Recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, Slayer’s Kerry King talked about the iconic heavy metal act Judas Priest, saying that the band deserves to be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Here’s what the guitarist said:
“Some years, you hear who got in the Rock Hall and you’re like, ‘Well, how did they get in above these other bands?’ So it seems basically like a popularity contest rather than, ‘Do they deserve to get in there?’ Because Judas Priest deserves to be in there. They’ve had a 50-year career, longer than Slayer did, and we had a long-a** career, and they’re still playing when they’re all healthy.
”So they’ve got longevity on their side. They were a darling of MTV, when MTV came out. And I probably couldn’t count all the hits, or what the common person would call hits.
“If I were going to vote for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I would totally vote for them. Without question. First and foremost, there would be no metal without Black Sabbath. But once you get beyond that, there wouldn’t be a lot of metal bands without JP. Us being one of them.
“The people who do vote are probably going to vote for the bigger bands. That says nothing for Priest’s longevity and the things they’ve done. I don’t know what else to say. If you’re not a metal fan, you’re never going to get it. If you are a metal fan, you’re never going to forget it.”