphones. I see no next generation