Rob Halford’s Hilarious Reply To Queen Elizabeth Asking ‘Why You Guys Play So Loud?’
In a recent chat with Classic Rock ahead of the release of Judas Priest’s new album ‘Invincible Shield,’ Rob Halford shared a memory he had with Queen Elizabeth at a Buckingham Palace event celebrating British music. Light entertainer Cilla Black introduced the Priest singer to the late monarch at the event, as he recalled:
“I was standing in line with Cilla, who I’d met earlier, waiting to meet the Queen. Cilla has met her before, and she says, ‘This is Rob Halford; he’s flown in from Finland to be here.’ And the Queen said, ‘You play music? What kind of music do you play?’”
Halford then described the Queen’s reaction upon learning he was a metal artist:
“And she said, ‘Oh, heavy metal? Why do they have to play so loud?’ So, I just went, ‘So you can bang your head, your majesty.’ It was such a lovely night, talking about heavy metal to the Queen.”
The Singer’s Experience At The Event
About 500 guests, including names like Eric Clapton, Brian May, and Phil Collins, attended the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s royal reception in March 2005 to recognize the impact of British music on the country’s culture and economy. Reflecting on the event while recounting his memory with Elizabeth II, the Judas Pries vocalist told The Washington Post that year:
“That was very surreal, going to Buckingham Palace. It was the first time the royal family — The Firm, as it’s called — wanted to give a nod to the music industry in general.”
He also shared his personal feelings about the experience:
“My mother was more excited about it than anyone else, but it was magical for me, too, because I’m a royalist. I love the royal family, for all its imperfections, but to actually meet the Queen! That was a thrill and a memory I’ll always cherish.”
British Royals Celebrating Artists
British royalty has a history of honoring musicians through this kind of occasion. In a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, Kings and Queens have included some musicians in annual honors lists for years.
The previous year, King Charles III added guitarist Brian May to his New Year Honours list to knight him for his contributions to music and charity. This year’s list came out in early January, and while sharing his thoughts about the names that deserved to be in it, Halford told Classic Rock:
“If one person deserves a knighthood, it’s Ozzy Osbourne. Just for the joy he’s given people over the years.”
You can check out Rob Halford’s interview here.