Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford reflected on when the band went on trial for an alleged suicide subliminal message on the band’s 1978 cover of Spooky Tooth’s “Better By You, Better Than Me”. Prosecutors claimed the song influenced two American men to make a suicide pact in 1985.
Although the case was ultimately dismissed, Halford believes that while it is “a pity” that the men died, it was not fair to sue Judas Priest for their deaths.
“It was a difficult time because the whole issue was becoming politicized and it introduced many extreme elements of faith into the whole equation.
“The point is, these two handsome boys were big metalheads, they adored Judas Priest, they came from a pretty rough dysfunctional family, and they just got lost, they got lost… it’s such a shame,” said Halford at 95.5 KLOS.
Halford hinted at a political agenda that was aimed at specifically fighting Judas Preist.
“We found out that the accusation for the whole case was coming from a pretty… I’ll say right, it was…
“There was a program to fight this group. They didn’t like our music, they didn’t like our lyrics, how we looked, they didn’t like our fans – they just hated us, man.
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“So we were judged, not only for the silly suggestion that the music contains these ridiculous subliminal messages, but they just didn’t like Judas Priest.”
During the appearance, Halford said the group appeared in a courtroom and battled the charges every day for a month.
“The judge did not completely erase the slate as they say, but we felt like we had our day, and we survived like so many groups that are attacked by extremist elements.
“You have to fight, you have to fight. Life is not easy, you have to fight for what you believe in, and that’s what we did, and we persevered, and we went through it together.
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