Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford saluted the band's legion of fans who would not give up until Priest was firmly entrenched into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band, which has been eligible since 1999, was shortlisted to make the cut last year — but ultimately came up short. Rob Halford told us that the band gaining entry this year in the Musical Excellence Award slot has as much to do with Priest's musicality as it does their fans' allegiance and belief in the group: “I've been watching those fan votes ever since the Rock Hall voting began — like I've done every time. And it was such a joy to see the consistency of the fans around the world. 'Cause a lot of people forget that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it is essentially supported with heavy metal maniacs voting for Priest from all around the world. So, to see that, to see those votes; it's a hell of a lot of people. That's a lot of fans really wanting this for the band, y'know, really supporting this opportunity for us.”
Judas Priest kicks off their 32-date European tour on June 3rd in Gdańsk, Poland at Stocznia Gdańska.