“No matter what your opinions and feelings about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it’s a great institution.
“It’s in the same caliber of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and basketball, and NFL, the Grammys, the Oscars…
“Some people might thing it’s superfluous. It’s not really. What it is for the musicians it’s just a recognition. The work that you have been making in your years in the music world.
“And for Priest it’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears, and we’ve been slugging away… And I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean that in a loving way. You know how much we love heavy metal music.
“We had the great joy and pleasure of almost now making our 18th studio album over four decades, and loving every minute of it. So to get this to come along now is a boost. It’s a real boost, it makes you feel good within the band, within the fans that look out for Priest around the world, and for heavy metal music more than anything else.
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more than rock and roll. It kind of ventured up into another language besides rock ‘n’ roll. Which in my opinion I think it should, because it’s the only body that represents music in this broad spectrum.
“So to have another heavy metal act potentially inducted is important.”
Responding to the interviewer’s comment that Black Sabbath and Metallica are currently the only full-on metal acts in the Rock Hall, Halford said:
“And fingers crossed it will be three heavy metal bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A long time I’ve talked about the way metal over the years has had to face push-back and criticism from other corners of the music industry.
“People talking badly about metal, saying it does not have any validity, doesn’t have any content, doesn’t have any intelligence, whatever…
“We still have been up against this kind of ‘underdog of rock ‘n’ roll is heavy metal.’ Well, this is another affirmation of the opposites. It increased through the punk and new wave.
“Heavy metal was declared dead in the water, it was dinosaur music. Well here we are now, stronger than ever, burning brighter than ever. And I don’t mean in United States, but all around the world. So today is a great day for heavy metal.”
Rob also said during the chat:
“I’d like to say that persistence has payed of. At long long last it’s just a fantastic feeling. You do dream about these things and now you have your very strong vocal feelings of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, very justifiable.
“But now we can let off a bit of steam and pressure hopefully into the actual Hall Of Fame itself.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 nominees
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sister Rosetta Tharpe