Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford was recently interviewed by Billboard and talked about the band’s possible induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He stated that having KK Downing in the induction ceremony wouldn’t be awkward like Ace Frehley and Peter Criss’ appearance with KISS.
As you know, Judas Priest was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the third time. The band was on the ballot for the 2018 class, but they were left out of the inductee list. Later on, in 2020, they were again among the nominees, but they failed to receive enough votes to be inducted for that year. It is now their third time as the nominees and it is an object of curiosity whether they will make it this time.
KISS, on the other hand, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 but they refused to perform at the ceremony because they didn’t agree with Hall’s decision to only honor the band’s original lineup, which was Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.
Although KISS had numerous lineups since its debut, the Hall members didn’t include the other previous band members. KISS members expressed that it was just the first seven years of the band, so it was sort of disrespectful to the other band members who have stayed in the band longer than Frehley and Criss.
When it comes to their possible induction ceremony, Rob Halford was reminded of the band’s previous member, KK Downing, during the conversation. As you probably remember, Downing parted ways with Judas Priest in 2011 due to his discontent with management and also the other sides of the band.
Halford revealed that it is not a problem for them to stand alongside KK Downing during the ceremony because he was a long-term band member, so he deserves it. For Halford, Frehley, and Criss’ appearance with KISS was kind of awkward but having Downing won’t be like that if it happens.
Rob Halford speaking on having KK Downing at the induction ceremony:
“It won’t be as awkward as Ace and Peter with Kiss. I don’t think it’ll be awkward at all. I think you have to let all of that go because it’s the night that matters. It’s the moment that matters — but, again, the proverbial saying, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Rob Halford believes it will be an unforgettable moment for them, so they need to put everything aside on that special night. He also added that it is not something they need to think about right now. If it actually happens, they will definitely find a way to sort it out.