Rob Halford, Lady Gaga Considering Collaboration: 'Her Voice Is Extraordinary'

"I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene," says Judas Priest singer.

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Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford has confirmed a possibility of teaming up with pop star Lady Gaga for a musical collaboration, praising the singer's voice and songwriting skills.

"I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene," Rob told HuffPost Canada. "I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary.

"I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician, she plays piano really well, she's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world."

Explaining how he finally got to meet Gaga in San Diego last month, Rob brought up the matter of potential collaboration.

"It was a real moment come true," he said. "We didn't really have much time to talk. She's busy. I'm busy, but we've agreed to get together at some point and just hang out and maybe do something. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I love her to death."

During a previous chat with Yahoo Music, Halford revealed that Gaga was planning to appear as a special guest on one of Priest shows during Epitaph tour. "Gaga called and said, 'Can I get on the back of Rob's bike when he comes out and we'll do 'Hell Bent for Leather?'" he said.

"I was like, 'Oh my God! Diva moment! Please let this happen!' But she couldn't do it. She ended up doing a shoot in Omaha, Nebraska, that took a week. If that isn't a nice affirmation that someone with extraordinary talent that isn't metal can still gravitate to the metal experience, I don't know what is," the vocalist concluded.

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    "I was like, 'Oh my God! Diva moment!" If I didn't know any better, I would think that Rob Halford is one of those there hombosensuals.
    Rob Halford was born this way.
    So were Chuck Schuldiner, Paul Masvidal, and Sean Reinert. Homosexual musicians have actually been really influential in metal and have made a lot of great music. I think Gaahl is too.
    I knew about Gaahl. And Masvidal with Reinert came out recently. But Schuldiner?? Where did you get that.
    I have nothing against Lady Gaga but there is nothing special about her voice.
    I beg to disagree. Not a particular fan of GaGa, but being the brother of a worshipper, I do know her work well and she has a very versatile voice, here's one example:
    Yeah Gaga ain't your everyday pop star but still his voice isn't that special
    It would have been more interesting if he was doing something with someone like Cher. She has a much more interesting voice AND has been in the business for 50 years.
    I don't how many rock/metal musicians have now praised Lady Gaga for her musicianship but I think it's about time people accepted her as a talented musician and if they don't like pop then they don't need to listen to it but they can't deny she has talent.
    awesome. i like lady gaga a lot, and priest rules so that should be sweet. and no, i don't care how lame that makes me sound.
    I'm seeing Gaga stepping into the metal thing and leaving pop once and for all
    Not a chance in hell man, she's talented no doubt but she's commercial through and through.
    Why is this downvoted? It's pretty true. Her "wild" antics are clearly controlled enough to still appeal to such a wide audience.
    Because what does the 18-25 year old demo love more than having some lady vomit paint all over you at shows?
    You answered your own question with that example; she did it ONCE. It gained a hell of a lot of media attention and then that was it. If she did that stunt all the time, the shock value would be lost and everyone would lose interest. On the flip-side, if she went straight for constant shock value, she'd lose her commercial demographic while only keeping the (arguably much smaller) audience that follows her just for the weird stuff. I appreciate the fact that she's willing to do something a bit shocking every now and then, god knows we need it from current radio friendly artists, but you can't deny that the way she does it is formulated perfectly to ensure she's always in the commercial eye.
    Didn't this happen with iron maiden too? If she's so into metal and metal gods like halford and dickensen are into her then why isn't she in a metal band?
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    Just because she likes a genre doesn't mean she has to be in that genre. It's entirely possible she likes both pop and metal but decided to follow a pop career. It's entirely possible she does pop music because she knows she can make easier money from it. It would be the same as asking anybody "Hey, you like xxx genre, so why aren't you in a xxx band?". Just the same as I enjoy quite a bit of 'generic pop' yet I play in a death metal band.
    This. I like some "generic pop" stuff myself, but it's not a style I'm inclined to musically create. I write more prog/math rock kind of stuff, but I still enjoy pop music.
    math rock/mathcore? lol...that shitty concept is gayer than halford lol. no wonder music is becoming a soulless cesspool of nerdish feces. grats for your kind making music uncool. lol. this is what happens when even dweebie nerdoes are getting sick of dungeons and dragons. lol math rock...
    While I'd hardly call her voice extraordinary, at least you can tell her music apart from the other pop drivel at a moment's notice. If this actually came to pass, I'd at the very least give it a listen. To take this comment in a different direction than the others, I honestly think it's great to read stuff from Rob Halford, this legend among men, the leather-clad, tungsten-voiced Metal God, and read him going: "Oh my God! Diva moment!" I'm not even being sarcastic, I ****ing love Halford, and it's great to see the different facets of a person's identity.
    Halford should "ram it down" Gagas throat just to see if he still likes playing for the other team. Priest forever!
    "her voice is extraordinary"..... said by Rob Halford..... Falling asleep will be hard tonight...