Rob Halford thinks Neil Young “Did the Right Thing” but Likely Won’t Remove Judas Priest from Spotify

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Metal god Rob Halford has now thrown his own opinion into the ‘ol “is Spotify right or is Neil Young right” hat as the firestorm of controversy rages on.

If you haven’t been following the news, Neil Young blasted Spotify for allowing Joe Rogan to make erroneous statements about COVID-19 and safety preventions. Neil Young called Spotify’s bluff, demanding they remove Rogan or his own music. In response, Spotify removed Neil Young.

Things got taken up a notch on Friday when it appeared as if Spotify had removed close to 70 earlier shows of Joe’s due to inappropriate language used pertaining to race, with one of the earlier episodes with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan seemingly getting the boot.

Now, in speaking with Billboard about Priest’s recent third Rock Hall nomination, Rob shared his own thoughts on the controversy.

“I applaud Neil Young for standing up for what he believes in so strongly. I think each of us are dealing with the circumstances of this drama as we see fit. I don’t believe in sending out misinformation or disinformation about something that has taken so many lives when the scientific facts speak for themselves. Everybody has an opinion — did [Young] do the right thing? Did he do the wrong thing? You know what? Your opinion doesn’t matter. He did the right thing for him.”

That said, Billboard states in the article that Rob “predicts that the band will not take its music off of the service but — with the caveat that he prefers to keep music and politics separate”. Interesting…

Whether you agree or disagree, you can catch Judas Priest live soon at the dates below. And don’t worry, they’ll be playing as a 5-piece.

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 staff