Rob Halford Picks Mötley Crüe And Poison As The Biggest Glam Rock Bands
The ’80s were an exciting period in the rock scene where feminine attire took off because of glam rock’s influence. Hence, rockers were admired for their makeup and messy long hair. Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford recently discussed the period with UCR and his worries about coming out in the ’80s, naming Mötley Crüe and Poison the most influential glam rock bands.
“When you think about the glam rock movement,” discussed Halford as he recalled the period. “What it was, specifically, two bands that really pushed that for me were Mötley Crüe and Poison. And, to some effect, Cinderella, maybe some Winger, L.A. Guns. There was a lot of stuff coming through at that moment in the glam rock era.”
He continued by mentioning Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach and how problematic the ’80s were. “And definitely Sebastian, you know, when guys looked like girls. And that worked. And I could never quite figure that out because of the homophobic stuff that was going on in the ’80s.”
For Halford, the era was complicated for him as a closeted man. “And there’s all these guys with makeup on, looking… I have to watch my words here, but you know what I’m saying? Looking in a specific way, that everybody else is like, ‘Yeah, man, they’re really hardcore,’ and all that kind of stuff. And then me as a closeted gay man, it’s like, ‘Am I missing something here?'”
The frontman discussed his worries regarding coming out, saying,”‘How am I not able to come out for fear of losing my career and my band, but these guys are going out there looking like they do, and everybody’s falling over them?'”
The rocker added how important glam rock was, “Not everybody, but, you know, just the general perception of the imagery was just, everybody has to look that way. Everybody has to dress that way. It was a remarkable time in heavy metal and rock to think about in a broader sense.”
The period was challenging for Halford as a man who hadn’t come out of the closet yet since he was confused about how most people received femininity in rock. Men with long hair and feminine clothes rocked the stage, and the audience admired them. Still, Halford couldn’t discuss his sexuality with anyone since the rocker was afraid that would damage his reputation.