Judas Priest’s lead man, Rob Halford, is prepping audiences for his upcoming book. The book, due in 2020, is by Halford’s accounts, is “more of a memoir” than an autobiography.
It was earlier this year, that Halford confirmed that he was finally working on a book – this after years of insisting that he’d never release a biography because of concerns over privacy.
Now in a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Halford has also said that his memoir will offer a very revealing look back at his life, saying, “There’s no point in putting a book together if you don’t have full disclosure, in my opinion. I’ve probably been more honest and truthful about myself since I’ve been sober,” he added, ”You only get a chance to do it once and do it properly.”
While fans wait in anticipation for the book’s release, Halford admits that he’s also filled with a bit of muted excitement. “I’m excited, but I’m also kind of apprehensive as we move along. Mostly because you don’t know what you [should include]: Should I say this, should I say that? I don’t know.”
Speaking further and going into more detail, Halford said, “I don’t want it to be an autobiography — I want it to be more of a memoir. It’s going to have a lot of things in there that you’re going to go, ‘Oh, I’m not really interested in that.’ You’re also going to go, ‘Oh my God, I never knew he did that!’ But it’s going to make you feel happy, it’s going to make you feel sad. It’s going to make you feel angry, it’s going to shock you. It’s going to have all of the things that I think have been in most people’s lives.”
While there is no official release date yet, Halford says that he has well into the writing: “It’s coming together and it’s exciting, and I think we’re hoping for it to be released sometime toward the back end of 2020, hopefully,” he said.
It was only a few years ago, in 2015, Halford spoke much less enthusiastically about telling his story in a book. At that time, he told Australia’s Brisbane Times: “I know that my own life, my own experiences have something in them that people could learn from, that could really help somebody. And that it could be written in a way that needn’t be exploitative or titillating. But I’m a private person, and I can say right now, it won’t happen.”
He explained further that this also applied to how he felt about revealing information on Judas Priest, who
Now that he’s had a change of heart about his own story, it remains to be seen if he changes his tune about the band telling their own story. Last year, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing released his autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest.”