Judas Priest’s success skyrocketed in the early 1980’s. Along with their boom in fame, came a decline in Rob Halford’s emotional and physical health. In the second episode of the two episode arc, host Jon Wiederhorn delves into Halford’s inability to be himself in the public eye. Eventually Halford would temporarily split from the band, enabling him to explore his music and come out publicly. Hear members of Judas Priest, At the Gates, and Pantera talk about the band and Rob Halford’s journey to becoming a metal music icon.


Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford talks about losing control to alcohol and drug addiction. Hear the story of when he set off a fire extinguisher in a Japanese businessman’s hotel room and the high octane stage stunts Judas Priest put on during their tours. Halford remembers the people the metal industry lost to suicide and his traumatic experience with overdosing. And, how the gay community was used as a scapegoat during the AIDS epidemic.

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill recalls the unravelling and eventual break up of Judas Priest. Guitarist Glenn Tipton shares about touring less and dealing with depression after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Pantera’s vocalist Philip Anselmo talks about how it must have been a relief for Rob Halford to perform after coming out and that fans still loved him. At the Gates vocalist Tomas Lindberg discusses the importance of Judas Priest album “Stained Glass” to him as a singer.

Backstaged: The Devil in Metal is a production of Diversion Podcasts in association with iHeartRadio. Written and hosted by Jon Wiederhorn. Produced and directed by Mark Francis and Scott Waxman. Consulting Producer: Andrew Kalb. Production Assistant: Anita Okoye. Social Media Manager: Stephen Tompkins. Instrumental guitar music by Scott Waxman. Editing by Chris Schreiner. Technical Producer: Clem Fandango. Director of Marketing and Business Development: Jacob Bronstein. Executive Producers: Scott Waxman and Mark Francis. Special thanks to Oren Rosenbaum at UTA.

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