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Rob Halford of Judas Priest: Being a Gay Heavy Metal Singer Is "a Very Deep and Interesting Story"

Image courtesy of David Livingston/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of David Livingston/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

It's no secret that  Judas Priest  frontman  Rob Halford  is gay -- he came out publicly in 1998 -- but the nuances of what it's like to be a gay heavy metal singer with millions of macho, heterosexual male fans is something he's never spoken about. This could change if Halford decides to write an autobiography, something he says is not out of the question.

Halford tells ABC News Radio, "That's...a personal journey and I think that I'd probably have less of a problem with that [than with a band tell-all]  because it would be coming from my mouth." The singer says he'd keep it personal. "I wouldn't say anything about  Richie  [ Faulkner ], I wouldn't say anything about  Glenn  [ Tipton ]," he says. "I wouldn't bring anybody else into that part of my life because...it's not cool."

Halford is aware that his story is "of its own life compared to what I am, I'm a singer in a heavy metal band. Oh by the way, he's also gay. That's...simplistic, but I know it's a very deep story, it's a very interesting story."

It's not just Halford being gay that's interesting, of course. Judas Priest has had a 40-year career  involving numerous lineup changes, trips to rehab and other highs and lows, but Halford says that even though he's been asked "time and time and time again, 'Can we have a book from Judas Priest?'...I don't think we'll ever do it."

"We've always pushed back," he told ABC News Radio. "We know what people want -- an exposure of the band," he says, and that's not going to happen. "If you want to know about Judas Priest, put on that record from 1974 and listen to everything to 2014 -- there's the life of Judas Priest. We don't feel as though we need to say anything more beyond the music." 

Speaking of music, Judas Priest's first studio album in six years,  Redeemer of Souls  arrives next week, on July 8. There are various pre-order options available, and if you head over to  PledgeMusic.com , you can find t-shirt and music combos as well as special band-signed artwork proofs from the album.

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