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Summary

Rob Halford is the legendary frontman of Judas Priest, one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time. 

Known as 'The Metal God' by his devoted, global fan base, Rob Halford has always subverted the norm, and Confess will offer listeners a compelling and honest look at the struggles he has faced with addiction and his sexuality, as well as an exploration of his music and his many brushes with controversy. There have been few vocalists in the history of heavy metal whose singing style has been as influential and instantly recognisable as Halford's. 

Confess, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest - and described by Halford himself as 'exciting, fun, disturbing and terrifying' - will celebrate five decades of the guts and glory of rock-n-roll.

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 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Screaming In The Dark

This biography is both reflective and raw, and shared tales in sometimes slightly uncomfortable detail. The overall narrative is enjoyable, insightful and interesting. Halford himself does a good job of sharing his experiences, though does not always sound as confident or comfortable in front of the microphone in a sound booth in comparison with in front of a crowd. He is perfectly clear and eloquent, and the fact that he is the one reading the autobiography gives greater credence to this reflective narrative, though the performance is not always ‘flowing’.

Overall I would certainly recommend, alongside Dickinson’s ‘what does this button do?’

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Having Rob reading it the best gift ever. Thank you Rob for confessing. Love it

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Who knew it would be this boring...

Having read a glut of RnR biographies, I have to say that this isn't one of the better ones.
Halford makes it sound like being in Judasi Priest is as exciting as working in a factory. Non stop. On early shift.
Confess seems to be a title based solely around his obsession with letting you know he's gay. Whilst obviously a serious issue for him growing up and continued to be into his later years, the fact he goes on about it soooooo much begins to grate ( still not convinced that most UK teen boys were wanking each other off non stop - and that it was normal as he says) Stories of rock N roll excess don't really get told, nor do massive arguments with bandmates or other bands. The latter chapters hit higher notes and I do feel you get a more rounded picture of the man eventually but gossip and intimate details of the Priesthood don't appear.
It just isn't that exciting.

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Black Country Metal Magic

Halford is down to earth, honest, humorous, and never goes for self pity or the glamorization of the battles he had with drink and drugs. You get a typical West Midlands warm hearted guy baring his soul, brutally honest about growing up as a homosexual in the era of ignorance and prejudice.
And the entire career of Judas Priest is here for all to enjoy. The albums, TV performances, break ups, regrets, tours, incidents...
For all his success, Rob Halford is still at heart a humble Walsall man, and his softly spoken voice and tales of his childhood and family will endear him to many including those who read autobiographies by the cart load. This one you won't forget.

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A Wonderful Listen

I absolutely loved listening to Rob tell his own story . Extremely honest and many times I laughed out loud. The biggest compliment I can give to Confess is that it has been my most looked forward to hour of every day as I walked and listened for the last 2 weeks. I already feel liked I’ve lost a friend I have now finished listening to Robs life story. A wonderful listen.

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The memoir of a gay man who became a Metal God

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham in 1969. They have sold over 50 million copies of their albums. And are often ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band had struggled early on. They had indifferent record production and a lack of major commercial success until 1980. After this time they rose to commercial success with the album British Steel.

The band's membership has seen a lot of turnover. This included a revolving cast of drummers in the 1970s and the departure of singer Rob Halford in 1992. The American singer Tim "Ripper" Owens replaced Rob in 1996. The band then went on to record two albums with Judas Priest, before Halford returned to the band in 2003. The current line-up consists of:
. Rob Halford,
. guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner,
. bassist Ian Hill, and
. drummer Scott Travis.

K. K. Downing left the group in 2011.

I read Rob's book at the same time as KK's autobiography. This allowed me to get both authors recounting the band from their different perspectives.

Out of everything they've achieved both of them tell the story of when Rob pooped in an envelope in the back of a van. At any rate, in Rob's book you get the honest memoir of a gay man who lived a full (and now sober life) as a 'Metal God'. He describes his personal struggles in parallel to the public successes. Contrast this with KK's big book of grievances. All the way through his book KK discusses the band dynamic. Especially when Glenn joined then took a leadership role. A role that Ken could not replicate. Although he clearly resented it. Rob simply covers in Confess this by saying there was lots of bickering between the two guitarists. Pity it took a book to get everything out in the open. KK also covers his strained relationship with the latter-day band's manager, Jayne Andrews.

In summary, unlike Confess where Rob covers all his inner struggles, KK's book is not a deep dive into the core of what makes him tick. He comes across as an easy going, working class bloke who is passionate about Heavy Metal and Judas Priest.

Thoroughly enjoyed them both.

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Deep, honest and classy

While many other autobiographies rely on namedropping and sensationalism, Rob has chosen to go in the opposite direction and focus on himself and his life, allowing other people to tell their own stories, should they wish to do so. I salute him for that.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves to listen to his very calming speaking voice, so it really added to the experience to have him read his own story. I bought the actual book as well, but this was the fastest way to get the book once it became available.

Even die-hard Priest fans might be surprised by some things in this book. It covers his entire career and I was surprised that he even managed to throw in a little story from the Alice Cooper "Christmas Pudding"-gig in Phoenix last year that I flew in from Sweden to attend (specifically for Rob of course). He even talks about the pandemic. In other words: It couldn't be more fresh and up-to-date. I just might listen to it one more time. Love it. :)

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Long live the metal god!

Such a lovely experience to have the metal god himself tell his stories daily. A great life of a great artist.

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This is just bostin' Rob, you yampy git!

I have only just really discovered Priest, which is weird considering I'm 44, listened to metal since 1989 and from Stourbridge (just 12 miles away from Walsall), so I thought I better find out about the musicians behind the music.
This was very insightful and a clinical psychologist would be able to pick this apart with glee; has I have tried too. We can all learn some life lessons from this book.
I very nearly just purchased the Ebook, but when I saw Rob was narrating it himself, I just had to buy it, just the hear that Black Country's accent on a audiobook!
Bostin' job mate.
Dave

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  • 09-06-22

A touching metal history

Starts sordid but ends happily and sheds some light on the process of many Priest albums. Not suitable for children.

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  • 14-03-22

A Great Read

I'm not a metal fan, but I thought that this book was excellent, Robs no nonsense approach to life is refreshing.
He reads it very well and there's a wonderful subtle sense of humour throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-21

Inspiring!

Rob Halford’s life is so colourful and interesting. It justifies a movie in my opinion. His life and music is a great inspiration. He is a highly intelligent musician, with a great voice and a leading figure in the metal family! Really enjoyed the listen! Thanks Rob!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-21

Metal God INDEED!!

Truly magnificent account of an amazing metal career!! Rob Halford is indeed the METAL GOD!! \m/

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-20

Must read not only for heavy metal fans

Why?

1. In the moment you finish The book you know that “idolization” of anybody ties your hands behind your back. It could be applicable to literally anybody who cross your life - your CEO, owner of a dream company you want to work for, nice neighbour you want to chat with... They all are made of flesh and bones. And have heart. And a soul. Maybe they aren’t that unapproachable as you consider them.

2. Encouragement. In a very decent way The book may change your inner feelings - speak up what you feel and who you really are. Just for one day don’t take into account what the world would tell. It’s not your business. The truth can’t be bought or negotiated. But also can’t be hidden forever.

3. Not every rock’n’roll star is high and mighty dickhead. And this finding makes you love them all even more.

4. Rob Halford is not an activist as he mentioned several times in The book. He is even more. Forget the buzzword like influencer, leave this one to an instagram superficious community. He is what is called Opinion leader. Definitely. His attitude to various things is what addressed me a lot. And made me to deeply think about things which I had firm attitude to. And this is what is definitely needed in nowadays world. Listen to the others, admit that you may be wrong and understand that open mind, heart and soul is what makes the real impact. In every aspect of your life.

5. I consider The book as an universal manual. Read and listen between the lines also. And most probably you find the hints which help you to move forward and improve your life.

Excellently performed of course. Even for non native speakers. You simply understand every single word.

Invest the small amount of money to The book. It will become your personal Bible. Really :-)

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  • Fernando
  • 10-11-20

The truth of the Metal God

I'd just wish it would be longer, I’m sure there are many interesting stories untold. Rob is so honest and open, you’ll cry and laugh, Don’t miss it.

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  • Ingi White
  • 25-10-20

Something a Priest Fan would die for

This is one of the best autobiographys ive heard theres a good chunk of band stories but also alot of stories of a man trying to be him in a very clossed mind world great lgtbq book also, i loved evry minute of this book

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  • CKDelay
  • 21-10-20

The Metal God!

Loved it! The amazing life of an extraordinary man. Funny, scary, heartbreaking, exciting. Hail Rob!