THE METAL GODS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AS INDUCTEES INTO THIS YEAR’S ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ALONGSIDE EMINEM, DURAN DURAN AND DOLLY PARTON
23 years after they first became eligible, Judas Priest will finally be inducted into the hallowed halls of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
On Nov 5th, 2022 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the metal legends will receive the Musical Excellence Award.
The band made a statement via social media claiming “Judas priest are thrilled and honoured to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2022.” They go on to say that “This is also a great moment for British heavy metal, metal worldwide and our amazing fans who support us and keep flying the flag for metal and Judas Priest!”
This is a statement that we wholeheartedly agree with! This is a great moment for metal music, and one that is LONG overdue.
Priest join Eminem, Duran Duran, Dolly Parton, Pat Benatar, Lionel Ritchie and Carly Simon as this year’s inductees and recipients of the Musical Excellence Awards. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis will also receive the awards.
Which Priest members will attend the ceremony remains a mystery. Former guitarist K.K. Downing and drummers Dave Holland and Les Binks are all eligible for induction, and whilst Holland sadly died in 2018, speculation and rumours are rising that Downing and Binks could join the current line-up at the ceremony in Los Angeles.
Downing has been engaged in a long standing war or words with his former bandmates, and this reached fever pitch when he wasn’t asked to re-join Priest after guitarist Glenn Tiptop was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in early 2018.
Speaking to EonMusic in November when the nominees for the R&RHOF were first announced, Downing said “I thought about it briefly [joining Judas Priest at the ceremony], when we were nominated, what would happen. But like I say, it’s November and a lot of things can happen between now and then, especially with men of an age like us… I think it’s just a question of seeing how everything lies when it comes to them, really, because a lot of things can happen between now and then; a lot of things could get better, but they could get worse, or stay the same, you never know, do you?”
Whether we will see a Judas Priest reunion at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony remains to be seen. I personally have all my fingers and toes crossed that they can set aside their differences for one night and give us fans one final earth shattering performance, in the way that only the metal gods can.
Priest will become one of only a handful of metal bands inducted into the hallowed halls, joining Metallica and Black Sabbath. This accolade is well deserved and long overdue, and perhaps we will soon be seeing another little British metal band by the name of Iron Maiden being welcomed into the R&RHOF too.
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