JUDAS PRIESTs’ Rob Halford is celebrating the 37th anniversary of his getting clean and sober
The legendary vocalist posted a video of him with his commemorative AA medallion, which is inscribed “to thine own self be true” and “unity, service and recovery”. Rob says in the clip: “Hello, everyone. Today marks my 37th year of my sober life, one day at a time. When I look at this commemorative coin, I’m full of love for my higher power and grateful to you because having you in my life helps me maintain my focus making the best I can in all areas of metal as well as trying to be a better person by taking a daily inventory.
“I believe we never stop growing and searching to find ways to do anything that improves not only our lives but also for all those we love. None of this is easy and it wasn’t meant to be. We constantly have to work and dig deep into every aspect of ourselves to stay clean and sober.
“To those of you on this same journey, I send my unconditional love. And to those of you who are about to begin, please take that first step into your new life. I love you.”
Halford previously told the Classic Rock Revisited podcast that he got sober because he “was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I will always remember the first show I did clean and sober… It was in New Mexico, in Albuquerque,” he recalled. “I literally felt elevated, as everything was coming with such clarity. I was able to really… enjoy the performance of JUDAS PRIEST without having all of the other things in front of it. Since that day, it has been a miracle.”
Halford added, “Everybody has to face things in their lives at some point. It [doesn’t have to] be booze and drugs. You can eat too much, or you can not exercise, or whatever… It is not easy staying clean and sober in rock and roll. There are temptations galore from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, especially when you’re on the road. [But] I think we’re some of the strongest people, my friends and my sober brothers in metal.”
Rob’s autobiography, “Confess“, which goes into greater detail his getting sober, arrived in September 2020 via Hachette Books.
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