Rob Halford Reacts to Bruce Dickinson's Priest Diss: 'It's Just the Way It Goes'

"I love Bruce, he's very outspoken," Judas Priest singer adds.

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Addressing Bruce Dickinson's recent jab at Judas Priest regarding the band's use of autocue, vocalist Rob Halford opted not to raise any tension, reassuring fans that Bruce's comments were hardly ill-willed.

As reported, Dickinson was on a bit of a ranting spree during a recent Guardian chat, saying, "What the f--k is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the sodding words."

"The daftest one I ever saw was 'Breaking the Law'. It's on the f--king autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law' - guess what? - 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."

Asked to comment by 107.7 the Bone, Halford stated, "What we British say is it was just a storm in a teacup. I love Bruce. I love Bruce. He's a great friend of mine. And he's very outspoken."

"[He's a] great frontman, a great singer from a great band," Rob added (via Blabbermouth). "And, you know, these things are said in many ways, and I'm sure he didn't mean it in any other way than Bruce sometimes goes off in one of his rants. You know, it's just the way it goes. But, yes, storm in a teacup. Storm in a metal teacup."

During the rest of the original interview, Bruce also dissed punk as "rubbish" music, as well as Glastonbury performers, calling them "wankers wandering around [onstage] as if they had a mirror attached to themselves."

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    Good to see no bad blood between these two instead of the usual soap opera drama bullshit that happens, Halford clearly doesn't have a massive ego and thats refreshing to see! The younger music stars should take notes!
    I guess that "Punk thing" is just Bruce response to all shit that Di'Anno said over the years. But that autocue thing, I don't know, it's good that Halford act mature.
    I favor Bruce opinion's though. I think that if you're a professional you should work as such.
    I don't see the problems if bands use an autocue, especially if their performances are phenomenal. I can't expect a 64 year old Springsteen to pull songs out that they haven't done in years and play them for over 3 hours without a little help with the words
    it happens to all ages. i'm in my 30s and consider myself to have a really good memory, but if i play a few songs during practice(i won't play them live unless i know em to a T obviously) that i haven't played in a long time, i'll even forget how some verses/riffs/etc start. it's not bad when you only know a few songs, but when you get into hundreds of songs, remembering gets a little tricky without a practiced set list.
    no surprise there. gays are always comfortable bending over and taking it up the butt.
    Fuck Priest. They're up there with Metallica is one of the shittiest metal bands. Iron Maiden all the way! \m/
    Loving the irony in that your username is "TheRealMattTuck" and clearly you're a fan of Bullet for my Shite, and how they list Metallica as one of their biggest influences, and yet you call them "one of the shittiest metal bands" - without Metallica, your shitey Bullet wouldn't exist!
    That my good friend is what they call a troll.. You do not feed the trolls, that is the first rule.
    Metallica are one of our biggest influences, but lets be honest they suck these days. Priest has always been crappy though
    I remember back in 1989 when Sebastian Bach stirred up some controversy when he sported a shirt that said "AIDS kills fags dead!" Rob Halford's response was very calm and mature. I'm pretty sure that anything Bruce complains about these days shouldn't affect Rob very much at all.