Although many believe that lead vocalists are highly self-confident and enjoy entertaining their fans while on stage, this is far from true for several musicians. Judas Priest’s Rob Halford also can’t listen to his voice without thinking about everything he could do to make himself sound better. The vocalist confessed to Loudwire that he is sick and tired of hearing his voice because of the high standards he has set for himself and revealed his way of coping.
“No, I don’t think it’s that peculiar, you know,” the frontman said after being asked whether he had finally gotten used to his voice. “I think because, as musicians, we’re always trying to reach nirvana, and nirvana is unreachable. We’re always, ‘Oh God, I wish I could have done that bit better; I wish I would have got that note a bit better; I wish I could’ve held that scream a bit longer,’ and that’s part of the joy of what we do.”
He continued, “The joy of making music is pushing yourself, testing your limits, and seeing what you can achieve that you haven’t done previously, but no, it’s just weird, is it weird? I don’t know; I can’t stand the sound of my voice. I listen to it obviously in playback when I’m with Andy ‘Do It Again’ Sneap; you know I have no choice. I wait for him to say we’ve got it next, but it’s a peculiar foible, but I learned to live with it. I learned to live with it is what I do it’s my life.”
The vocalist also didn’t shy away from sharing his insecurities about his voice and the revelations he has had about his voice in his new book, ‘Biblical: Rob Halford’s Heavy Metal Scriptures,’ which hit the shelves on November 1. The book features deep stories and a compilation of lessons the vocalist has learned during his tenure with Judas Priest.