Happy Pride everyone!
Henri Belolo obituary, available here.
Official Village People website here
The photo above is by Mario Casciano, via commons.wikimedia.org.
I think the brilliant fashion designer Thierry Mugler, who died yesterday, was at home at gay leather bars. Here’s a great picture of him that I stole from the internet:
Among many other accomplishments, Mugler designed the dresses worn by internationally renowned fashion models for George Michael’s video for his song “Too Funky.” These dresses were part of a recent exhibit at the art museum in Montreal.
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.
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This is a publicity shot for Village People (not ‘the’ Village People, people!) Which one is your favorite? I like the cop, of course!
Official Village People website is here
Before he takes his “pole dance to hell,” Lil Nas X gets locked up in some fabulous chains, in his newly released video MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name).
The bondage comes into play at about the 1:25 mark:
Fucking hot if you ask me!
Has anyone been to see the new movie out now about Freddie Mercury and the rock band Queen? I went to “Bohemian Rhapsody” yesterday, and I thought it was really good!
About halfway though, Freddie goes to a gay club that looks like it was probably The Mineshaft. In one scene there is a guy in a leather hood being led around on a leash. If you blink you might miss it. Freddie also has many male companions in the movie, many of whom are shown in leather biker jackets. There’s lots of facial hair, too.
If you go to see the movie, be sure to stay for the closing credits, over which real archival footage of the real Queen performing is shown, Freddie Mercury is wearing leather pants and jacket, and a Mineshaft T-shirt!
Fucking hot if you ask me!
The movie’s official website (where I got these pictures from) is here.
Also check out this article from the New York Times.
This is a rare “off-topic” posting here on the Metalbond site. This is an independent band based in London and NYC, Spottiswoode and His Enemies. Three of the seven members of this band are part of the LGBT community.
The first song on their first album is called Rattle the Bars:
And on their album Salvation they recorded this song called Chelsea Boys:
This band is currently preparing to record a new album. The band’s official website is here.