Metal God himself Rob Halford has an extraordinary music career that spans over more than five decades. Although he spent some time away from the band between 1992 and 2003, Halford is most notably known for his tenure with Judas Priest with whom he has been working for many years as their lead singer.
The musician has many trademarks as an iconic heavy metal frontman such as his powerful, wide-ranging voice, as well as his leather-and-studs image. On top of these, Rob Halford has a unique aspect in his live performances with Judas Priest and that is his signature rides with motorcycle onstage.
Although fans are now used to seeing the metal singer taking a ride on stage with his Harley-Davidson motorcycle during live performances, his passion caused him quite the trouble a few times. The first time he had an incident related to his bike, Halford physically injured himself and the future of his music career with the band. Let’s take a closer look at the story together.
Rob Halford Broke His Nose And Was Unconscious After The Incident
After releasing their twelfth studio album, ‘Painkiller’ on September 3, 1990, Judas Priest hit the road under the name of ‘Operation Rock & Roll’ tour. During a concert in Toronto on August 19, 1991, which was the last date of the tour, Rob Halford decided to bring out the big guns and made an entrance on stage on his huge Harley-Davidson motorcycle as the band was set to perform.
As he was making his entrance, an unexpected incident occurred, and Judas Priest’s frontman collided with the drum riser following the motorcycle malfunction. The singer broke his nose during the accident and was left unconscious as the band performed ‘Hell Bent for Leather.’
Since the stage was covered with heavy-induced fog, the crew members struggled to find the Metal God. Shortly after, guitarist Glenn Tipton stumbled upon him on the ground and the musician regained consciousness. Fortunately for him and his fans, Halford managed to finish the show with a plaster on the bridge of his nose and was transferred to the local medical clinic following the concert.
The Accident Affected His Career With Judas Priest
Following this unfortunate motorcycle accident, Rob Halford announced his departure from Judas Priest and left the band officially in May 1992. Although neither the band nor Halford himself revealed the exact reason behind his departure, fans noticed a peculiarity in the timing and questioned if it had anything to do with the onstage incident.
Fortunately for the curious fans, the metal singer admitted that the accident was one of the events that caused the dispute between him and the rest of the Judas Priest members during the band’s ‘Behind the Music’ episode. Apparently, the crash eventually contributed to his departure from the band in 1992.
Despite spending years away from the band, Judas Priest and Rob Halford reunited once again in July 2003. The band even embarked on a tour in 2004 in celebration of his return and the musician has been with the band since then, not letting a motorcycle getting in the way of him and his band.
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