‘Stately homo of heavy metal’: The secret that nearly killed me

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‘Stately homo of heavy metal’: The secret that nearly killed me

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has written one of the most candid and surprising memoirs of the year

Neil McCormick

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II makes a surprising appearance in Confess, the frankly eye-popping autobiography of Rob Halford, frontman of veteran British heavy-metal rock band Judas Priest.

A staunch royalist since the queen visited his hometown of Walsall in 1957, Halford was thrilled to be invited to a music business reception at Buckingham Palace in 2005. Greeting Her Majesty, the over-enthusiastic rocker was ticked off by the late Cilla Black for breaking royal etiquette and reaching out for a handshake. “Cilla was nudging me in the ribs, saying: ‘I can’t take you anywhere!’" laughs Halford, recalling how the queen gave his hand “the slightest brush with the tips of her fingers".

It was at this moment that she asked the question many music lovers have always wanted to ask: “Heavy metal," she said. “Why does it have to be so loud?"..

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