Rob Halford is constant to point out his sense of favor whereas in quarantine.
Late Friday evening (January 22), the JUDAS PRIEST singer took to his Instagram to share a number of images of him sporting a tailor-made sports activities coat, tie with white skulls, leather-based gloves, denims, cowboy hat and fabulous spiked platform heels whereas carrying a classy dragonhead cane.
Rob wrote in an accompanying caption: “‘steel elevation’ #heavymetal #ink #tattoo #steel #music #riseup #loud #energy #fashion #design #style #slay #pleasure #be #you #picoftheday #photoshoot #selfie #love #household #pals #followers #one #world #peace #respect #all”.
Earlier this month, Rob shared a few images of him sporting black leather-based assless chaps. One of many individuals who reacted to the photographs was Halford‘s PRIEST bandmate Richie Faulkner, who posted the next remark: “Bro! Subsequent tour!! Much less is extra haha”. Rob then replied: “70 this 12 months bro no fucks left!”
After Halford got here out in 1998, PRIEST‘s studs-and-black leather-based biker outfits — which outlined the look of the heavy steel style for years to return — took on an explicitly homosexual dimension, with some followers claiming that they had been taken without warning by his revelation.
In Greg Prato‘s “Lengthy Reside Queen: Rock Royalty Talk about Freddie, Brian, John & Roger” ebook, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Ok.Ok. Downing was requested who he thinks pulled off the “leather-based biker look” higher, QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury or Halford. Downing responded: “Undoubtedly Rob. Truly, that is most likely probably the greatest questions I’ve ever been requested. As a result of each of the fellows, clearly being homosexual and each clearly having donned the leathers — which is par for the course — I believe the distinction was it turned Rob‘s final and everlasting picture. Whereas Freddie did it for a little bit of enjoyable, I believe. However [it is] a enjoyable query — I like that lots. Undoubtedly Rob seemed just like the epitome — as I hope all of us did, collectively, after we all ultimately acquired into the leather-based gear — of an archetypal heavy steel band.”
In his 2018 autobiography, “Heavy Responsibility: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, Downing claimed to have provide you with PRIEST black-leather look. Requested what impressed it within the first place, Ok.Ok. informed Rolling Stone: “I do not know. I had some fairly cool seems within the early days. I began off with a black, swashbuckling look. There was a spot referred to as the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre and beneath it had been huge alcoves of all these theatrical garments. We discovered we may lease these garments, and that turned me and Rob‘s spot. We seemed by means of all these items, and that is why we wore a few of these coats and boots; they had been all rented from this theater. I believe we ultimately acquired informed off as a result of we did not return the garments in time. [Laughs] We simply held on to them. Ultimately, we acquired slightly bit of cash and began having garments of our personal made and the look simply got here piece by piece. [Laughs]”
Requested if it was straightforward to get the remainder of the band on board, Downing mentioned: “Some members within the band wish to suppose every thing’s their thought. I believed, ‘I am going to get Rob on board to start out with.’ There have been a few homosexual guys on the leather-based store in London and Rob was in his factor [laughs] with these guys becoming him out in all this leather-based gear. Gays had been already sporting leather-based in London so it was a simple promote for Rob. He was on board with that but additionally as a result of we weren’t making an attempt to do this; we had been doing the leather-and-studs factor in a steel manner. Then he began to design all of his garments. ‘I am having the bullwhip. I am having this cover made.’ Rob was completely satisfied for them to know that he was a homosexual man, however at a sure level, it began to seem like a gladiator, which was fully completed in steel. It opened up a large quantity of doorways for him to elaborate on all through our profession.”
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