Late Rocker Freddie Mercury And Judas Priest Frontman Rob Halford Have Landed On A Controversial New Maxim Magazine List Of Gay Stars Who Have Earned The Respect Of Russian Men.
Editors of the Russian version of the men's publication have published a list of gay celebrities whose contributions to culture are so great they've "earned our respect and the right to remain real men in our eyes".
Following the line of the country's anti-gay propaganda legislation, the publication's bosses state, "We, men, do not consider men who love men to be men. This is the rule, but there are exceptions."
They go on to list Halford and Mercury among those who are so cool "it doesn't matter what your orientation is".
Judas Priest Frontman Rob Halford Is Keen For An Odd Collaboration With Lady Gaga.
The Breaking The Law singer is a big fan of the self-confessed heavy rock devotee and in a recent interview with New Jersey's WSOU radio station, he admitted he's really interested in joining her in the studio and/or onstage.
"I think if you can be receptive to all different styles and genres of music, it can only make great things happen," Halford said, "and I've been watching her since day one. When she finally became a huge, gigantic worldwide star, I was really, really happy for her to have such success, because she deserves it.
"She's a demon as far as work; she never stops working. She's just a very prolific artist in all genres."
Continue reading: Judas Priest Star Pushing For Studio Time With Lady Gaga
Judas Priest star Rob Halford, Zakk Wylde and Jerry Cantrell have joined former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo in remembering guitar great 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott on the 10th anniversary of his death.
The rocker was shot and killed by a crazed fan at a show in Ohio on 8 December, 2004 and many of rock's elite hit social media on Monday (08Dec14) to pay their respects to Abbott.
Cantrell, Wylde, Halford and Anselmo also offered up personal tributes to Billboard.com.
Continue reading: Rockers Pay Tribute To Dimebag On 10th Anniversary Of His Death
The Breaking the Law rocker is often asked to bare all in book form, but he admits he couldn't run the risk of upsetting his pals.
He tells Esquire magazine, "It's basically (about) trust and respect for each other. I would never say anything about Glenn (Tipton), even about the music to a certain respect.
Continue reading: Rob Halford: 'There Will Be No Judas Priest Tell-all Book'
The Breaking the Law rocker met Gaga for the first time when he was a guest at a recent concert in San Diego, California - and now the odd couple is making plans to hit the studio together.
Halford says, "I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene. I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary. I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician, she plays piano really well, she's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Planning Judas Priest Collaboration
The rocker is keen to get himself fixed and healthy before the band hits the road to promote new album Redeemer of Souls.
He tells ABC News Radio, "It looks like the alien just burst forth! My doctors always said, 'We can take care of it', and I said, 'I’ll get around to it'... It’s not very appealing to look at."
Continue reading: Rob Halford To Undergo Hernia Operation
The Vip bash at the Avalon offered those with golden tickets the chance to hear Dio's new all-star tribute album, This Is Your Life, two weeks before the project is released.
Anthrax's Scott Ian, Tim 'Ripper' Owens and former Dio stars Jimmy Bain and Rowan Robertson also joined in the festivities by performing, while Judas Priest star Halford was honoured with a Metal God award.
Continue reading: Rockers Pay Tribute To Dio At Album Launch Party In Hollywood
The rocker has been animated for the cult cartoon series and will appear in an episode alongside director Judd Apatow, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.
According to The Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman, Halford performs a parody of Judas Priest hit Breaking the Law to highlight cartoon stars Bart and Homer Simpson's pirated movie viewing operation.
Continue reading: Judas Priest Star To Appear On The Simpsons This Weekend
The 61 year old has been hobbling around with the aid of a walking stick in recent weeks, but he insists he's on the mend and claims the ailment is nothing serious.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I've got a bit of a back issue, which is fixable. Thank the lord it's not happening while we're touring, because we'd be in a terrible state.
Continue reading: Rob Halford Recovering From Back Strain
The rocker is a part-time Phoenix resident and he's appalled by the new law, which requires police to determine if people are in the country illegally and calls for state residents to carry identification papers with them at all times.
He tells CNN, "It's a really, really difficult time for a lot of people. We try and stay out of politics - that's not our job - but I think for something as volatile as this... There's Latino metalheads, and there's all kinds of metalheads.
"From my heart, I think it's a racist law, I really do. I mean, I've thought about it and I've looked at everybody's point of view, and it's a terrible thing that's going on there, so I'm a little bit upset about the whole thing. I hope it gets resolved... There's enough trouble going on in the world."
Continue reading: Halford: 'Arizona Lawmakers Are Racist'
Date of birth
25th August, 1951