During an interview with Metal Hammer, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford spoke about his time performing with Black Sabbath and spoke about a prank that the band played on him. Halford found himself with the opportunity to play with the band back in 1992 when Ronnie James Dio (the Black Sabbath singer at that time), refused to play some shows; the band were to include Ozzy Osbourne in some shows as a reunion of sorts, and Ronnie was not super pleased by that idea.
So Rob Halford stepped in to help out! During one of the band’s shows, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler decided to pull a funny ass prank on the Metal God. You can read all about this prank via Halford’s words below.
“There’s another thing that mates do to each other as well – Tony and Geezer [Butler] are notorious pranksters,” Halford reveals. “We’re getting ready to go on and they say ‘are you nervous Rob?’ and I’m like, you’ve got to be. So I’m there, with all my gear on, looking like Pinhead from Hellraiser and I walk down to the backstage with Tony and as we get to the curtain, I realise he’s vanished. So I’m there, calling his name, ‘Tony? Tony?’ and he’s disappeared.
“I think ‘he must have gone out’, so I thought I’d better get out there too. I slowly walk out by myself and the crowd starts roaring, and I’m looking around, there’s nobody on-stage. So I’m thinking ‘I’ve walked out, I can’t just walk back off’ and having this dilemma, then a few seconds later Tony and Geezer come walking out, falling about the place laughing. They’re always pulling stunts – you’ve really got to watch them. Afterwards, I asked ‘did you do that to me?’ and Geezer goes ‘you’ll never know…’ But what a brilliant show. If you look on YouTube, you can actually find a fan-shot performance. So there you go – flash forward a few decades I stood in for Ozzy again when his voice gave out. It’s a Brummy thing – we help each other out.”
That is pretty damn funny. It is also wild to imagine Rob Halford fronting Black Sabbath – super surreal. For fun, we have included some footage of Rob Halford performing with the band during the 2004 Ozzfest.