I met the Metal God...
have ever thought how Life works in mysterous ways...
I was sitting at a coffee
shop with a friend of mine on tuesday night, April 17th,
She and I had just had
dinner and went to this coffee shop for a cup o' joe...
I caught a glimpse of
this guy sitting down to read a book... I said to myself...
"that looks like
Rob Halford...NAW....couldn't be...."...
I couldn't stop looking
and wondering...Finally my friend asked me if I was going to ask
him or not, and so I went over to him and said:
" excuse me, is
your name Rob?"
he said: "yes..."
I said:"Rob Halford...?"
"Rob Halford from
I about shit
Rob Halford was my teenage
heavy metal hero...
So we sat there for a
few minutes, me trying to focus on what he was saying, we talked
about tattoos, because I said I didn't remember him ever having
any, and now he's covered. We talked about different artists and
he knew a few that I knew, and we talked about Old Judas, and his
new band, Fight... and then I said I was going to go and let him
read his book. He asked if I would like his card and I said "sure!!!"
He signed his card, and
gave it to me, and slipped away, quietly in the night, as I rocked
and reelled, revelling in my moment of "once in a lifetime"
here is what I got:
"Hey Larry, Keep the Metal Faith, ...Rob Halford."
hahaha....keep the faith...shit...Hell
yea I keep the Faith, I have Judas Priest tapes
that are over a decade
old and I still listen to them.
I also told Rob how I
first learned of Judas Priest, when laying my head down in American
at mission bay high school
back in '80-'81. I was putting my head down to sleep in class, when
I saw a checkerboard flying "V" guitar, drawn on the desk,
and the words "Judas Priest" written underneath
It was the "Call
for The Priest"...
Judas Priest and Rob Halford have been a big part of growing up,
my young adult life, growing up with friends, and good memories.
I am sure my parents might remember days of loud heavy metal music
seeping out from under my bedroom door around that time and after.
it was the greatest heavy metal band in the world, and in my book,
still is. there is nothing like Judas Priest, when Halford was with
them. Nothing will ever compare, to the old melodic rhythms of the
music from old Priest. My personal favorites are all from the albums
from Point of Entry, and before. they would be:
Rocka Rolla, Sad Wings
of Destiny, Sin after Sin, Stained Class, Hell Bent for Leather
Unleashed in the East, British Steel, and Point of Entry...
There are of course albums
after these, but these are my personal favorites.
Below are some pictures
I am "borrowing", all credit due.
You can see more of this
His old band(with new
singer) can be found here:
Copyright Tony Olson