robhalfordleathersuit Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has explained why he trademarked the phrase “Metal God” in 2009.

He took the legal step to ensure the name couldn’t be used in commercial ventures like computer games. But he’s previously said he’s not fully comfortable with using it himself.

Appearing on Later With Jools Holland, Halford recently told the host: “I would never put myself on that pedestal. That’s the title the fans started to give me after the British Steel album. It’s something I really cherish – I don’t want anybody else to be the metal god but me.”

Judas Priest’s new album, Redeemer of Souls, will be released in the States on July 8th through Epic/Columbia.


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  • DennyZ on

    I can’t imagine anyone else but Rob Halford being referred to as the Metal God. The only ones that could come close would be Ronnie James Dio and Lemmy.

    • Paul Stanley's Voice From 1977 on

      I agree about Dio but not Lemmy. I don’t think Motorhead is metal but rather good solid rock n roll. Ozzy should be in the conversation but he is already dubbed the Prince Of Darkness.

    • DennyZ on

      I was referring to the joke that “Lemmy is God”….lol. Ozzy will forever be The Prince of Darkness though too. πŸ˜€

  • Brian B on

    Sammy Hagar takes a lot abuse on this sight, but he is another who’s voice has not diminished with age. Most have.

    • sar305 on

      Very true.

    • Joe Pensanti on

      That’s because, Brian, Sammy Hagar may have a powerful voice, but his songs are lame.

    • doug r. on

      Have to disagree 100% with you on that Joe, from Montrose to Chickenfoot, Sammy very rarely made a song that wasn’t awesome. No, not every song is a Rock Candy, or a Heavy Metal, Finish What Ya Started, or a turnin’ left, (tell me that song don’t kick ass), but NOBODY’S PERFECT!

    • doug r. on

      Now you’re talking! πŸ™‚

    • doug r. on

      Agreed Brian, the Red Rocker still rocks!

  • scott whitaker on

    Maturity has only made Rob’s voice sound stronger.

  • Lee on

    John Kay shoulda trademarked “heavy metal” when ABC Dunhill dropped “Born To Be Wild” upon the world. Steppenwolf were a heavy band.

  • James on

    He’s not only the Metal God but he’s also a down to earth, great person. He’s always been the Metal God and he always will be for future generations to discover and worship the way all of us do.

    • Joe Pensanti on

      James, I completely agree. I met Rob in 1988 and he was extremely gracious. This was after he put on a 90 minute concert. He was smiling, came out to greet the fans that waited for a long time, and said “Ok, who wants to take a picture?” Him, Brian May and believe it or not, Gene Simmons, were the coolest rock stars I ever met.

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