Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford spoke in an interview with Fish Griwkowsky from Edmonton Journal, and revealed an interesting claim about Queen’s music with Freddie Mercury.

He shared his opinion on homophobia, and claimed that ‘if Freddie hadn’t have been gay, Queen would’ve been a totally different band.’

Here’s the entire statement:

“I was surrounded by homophobia, which still exists today. There are places I can’t go back to because I’ll be stoned to death. As far as that whole business, I discovered when I did come out that I was in this trap gay people find themselves living in that you’re living your life for everyone else, but not yourself.

During the ’70s and ’80s it was incredibly difficult. I love Priest more than anything, so while always in my mind — I have to be careful how I say this — it’s not important to the music. Though I will say, a straight man can’t do my job (laughs). That’s the way I view it.

Freddie said it wasn’t important, but if Freddie hadn’t have been gay, Queen would’ve been a totally different band. But that’s a really important part of my life that I have to get down on paper at some point.”

Click here for the entire interview.

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