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He alleges that Halford actively misled him by saying that he was simply unable to fulfill his financial obligations to his manager, promising that he would pay Baxter when he was able.On August 9th, Baxter was fired from his job as manager via a letter from a British law firm that reads, in part: "It has become clear over recent weeks that the relationships between our parties has run its course and that you are not acting in our clients' best interests." The letter also claims that Baxter, who lives in Arizona, withdrew his sponsorship of Halford's U. visa in order to prevent his entry into the country and that he posted cruel comments on Halford's official website, actions that "placed an intolerable strain upon our clients' ability to maintain constructive and professional relations with the remaining members of Judas Priest and their representatives at this crucial time." Baxter's attorney, Barry K.Priest had just lost a singer, so a tryout was set up, and Halford was promptly accepted into Priest, joining Hill, the twin guitar team of K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, and a revolving door of drummers.With Halford on board, Priest's sound shifted to a more metallic sound, and by 1974, their first album was issued on the small Gull label, Rocka Rolla.In association with our friends at Stool Pigeon, John Doran talks to Golden God, Rob Halford.You only have to open a style mag, left-field music publication or a broadsheet at the moment to see that heavy metal is enjoying one of its many periods of critical rehabilitation.Born on August 25, 1951, in Birmingham, England, Halford…
There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognizable as Rob Halford.
They bridged the gap between the heavy metal mark I of Black Sabbath and the myriad genres of the 80s and beyond.
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It doesn’t matter how much people claim that metal is an influence on the cat walks and put on doom metal shows in art galleries: Judas Priest will remain potentially the most un-trendy, the least co-opted band ever formed.
To the public at large they will always remain a mystery; an anachronism; an embarrassment.
Although the debut was an unfocused affair that quickly sank from sight, with each successive release, Judas Priest focused their sound and songwriting, leading to a string of certifiable metal classics that broadened their worldwide fan base -- 1976's Sad Wings of Destiny, 1977's Sin After Sin (the band's first for Columbia Records), 1978's Stained Class, plus 1979's Hell Bent for Leather and Unleashed in the East (these albums in particular would inspire countless future metal bands: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Def Leppard, Megadeth, Pantera, etc.) During this time, Halford's look reflected a motorcyclist -- dressed head to toe in leather and studs, he would even drive a Harley out on stage at each show.