Watch Judas Priest FINALLY Make It Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Over the weekend, a wrong was finally righted and Judas Priest ascended to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, I know what our marching orders are as metalheads — we don’t give a shit about the Grammys or the Hall of Fame or anything like that. We never needed any outside validation.
But… like… this is still pretty damn cool. Metal is woefully underrepresented in the Hall of Fame and hopefully this is the start of more recognition for the artists we’ve grown to idolize and worship. This weekend saw the culmination of months of planning and saw K.K. Downing and Les Binks rejoin the band for their performance. It was a magical night and we’re waiting for their acceptance speeches to make it online.
As you may or may not know, the only criteria a band or performer needs to meet in order to be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is that their first record had to come out at least 25 years prior to nomination. Given the fact that Rocka Rolla came out in 1974, that means Judas Priest has been eligible since 1999, for fuck’s sake! I mean come on! The hall was founded in 1983, so this should have been a first year ballot situation.
But that’s neither here nor there now. All I know now, in the year of our lord 2022, is that Judas Priest is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as only the third metal band ever added. That should change at a later date, but for now, let’s just enjoy their performance, complete with Les Binks and K.K. Downing.
Oh and just for shits and giggles, here’s a clip of Dolly Parton singing “Jolene” with a whole mess of the other inductees, including the Metal God himself, Rob Halford.