While countless music fans are excited about getting the COVID vaccine so they can go out and rage again, many others have responded with outright refusal and contempt for the vaccination effort. Whether it’s due to not liking being told what to do or elaborate conspiracy theories about 5G mind control and celebrities eating children’s faces to stay young (or whatever), these individuals see the COVID vaccine as an affront to their freedoms. Now, one of heavy metal’s most important musical figures is asking everyone to get vaccinated — Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.
Halford took to his Instagram and released a video in which he thanks those headbangers who have already gotten vaccinated and urges those who haven’t to take the plunge.
“Hi, everyone, this is your Metal God, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, sending you a massive shout-out of thanks to our metal community for doing the right thing by getting the life-saving vaccine that will eventually eradicate COVID-19 throughout the world,” says the singer.
“One thing we are proud about in metal is that we not only stand united together for our music, but also for each other,” continues Halford. “Common sense states that by having the jab, we’re opening up one of the most important areas that we have so desperately missed, which is being side by side, horns way up, at clubs, theaters, arenas a festivals, where who we are and what we live for is tangible and real with the bands we love. So let’s get those amazing vibes and feelings back faster.
“I urge those of us who have not yet been vaccinated to please step up,” says Rob in closing. “Judas Priest and all bands everywhere are made complete by playing live for our fans. You can learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines at madetosave.org. See you soon, metal maniacs!”
You can watch the whole video below. Everyone at The Pit urges you to get vaccinated for your safety and the safety of those around you, and so we can go to concerts again and not just get couch-wasted to old Slayer videos.
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Words by Chris Krovatin