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Judas Priest's Rob Halford Talks Temptations and Sobriety

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Epic Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Epic Records (via ABC News Radio)

Rob Halford sat down with the folks at Classic Rock Revisited this week to discuss the difficulties and rewards of being sober.

The Judas Priest singer and self-proclaimed "Metal God" has been clean and sober since January of 1986.  "I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired," says Halford of his decision to quit using substances. "I will always remember the first show I did clean and sober… It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque.  I literally felt elevated, as everything was coming with such clarity.  I was able to really…enjoy the performance of Judas Priest without having all of the other things in front of it.  Since that day, it has been a miracle."

Halford adds, "Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point.  It [doesn't have to] be booze and drugs.  You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whatever…It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll.  There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you’re on the road.  [But] I think we're some of the strongest people, my friends and my sober brothers in metal."

Priest's latest album, Redeemer of Souls , debuted at an impressive #6 last month on the Billboard 200 album chart.


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