Rob Halford has announced that his memoir, titled Confess, will be published in October 2020.
“Confess is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to expose every facet of myself,” Halford said in a statement. “Digging deep with nothing to hide and [nothing] to fear was in many ways exciting, fun, disturbing, terrifying and cathartic. I’ve held nothing back. It’s time for me to Confess.”
“I have a real passion for warts-and-all, career-spanning autobiographies from icons of the music world and Rob Halford’s story is truly incredible,” Sarah Emsley, director of Headline Publishing, said. “Covering seven action-packed decades, the early material from Confess is stunning. We cannot wait to publish Rob’s book.”
Halford discussed the project with UCR earlier this year, noting that “there’s no point in putting a book together if you don’t have full disclosure, in my opinion. Since I’ve been clean and sober, I’ve probably been more honest and truthful about myself than I ever have been. You only get a chance to do it once and do it properly.”
Meanwhile, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing predicted the band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, after missing out in 2018. “I think it’s looking pretty good this time, to be fair,” he told 101.8 WCR FM in England. “I know there was a lot of backlash when we didn’t make it the last time. … It is bloody hard to get into — it really is. I think it took [Black] Sabbath a long, long time to get in there. I sometimes don’t know what you have to do.”
He added that with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “you have to have legendary status. There’s no such thing as a young legend.”