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Confess

By: Rob Halford,Ian Gittins - contributor
Narrated by: Rob Halford
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Publisher's Summary

The legendary frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time, celebrates five decades of heavy metal in this tell-all memoir.

Most priests hear confessions. This one is making his.

Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true "Metal God." Raised in Britain's hard-working, heavy industrial heartland, he and his music were forged in the Black Country. Confess, his full autobiography, is an unforgettable rock 'n' roll story—a journey from a Walsall council estate to musical fame via alcoholism, addiction, police cells, ill-fated sexual trysts, and bleak personal tragedy, through to rehab, coming out, redemption...and finding love.

Now, he is telling his gospel truth.

Told with Halford's trademark self-deprecating, deadpan Black Country humor, Confess is the story of an extraordinary five decades in the music industry. It is also the tale of unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and the Queen. More than anything else, it's a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal.

Rob Halford has decided to Confess. Because it's good for the soul.

Named one of the Best Music Books of 2020 by Rolling Stone and Kirkus Reviews

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Rob Halford (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Confess is a must-read for Judas Priest fans as it is written from a place of honesty and passion while done with integrity....a page-turner." (Sonic Perspectives)

"A powerful, often shocking read." (Vintage Guitar)

"Rob Halford though is one of the few metal musicians who actually has a story worth hearing....Confess, true to its title, doesn't hold back....Confess manages to be both dark and at times endearing. Halford's openness, despite some dark themes, allows for his humor to shine through....It may have taken a while for Halford to tell his story, but it was certainly worth the wait." (New Noise)

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Pretty small % of this book is about his music

RH is one of my very favorite vocalists of all time, ever since I discovered the Sad Wings of Destiny album when I was a teenager in the early 80s, still one of my very favorite albums of all time. As a working musician myself, I was hoping this book might have cool insights about Rob's musical journey from discovery of music, influences, writing, collaborating, performing; and also about the interpersonal dynamics of working (i.e. writing, recording, performing) with the other musician & producers; and then some stuff about the business and non-music side of his incredibly successful music career. In fairness, this book does cover some of these aspects of Rob's life and Rob is an outstanding narrator and obviously a very smart, articulate, funny and good bloke. That said, you might want to set your expectation that this book will be maybe 5% about the real music part of his life, ~5% about the interpersonal social aspects of working creatively with JP and other musicians/producers over his career, ~10% about music business/logistics stuff/stories, then maybe 20% about his non-sexual personal life (childhood, being from the Black Country, boozing/drugs/sobriety) which I found interesting too.....the other 60%+ of the book is a ton of details about his homosexuality, various relationships and sexual encounters etc... not that there's anything wrong with that but I would at least go into the book with the expectations that you'll be listening to mostly a story about his sexual orientation, love life, sexual escapades etc.... with a pretty small % about his musical life....still a good listen but I do wish the balance was much more on the musical aspect of his life...

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Earnest, Hilarious, and Brave

This is a stunning autobiography and Rob reads it perfectly. I can't recommend it highly enough. I hope he lives another 70 years so that we'll get a part 2. I find myself tremendously thankful that we still have him today. I have to admit, as it ends, I'm a little teary-eyed, but in the best of ways. This book has inspired me with drive and optimism in the same way that their songs do. Thank you, Rob and priest.

Metal Blessings.

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Beyond the realms of blah.

I guess Rob wrote this for personal closure or looking for an exploiting shock value. Nonetheless, was hoping for more Priest and lyrical music stories rather than about his graphic sexual addiction.

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Even a metal god can be human.

Never would have imagined all this happening to him. I loved his narration. Definitely gonna give it a second listen. 🤘🏼😝🤘🏼

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Fell short but worth a read

A huge fan, so even though it fell short several ways, it was still enjoyable. I was dissapointed that Halford did not get detailed on his journey as a vocalist or lyricist, as he is amazing at both and some details as to his process and inspirations would've been greatly. He's also an avid reader and motorcyclist and didn't espouse on these either. Instead, this was largely an account of his relationships and longing to be loved, as well as his time with Priest.

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The Metal God confesses

Rob Halford does a great job sharing the story of his life. He details the rise of Judas Priest while also being very frank about his personal life and the struggles he faced as a closeted gay man fronting a band whose fan base was not perceived to be accepting of gay culture. It is good that Rob’s worries we’re all for naught and that he has found peace, happiness, and love and was able to share his story. Quite a good read (listen)!

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Wow

I Have been a Judas Priest fan since I was 10 years .Rob Halford is my all time favorite singer He has let it all out in this book and I'm glad he did .He is a great story teller.

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Story of the Metal God

What a great book and a great story this is a great companion to K K Downings book, a complete history of Judas Priest.

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More deviant sex than metal

After KK book heavy duty I was very much looking forward to this book, that quickly turned to nausea.

I give Rob 5 stars for reading his own book but that's where my praise ends, Robs tendency to describe in gory details sex acts over & over pretty much ruined this book for me.

kK's book was not awesome, yet he left some things to the imagination.
thank god, I wish Rob would have.

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Metal God / Bold Talk

Loved having Halford read this to us. All is great except some of the sexual stuff. Overall....Very Good!

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