Rob Halford Suffers Back Injury, Promises ‘The Metal God Will Be Bouncing Back’
If Judas Priest had scheduled a film premiere 30 years ago, Rob Halford would have showed up on a Harley. But time stands still for no one — not even a Metal God — and Halford was rocking a decidedly different set of wheels at the New York screening of the band’s ‘Epitaph’ DVD on May 14.
‘That Metal Show’ host and all-around rock and roll raconteur Eddie Trunk was on hand to cover the event, which found Halford restricted to a wheelchair. But don’t worry, Priest fans; as Halford assured Trunk during their interview (embedded above), it’s strictly temporary.
Calling the situation “evil,” Halford explained, “I’m in agony right now. But it’s just a back injury; it’s going to be fixed. The Metal God will be bouncing back and everything will be great.”
It’s the latest in a bout of recent setbacks for Priest. As Classic Rock Magazine points out, the band was also forced to cancel the ‘Epitaph’ screening planned for May 24 at the Forum in London, although they’ve promised to make it up to fans at a different venue. “We’ll be holding a screening at the Soho Hotel, London, at 8pm on Friday,” Priest explained in a press release, assuring ticket-holders that “Tickets already issued will be honoured and those attending will also receive an advance copy of the DVD. Alternatively, a full refund will be offered by Ticketmaster. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”