Rob Halford Takes Responsibility for Recent Fan Backlash

Rob Halford
Rob photo by Luis Blanco (via Wikipedia)
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Look, everyone messes up now and again. Messing up is easy to do as they say, but handling it with grace is a different story. Usually the high road approach is to just own up, take responsibility, and move on. So, respect to Rob Halford who has done just that.

A few weeks back, fans were PISSED when the band announced that they’d be touring as a 4-piece for the first time in 48 years.

Fans were quick to, uh, share their feelings:

In the wake of that fan response, the Judas Priest camp clearly realized the errors of their ways and reversed course, stating:

“Hello metal maniacs… given all that has recently evolved and transpired we have decided unanimously as a band to continue our live shows unchanged with Rob, Ian, Richie, Scott, Andy, and Glenn joining us whenever he’s able…so see you all soon as we forge ahead celebrating 50 massive heavy metal years of Judas Priest together!”

Now, as told to Billboard, Rob had the following to say:

“That all came from me, it didn’t come from the band… Of course, that blew up in my face, didn’t it? To have done something like a four-piece now would’ve been just not right, ridiculous, insane, crazy, off my rocker, have a cup of tea and relax. It’s kind of water under the bridge now. I think my heart was in the right place, but I’m not the first musician to have a crazy idea.”

Look, water under the bridge. And respect to Rob for just owning up to a mistake and not trying to pin it on anyone else within the band or in their camp. Most importantly, Priest seems to be set up for success as a 5-piece again so get to it:

3/4 – Peoria Civic Theatre – Peoria, IL
3/6 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
3/7 – Maverik Center – West Valley City, UT
3/9 – Angel Of The Winds Arena – Everett, WA
3/10 – Moda Center – Portland, OR
3/12 – Fox Theater – Oakland – Oakland, CA
3/13 – Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood – Las Vegas, NV
3/15 – The Shrine – Los Angeles, CA
3/16 – Arizona Federal Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
3/18 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX
3/20 – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park – Cedar Park, TX
3/21 – Freeman Coliseum – San Antonio, TX
3/23 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Nashville, TN
3/25 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
3/27 – Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center – Charleston, WV
3/29 – The Met Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
3/30 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
3/31 – The Theater at MGM National Harbor – National Harbor, MD
4/2 – Foxwoods Resort Casino – Mashantucket, CT
4/4 – Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell – Lowell, MA
4/7 – Scotiabank Centre – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
4/10 – Videotron Center – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
4/11 – Place Bell – Laval, Quebec, Canada
4/13 – FirstOntario Centre – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Words by: The Pit