Rob Halford Trademarks 'Metal God' Game Name

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has copyrighted the title "Metal God", as there mere be a game in the works based on the man himself or his music.

Rob Halford Trademarks 'Metal God' Game Name
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Kotaku reports that Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford (a.k.a. "Metal God") has copyrighted the title "Metal God", leading to speculation that there mere be a game in the works based on the man himself or his music. The trademark was filed on January 11 of this year and covers "computer games; video games; and game controllers for computer games." Details about said games are scant, and it might be to protect "Metal God" from anyone else turning it into a game. In a 2007 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Halford was asked if he feels humility when all his peers come up to him and call him the "Metal God." "I still feel uncomfortable, quite frankly," he replied. "I suppose it is just the British reserve. You get a bit embarrassed. It is wonderful to be recognized like that, particularly from fans, but you are just like, 'Okay, thank you. Can we talk about something else now?' People go, 'You changed my life,' or 'You saved my life.' That is a big thing for somebody to say. You realize then how passionate the fans are about what you do. Certain songs may have had a dramatic impact on their life." "Metal God" was the working title of what eventually became "Rock Star", the movie starring Mark Wahlberg as a salesman-turned-rock star in which Wahlberg's character was styled after Tim "Ripper" Owens, who fronted a Judas Priest cover band before being tapped to become the new lead singer of the actual group. The title "Metal God" was axed in favor of "Rock Star" to take the film out of the restrictive heavy metal niche and into a wider, more accessible rock genre, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said. Contrary to published reports, the spokesperson said, the switch was not spurred by a complaint from Halford, who uses the "Metal God" nickname. Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.

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    Bunyip
    He's prolly just looking to make an easy buck if anyone does want to use the name.
    Ironpriest
    Well everyone should know that Metallica is better than Slipknot, but some people are really stupid stupid enough to claim that they are the real Metal God(when we know they aren't) So he's making it official, so chris fehn can't take it..
    Dude, judas Priest and Iron Maiden are by far the greatest metal bands ever. better than all that screamo rubbish around nowardays.
    Pepperommi
    Pretty sure Iommi is the metal god...he created the genre after all, along with 3 other dudes
    TheJudasKiss
    Kastm wrote: You people mocking Rob for being gay clearly dont realize that you will never accomplish anything even remotely close to what he has done. So he's gay, he's also extremely talented, loaded, had a huge influence on metal music and rode a motorcycle on stage. He's had over 15 records and he has a trademark nick name. Before you average Joes go on insulting him, how about accomplishing something first, I recommend starting with a grade school certificate.
    Dood, you were the second person to comment here and the guy above you didnt say anything disrespectful about the fact that Rob is gay.
    syngates07
    Pepperommi wrote: Pretty sure Iommi is the metal god...he created the genre after all, along with 3 other dudes
    iommi, bruce dickinson, or nikki sixx. just because the guys technically a zombie
    murraysmithgers
    justicemaster26 wrote: firstly, i lol'd at those having to bring up halfords' sexuality to back up their arguements. It's got F**k all to do with this issue. Anyways, Halford shouldn't need to trademark the name, everyone should know that he's the only Metal God that can be. (I agree with Rob on this )
    Well everyone should know that Metallica is better than Slipknot, but some people are really stupid stupid enough to claim that they are the real Metal God(when we know they aren't) So he's making it official, so chris fehn can't take it..
    tim western
    What a horrible story. Rob Halford is awful now, and was incredibly over rated at his best. Download 08 performance was nothing more cringeworthy and it's embarassing that he should feel the need to copyright a name that he says makes him uncomfortable.
    hawkdude9
    why is it that everybody thinks music has anything to do with games? stop playing the ****in guitar hero and play a real guitar
    mosher117
    To slashfan 810, i think that dude is sort of quoting what rob said "Personally I feel embarassed by being called 'God'" but then he goes and copyrights the alias. But its all cool Judas Priest rock and I just discoverd the greatness of Halford robs solo band ****in awesome.
    Ironpriest
    Halford = Metal. If you think otherwise, you're an idiot.
    Dude I saw Judas Priest about 6 months ago, and his screams were far better than any modern metal band can EVER hope to achieve.
    Dacons13
    murraysmithgers wrote: Well everyone should know that Metallica is better than Slipknot, but some people are really stupid stupid enough to claim that they are the real Metal God(when we know they aren't) So he's making it official, so chris fehn can't take it..
    HA!
    Kastöm
    tim western wrote: What a horrible story. Rob Halford is awful now, and was incredibly over rated at his best. Download 08 performance was nothing more cringeworthy and it's embarassing that he should feel the need to copyright a name that he says makes him uncomfortable.
    overrated? Seriously? You absolutely must be kidding. Rob Halford has a monstrous vocal range and his lyrics are fantastic. Overrated, now theres a laugh for you.
    J.A.M
    He's gonna be in Brutal Legend (google it); the player's voiced by Jack Black and Halford voices a guy who flies with his vast amounts of hair (lol irony).
    Ali-b912
    methinks it'll just be his take on a metal based guitar hero game. i doubt it'd be all priest, i'm sure that all kinds of bands will end up on it, specifically ones that wouldnt deal with the game companies, but would be more open to deal with halford.
    Cheweroni
    Noremak wrote: lol funny how everyone is defending his sexuality before anyone even says anything about it...and still, no ones even caring and people are being over protective of him...
    its because all the ones bashing robs orientaion got deleted so it looks like they are defending it before anyone said anything about it
    DimebagJosho
    Ironpriest wrote: Halford = Metal. If you think otherwise, you're an idiot. Dude I saw Judas Priest about 6 months ago, and his screams were far better than any modern metal band can EVER hope to achieve.
    Too true. The dude's like 60 and he can hit metal screams, falsetto screams... he is easily the best of one of the best rock/metal vocalists of all time.
    Noremak
    lol funny how everyone is defending his sexuality before anyone even says anything about it...and still, no ones even caring and people are being over protective of him...
    BiZzAr0
    not_dead_enough wrote: So if I were to use the 'Metal God' slogan now...I'd be "breaking the law"... :p
    ba-dum-tish
    Mondo Generator
    tony iommi and ozzy osbourne are my metal gods. I don't really care too much for Judas Priest. Also, i think it's a pretty lame to actually copyright the name "metal god" for yourself. Makes him look like an egotistical dick. Lose the heavy hubris, dude.
    atthedrive-thru
    rob halford may be gay, but like most other gay musicians that are very talented that's the most you hear about his personal life, and sexual orientation isn't even something people should be worrying about, let music speak for itself, don't let the artist's sexual preference discourage you from liking a band
    SlashFan810
    I personally feel uncomfortable with being called a "God", and it seems weird he is copyrighting the name, but it's interesting to see what comes out of this.
    Simsimius
    Kastm wrote: You people mocking Rob for being gay clearly dont realize that you will never accomplish anything even remotely close to what he has done. So he's gay, he's also extremely talented, loaded, had a huge influence on metal music and rode a motorcycle on stage. He's had over 15 records and he has a trademark nick name. Before you average Joes go on insulting him, how about accomplishing something first, I recommend starting with a grade school certificate.
    +1
    Joe4/4/1992
    cool article and whats the problem if Rob is gay? i like his music, he could be a Taiwanese transvestite stripper for all i care, he's still the 'daddy' of metal in my opinion lol
    Deece
    All of you mocking him for being gay think about this.. A gay guy, is better than you. How humiliating is that for you?! Stop being prejudice tards plz.
    Set-Abominae
    Isn't he going to be in the game Brutal Legend that's coming out soon? Quite a few other metal legends are, namely Lemmy and Dio. Halford would fit in perfectly. And no it's not a stupid addition to Rock Band or Guitar Hero, it's going to be a game like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance where you FSU.
    justicemaster26
    firstly, i lol'd at those having to bring up halfords' sexuality to back up their arguements. It's got F**k all to do with this issue. Anyways, Halford shouldn't need to trademark the name, everyone should know that he's the only Metal God that can be. (I agree with Rob on this )
    theotherguy7145
    Amazing how many people are homophobic. Who cares if he's gay. He makes some of the best music in the world! On topic; please don't make an friggin game! The number of bands i've lost respect for cos of it!
    webbtje
    That song about Nazis by the Dead Kennedys? It applies to homophobes too. Why not listen to the Napalm Death cover? Interesting thing to trademark; wonder what the game would be? Maybe just an addition to Rock Band or something.
    Kastöm
    You people mocking Rob for being gay clearly dont realize that you will never accomplish anything even remotely close to what he has done. So he's gay, he's also extremely talented, loaded, had a huge influence on metal music and rode a motorcycle on stage. He's had over 15 records and he has a trademark nick name. Before you average Joes go on insulting him, how about accomplishing something first, I recommend starting with a grade school certificate.
    brentondig
    This sounds cool. I've always thought they should make a game like Rock Band, but have it strictly with Metal. More Thrash, Black, and Death Metal!
    koerok
    Totaly gay this crazy bull shit. My name is Guitar Hero and I love to have games named after me XD
    grnday1236
    Kastm wrote: You people mocking Rob for being gay clearly dont realize that you will never accomplish anything even remotely close to what he has done. +over 9000 So he's gay, he's also extremely talented, loaded, had a huge influence on metal music and rode a motorcycle on stage. He's had over 15 records and he has a trademark nick name. Before you average Joes go on insulting him, how about accomplishing something first, I recommend starting with a grade school certificate.
    Andragon
    Grats, Robbie. But I think he should probably share thte title with quite a few frontmen including Mille (Kreator).
    The_String_Man
    KingJustinian25 wrote: It's not the fact that we don't like him or won't listen to his music because he's gay. We just like making fun of gay people.
    how about making fun of stupid people?hmm?
    Kuzak
    **** everyone who shits on him for being gay, ****ing ignorant homophobes. so what? how does his sexual orientation impact you in any way.
    Kastöm
    KingJustinian25 wrote: It's not the fact that we don't like him or won't listen to his music because he's gay. We just like making fun of gay people.
    I enjoy making fun of idiots but you don't hear me yakking about you.
    BriGuy7727
    World_War_Z13 wrote: I may be retarded but where is that guy from? Judas Priest? idk...
    Judas Priest, Fight & he also had some solo stuff in the 90s.