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Rob Halford is the lead singer of Judas Priest. He’s famous for riding a motorcycle on stage for the British heavy metal band’s live shows, and for wearing full leather. In 1998, during an interview on MTV, he came out.
In a cleverly titled autobiography, “Confess,” published in 2020, Mr. Halford tells his life story. It is at times triumphant, other times tragic. He describes growing up in Walsall, England. As a schoolboy he discovered his talent for singing. He eventually joined the band Judas Priest, known by fans as Priest, and he talks about the band’s ups and downs over the decades. He talks about what it was like to record albums and go on tour. All the while, he was living with a secret. More precisely it was something that everyone in his orbit seemed to know but nobody talked about. He says not being open about his sexuality contributed to his feelings of loneliness and isolation and contributed to his own alcohol and drug abuse. He had several male companions over the years, one of whom died by suicide. In 1986 he got sober and has remained so ever since.
This was a wonderful book to read. I was greatly moved and was in tears on several occasions. A number of photographs are included. My two favorites are a 1977 band publicity shot in which the guys are wearing leather jackets and mirrored sunglasses; and a picture from the desert southwest of Mr. Halford with Thomas, the hunky ex-Marine he found happiness with.
Here are a few more notes about Mr. Halford, according to his excellent book:
The most surprising thing to me, is that Mr. Halford says that he is more into vanilla sex than BDSM or kink! He explains the leather and chains are the look for the band. If you ask me, he sure looks comfortable in his leather, as evidenced by an interview he did in 1989 for a local television program in Arizona (see the video embedded below). If you ask me, he looks like he wears leather all the time. I think he’s damn sexy.
Whether the “Metal God” is the kind of guy who would read the Metalbond site or not does not matter. This is an excellent book, and I am so glad I took the time to read it.
By ty dehner
Night has come, but the living room in this Palm Springs home is filled with glowing multicolored lights from the ten-foot Spruce tree that stands in the corner next to the Roman brick fireplace with a few glowing embers behind the glass. There is a typical desert chill outside as the temperature is plummeting to the low forties for the early morning.
The living room in this mid-century modern home is manly in its decor, with a contemporary leather sectional, a set of leather chairs with chrome and glass tables with wrought iron lamps on them, currently turned off. The room seems empty with nary a sound. But if one paused for a moment there would be the sound of faint breathing that is clearly coming from near the fireplace and lighted tree. As a few of the tree lights start a pattern of turning off and on, the breathing increases in pace as the lights dance to a faster sequence.
My phone went off and I groaned and rolled over. It was Sunday and it was the only day I could count on sleeping in. I grabbed the phone from the table beside my men and cracked one eye open and looked at the screen to see who was calling. I quickly answered when I saw it was my buddy and part-time Sir. I answered, Yes Sir and sat up in bed.
My Sir growled at me for keeping him waiting and then when I began to stammer excuses, he laughed and told me to relax. I immediately began to wonder what was up as he never allowed me to get away with anything.
He laughed and called me by my name at that point so I knew it was a friendly call between close friends instead of Sir and his wayward boy. He told me that it looked like a great day to go for a ride on our bikes and get out of the city for a while. I stood up and opened the drapes covering the window and saw that it was a clear sunny day. I readily agreed and we made plans to meet up at his place in about an hour. I knew that would give me time to get into my riding gear and zip over to his place on my Ducati. I got up and walked to the closet and grabbed my riding gear.