Judas Priest’s Rob Halford on public-sex arrest: ‘I’ve f–ked up!’
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford as soon as took a law-breaking stroll on the wild facet that would have ended his profession.
The homosexual, leather-loving singer reveals in his “completely candid” memoir — “Confess: The Autobiography,” out Tuesday — that California cops coated up for his long-ago arrest for “public indecency” at a Venice Seaside restroom.
In a e-book excerpt from Rolling Stone, the heavy-metal legend additionally relates a tasty affair from the early Nineties, when a then-closeted Halford would head to Camp Pendleton in California for threeways with a bisexual Marine sergeant and his spouse — the one girl Halford says he has ever had intercourse with.
“As soon as the door was shut, we might go at it for hours,” Halford, now 69, writes of their hookups in his new torrid tome. “I’d go away there extra exhausted than if I’d been for a health club exercise.” He provides that he was “much more ” within the man and that his “coronary heart wasn’t in it” so far as having intercourse with the spouse, though she was “a stunning, lovely girl, with an ideal physique.”
However the self-proclaimed “metallic god” additionally acquired his kicks in different extra lurid locations. Halford recollects taking a mountain-bike trip in early 1992 — not lengthy earlier than he first left the band — and swinging by “a infamous males’s washroom” in Venice Seaside, the place he “determined to cease off and check out my luck.”
His “luck” shortly ran out: After fondling himself in an open restroom stall, Halford was arrested by an undercover cop.
“Oh, f–ok! One million ideas raced via my thoughts,” he writes of getting caught. “That is it! I’ve f–ked up! It’s going to be within the papers! I’ve misplaced every thing! And but, on the identical time, I felt oddly calm.”
A handcuffed Halford was taken to a police station and, whereas there, an officer acknowledged him.
“I believed it was you,” the cop instructed him, after which requested, “What the hell are you doing right here, Rob Halford?”
“I’m a f–king fool,” Halford replied. The officer stated he would see what he may do in regards to the state of affairs. Whereas ready, Halford writes, different officers “flashed satan horns” at him via his cell window — a recognition of his Judas Priest stature — and he “did the identical again, and caught my tongue out. It handed the time.”
Halford was finally launched and the primary officer who acknowledged him stated they might hold the incident from the press. “I had been fortunate. Once more,” Halford writes.
“How did I really feel? Silly, and ashamed, but in addition indignant — that, this late within the century, homosexual males nonetheless needed to reside in worry like this,” continues Halford, who publicly got here out on MTV in 1998 and reunited with the band in 2003.
“I at all times name this  arrest my ‘George Michael second,’ after he did the identical factor in Beverly Hills six years later,” he says, referring to the late Wham singer’s 1998 arrest for a lewd act in a park. “The one distinction was that George wasn’t so fortunate with the newspapers.”
He does, nevertheless, say he thinks Judas Priest followers might need gotten previous his fake pas had it come to gentle on the time.
“I’d prefer to assume for essentially the most half if that incident had damaged into the press then an excellent proportion of my followers would have stated: ‘We’ll assist you and stand with you,’” he not too long ago instructed NME. “A couple of years later, after I got here out on MTV, that was a incontrovertible fact as a result of the suggestions from all over the world was optimistic — they simply needed me to proceed being the singer for Judas Priest and get on with the job.”
Within the memoir, Halford additionally talks in regards to the sexual abuse he confronted when he was youthful by a pal of his father.
“On the time, it was terribly complicated and couldn’t have occurred at a worse time, for me as a younger man that was already coping with attempting to determine issues out,” he instructed Selection in an interview final week. “Speaking about it now, I can really feel the horror and being completely frightened and desirous to run away, however on the identical time feeling, ‘Now that is affection, in a really crude brutal method.’ It was extremely, extremely complicated. You’ll be able to solely think about for a younger man, coping with that kind of assault. “
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