Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Judas Priest guitarist slams Rock Hall over second induction snub

Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner is slamming the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the band’s second induction snub in three years.

Despite placing 5th in the fan vote, the UK rockers failed to make the Class of 2020, which saw The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston all announced Wednesday as the latest inductees in the Cleveland-based institution.

Just days before the Rock Hall revealed the lineup, Judas Priest took to social media to thank fans for their long term support, writing, in part: “Whatever the outcome we are blessed having the best metal fans in the world of heavy metal!”

Shortly after the 2020 inductees were announced, Faulkner was asked online by a father how he could explain to his child how some artists outside of the rock genre gained access before Judas Priest, to which he replied: “I’ve said it before but 50 years in and still making music, touring the globe to the best fans in the world is the biggest accolade I can think of. These institutions are founded on what these guys helped create and to not be included is a total joke.”

“If you wanna call it the ROCK hall, then you should START with a healthy foundation of ROCK (in all its forms) to build on,” explained Faulkner in a later post. “The founding brothers and sisters that created and developed our beloved style of music and aided it’s evolution. Otherwise, what does it mean?”

Judas Priest have been eligible for entry into the Rock Hall since 1999; the band received their first nomination in 2018 before picking up a second one for 2020 consideration.

The group will embark on a 50th anniversary tour this year.

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