Chicken After Midnight: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Is Officially a Kentucky Colonel

Rob Halford by DallasFletcher, via Wikipedia.
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We’re huge fans of Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. Whether he’s urging fans to get vaccinated or trying to seduce Paul Di’Anno, Rob’s good-natured attitude always makes us smile (to the point where we wonder if he might be Santa Claus). Now, it appears that Rob has something else weird and endearing to lift him up in our esteem: he’s officially a Kentucky colonel.

As reported by Loudwire, Halford took to his Instagram to show off a document signed by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams, which confers the honor of Kentucky Colonel “with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities thereunto appertaining” to the musician.

“Thank you governor and the people’s of Kentucky a great honour and organisation that’s making good things happen,” wrote Halford in the caption of the post.


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Congrats to Halford on this incredible honor! We’ll have a 15-piece bucket with mashed potatoes and gravy, please.

If you want to raise a mint julep in Rob’s name, you can do so at Judas Priest’s upcoming 50th anniversary tour at one of the dates below:

9/8 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena*
9/9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*+
9/11 – Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds^#
9/13 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
9/14 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*
9/16 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena*
9/17 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre^
9/19 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre*
9/20 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre*
9/22 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre^
9/23 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory*
9/25 – Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
9/26 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival^#
9/29 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom^
9/30 – West Valley City, UT – Maverik Center*
10/2 – Everett, WA – Angel Of The Winds Arena*
10/3 – Portland, OR – Moda Center*
10/5 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater^
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater^
10/8 – Las Vegas, NV – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood
10/9 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
10/12 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum^
10/13 – Cedar Park, TX – HEB Center Cedar Park^
10/15 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre^
10/19 – Independence, MO – Cable Dahmer Arena*
10/21 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium*
10/22 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
10/24 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center Coliseum*
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met*
10/27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center*
10/28 – Oxon Hill, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/30 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater^
10/31 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center At UMass Lowell*
11/2 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Centre*
11/4 – Laval, QC – Place Bell*
11/5 – Hamilton, ONT – First Ontario Centre*

* new show
^ not a Live Nation event
# festival date
+ SABATON not support on this date; support is to be determined


Words by Chris Krovatin

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