Judas Priest’s Rob Halford: ‘I had a diva moment when I heard about Metallica at Glastonbury’

Singer says organisers should put on a British metal band next time

Judas Priest singer Rob Halford says he had a “diva moment” when he heard that Metallica would be headlining this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The frontman for the Birmingham rockers says he’s a firm believer that a metal band can win over the Worthy Farm crowd this June, but wishes he was playing too.

Halford says: “I think it’s great, but I did have a bit of a diva moment when I heard. I rang Michael [Eavis] and said I loved it. I love that he’s bringing metal to Glastonbury, but I did say next time he wants to bring metal to Glastonbury, can you make sure it’s British?

“Metallica are our best mates, and I’m thrilled for them. I think when Michael Eavis sees how mad the crowd go he’ll realise metal can work there, and hopefully he’ll book Priest in a couple of years.”

Halford also promises that his band will tour the UK and Europe next year, having started their latest tour in the USA. “We’re doing a bunch of dates there, then having a Christmas break then we’ll play all over the UK and Europe,” he says. “We love coming home. We never forget this is who we are, and Britain is very important to us.”

Judas Priest’s new album, ‘Redeemer Of Souls’, is out on July 14. It’s their first album in six years, following 2008’s ‘Nostradamus’, and their first album with new guitarist Richie Faulkner.

Reaction to Metallica’s headline slot at Glastonbury has been mixed. Johnny Marr thinks it will be “funny” while Arctic Monkey Alex Turner says it “doesn’t add up”. Fellow headliners Kasabian have endorsed the Glastonbury organisers’ “bold” decision and Mick Jagger, who headlined the festival with The Rolling Stones in 2013, predicts the veteran metal band are “going to be great”.