Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford gave an interview to Decibel Magazine during which he remembered an incident involving Ringo Starr. Following that, he stated that rock and roll is unpredictable by its nature.
Formed in 1969, Judas Priest became one of the greatest metal bands of all time with the albums and hit songs they have released. This year, the band decided to embark on their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour and toured until guitarist Richie Faulkner had a health issue.
Following that, Halford worked on compiling all of Judas Priest’s musical efforts for the ’50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music’ box set. Issued on October 15, the box set consists of 42 CDs and the band’s every official live and studio album, and some unreleased material.
In the interview by Decibel, the host Adem Tepedelen asked Rob Halford what the 20-year-old Halford would think about his 50 years of a music career. The Metal God then said that what lies ahead is somewhat uncertain for a music band. He then said bands are quite fragile as they break up even for simple reasons.
Moreover, Halford recalled one of The Beatles’ interviews. According to the musician, someone asked Ringo Starr if he thinks their success will last, and Starr said he will open a barbershop if it does. After saying that, Halford said rock and roll is unpredictable and chaotic, and it should be so.
In the interview by Decibel, Rob Halford stated that:
“When you’re in a band, you have no clue what lies ahead. I’ve always said it’s such a fragile existence. A band can come off as tough and as heavy and strong and powerful as anything in the world, but internally it’s as fragile as glass. Bands break up for the smallest, simplest reasons. Sometimes it’s deeper, but that’s what you’re dealing with.
I remember an amazing interview I saw with the Beatles, when they had suddenly gotten successful, and somebody said to Ringo, ‘Do you think this is gonna last, Ringo?’ And he goes, ‘If it ends, I’ll open a barbershop.’
It’s a fine line between absolutely immersing yourself in a serious embodiment and pursuit in life, and at the same time carrying it lightly. It’s like sitting loose in the saddle of life. Rock’ n’ roll is so unpredictable, as it should be. Rock’ n’ roll is chaos.”
It seems that Rob Halford thinks what will happen in the future is unpredictable for a band as everything can change in the blink of an eye. Besides, this might be true as the rock and roll history is full of bands that disbanded although they were enjoying a successful career.