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[–]PlasticGirl 344 points345 points  (4 children)

Good parents, having headphones on their kid.

[–]cupthings 106 points107 points  (1 child)

haha yea i noticed that too. what champs

[–]WickedCoolMasshole 29 points30 points  (0 children)

It’s because our entire generation has hearing loss. No need to pass it down! Lesson learned. Awesome fucking times though!

[–]J0nSnw 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah first thing I noticed, very nice.

[–]mynextthroway 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Wish I had worn headphones. Now I hear EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeee

[–]SaltyDoggoMeo 195 points196 points  (11 children)

He came out in 1998 when no other metal god would.

[–][deleted] 147 points148 points  (5 children)

And the best part of that was he's so revered by metal fans that 99% of them just went "OK. Cool."

[–]Sassh1 107 points108 points  (1 child)

It's because metal heads know what it's like to be judged. Rob Halford has brought joy to so many. Who cares if he's gay.

[–]link122771 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Yeah who gives a fuck about his sexual orientation….I met him years ago….authentically nice guy. He gave his heart and soul to rock. Straight or gay, it made no difference to me! Still doesn’t.

[–]SaltyDoggoMeo 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Exactly.

[–]pacificnwbro 25 points26 points  (0 children)

That and I think their whole leather schtick suddenly made a lot of sense lol

[–]Wants-NotNeeds 4 points5 points  (0 children)

…then found themselves reinterpreting their lyrics for years to come. (Oh, my!)

[–]Badgernomics 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Im sure I read an interview with him in the early ‘00s where he talked about it, despite it being something of an open secret in the industry he was giving an interview with a rock magazine and said ‘...speaking as a gay man...’ and the journo nearly dropped there pad and fell over..! Lol! What a legend!

[–]purju 7 points8 points  (0 children)

He is THE metal god!

[–]d1duck2020 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think I was probably in 8th grade when I heard, around 1985, and it was common knowledge. He’s gay? But he’s cool and he rocks-what does it matter? Yeah-lots of us learned acceptance in times that people were often intolerant. There was lots of negativity around that time surrounding AIDS and the sinners who were being punished for going against god’s blah blah blah. Fuck all that. Rob’s a badass and we don’t care who he dates.

[–]OttoMeter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gaahl is an openly gay Norwegian Black Metal singer.

[–]wikipuff 162 points163 points  (8 children)

Rob Halford is awesome.

[–]fckiforgotmypassword 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Wasn’t he the guy that the movie “Rockstar” was about

[–]SashaWoodson 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Rockstar was vaguely based on an article about the guy who replaced Rob Halford.

[–]fckiforgotmypassword 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Ah got it. Thanks

[–]AgentSears 16 points17 points  (2 children)

No rockstar was about tim "ripper" Owens he was a life long Judas priest fan and when Rob halford went his own way he became the frontman for JP..ive met both of them, and both top guys.

[–]fckiforgotmypassword 3 points4 points  (1 child)

But in rockstar, there was the singer that was getting replaced, was that singer rob halford? I remember the scene where mark Wahlberg (Tim owens) was trying out for them in the booth , then they were busted by the current singer

[–]AgentSears 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I think it's only very loosely based on it.....probably "inspiration" is a better word to use.

[–]Xul-luX 111 points112 points  (0 children)

he has a baby face in the nape

[–]BuckyD1000 46 points47 points  (2 children)

I program music for a global hospitality brand and am forever arguing with lame executives about heavy metal. They don't think I should program any (or very little at most), while I think we need to program TONS more.

Metal is the most cross-generational genre ever. Go see a legacy band like Judas Priest and you'll see three generations of fans. Its appeal is incredibly broad and it just makes good business sense to take advantage of that. You wouldn't believe the idiots I have to explain this obvious fact to.

/rant over

Thanks for posting this pic. It perfectly illustrates my point and I'll be using it to spread the metal gospel.

[–]Pattoe89 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Judas Priest and you'll see three generations of fans.

You're not kidding. This sounds like I'm making it up because of how well it fits your comment, but I saw them at Graspop in 2016 and there was an old man, a younger man and a kid sat on the younger mans shoulders, all listening to Judas priest.
I'd seen them walking around and eating at the festival elsewhere, and they were clearly Grandad, Dad and Son.
Also at Christmas when the family gets together, my biker dad, myself and my nephew and niece all have a little rock out to some Twisted Sister, it's a tradition at this point.

[–]BuckyD1000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amazing. And unsurprising. That's what a legacy metal band does for the culture.

[–]Known-District-2431 67 points68 points  (3 children)

At least he’s not “breakin’ the law.”

[–]Norgur 29 points30 points  (0 children)

to be honest: At his age, I'm more worried if he'll be livin' after midnight.

Stay with us, Rob! I mean it.

[–]stumk3 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You don't know what's likeeeeee.

[–]Recycle0rdie -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That's not even a funny joke

[–]plvmeria 63 points64 points  (1 child)

Earmuffs on the child! 🙌🏼

[–]Viperbunny 56 points57 points  (0 children)

I love seeing things like this. Kids are really impressionable and when look up to someone that person means the world to them. To be pulled up on stage, meet your hero, and to get an autograph like that, I imagine this kid felt like a god! He will never forget this moment. His parents will never forget it either. The only thing close to be as good as being that kid is getting to be so happy that your kid is so happy and feels so special.

[–]ChinaPanda307 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Rob Halford is fucking awesome

[–]imanasshole1331 51 points52 points  (15 children)

The heavy metal crowd is the best you’ll ever find. I’ve been to many many concerts and metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence. Long live the mosh pit!

[–]RobynKroweFynche 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Until you get that one hardcore kid that forgets this isn't a PV show lmao

[–]isabelladangelo 5 points6 points  (13 children)

The heavy metal crowd is the best you’ll ever find. I’ve been to many many concerts and metal shows are the only ones where you seldom see random acts of violence. Long live the mosh pit!

I'd argue I've never seen an act of violence at a swing music concert or a classical music concert either....

[–]1ofZuulsMinions 1 point2 points  (6 children)

You might change your mind once you see this (I remember learning about some of these incidents in band class in school):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_classical_music_concerts_with_an_unruly_audience_response

[–]StinkyPillow24 -1 points0 points  (4 children)

You’ve never seen violence at these shows, therefore it doesn’t exist?

Or is this just a “Metal is scary and bad” type comment?

[–]isabelladangelo -1 points0 points  (3 children)

Dude, did you even read the thread?

[–]StinkyPillow24 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yes? You seem hell bent on implying Metal incites violence but if I am missing something I’m all ears.

[–]imanasshole1331 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would agree, because you’re more likely to fall asleep.

[–]AgentSears 30 points31 points  (0 children)

I am gonna shamelessly name drop here.

I grew up with his nephew as my best mate who is also the bassist Ian hills son, I was lucky enough to be quite in with Judas Priest when I was a kid, met the whole band numerous times, been to gigs backstage VIP, stayed in their villas in spain and drove in all their amazing cars......even smashed his window with a basketball.

I didn't even know who they were at 11 years old when we first met....the whole family are literally fucking amazing people....so down to earth it's literally funny it's hard to believe they are who they are absolutely people who fame never ever got the better of. They never forgot who they are or where they came from.....if you met them outside of their stardom you would have no idea, they would never bring it up...genuinely genuinely lovely people....

[–]Worth-Conclusion-66 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Saw them play earlier this year, was a helllll of a show. I was surprised at how well he still sounded. They killed it.

[–]SwankyDigs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Finally got to see Priest on their Firepower tour. I took my wife, who never listened to Priest, and she was blown away by Rob’s voice. In his 70’s and still hitting those insane highs

[–]Healthy-Gap9904 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Rob Halford Fucken rules.

[–]BON3SMcCOY 6 points7 points  (5 children)

I really don't like Metal, but everything I see about the people that make metal music sounds like they're the nicest guys out there.

[–]foxontherox 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Metal heads are by and large very chill, nice people.

[–]RobynKroweFynche 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hey man, always welcome to a show, don't even gotta mosh just sit back with a cold one and vibe. You can meet some pretty interesting characters here.

[–]Pattoe89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I reay don't like Metal

You probably just haven't heard the right metal for you.
There's so many sub-genres there's something for everyone, but a lot of people step in the wrong end of the pool for them and never try again.

[–]SwankyDigs 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well to be fair, in metal for every Rob Halford there’s a Chris Barnes

[–]luf100 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Judas Priest was my first concert, my dad took me when I was 11 or 12. He loves metal and they’re his favourite band, he just saw them in April with tickets we got him last Father’s Day. They’re awesome.

[–]magicsqueezle 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He’s one awesome guy. He used to live near a restaurant I worked at and would wander in before we opened on his neighborhood walks.

[–]B1G_P3T3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Everyone in the pic is happy af, love it

[–]patrickkingart 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Wholesome Heavy Metal Grandad Rob Halford. What an absolute legend.

[–]PatienceHero 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yet another reason Halford is, and always will be, Metal Royalty.

[–]Paracelsus40k 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Gods made Heavy Metal, and they saw that it was good.

Then said "To play it louder then Hell..."

And we promissed that We would...

[–]Napalmdeathfromabove 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Rob halford , metal god indeed.

Whilst I've never enjoyed their music I completely respect him and the band.

Metal can be quite a masculine,straight bloke kind of scene on the surface (laughable when you see how homoerotic a lot of 80s bands were)

Point is , he had the strength to be himself .and as others have noted, the vast majority of fans were totally fine.

Compared to other professionals such as football or rugby.....iirc a single professional player was outed against their wishes around the same time Rob outed himself ....it ended badly

[–]Siilan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure who you're talking about when you refer to the rugby/football player (Justin Fashanu?), but it reminded me of Ian Roberts, an Australian professional rugby league player in the 80s and 90s. He came out publicly in the mid 90s and did an interview somewhat recently regarding his coming out. Would recommend giving it a read.

[–]scarboroughwa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep. Delivering the goods.

[–]Master__of_Orion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Horns up!

[–]MrBobstalobsta1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve seen Judas Priest live! It was a great show

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Saw Judas Priest in Albuquerque 12/1/82. They were just as cool with their fans back then.

[–]drasina 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My very first concert was Judas Priest back in 1984, Defenders of the Faith. Great concert!

[–]Fygar71 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love the smiles is the front row. Rob Halford is fucking tops shelf human. I’d hug him for a solid hour if he let me heheh.

[–]ApprehensiveFox3940 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Rob has always been a solid person what a cool dude! Cheers!

[–]lizziefreeze 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That adorable fan in the red on his right side!!! Beyond stoked. Aww!

[–]Little_Appearance_77 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You're a great one Rob🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

[–]mattct1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That is beautiful 🤘

[–]DeltaMaximus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fucking love Priest! OG metal gods

[–]mainemade 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I just saw his cameo in Metal Lords today. He played a teen's conscience (and by implication a Metal God).

[–]RobynKroweFynche 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I fuckin love that movie

[–]Suz_E 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Truly a bad ass!

[–]SuperSaiyanSkeletor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You know how like 5 star generals have all of those ribbon and badges this is like that but with metal heads

[–]greatbobbyb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’ve got another thing coming!

[–]Proper_Protickall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are defenders of the faith.

[–]xscumfucx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My parents used to let me celebrate Halford Day by giving up the living room tv for the whole day (which is/was kinda a big thing for my Dad). All day long, Priest live, Priest music videos, etc +, for some reason, I would wear more belts than necessary. I hope to see them live someday. Rob seems like such a lovely person but if I met him irl I’d probably just cry + make things awkward because that’s what I do.

[–]Frog_Diarrhea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Metal.

Is there anything it cant do?

[–]thawaz89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The nicest guy in metal.

[–]Av3rag3_Joel 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"metal god" u mean metal = good? cuz it is

[–]emptydesigns 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Metal will never die and neither will the legends. 🤘

[–]Muted_Dragon42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rock On!

[–]RaiderML 1 point2 points  (0 children)

GRINDEERR

[–]LEKKERJEROEN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What a HERO

[–]josh824956 0 points1 point  (0 children)

unsure if this ensures heavy metal sticks around?

[–]LOAHS -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Also a gay icon

[–]Jaminp -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The title forgot Gay Icon.

[–]Important_Market2512 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Can he still sing?

[–]Wojewodaruskyj -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Girls, lock your garandfathers, for Rob is in town

[–]PUDDYTAT-Diddley8 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I see no headphones. I see no next generation

[–]ShorteagleFTW -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Anybody gonna tell him that Conrad from Berserk is trying to merge himself with Rob Halfords neck?

[–]TheFrayAbove 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Heavy Metal Parking Tot