Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Recalls Hitting The Inevitable Rock And Roll Wall

‘Sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ is a phrase many rock and metal acts are familiar with. Judas Priest also had their share of this lifestyle, especially in the 1980s, when they enjoyed mainstream success and a great amount of wealth. In a recent interview with Classic Rock, Rob Halford looked back on those times and revealed how he ended up surviving after hitting the rock and roll wall.

During the recordings of the 1986 album ‘Turbo,’ Rob Halford struggled with substance addiction. It was a period of wealth for the band, and the album was an instant commercial success. ‘Turbo Lover,’ the album’s most successful single, touched upon materialism in the 1980s. At the time of its release, Priest was pretty interested in luxurious cars — and ‘Turbo Lover’ was the reflection of this.

“We moved around three places,” Rob Halford recalled, revealing they moved from studio to studio but didn’t really focus on their work on ‘Turbo’ while enjoying their time in pubs. “First, we went to Compass Point in the Bahamas… but that was insane. We didn’t get any work done, and we couldn’t get focused. It was just mad. We’d start work at six at night and be at the pub by eight. “

“I was going for everything,” said Halford. The vocalist added, “In fact, that was just before my sobriety kicked in. It’s like a test of fire. Everybody goes through that ritual in rock’n’roll, and it can either be very creative, or you can end up doing a lot of damage to yourself, which is what I was doing. I was peaking at that time. From the mid-80s onwards, I feel like I became a more serious musician. Maybe it was because I hit that inevitable rock’n’roll wall and survived it.”

So, Rob Halford was enjoying his time with his bandmates during the recordings of ‘Turbo Lover,’ so they didn’t really focus on getting the work done. Instead, they spent much of their time in the pubs drinking. Halford was struggling with substance addiction at that time, and their insane amount of wealth enabled him to get what he wanted. Thankfully, he came out of this period sober and in one piece.