When Bruce Dickinson Insulted Rob Halford’s Live Performance With Judas Priest


The music world is no stranger to many public feuds among legendary figures. Some of them turn into heated debates while some others end up in a peace agreement. No matter what, they are mostly an object of entertainment for most of us as they at least distract us from our everyday lives.

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson was also involved in one of these feuds with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. It is known that Dickinson has been always an outspoken celebrity who doesn’t hesitate to state his opinions on various musicians, bands, and also politics. The Iron Maiden frontman initiated a public discussion when he criticized some of the rock singers who use teleprompters.

Bruce Dickinson Criticized Rob Halford For Using Teleprompter During A Live Show


The feud between Iron Maiden and Judas Priest actually goes back to their touring together in Judas Priest’s 1981 and 1982 U.S. tours. The two band members had experienced some conflicts related to their stage setups and the other details of the shows.

When we move into the year 2000, the two legendary bands seemed to get along better. Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford even performed a duet for Halford’s ‘The One You Love To Hate,’ which was released in his band Halford’s debut album ‘Resurrection.’ There is some footage of the two names while recording in the studio.

Fourteen years later, in 2014, Bruce Dickinson seemed to break the deal when he attacked Rob Halford for using a teleprompter during the live shows. A teleprompter is a device mostly used by vocalists, which helps them remember the lyrics during their live shows. Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Ozzy Osbourne are some of the famous names who use this device on the stage.

The Iron Maiden frontman spoke in an interview with The Guardian and said that they don’t use an Autocue during their live performances. Then, he criticized the ones who use it for not being able to remember the lyrics. Bruce Dickinson favored the audience who come to the shows and said that it is disrespectful to them.

Later on, Dickinson targeted Judas Priest and their lead singer Rob Halford by saying that he was shocked when he saw Judas Priest using a teleprompter during the live performance of their ‘Breaking the Law.’

Here is how Bruce Dickinson criticized the use of an Autocue during the live shows:

“With Maiden, there’s only one singer, there’s nobody hiding behind the amps, unlike some other guys we shan’t mention. And we still don’t have an Autocue. Yay! I never realized that people were using Autocues. What the fuck is that all about?

People pay good money and you can’t even remember the sodding words. The daftest one I ever saw was ‘Breaking the Law.‘ It’s on the fucking Autocue. ‘Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law’ – guess what? – ‘breaking the law.’ It’s ludicrous.”

After Bruce Dickinson’s criticism, Rob Halford was also asked to comment on the issue. Halford didn’t fuel the fire and said that he loves Bruce. He added that Dickinson probably didn’t mean any offense when he uttered such remarks about his performance. The Judas Priest frontman managed to stay calm despite Dickinson’s harsh comments and stated that some words just slip out without any ill will.

Rob Halford’s words on Bruce Dickinson’s criticisms:

“I love Bruce. I love Bruce. He’s a great friend of mine. And he’s very outspoken. He’s a great frontman, a great singer from a great band. You know, these things are said in many ways, and I’m sure he didn’t mean it in any other way than Bruce sometimes goes off in one of his rants. You know, it’s just the way it goes.”

It looks like when Rob Halford didn’t lay too much stress on the topic, which hindered further discussion between the two. They seem to get along well these days considering the rumors about a potential tour of Iron Maiden’s with Judas Priest.