ROB HALFORD: 10 Albums That Helped Shape the Metal God

When Rob Halford was growing up there were few if any heavy rock bands, and certainly no heavy metal. But that doesn't mean there wasn't music that helped shape what became "The Metal God." Halford says there were 10 albums that "changed his life" and chief among them is The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Electric Ladyland.

He says, "Listening to this music at the time it was being made is something I’ll never forget. Simply because of the sheer audacity of this extraordinary guitar player and artist. He made the room light up so vividly. To listen to the sounds that he made with the electric guitar was unbelievably special. Things were changing at this time. The music in general was getting louder. Marshall amps were being made, speaker cabinets were being used -- everything was getting bigger, louder, more impactful. I think Jimi had something to do with that."

Halford is also a fan of Led Zeppelin 2, saying it contains the "roots of heavy metal. When I heard the riffs that Jimmy Page was doing, I got a real sense of where things were going. Even though Led Zeppelin never expressed, 'We’ve got some heavy metal in us,' it’s quite apparent that it was there all along."

The rest of Halford's favorites are:

CreamDisraeli Gears
The BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
King CrimsonIn The Court of the Crimson King
The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out
John MayallBlues From Laurel Canyon
Alice CooperBillion Dollar Babies

Uncle Vito

I've always had a love for music. My earliest memory of it is sitting on the kitchen floor with a little portable record player and signing along to some kiddies tune that was pressed into a red vinyl record.I think I got my love of music from my mother who always had the radio on when she worked in the kitchen. She was also the one who would buy the latest hit record. When Elvis came alone we had them all, "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel," and all the rest!I can remember the night my Mom called me into the living room to see these four guys on the news that were making a big impact on the music in Great Britain. And then the night we gathered around the TV to watch these Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show."During my teens I got a guitar and was in various garage bands, but never got out of the garage.I got married and had two girls who share my love of music. Now a days it's my oldest daughter who is turning me on to new music from people like Blue October to Pete Yorn.During the mid-80s I listen to Mason & Nash, the Mason & Sheehan on PYX 106. I started calling Mason's "nutline" doing various characters from "Uncle Vito" to "Jefferson Kool." One day the phone rang and it was the Program Director of the station asking me if I wanted my own Saturday night show on PYX 106 and "Uncle Vito's House Party" was born!I've been with the station for over twenty-five years and still can't believe a regular guy like myself, just a listener who loved the music, is a part of this great station.Today I live at home with my wife of more than 40 years, my mother who we taker care of because she has Alzheimer's, my parrot Jack and dog Moby. I have three wonderful grandsons and enjoy watching them growing up.CRANK IT UP!


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