originally posted on 06 January 2015
File this under the “you just never know where life is going to take you” file.
After re-releasing updated versions of the RRHOF posters concerning women inductees earlier today, all of a sudden, my phone goes off with a pleasant little digital chirp.
Someone on Twitter likes my posters, I thought. I had been getting a lot of traction on social media from those who have loved the posters. Incredibly grateful, let me tell you, on my end that anyone even paid attention. So, imagine my shock when I received the following:
Judas Priest is now following you on Twitter.
They are one of my favorite bands, and have been for 35 years.
Rob Halford, their lead singer, changed my life, just before my 12th birthday, in 1980. I saw him on the cover of Creem magazine, on the rack next to the ice cream stand at the local Thrifty drug store. I had no idea who he was or why he was wearing that leather outfit or what heavy metal music really was, but I spent the little money I had on the mag.
Their then-current album, the now-classic British Steel (Allmusic.com thorough review, link here) cost about 5 1/2 bucks. I had to go find work around the trailer park to get the money for it.
It was very hard work I did for all my neighbors, shoveling rocks into their driveways, and barefoot at that, as I only had one pair of shoes. Let me tell you, it was a lot of rocks in a lot of parking lots. I carried the rocks around in a red Radio Flyer wagon, with my dog Blackie coming with me door to door.
My mind was blown when I first heard the abum. It was the perfect record for that time in my life, and still has an energy and honesty to it that even today cannot be duplicated.
Some may think this is some kind of fandom. Let me tell you, it is not.
To even think that someone in their organization would even think that my work was worthy of their attention is strange to me, because I have been of fan of theirs for decades.
So yeah, it may not seem like much to many, but after doing written and visual art for 15 years now, struggling so damn hard, that maybe I have, once and for all, realized that maybe I made the right choice.
And let me also be clear: as I told Just Out magazine back in 2007, Rob Halford, their lead singer, was my first homo-erotic experience. So it is doubly strange and wonderful, all at once. LOL
Love to you all, special love to Judas Priest, and an extra special something for Mr. Halford that I cannot print in a barely-passing-for-respectable blog.