Rob Halford of legendary metal band Judas Priest says that the idea that rock is primarily a youthful endeavor has been disproved by many iconic bands that have withstood the test of time.
The Judas Priest frontman tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “I don’t know when that changed. I think it’s just been a very slow progression through the back end of the ’60s and the ’70s. A lot of people just became more attuned to the fact that, hey, this doesn’t have to stop, just when you reach a certain point in your life. This doesn’t have to finish because people go, ‘How can you be a 60-year-old metalhead? That’s for young people, you know.’”
The rocker says part of the reason for the longevity is the willingness of parents to pass down the music to their kids. “It does your heart good. That’s remarkable,” says Halford. “I remember when I was growing up, you didn’t like the music that mom and dad liked and now, the kids are coming to Priest shows, putting the horns up with their mum and daddy at the side of them. I think that’s pretty cool, man. I really do.”
“You probably know that a lot of us that have had the good fortune to stay the course, whether it’s Priest or KISS or Maiden or Motorhead, AC/DC — there’s a ton of bands that are still the backbone, really, of the rock and roll industry that have been going around the world doing what we do. It’s just remarkable. It’s just that power — the rock and roll power, I call it — that just has the ability to constantly touch people from every generation.”