Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford kicks off a series of interviews on hard rock and heavy metal. The band, originally from Birmingham, England, was a pioneer of the heavy metal sound at the height of its popularity in the 1970s and 80s. The band's name comes from the title of the Bob Dylan song, "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest."
Halford left the band in 1991, citing internal tension. In 1998 he came out of the closet during an interview on MTV. Halford, whose nickname is the Metal God, returned to Judas Priest in 2003. The band's most popular songs include "Breaking the Law," "Hell Bent for Leather," and "Livin' After Midnight."
This interview originally aired on June 21, 2005.