Judas Priest frontman and all around God of everything heavy metal Rob Halford celebrated his 32nd anniversary since becoming sober over the weekend (January 6th). In a message shared with his fans on Facebook, Halford said, "today is my 32nd year of being clean and sober. One day at a time. Each one of you are in my life and your love and support encourages and helps me to live in the moment and try to do my best for you. Thank you all."
Halford has been candid about his sobriety in the past and has discussed it numerous times in interviews. In 2016, he explained to The Washington Times that his sobriety has been key to the band's survival. "Without it? Oh, I'd be dead. Literally, I would be dead. I wouldn't be talking to The Washington Times now," he said. "I wouldn't be here. The place where I got to, the next step, was lost." He added, "I love people. I love being in a band. I love making music. I had to figure out that was way more important than being addicted."
He has also gone on record and said that the support from Priest's fans are also a tool to keep him sober. In a 2015 interview with Canada's Rock N' Roll Breakfast Show, he explained (via Blabbermouth), "most of the Priest fans drink, they keep me sober. That might sound crazy. But I have to go out there night after night and do my work in the way that's expected from me. And I can't go out there drunk. I can't go out there smashed and drugged. That's cheating my fans. That's giving them a poorer display. So, if that makes sense, that's also part of my daily spiritual ritual — keeping clean and sober for my own well being, but also for my fans and everybody else."
"For anybody who's listening to us, if you're facing that kind of challenge in your life, please help yourself. You hear all these silly things like, 'Rehab is for quitters,' and, 'You're a man. Have a drink', blah blah blah. If you're going through the same difficulties that I went through, you know that it can be a matter of life or death, quite frankly. So be aware there's people out there, there's great organizations out there to help you start on a path to a brand new life that's full of wonderful things waiting to happen."
Judas Priest's will release their new album Firepower on March 9th.
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