Earlier this week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the class of 2018 and many fan favorites didn't make the cut, including heavy metal legends Judas Priest. Fans were disappointed along with frontman Rob Halford. During a radio interview with Mark & Neanderpaul on 100.7 KSLX in Phoenix, Ariz., Halford shared his rejection letter from the Rock Hall on air.
Halford spoke about learning of the rejection a day before it was officially announced. He then read the rejection email, which stated:
"Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions."
Afterwards, he was asked if the induction means anything to him and Halford answered honestly saying he would've loved it because he believes Judas Priest "deserves it." Judas Priest wasn't the only band snubbed for the class of 2018. Other nominees who didn't make the cut include Depeche Mode, Radiohead, LL Cool J, Kate Bush and Rage Against the Machine.
Meanwhile, Judas Preist will release their 18th album, Firepower, sometime next year. The band will also tour North America in support of the LP starting March 13 in Wilkes Barre, PA. Check out all the dates here.