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Listen: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Reads From His Autobiography

  • Axl Rosenberg

It might sound like a no brainer to have a singer read the audiobook of their autobiography, but it is by no means a given — Ozzy’s I Am Ozzy, for example, is narrated by the actor Rupert Farley, Tom Wayland reads Dave Mustaine’s Mustaine*, Marilyn Manson’s Long Hard Road Out of Hell is narrated by James Patrick Cronin, and Vince Neil appears nowhere on the audiobook edition of The Dirt (none of the members of Mötley Crüe do).

So the fact that Judas Priest frontman is indeed the voice behind the audiobook of his recently-released autobiography, Confess, is terrific news. I don’t frequently listen to audiobooks, but it’s hard to think of a better person to tell you Rob Halford’s life story than Rob Halford.

The first four minutes of the Confess audiobook are now available for your listening pleasure. You can check that out below. Alas, it’s not the part of the book containing the revelation that Halford once tried to seduce original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno.

On a semi-related note… y’know which other badass NWOBHM singer reads their own audiobook? Bruce Dickinson. His reading is somewhat more animated than Halford’s, but I think Halford has the more sonorous speaking voice. Feel free to pointless argue about which vocalist is the better narrator in the comments section.

Mr. Halford, meanwhile, has said he’s making a solo blues record. That should be interesting.

*I feel obligated to note that Mustaine’s new book, Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece, is narrated by Mustaine, David Ellefson, and a notable of other key players from that era of the band.

[via Metal Injection]

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